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By LARRY VAUGHT
Lamar Dawson is now officially an all-American player.
PARADE Magazine will announce the 48th annual PARADE All-America High School Football Team in its Sunday cover story and the 6-2, 230-pound Boyle County linebacker is on the team.
For 48 years PARADE has picked the top high school football players in America. The All-America program has a legacy of recognizing outstanding athletes who have gone on to star on college and professional football fields. This year, working with Sporting News, PARADE editors chose 53 seniors from 22 states to represent the best of high school football. The full team will be listed in this SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s issue in The Kentucky Advocate.
Fifteen PARADE all-Americans have won the Heisman Trophy: Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Ron Dayne, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, Rashaan Salaam, Marcus Allen, Billy Sims, Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Steve Spurrier and Mike Garrett.
This year 183 former players honored on this team played in the NFL and SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Super Bowl will feature 14 PARADE all-Americans including Graham Harrell, Ryan Pickett and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers along with James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, and LaMarr Woodley of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Over: Dawson took his final official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. That came after UK recruiting coordinator/linebacker coach Chuck Smith spent Thursday in Boyle County talking to Dawson, his grandmother and his mother.
Dawson made officials visits to Kentucky, Central Florida, Oregon and Southern California before going to Tennessee.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been exposed to a lot of great coaches and schools,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Boyle coach Larry French. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now he has until Wednesday to decide where heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go to school.Ã¢â‚¬Â