The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) announced its High School Academic All-Americans selections for the 2012-2013 school year on Wednesday.

The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) announced its High School Academic All-Americans selections for the 2012-2013 school year on Wednesday. Waynesville's Dylan Newcomb was selected as one of 140 high school athletes from 32 states and eight sports. Newcomb is one of three student-athletes selected from Missouri.

"This year's Academic All-Americans are the epitome of what a student-athlete is," Bobby Ferraro, NHSCA's executive director, said. "Not only do they excel on the playing field, mat, court, or track but they also excel in the classroom. These student athletes are leaders in and out of the classroom and are the future leaders of tomorrow."

Newcomb was named to the aMissouri Class 5 All-State football team in 2011 and 2012, and was not only a factor in Tigers' football, but also in the classroom. He is currently ranked No. 1 in a class of 402 Waynesville seniors with a 4.0 GPA. The scholar also scored a 30 on his ACT test. Newcomb served as the school's student government vice-president. This year's NHSCA nomination is one of Newcomb's seven Academic All-State honors earned in three sports (baseball, basketball).

After a three-year search and several trips to universities nationwide including Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, University of Pennsylvania and Missouri S&T, Newcomb announced his commitment to the right school, Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.), on Monday.

"My sophomore year I was at a camp and a [former Notre Dame] coach told me I should look into Washington University," Newcomb said. " Wash-U is one of the most prestigious Ivy League-caliber schools in the country and I am proud to be attending the university and joining the football program."

Making the transition from high school to college is always difficult in its own way, but Newcomb already has his plan for change in place.

"I'm going to start off college by studying hard and get the basics all down my freshman year, and then get more involved as time moves along," he explained. "I really want to take full part in the Washington-U community and see where that takes me."

As far as playing football, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Newcomb is anxious to begin his college career.

"I can bring a lot of diversity, athletics-wise," he said. "Everybody there is pretty much just like me so I think I'll be a good fit."

The NCSA Athletics Association, an organization that helps student-athletes with the recruiting process, lists Newcomb primarily as a cornerback. In 2010 and 2011, he tallied 114 total tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 32 passes defensed, nine interceptions and five forced fumbles.

Despite missing games due to shoulder injury in 2012, the senior leader still managed to create a vast impact on the field, even after switching from receiver to quarterback.

With a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, the student-athlete is primed to play any position on the field, however.

In 2011, before Newcomb swapped positions from receiving to signal calling, he hauled in 33 catches, averaging 13.5 yards per reception, and seven touchdowns.

Because of his success at Waynesville High, however, Newcomb called his preeminent scholastic career and signing "bittersweet."

"I'll miss this place," he said in front of the brass tiger statue in the school's foyer. "It's where I grew up, but it's time to move on. I won't forget the place, that's for sure.

"I am thankful for all of the support and encouragement that my family has given me and I will never forget my friends, teachers and coaches who have taught me so much. I have a lot of great memories from high school and I will always be proud to [have been] a Waynesville Tiger."

Newcomb is the final student-athlete of Waynesville's total 13 who has committed to collegiate athletics.

The senior is set to graduate May 24.