Beaufort tennis phenom Graeme Angus and Hilton Head High football star Jaylen Sneed are among the nominees for the national player of the year awards at the USA Today High School Sports Awards. The national winners will be announced during the awards show, which premieres live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on the Sports Awards website.
Angus is one of 24 players from across the country named to the All-USA Today HSSA Boys Tennis Team, making him one of the nominees for the player of the year award. He is one of two eighth-graders on the team along with fellow Palmetto State phenom Noah Johnston of Wren — a potential rival in the postseason for the next two years with Beaufort’s move to Class 3A..
Before he even takes his first class at Beaufort High School, Angus already has amassed an impressive resume playing for the Eagles while attending Beaufort Middle School. He is already a two-time All-State honoree and captured the singles title in the state’s largest classification — Class 5A/4A — in May. Angus finished 23-1 this season and earned Region 7-4A and Class 4A Player of the Year honors.
Sneed’s inclusion on the All-USA Today HSSA Football Team is no surprise, as the highly-touted Notre Dame Fighting Irish freshman was considered one of the nation’s top high school football recruits before landing in South Bend. He was a Class 4A All-State pick and the first linebacker named South Carolina’s “Mr. Football” in the award’s 27-year history after racking up 101 tackles (11.2 per game) alongside eight tackles for loss, one sack, eight quarterback pressures, and two interceptions, all while taking over at quarterback midway through the season and rushing for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns on 117 carries while throwing for 210 yards and two TDs.
Other nominees from South Carolina include Boiling Springs’ Tristan Smith and Ridge View’s GG Jackson (baseball); East Clarendon’s Talaysia Cooper and Cardinal Newman’s Ashlyn Watkins (girls basketball); and Cane Bay’s Jaylen Boudreaux (track & field).
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