High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Archbishop Ward

POY Potential: Top 5 Pa. football recruits

October, 7, 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 …

Noah Spence
file photo/ESPNHSNoah Spence is Pennsylvania's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 4
  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 245 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, pursuit
  • ESPNU scouting report: "There is a lot to like about Spence as you watch this kid play. He is a very good football player and can be a real disruptive presence. He is a prospect with good size. He has good height and bulk for a high school prospect and looks to carry his weight well."

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