High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Donavin Newsom

POY Potential: Top 5 Mo. football recruits

September, 30, 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 …

Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham
John Fedele/ESPNHSDorial Green-Beckham is Missouri's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Hillcrest High (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver and returning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 3
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: hands, speed, route-running, catch in traffic
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This guy is a hybrid of Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson and what makes Green-Beckham unique from other big wide receivers is he is a flexible athlete with fluid movements and quick-twitch athleticism. He is big, strong, rangy and deceptively quick for his size."

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