His 2009 honors included EA Sports Mr. Football USA, Max Preps National Player of the Year, U.S. Army Ken Hall National Player of the Year, Parade All-American All-Purpose MVP, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Scout.com All-Americ first team, Max Preps All-American first team, Max Preps All-American Medium School National Player of the Year, Sporting News Top 100, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest Offensive Player of the Year, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football Player of the Year, Max Preps California Division II Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Player of the Year and All-CIF San Diego Player of the Year as a senior quarterback, running back and wide receiver at Mission Bay High in San Diego (Calif.).He completed 102-of-166 passes (61.4%) for 1,968 yards with 26 TDs and just 7 interceptions and ran for a San Diego record 2,984 yards on 261 carries (11.4 avg.) with 50 TDs (he also caught a TD pass) while accounting for a state record 79 touchdowns on offense, had 2 interceptions and scored twice on defense and returned 9 punts for 117 yards (13.0 avg.) and 11 kickoffs for 179 yards (16.3 avg.) in 2009. Mission Bay went 13-0 and won the CIF San Diego Division IV title in 2009.As a junior in 2008, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and San Diego Union-Tribune All-San Diego first team. He completed 100-of-185 passes (54.1%) for 1,293 yards and 11 TDs, plus ran for 1,258 yards with 16 TDs and had 250 receiving yards with 5 TDs in 2008. As a sophomore in 2007, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team.