High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Eastern

POY Potential: Top 5 Ind. 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 …

Gunner Kiel
file photo/ESPNHSGunner Kiel is Indiana's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Columbus East High (Columbus, Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 20
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • College: Indiana (verbal)
  • Traits: Accuracy, Arm strength, reads, athleticism
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Kiel is one of the stronger-armed pocket passers this class has to offer and he is a deceptively good athlete. This offense surprisingly features him as a runner more than you might think and he is up to the task with both power and speed to fall forward and keep defenses off balance. He has terrific size and already possesses good bulk and strength."

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