Byron, a 6'6", 260-pound defensive tackle, runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. He averaged three sacks per game at Montgomery's George Washington Carver High and became the first black to win that city's Hitchcock Award for all-round excellence.
This is an article from the Sept. 5, 1977 issue
Jeff, a 6'1½", 188-pound tailback, last year scored 18 touchdowns for Edwardsville (Ill.) High. In three years he averaged 8.87 yards each time he touched the ball—rushing, receiving and returning kicks—and scored 32 touchdowns.
John, 6'2", 180, is the top receiver in Arizona prep history. As a junior at Tucson's Sahuaro High he caught 81 passes, including 21 in one game. In three years Mistler hauled in 149 passes for 2,323 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Tim, a 6'4", 188-pound quarterback, was Ohio AAA Player of the Year after leading Cincinnati's Moeller High to a second straight state title. He holds school records for passing yardage in a season (1,512) and career (3,737).
Dennis, a 6'2" 180-pounder, was one of the nation's top defensive backs at Santa Monica (Calif.) High. Offensively, he caught 33 passes for 11 touchdowns. Smith also high-jumped 7'2" to break Dwight Stones' state prep record.
Booker, 5'11", 190, is a two-time All-State running back from Flint (Mich.) Southwestern High. As a senior he rushed for 1,263 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. He was also an All-State sprinter with a 9.8 100 to his credit.