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Danville High School’s D’Mauriae VanCleave Named Mr. Football in Kentucky

Danville High School wide receiver D’Mauriae VanCleave has been named Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky.

Here are details from the Herald-Leader:



D’Mauriae VanCleave, a 5-foot-7 athlete who played multiple positions in his four-year career with the Admirals, was named the 2017 Mr. Football winner by the Associated Press on Thursday.

He became the first Danville player to win the award — considered the highest individual honor in the state — and the third player from the city of Danville to take home the honor; Boyle County’s Jeff Duggins and Lamar Dawson won in 2001 and 2010, respectively.

VanCleave is the 32nd recipient of the award, which was first issued to Frank Jacobs (Newport Central Catholic) in 1986. He became the award’s fifth winner to hail from central Kentucky, joining Dawson, Duggins, Jeremy Simpson (Lincoln County, 1993) and Dennis Johnson (Harrodsburg, 1997). In December he was named to the Herald-Leader’s Class of the Commonwealth team and to the Louisville Courier-Journal’s All-State team.

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This past season, VanCleave had 82 catches for 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 762 yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 carries and led Danville to an undefeated 2A state championship.

VanCleave, who runs 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, currently has only one Division I scholarship offer from Wofford College. He also has some preferred walk-on interest from the University of Kentucky.

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