The Watkins Award has established itself as the nation’s premier award for African American male high school seniors who represent the highest achievement in academics and athletics. The Award is emblematic of an extraordinary athlete, a bonafide scholar, and a person who has been recognized by prominent people in his community as a leader, volunteer, and community advocate.
Jamal Rashad Patterson is a 2009 Watkins Award Honoree from McDonough, Georgia. Prior to attending Stanford University, he played high school football at Henry County High School where he was an Academic All-American and maintained a 4.6 GPA while also running track. Jamal Rashad was a 3X State Champion in the 300m and set the state record in 2009. As a football player, he was a Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist, All-State, and Chick-fil-A Player of the Year. Jamal Rashad was selected to play in both the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American Games. He was rated as a top player in all the recruiting services coming out of high school.