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Thursday, September 29, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Va. football recruits

By Steve Ouellette

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 …

Joel Caleb
Joel Caleb is Virginia's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Clover Hill High (Midlothian, VA) Quarterback Joel Caleb
2. Brookville High (Lynchburg, VA) Defensive tackle Korren Kirven
3. Briar Woods High (Ashburn, VA) Wide receiver/defensive back Alex Carter
4. Ocean Lakes High (Virginia Beach, VA) Wide receiver/defensive end Eli Harold
5. Centerville High (Clifton, VA) Linebacker Ken Ekanem
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.