High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Barrington

Eye on POY: Rhode Island boys cross country

January, 17, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Mike Marsella
Senior, Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:37.59

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 4th—16:14.7
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 19th—15:42.96

Dylan Verner-Crist
Senior, Barrington (R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:57.95

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POY Potential: R.I. All-State football

October, 11, 2011
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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 ESPNHS preseason All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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POY Potential: Top 5 Ill. football recruits

September, 23, 2011
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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 …

Jordan Diamond
file photo/ESPNHSJordan Diamond is Illinois' No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Simeon High (Chicago, Ill.) offensive tackle Jordan Diamond

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 102
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 291 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 5.89 40-yard dash; 21.1 vertical jump
  • Traits: run blocking, pass blocking, strength, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Diamond displays a great deal of playing strength as a dominant run blocker. Has the ability to overpower defenders both on and off the line of scrimmage. Possesses the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition; his frame appears capable of handling additional body mass over time."

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