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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Ohio football recruits

By Joel Beck

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 …

Ifeadi Odenigbo
Ifeadi Odenigbo is Ohio's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Centerville High (Centerville, Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo
2. Taft High (Cincinnati, Ohio) defensive end Adolphus Washington
3. McKinley High (Canton, Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman
4. St. Edward High (Lakewood, Ohio) offensive tackle Kyle Kalis
5. Taft High (Cincinnati, Ohio) wide receiver Dwayne Stanford II
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.