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Friday, October 7, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Pa. football recruits

By Ben Rohrbach

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 …

Noah Spence
Noah Spence is Pennsylvania's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence
2. Hopewell High (Aliquippa, Pa.) running back Rushel Shell
3. Archbishop Ward High (Warminster, Pa.) tight end Colin Thompson
4. Pennsbury High (Fairless Hills, Pa.) offensive tackle J.J. Denman
5. McDowell High (Erie, Pa.) athlete Greg Garmon
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.