Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood and Ardrey Kell punter Corbin Daly were named first-team high school All-Americans on Monday by MaxPreps, a national recruiting site.
All three players made the All-Observer team in December.
Grier, a Florida recruit, was one of two first-team quarterbacks. He threw for 4,989 yards and a state-record 77 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 scores.
Hood, who was named U.S. Army All-America national player of the year, was one of three first-team running backs. A North Carolina recruit, he ran for a Mecklenburg County record 3,640 yards and 53 scores. He was the All-Observer Offensive Player of the Year.
Daly, also committed to North Carolina, was a first-team Associated Press all-state pick, like Hood and Grier, and joined those two last week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
• Concord’s Rocky Reid, a running back, made the MaxPreps junior All-America team. He was a second-team pick. … SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington was a first-team pick on the sophomore All-America team along with North Stanly running back Antonio Williams. Charlotte Christian tailback Elijah Deveaux was a second-team sophomore pick.
SouthLake defensive back Aapri Washington was a second-team all-freshman pick. Freedom defensive lineman Marcus Hawkins was a first-team freshman pick.
• Rock Hill football coach Joe Montgomery announced his retirement. He won two state titles at Gaffney and two region championships at Rock Hill. Montgomery said he plans to spend more time traveling and with his grandchildren in Georgia. Rock Hill was 4-8 last season. It was the school’s third straight losing season.
Montgomery was 55-54 at Rock Hill in nine seasons overall.
• Mallard Creek junior Kyle Horton, son of former North Carolina star Ethan Horton, was one of 600 high school underclassmen invited to attend last week’s U.S. Army underclassman combine. Horton, a wide receiver, had the fastest hand time during the early morning session – 4.37 seconds. Horton has offers from Charlotte and Elon.
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