The following piece is based solely on Thursday's state title game performance and has nothing to do with each players' recruiting potential.
Kerryon Johnson | 6-foot-1, 195 lbs | RB/DB | Class of 2015
Quick Take: Johnson was his usual self, despite a pair of nagging injuries, in leading the Mustangs to the class 3A crown for the second-straight December. His first three carries totaled more than 60 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run to break a scoreless tie early in this one. With great vision, stride and power, Johnson made enough plays early to make his usual impact. He was banged up (ankle, shoulder) late in the game, but toughed it out. The junior finished with 93 yards on seven carries, including the score.
Malik Miller | 6-foot, 225 lbs | RB/LB | Class of 2016
Quick Take: Miller does what he's asked to do, and does it well. He picks up tough yards as a fullback, blocks for Johnson and makes several plays on the edge at outside linebacker. He's disciplined against the run, with the strength to set an edge even against a scrappy and speedy offense like Leeds'. Miller sealed the game late, finishing with 168 yards and two scores on 20 carries en route to the MVP trophy.
Nicolas Tomlinson | 5-foot-10, 180 lbs | WR/DB | Class of 2016
Quick Take: Leeds kept the game close most of the way through, and that may not have been the case without Tomlinson. The sophomore made several great open-field tackles against shifty Leeds runners, containing them from breakout runs. He doesn't hesitate to fill the alley and takes good angles to the ball. He was tabbed with eight tackles on this day.
Jacoby Lockhart | 5-foot-7, 157 lbs | WR/DB | Class of 2015
Quick Take: Small, or very small, in stature, it simply doesn't matter for Lockhart. All he does is make gritty plays, and he's a tough task to tackle in the open field. He has good speed and runs like he's 20 pounds heavier in finishing out plays. Lockhart showed good hands and a knack for making defenders miss with above-average awareness both before and after he possesses the ball. The junior finished the day with 64 yards receiving and a touchdown on four grabs, though he had an electrifying 69-yarder called back.
Tadarryl Marshall | 6-foot, 170 lbs | QB | Class of 2016
Quick Take: A better runner than passer at this stage of his development, the early deficit forced him to do both on this day. He improved as a passer as the game went on, especially down-the-field to Lockhart, who he looks to more times than not. Marshall can get it there with good strength and sports a decent release, but he's more dangerous on the move. With a long stride and excellent burst, he helped keep the Green Wave in it until the very end. Marshall ended the day with 139 yards rushing and 147 passing along with the score.
Tre Nation | 6-foot, 215 lbs | RB | Class of 2016
Quick Take: yet another underclassmen standout for Leeds, Nation is a bruiser that gets better as the game progresses. He helped swing momentum for Leeds in the second half in scoring the first touchdown of the game for the Green Wave momentum. Nation finished with more than 60 total yards on a tough afternoon.