High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cedric Benson

POY Potential: Top 5 Wash. 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 …

Joshua Garnett
file photo/ESPNHSJoshua Garnett is Washington's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Puyallup High (Puyallup, Wash.) offensive tackle Joshua Garnett

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 43
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 275 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, toughness
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Garnett displays the playing strength necessary to dominate as a run blocker. Although he presently has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition there is the need to add good body mass to his frame. This is a very good athlete who possesses the flexibility, balance and agility to handle speed and play on his feet in space."

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