Carter High School senior linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has been named a semifinalist for the 31st annual Butkus Award which honors the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels.
Ten linebackers from nine universities were named semi-finalists, including two high school Butkus Award winners, Jaylon Smith (2012) and Raekwon McMillan (2013).
Finalists in both divisions will be announced Nov. 23, and winners will be notified on or before Dec. 8.
The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in early 2016.
Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.
The high school finalists are:
Krys Barnes Liberty High School, Bakersfield, Calif.
Tuf Borland Bolingbrook High School, Ill.
Breland Brandt Windward High School, Los Angeles, Calif.
Devin Bush Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ben Davis Gordo High School, Ala.
Michael Divinity John Ehret High School, Marrero, La.
Brendan Ferns Saint Clairsville High School, Ohio
Mique Juarez North High School, Torrance, Calif.
Caleb Kelly Clovis West High School, Fresno, Calif.
Tre Lamar Roswell High School, Ga.
Shaquille Quarterman Oakleaf High School, Orange Park, Fla.
Rahshaun Smith IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Lokeni Toailoa Wilmer Carter High School, Rialto, Calif.
Maxs Tupai Murray High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Devin White North Webster High School, Springhill, La.
Lyndell Wilson Carver Senior High School, Montgomery, Ala.