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Friday, September 23, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Ill. 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 …

Jordan Diamond
Jordan Diamond is Illinois' No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Simeon High (Chicago, Ill.) offensive tackle Jordan Diamond
2. Glenbard West High (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) defensive tackle Tommy Schutt
3. Barrington High (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) offensive tackle Dan Voltz
4. Providence Catholic High (New Lenox, Ill.) offensive tackle Ryan Ward
5. Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Ill.) defensive end Faith Ekakitie
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.