Pitt freshman running back Isreal Abanikanda has been named to the National Football Foundation’s Team of Distinction.
The Team of Distinction is a group of 82 players selected from a pool of over 3,500 high school athletes, based on academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.
Abanikanda was a two-year team captain, the Gatorade New York State Players of the Year, and a member of the National Honor Society and New York City All-Academic Team.
“This initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network,” NFF chairman Archie Manning said in a press release. “This honor is one of the most prestigious national awards that a high school player can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities. We would like to congratulate all 82 honorees, holding them out as examples for future generations to emulate.”