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The highly anticipated 2021 high school football season is around the corner and we begin our look at the country's best player with the Preseason MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team. The talented crop of 2024 graduates features 54 players and is headlined by quarterback Elijah Brown of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

One of five Monarchs landing on the squad, Brown was the fourth quarterback in school history to start as a freshman, joining Todd Marinovich, JT Daniels and Matt Barkley. In a shortened spring season, Brown threw for nearly 1,000 yards on 74-of-107 passing (69 percent) and 15 TDs as Mater Dei went 5-0. ...

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