High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Don Bosco Prep

Eye on POY: New Jersey football

November, 8, 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.

Eye on POY: Darius Hamilton
ESPNHSDon Bosco DE Darius Hamilton anchors the defense for the No. 1 ranked team on the ESPNHS FAB 50.
Darius Hamilton
Senior defensive end, Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.)

2011 Team record: 9-0
2011 Team standing: Group IV, Non-Public state semifinal vs. Seton Hall Prep/Paramus Catholic on Nov. 18; No. 1 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011 Tackles: 73.5
2011 Tackles for loss: 22
2011 Sacks: 9.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 66 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. Leader of nationally No. 1 ranked team as rated by ESPNHS. Anchors defense that allows just 9.2 points per game. 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. 2011 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2010 Second Team All-Non-Public selection.

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POY Potential: Top 5 N.J. football recruits

October, 4, 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 …

Devin Fuller
file photo/ESPNHSDevin Fuller is New Jersey's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Northern Valley Regional High (Old Tappen, N.J.) athlete Devin Fuller

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 40
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 190 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.77 40-yard dash; 25.0 vertical jump
  • Traits: playmaker, speed
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Fuller is a dual-threat QB more than capable of remaining under center at the next level if in the right scheme. He is not quite as fluid as Will Hill, who was from the same state a few years back, but he is close and is a better passer. If he does not play QB, he will likely end up at safety."

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