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ALL-USA players in Super Bowl LIII: Lamarcus Joyner

High school rankings aren’t everything, but sometimes top players continue to excel into adulthood. Super Bowl LIII will feature five players who made an ALL-USA team while in high school. Let’s take a look at the players who blossomed into NFL-caliber talent and their high school accomplishments leading up to it.
The list doesn’t include Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (Injured Reserve), DB Steven Parker (practice squad) or New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill (Injured Reserve), none of whom will play in the game.
The 2019 Super Bowl between the Rams and Patriots will take place Feb. 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It can be viewed on CBS.
MORE: Andrew Whitworth | Sam Shields

<p><strong>Position</strong>: OL<br />
<strong>High school</strong>: West Monroe HS (La.)<br />
<strong>Year named ALL-USA</strong>: 2000<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Whitworth won two championships in high school and played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2000.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>Position</strong>: WR<br />
<strong>High school</strong>: Booker HS (Sarasota, Fl.)<br />
<strong>Year named ALL-USA</strong>: 2005<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Shields serves as a cornerback nowadays, but in high school, he was a dominant receiver. Shields put up 67 receptions, 1,201 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2005.</p>

<p><em>Photo: AP (left); Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (right)</em></p>

<p><strong>Position</strong>: DB<br />
<strong>High school</strong>: St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.)<br />
<strong>Year named ALL-USA</strong>: 2009<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: The 2009 ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Joyner consistently shutdown his receiver. MaxPreps lists him as having 10 tackles in 2009 while also playing offense and special teams.</p>

<p><em>Photos: Eliot J. Schechter (left); Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports (Right)</em></p>

<p><strong>Position</strong>: WR<br />
<strong>High school</strong>: Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Year named ALL-USA</strong>: 2009<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: The No. 3 player in his class ranked by 247Sports, Woods put up consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons and had 41 total receiving touchdowns in high school. On defense, he had three straight seasons of seven or more interceptions and 80+ tackles.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (right)</em></p>

<p><strong>Position</strong>: RB<br />
<strong>High school</strong>: American Heritage School (Plantation, Fl.)<br />
<strong>Year named ALL-USA</strong>: 2013<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: As an eighth grader, Michel rushed for 1,825 yards and 18 touchdowns. He did not play his sophomore year, but finished his career with 6,659 yards and 81 touchdowns, and broke 2,000 all-purpose yards as a senior.</p>

<p><em>Photos: Tom Lemming (left); Brian Fluhart/USA TODAY Sports (right)</em></p>

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2009 ALL-USA DB Lamarcus Joyner
High school: St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
“Everybody has a plan until they get hit.”
That’s the mantra of Los Angeles Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner. He’s typically the one doing the hitting.
It’s been that way since high school, when he emerged as a star at Southwest High School (Miami, Fla.) and then transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) for his senior year, which, according to Sports Illustrated, was a move in part to help his grades reach college eligibility.
That season, he was the ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year. He prevented the players he covered from even catching the ball, racking up only 10 tackles, according to MaxPreps. Quarterbacks would look the other way or be punished.
Joyner was also a contributor on offense and special teams. This includes one kickoff return he returned through calf cramps for a touchdown, the SI piece describes. “We call that Automatic Six,” Joyner told the outlet. “It’s just an automatic with Lamarcus Joyner back there.”

He went on to attend Florida State, where he became a unanimous All-American and helped the Seminoles win the 2014 BCS Championship Game.
Joyner was drafted in the second round, No. 41 overall, to the Rams.
Tomorrow: 2009 ALL-USA wide receiver Robert Woods, Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, Calif.)