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Senior captain... Two-year starter for Raleigh private school power... As senior QB, completed 247 of 408 passes for 3,564 yards and 34 TDs, helping Crusaders to 9-4 record and Class 3A state playoff run... Also rushed for 1,058 yards and 13 TDs... Named region's Offensive Player of the Year and First Team Big 8 as senior... In 2012, threw for 1,920 yards and 28 TDs as Cardinal Gibbons were conference champions and had an 11-1 overall record... Also played varsity basketball.
Shawn Anthony Stankavage... Born Oct. 3, 1995... Son of Scott Stankavage and Sue Walsh... Has four sisters, Sarah, Shelby, Ella and Jordan, and a brother, Leo... Dad played QB at University of North Carolina and in NFL with Denver Broncos; mom was an elite swimmer, qualifying for the 1980 Moscow Olympics in the 200-meter backstroke which was boycotted by the United States.
CARDINAL GIBBONS COACH STEVE WRIGHT
"He's a guy that emerged as a primary leader and served as a team captain. What sticks out most in my mind about him is his ability to make plays. He can do some Johnny Manziel-type things. He can stand in the pocket and make a throw or make a play out of nothing.
"One game, when we were playing our conference rival, he scrambled out of the pocket and flipped a little shuffle pass to our running back for a big first down. Then, a play or two later, he dropped back and fired a strike down the field for a 60-yard touchdown pass. And I think those two plays (summarize) what he can do."
"He's got a great frame and I expect him to put on 20-25 pounds. He gets along with everybody on the team, and they responded to his leadership."
Selected Vanderbilt over East Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest among others