While many youth football stars fade out and their names forgotten, Plae “PlaeMaker” Wyatt only continues to build on his youth phenom status. The class of 2020 prospect was one of the best youth Quarterbacks, and now as a high school All-American, Wyatt is just starting to make a name for himself.
In grade school, Wyatt played for the McKinney Yellow Jackets, and at nine-years-old was featured in ESPN’s hour long special, The Year of the Quarterback, as one of the top youth quarterbacks in the nation. Now at 6’0″ 185lbs and going into his sophomore year, he does not plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Wyatt earned the starting spot at safety and kick returner in his freshman season for McKinney Boyd High School, a 6A school in the state of Texas. Texas football is big business, and 6A is as big as it gets. Teams that hold the 6A status are powerhouses like Allen, Lake Travis, Plano East, and Denton Guyer, to name a few. Starting at a 6A school as a freshman is no joke and a serious privilege. “I had to work for the starting job and do the little things right. When I earned the job after the first game, I felt like there was a target on my back and I had to keep going,” Wyatt stated. And that’s just what he did. He kept going, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Accumulating 58 tackles, 7 deflections, 1 interception, and 225 kick return yards in his first high school season, Wyatt was one of the leading freshman tacklers in the country. Because of his performance on the field, he was named to the All-District team. Better yet, he was also named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team as a Defensive Back, a team that consisted of only three Texas athletes on the defensive side of the ball. “Before every season in every sport, I write down goals to live up to during the season and Freshman All-American was one of them,” said Wyatt. “Being an All-American is a great honor.” Being awarded with the All-American label by MaxPreps is one of the most prestigious awards Wyatt can put next to his name this early in his career.
After being named All-American, Wyatt has seen plenty of media attention and has been invited to numerous camps and all-star games to help further boost his name across the country to college scouts. He has been invited to the highly popular Under Armour All-American and Rivals camps, and has played or participated in the FBU All-American Bowl, Lone Star Prospects Camp, Prime 21 Camp on July 15th, and a UCLA Football Camp. With three years left of high school ball, he hopes more invites continue to come as his career progresses.
This upcoming season, Wyatt plans on utilizing his game as an athlete on offense, in addition to his starting roles at safety and special teams. “The goal is for us to win state, that’s what we are working for. Individually, my goal is to prove everybody wrong who doubted me, and show I belong as a Top 5 player in my class of 2020,” said Wyatt. Even though he has plenty of awards and camp invitations, he still feels he has a lot to prove.
More than just a football star, Wyatt is an all around athlete and a honors student with a 3.8 GPA at McKinney Boyd. He was also the 6th man on the varsity basketball team and was a track star for the junior varsity track and field team, running the 400, 4×400, and 4×100 as a freshman. His JV squad was District Champions in the 4×400, and finished 2nd in 4×100. Music is also a specialty, mixing music under the name Lil’ Plae. On top of all of these talents, Plae Wyatt has a bright football future ahead of him, keep a tab on his name.
Stay up to date with him on Twitter at @plaemaker.