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Finalists named for the 2017 Kentucky Mr. Football award

Danville's Dmauriae VanCleave runs against Mayfield during the Class 2A Russell Athletics KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Danville's Dmauriae VanCleave runs against Mayfield during the Class 2A Russell Athletics KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Finalists for the 2017 Kentucky Mr. Football award have been revealed.

Eleven seniors across Kentucky were nominated to the ballot by members of the Associated Press, which revealed the ballot on Saturday. By alphabetical order they are:

Tyrese Allen, Paintsville

Justin Blackburn, Ludlow

Jairus Brents, Waggener

Kam Butler, Covington Catholic

Jake Chisholm, Ryle

Blake Gamble, Johnson Central

Trevor Grant, Graves County

AJ Mayer, Covington Catholic

Rondale Moore, Trinity

Matt Shearer, Simon Kenton

D’Mauriae VanCleave, Danville

All-State and Mr. Football balloting began Saturday. The results will be announced at a later date.

Moore, the top-ranked recruit in the state according to 247Sports, was originally committed to Texas but announced his commitment to Purdue on Saturday. The wide receiver was considered the frontrunner for Mr. Football coming into the season and helped lead the Shamrocks to back-to-back Class 6A titles in 2016 and 2017.

Butler, a defensive end, and Mayer, a quarterback, helped lead Covington Catholic to its first undefeated season in program history and to a Class 5A title in December. They’re both headed to Miami (Ohio).

VanCleave, a do-it-all speedster who played both sides of the ball all season, led Danville to and undefeated sseason its first state title since 2003. He hasn’t committed to play anywhere at the next level.

All but two of the players named (Grant and Shearer) were named to the Herald-Leader’s 2017 Class of the Commonwealth.

Seventeen coaches were nominated for AP Coach of the Year. They are, in alphabetical order: Todd Adler, Logan County; David Barnes, Caldwell County; Bob Beatty, Trinity; Jon Clark, Madison Southern; Clay Clevenger, Danville; Eddie Eviston, Covington Catholic; Justin Haddix, Corbin; Josh Jaggers, LaRue County; Matt Jones, Kentucky Country Day; Joe Morris, Mayfield; Noel Rash, Beechwood; Michael Salmons, Raceland; Chuck Smith, Boyle County; Al Starnes, Crittenden County; Steve Stonebraker, Casey County; Greg Taphouse, Ludlow; Tommy Williams, Pleasure Ridge Park

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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