The 2021 College Football America Yearbook has named its ‘Class of 2021’ for its FBS Dream Team, its version of a preseason All-America team that is built like an 85-player scholarship roster.
The ‘Dream Team’ features 59 of the best players in college football as part of its Starting Lineup, Second String and Reserves. After that, the College Football America Yearbook selects 27 incoming freshmen, a group that complements the 59 established players selected. That’s 86 players, of course. The team features a non-scholarship long snapper.
The ‘Class of 2021’ includes:
Alabama has four players in the Class — running back Camar Wheaton, offensive linemen Tommy Brockermeyer and JC Latham, and cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry. Wheaton was a Top 5 recruit out of the state of Texas who rushed for 3,731 yards and 48 touchdowns for his career. Brockermeyer, also from Texas, enrolled at Alabama with his twin brother, James. Tommy was a unanimous five-star prospect and a top-three tackle by all major recruiting sites. Latham, meanwhile, was the nation’s top-ranked offensive lineman by all major outlets. McKinstry, aside from the cool first name, was widely considered one of the top cornerbacks in the 2021 signing class.
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson and wide receiver Emeka Egbuka should solidify the future of the Buckeyes’ offense. Henderson enrolled early at OSU and opted out of playing in high school football in 2020 due to COVID-19. He was 247Sports’ No. 1 rated running back. Egbuka, a consensus five-star prospect who was the nation’s top-ranked wide receiver and the No. 8 overall player according to 247Sports, had more than 100 yards receiving in OSU’s spring game.
Washington quarterback Sam Huard is on the team after he threw for 13,214 yards and 153 career touchdowns at Kennedy Catholic in Bellevue, Washington (he’s the nephew of former Washington quarterback Brock Huard).
Oklahoma had a pair of players in the class — wide receiver Mario Williams and defensive end Clayton Smith. Williams, a player ESPN.com considered to be the No. 1 receiver in the country, finished with 160 receptions for 3,191 yards and 41 touchdowns in high school. Smith, like Williams, enrolled in the spring and was considered a consensus top-100 national recruit.
Georgia had two offensive recruits in the class — tight end Brock Bowers and offensive lineman Amarius Mims. Bowers was considered a Top 5 tight end nationally who had 39 receptions for 1,098 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in his final high school season. Mims was the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the state of Georgia and enrolled early.
Clemson center Ryan Linthicum, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and all-purpose player Will Shipley made the team. Rivals.com pegged Linthicum as the nation’s top prep center. Trotter — the son of former NFL star Jeremiah Trotter — was ESPN.com’s No. 7 overall player and No. 1 linebacker in the country. Shipley is listed as a running back, but Rivals.com named him the No. 1 all-purpose player in the 2021 Class.
LSU can claim two defenders on the team — tackle Maason Smith and end Landon Jackson. Rivals.com named Smith the nation’s top defensive line prospect. He enrolled early and played in LSU’s spring game. Jackson was a Top 10-rated end who had 45 career sacks in high school.
Texas is the last program with multiple selections. Safety JD Coffey and Ja’Tavion Sanders made the Class of 2021. Coffey was considered a Top 10- safety in the state of Texas who finished high school with with 313 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 19 interceptions, 25 pass break ups and 10 touchdowns. Sanders, listed as a tight end, was a freakish athlete in high school who played both tight end and defensive end.
The programs with single selections include:
Boston College cornerback Clinton Burton Jr., now listed as CJ Burton on BC’s roster, who was a four-star prospect and ESPN’s No. 3 rated cornerback.
Cincinnati punter Mason Fletcher, who hails from Melbourne, Australia.
Indiana quarterback Donaven McCulley, who threw for 6,211 passing yards, rushed for 1,274 rushing yards and scored 47 touchdowns in high school.
Maryland linebacker Terrence Lewis, a five-star linebacker and Top 10 recruit as rated by ESPN.
Miami (FL) safety James Williams, one of the nation’s best safeties who had offers from more than two dozen schools.
Michigan linebacker Junior Colson, a four-star recruit who recorded 59 tackles including 7.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, two fumble returns as a senior.
Penn State kicker Sander Sahaydak, the No. 2 rated kicker in Pennsylvania per Rivals.com who has a career-best 53-yard field goal.
USC defensive tackle Korey Foreman, rated by at least one recruiting service as the country’s No. 1 overall recruit.
Wisconsin offensive lineman Nolan Rucci, who should be a player that will eventually solidify the Badgers’ offensive line.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
2021 College Football America Preseason Dream Team
Class of 2021 Freshmen
Pos., Player, College/High School
QB Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic (Bellevue, WA)/Washington
RB TreVeyon Henderson, Hopewell (VA)/Ohio State
RB Camar Wheaton, Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX)/Alabama
WR Emeka Egbuka, Stellacoom (WA)/Ohio State
WR Mario Williams, Plant City (FL)/Oklahoma
TE Brock Bowers, Napa (CA)/Georgia
OL Tommy Brockermeyer, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, TX)/Alabama
OL JC Latham, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)/Alabama
OL Amarius Mims, Bleckley County (Cochran, GA)/Georgia
OL Nolan Rucci, Warwick (Lititz, PA)/Wisconsin
C Ryan Linthicum, Damascus (MD)/Clemson
Pos., Player, College/High School
DT Korey Foreman, Centennial (Corona, CA)/USC
DT Maason Smith, Terrebonne (Houma, LA)/LSU
DE Landon Jackson, Pleasant Grove (Texarkana, TX)/LSU
DE Clayton Smith, Texas High (Texarkana, TX)/Oklahoma
LB Junior Colson, Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN)/Michigan
LB Terrence Lewis, Miami Central (Opa Locka, FL)/Maryland
LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, PA)/Clemson
CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Pinson Valley (Pinson, AL)/Alabama
CB Clinton Burton Jr., St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD)/Boston Coll.
S JD Coffey, Kennedale (TX)/Texas
S James Williams, American Heritage (Opa Locka, FL)/Miami (FL)
Pos. Player School
K Sander Sahaydak, Liberty (Bethlehem, PA/Penn State
P Mason Fletcher, ProKick Australia (Melbourne, AUS)/Cincinnati
ATH Ja’Tavion Sanders, Ryan (Denton, TX)/Texas
AP Will Shipley, Weddington (Matthews, NC)/Clemson
QB/DT Donaven McCulley, Lawrence North (Indianapolis, IN)/Indiana