High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bishop Heelan Catholic

POY Potential: Top 5 Iowa football recruits

September, 26, 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 …

1. Dowling Catholic High (West Des Moines, Iowa) wide receiver Amara Darboh
  • ESPNU position rank: No. 75 WR
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 195 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: catch in traffic
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Darboh is a combination of strength and quickness as a big receiver with a sturdy build, long arms and nice height. He is part playmaker and part possession player and against this level of competition he can really stand out. He can be an imposing player off the line and shows some physicality when pressed at the line."

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