High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Easport-South Manor

POY Potential: Top 5 N.Y. football recruits

September, 22, 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 …

Chad Kelly
File photo/ESPNHSChad Kelly is ESPN's No. 1 senior recruit
1. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (Buffalo, NY) Quarterback Chad Kelly

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 80
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 205 pounds
  • College: Clemson (verbal)
  • Testing results: 5.05 40-yard dash; 28.1 vertical jump
  • Traits: Delivery, athleticism
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Kelly is a really intriguing overall prospect. It is easy to see he has an impressive skill set, but he is also very raw as a passer. He possesses ideal size and terrific overall athleticism, in fact he may be a better overall athlete with definitive traits than he is a quarterback prospect at this time. He has height, he has great feet and he can run."

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