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Friday, September 30, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Mo. 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 …

Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is Missouri's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Hillcrest High (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver and returning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham
2. Lee's Summit West High (Lee's Summit, Mo.) offensive guard Evan Boehm
3. De Smet Jesuit High (Saint Louis, Mo.) wide receiver Durron Neal
4. Rockhurst High (Kansas City, Mo.) inside linebacker Michael Rose
5. Parkway North High (Saint Louis, Mo.) inside linebacker Donavin Newsom
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.