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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 La. football recruits

By Eric Snyder

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 …

Landon Collins is Louisiana's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Dutchtown High (Geismar, La.) safety Landon Collins
2. Woodlawn High (Shreveport, La.) defensive end Torshiro Davis
3. West Saint John High (Edgard, La.) outside linebacker Ronnie Feist
4. Patterson High (La.) outside linebacker Lorenzo Phillips
5. East Saint John High (Reserve, La.) athlete Darion Monroe
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.