Press Release
Press Release
January 19, 2021 Philadelphia, PA
Maxwell Football Club and adidas announce 2020 Offensive and Defensive National High School Players of the Year
The Maxwell Football Club and presenting partner adidas today announced that Ty Thompson, from Mesquite High School, Gilbert Arizona and Barrett Carter from North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee Georgia have been selected as the 2020 Maxwell Football Club Offensive and Defensive National High School Players of the Year respectively. This is the 14th year that this award will be presented and the fourth in which offensive and defensive players are both recognized.

In his final season at Mesquite, Thompson threw for 3,171 yards, 31 touchdowns, and rushed for 234 yards and 8 touchdowns. He led his team to AAAA Arizona State Championships in both 2019 and 2020 and is ranked as the No.9 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback adds the honor to a list of accolades that includes All American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year and the 2020 Ed Dougherty Award (Outstanding Player in Arizona). He was named to play in the All American Bowl earlier this month. Thompson will continue his education and football career at the University of Oregon.

Carter just completed his senior season at North Gwinnett High School and is the No.1 ranked linebacker in the 2020 class by Rivals. Generally considered to be one of the most dominating defensive players in the country, Carter posted 44 tackles, 6 sacks and 4 and 1 interception from his linebacker position. He finished his career with 162 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 18 sacks.

Carter was named as a 2020 High School Butkus Award finalist and was also selected to play in the All American Bowl Game earlier this month. He was selected as the All American Bowl Defensive Player of the Year and he will play college football at Clemson University.

“Leadership, innovation and an indisputable drive to be the best are attributes that Ty, Barrett and adidas share,” said Ryan Lacey, Director of Grassroots Sports Marketing for adidas. “We got to see the leadership and camaraderie that Ty and Barrett shared with their teammates both on and off the field during the 2020 season and we are excited to these outstanding young men as the 2020 Maxwell High School Players of the Year presented by adidas.”

The award was established in 2007 and former winners include Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens HS – Georgia), Trenton Thompson (2014 Westover HS - Georgia), Will Grier (2013 Davidson Day School - Florida), Derrick Henry (2012 Yulee HS - Alabama), Noah Spence (2011 Bishop McDevitt HS - Ohio State), Jeff Driskel (2010 Hagerty HS - Florida), Sharif Floyd (2009 George Washington HS - Florida), Jamarkus McFarland (2008 Lufkin HS - Oklahoma) and DeVier Posey (2007 Cincinnati LaSalle HS - Ohio State). In 2017, for the first time, both offensive and defensive players were recognized, with honors going to Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville, GA High School/Clemson) and Taron Vincent (IMG Academy/Ohio State), Bru McCoy (Mater Dei HS – USC) and Nolan Smith (IMG Academy – Georgia) and last season’s honorees Bryce Young (Mater Dei HS – Alabama) and Bryan Bresee (Damascus HS – Clemson).

Questions concerning any of the Maxwell Football Club’s awards or programs can be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert at or Director of High School Awards John Schmid at

About the Maxwell Football Club
The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) was founded in 1935 and is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation. The MFC promotes and recognizes excellence at all levels of football from youth leagues through the professional ranks. Each year the MFC offers programs which focus on player and coach development, safety, and player wellness. The Club also presents many of the premiere awards in the football world each year. Membership is open and additional information on the Club can be found at

About adidas
adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. As innovation and design leaders, adidas engineers the best in high-performance products to make athletes better, faster and stronger and creates a range of classic and fresh lifestyle and high-fashion lines. 

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