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POY Potential: Top 5 Ohio football recruits

October, 12, 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 …

Ifeadi Odenigbo
file photo/ESPNHSIfeadi Odenigbo is Ohio's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Centerville High (Centerville, Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 51
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 212 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.62 40-yard dash; 33.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, pursuit
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Odenigbo is a fun kid to watch and it seems a real handful to face. He is a high school defensive end and while a move to outside linebacker could very likely be in his future he could be a heck of an end if he can add more bulk. He is a kid with good height, but is lean and needs more size. He seems to be a muscular and wiry kid, but you would still like to see him try and add more weight. While he can seem a little lean for the end position, don't write him off. This is a physical kid who displays good raw strength and plays bigger."

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