Florida offensive lineman Michael Brewster, Westerville Central punter Ben Buchanan and Cincinnati LaSalle wide receiver DeVier Posey – all future Buckeyes – were honored with the prestigious award in the first year it has been given at the high school level. Cincinnati Elder’s Kyle Rudolph – a Notre Dame recruit – was named the nation’s top tight end.
The Maxwell Award Club has been honoring football players at the collegiate and professional levels since 1935.
Brewster was surprised about winning the award.
“I didn’t have any idea what (the award) was coming into this but it is great honor,” he said. “I feel blessed and it took a lot of hard work. It is humbling to know that I was picked from all the best guys and the All-Americans. It is a big, big honor.”
Brewster arrived in San Antonio Thursday and is getting acclimated to all the activities that surround the All-American Bowl.
“I am getting to know the guys. Everybody has gotten a head start on friendships and I have kind of just jumped in and it has been fun,” Brewster said.
He will be sidelined for Saturday’s game at 1:00 p.m. EST (NBC) with a shoulder injury but is appreciative of the honor of being selected for the Bowl nonetheless.
“It is a big time honor. I wish I was playing but stuff happens. But I am looking forward to the game on Saturday,” he said.
And Brewster said his recovery is coming along nicely.
“The surgery went great. A week from this upcoming Monday I will be out of my sling at starting rehab up at Ohio State,” he said. “I am pretty excited about getting up there and starting that. It feels great and I feel like I could take (the sling) off now but I just need to make sure it heals up real nice and not push it.”
Brewster has graduated high school and is enrolling at Ohio State for the winter quarter next week.
“I am pretty nervous but I guess that is normal for any kid that leaves high school three weeks ago and starts college in a month,” he said. “But I know I will be in good hands and that is the reason I am going there.”
He will be rooming with Buckeye offensive lineman recruit J.B. Shugarts once on campus in Columbus.
“It will be good. We will be there for each other being so far away from home,” he said.
A Leg Up on the Competition
Kicker/punter Ben Buchanan added another honor to his long list of accolades earning the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top punter.
He averaged 40.6 yards per punt his senior season at Westerville Central.
“It really was a surprise,” Buchanan said. “I am really excited to be down here and to be nominated for an award like that and to be able to win it just makes the experience that much more great. To be recognized with such a prestigious college award and to be a high school winner is obviously very encouraging and just a blessing.
“I have been very blessed. I am so excited to be a Buckeye and an Army All-American and it has just been a fun ride,” he added.
Buchanan is also nursing an injury with a stress fracture in his left foot but has been practicing this week punting for the East team. His participation is the game Saturday is questionable.
“I am just resting it now but it is going to be a game-time decision. I don’t want to do anything stupid but at the same time I want to play Saturday,” he said. “I have been practicing and it is doing okay. We’ll just see how it feels on Saturday.”
Reeling in More Hardware
Cincinnati LaSalle product made the top catch Thursday with the Maxwell Award as the top receiver in the country.
Posey had 48 catches for 776 yards and eight touchdowns for the Lancers this season.
“I was surprised (I won the award). I didn’t think that it would ever happen,” he said. “(When I was told), I was like, ‘Nah, it can’t be true’ and I just think it is a blessing. I am just in shock. This whole week, I have been waiting to wake up.”
The Best of the Rest
Other Maxwell Award winners honored Thursday included Rudolph, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Darrell Scott, , defensive lineman Marcus Forston, Linebacker Arthurs Brown, defensive back Patrick Johnson, kicker Patrick Walsh and Matt Barkley took home the Outstanding Junior award.
Past Maxwell Award winners at the collegiate level have included All-American Bowl alumni Vince Young, Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow.