High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bridgeport

Eye on POY: West Virginia football

November, 25, 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.

Ryan Switzer
Junior running back, George Washington (Charleston, WV)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Will play in Class AAA semifinals vs. Bridgeport tonight

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 244-2,362 (9.7)- 36
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 4-130 (32.5)- 2

2011 Tackles: 25
2011 Interceptions: 4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation High School Player of the Year; ESPNHS East Region Player of the Week for Nov. 9; 2010 First Team All-State; 2010 First Team All-Conference;

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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 …

1. Bridgeport High (Bridgeport, W.V.) kicker Connor Kornbrath
  • ESPNU position rank: No. 29 K
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 208 pounds
  • College: University of Iowa (verbal)
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Connor has a D1 frame as a punter. He has a short punting approach will should help with his snap to foot times. He has a fairly consistent drop, but his hands need work in catching the ball. His levers are long and leg speed is solid. He has a 4.7-4.8 'A' ball currently and is solid on kickoffs."

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