POY Potential: Top 5 Mo. football recruits

September, 30, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham
John Fedele/ESPNHSDorial Green-Beckham is Missouri's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Hillcrest High (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver and returning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 3
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: hands, speed, route-running, catch in traffic
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This guy is a hybrid of Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson and what makes Green-Beckham unique from other big wide receivers is he is a flexible athlete with fluid movements and quick-twitch athleticism. He is big, strong, rangy and deceptively quick for his size."
2. Lee's Summit West High (Lee's Summit, Mo.) offensive guard Evan Boehm

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 53
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 290 pounds
  • College: University of Missouri (verbal)
  • Traits: run blocking, strength, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Boehm is a tough linemen displaying the explosion and playing strength necessary to be effective as both a run and pass blocker. Although he is productive at tackle we feel his size and athleticism are better suited for the offensive guard position at the major level of competition."
3. De Smet Jesuit High (Saint Louis, Mo.) wide receiver Durron Neal

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 61
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 190 pounds
  • College: University of Oklahoma (verbal)
  • Testing results: 4.62 40-yard dash; 28.0 vertical jump
  • Traits: hands, speed, catch in traffic, yards after catch
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Neal is a gifted pass catcher that is employed as a utility player on offense due to his open field run skills, quickness and speed, but we feel he will be a wide receiver at the next level. Reminds us a little of Jeremy Maclin at times. He has good height and a wiry, lean athletic build."
4. Rockhurst High (Kansas City, Mo.) inside linebacker Michael Rose

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 136
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • College: University of Nebraska (verbal)
  • Testing results: 4.79 40-yard dash; 29.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: diagnosing skills, inside run support, tackling, coverage skill
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Rose demonstrates the physical toughness and playing speed necessary to be very productive against both the run and pass. Has the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition."
5. Parkway North High (Saint Louis, Mo.) inside linebacker Donavin Newsom

  • ESPNU position rank: No. 13 ILB
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • College: University of Missouri (verbal)
  • Traits: diagnosing skills, outside run support, tackling, coverage skill
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Newsom is a very active linebacker with the strength and playing speed to make plays all over the field. Has the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition. His strong tackling ability should prove productive as a special team's coverage player."
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.

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