High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Albert Reid

Washington D.C. Football POY: Albert Reid

December, 1, 2011
A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY: Albert Reid
ESPNUAlbert Reid is the No. 37-ranked athlete in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
THE WINNER: Albert Reid

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Running back
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Reid rushed for 1,705 yards and 17 touchdowns on 225 carries this past season, leading the Knights to a 9-1 season. He ran for more than 100 yards in every game and topped 200 yards three times.

Academic excellence: Reid has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Reid has volunteered locally as a youth mentor.

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Eye on POY: D.C. football

November, 23, 2011
The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Eddie Goldman
File photo/ESPNHSEddie Goldman is one of the nation's top senior recruits.
Eddie Goldman
Senior defensive tackle, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 9-1
2011 Team standing: Season complete

2011 Tackles: 38
2011 Sacks: 15
2011 Forced fumbles: 5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 2 senior by ESPNU; Under Armour All-American.

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POY Potential: Top 5 D.C. football recruits

October, 5, 2011
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 …

Eddie Goldman
Ryan Gibson/ESPNHSEddie Goldman is Washington D.C.'s No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 2
  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 310 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Strength, run defense, disruptiveness, pass rushing
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This is an interior defensive lineman with good size. He looks to carry his weight well and should be able to comfortably play over 300 pounds at the college level. He is a big dude who will present a stout presence, but he can be disruptive as he has good quickness off the ball."

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