Sunday, May 27, 2012
Eye on POY: Utah Baseball
By Joel Beck
The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Brady Lail Senior RHP/shortstop, Bingham (South Jordan)
2012 Team record: 25-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A quarterfinals
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Baseball Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Utah Mr. Baseball; 2011 Region MVP; 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase participant
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign. Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.