Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania) WR Julian Fleming is 2019 High School Football America / National High School Coaches Association Senior Athlete of the Year

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Julian Fleming is the 2019 High School Football America / National High School Coaches Association Senior Player of the Year after an outstanding four-year career at Southern Columbia, our two-time defending Small Schools national champ.

Fleming closed-out an outstanding scholastic career by leading Southern Columbia to its third straight Pennsylvania Class 2A state championship in December. Fleming, who also named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year as a junior and senior, finished 2019 with 72 catches for 1,572 yards with 23 touchdowns. The No. 4 overall college football recruit in the Class of 2020, heads to Ohio State University as Pennsylvania’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.

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Fleming is the third Pennsylvania high school football player to win the award, which has been won by future Heisman Trophy winners Kyler Murray (Allen HS, Texas in 2015), Derrick Henry (Yulee HS, Florida in 2013) and Johnny Manziel (Kerrville Tivy HS, Texas in 2011).  The other Pennsylvania winners are Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette High School for the 2007 high school football season and Austin Scott of Parkland High School for the 2002-03 sports season.

High School Football America has been jointly presenting the award since 2010. Below are the past winners of the NHSCA/High School Football America Senior National Football Athlete of the Year.

2019-2020 – Julian Fleming, Southern Columbia HS, Pennsylvania

2018-2019 – Bo Nix – Pinson Valley HS, Alabama

2017-2018 – JT Daniels – Mater Dei HS, California

2016-2017 – Tate Martell – Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada

2015-2016 – Sean McGrew – St John Bosco HS, California

2014-2015 – Kyler Murray – Allen HS, Texas

2013-2014 – Leonard Fournette – St. Augustine HS, Louisiana

2012-2013 – Derrick Henry – Yulee HS, Florida

2011-2012 – Jonathan Gray – Aledo HS, Texas

2010-2011 – Johnny Manziel – Tivy HS, Texas

2009-2010 – Seantrel Henderson – Cretin-Derham Hall, Minnesota

2008-2009 – Garrett Gilbert – Lake Travis HS, Texas

2007-2008 – Terrelle Pryor – Jeannette HS, Pennsylvania

2006-2007 – John Brantley – Trinity Catholic HS, Florida

2005-2006 – John Dergo – Morris HS, Illinois

2004-2005 – Greg Paulus – Christian Brothers Academy, New York

2003-2004 – Jeff Byers – Loveland HS, Colorado

2002-2003 – Austin Scott – Parkland HS, Pennsylvania

2001-2002 – Lorenzo Booker – St. Bonaventure HS, California

2000-2001 – Tyler Bell – Ventura HS, California

1999-2000 – David Beck – Lockport HS, New York

Below you can hear what Fleming’s head coach Jim Roth had to say about his star on the High School Football America Podcast at the end of July.

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Small Player Big Play

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