The 2011-12 Gatorade State Football Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …
Name: Dorial Green-Beckham
Position: Wide receiver
School: Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Weight: 215 pounds
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year … No. 3 national recruit in Class of 2011 as ranked by ESPNU … owns state records for single-season receiving yards, career receiving yards and career receiving touchdowns … led Hornets (7-5) to second round of the 2010 Class 4 state tournament … two-time Class 4 First Team All-State selection as named by the Missouri Football Coaches Association … 2009-10 Gatorade Missouri Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Academics: B average
Extracurricular activities: Football, basketball and track … youth mentor and elementary school motivational speaker … church youth group
Rick Vernon, head coach of rival Waynesville High: “He’s a great football player. He has height and speed, and he catches the ball well. In Missouri, he’s definitely a difference-maker. You won’t see a lot of guys like him come through Mid-Missouri. He’s a great ballplayer. You have to do certain things when you have to play him-- double-cover him, jam him, put a guy over the top -- but they find ways to get the ball to him.”
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning football underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …
Michael Rose SR LB Rockhurst; Evan Boehm SR OL Lee’s Summit West; Durron Neal SR WR De Smet Jesuit; Marquise Bostic SR DL Northwest Transportation & Law
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