The best high school football recruits over the past decade

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As 2020 approaches and we're set to start a new decade, we thought it would be fun to look back at the best high school football prospects of the past 10 years.

This isn't meant to analyze which recruits went on to have great college careers, but rather identify some of the most impressive high school football players since 2010, regardless of what happened at the next level.

There were a ton of big names to go through, but Tom Luginbill and Tom VanHaaren narrowed it down to their all-decade team for each position.



Kyler Murray
Allen, Texas/Allen High
ESPN 300 rank (2015): 13

Murray left Allen High as a five-star prospect in the 2015 class after never losing a game as a high school starter, leading the Eagles to three straight state championships at the highest classification in the Lone Star State. The undersized gunslinger threw for more than 10,000 yards and eclipsed 4,000 on the ground. Murray signed with Texas A&M, but transferred after his freshman season to Oklahoma, where he would play football and baseball. Murray sat behind Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield for two seasons before getting his opportunity to start for the Sooners. After being selected No. 9 overall by the Oakland A's in the MLB draft following his junior year, Murray decided to play his final season at Oklahoma. Murray won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, where they would fall to Alabama. Murray was selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL draft, and decided to bypass MLB for a career in the NFL. -- Luginbill

Trevor Lawrence
Cartersville, Georgia/Cartersville High
ESPN 300 rank (2018): 2

Murray is probably the right answer considering he didn't lose a high school game. But I'll go with Lawrence for argument's sake -- and because he's right up there in this conversation. He had an outstanding 52-2 record in high school and won two state championships. He was a five-star, listed at 6-foot-6, 209 pounds, and had every attribute college coaches want. That talent has obviously transferred over to college. -- VanHaaren