High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Evan Baylis

POY Potential: Top 5 Colo. Football recruits

September, 23, 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 …

Joey O'Connor
ESPNHSJoey O'Connor is Colorado's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Windsor High (Colo.) offensive tackle Joey O'Connor

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 104
  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • College: Penn State (verbal)
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "O'Connor is a tough agile football player with the explosion and playing strength to dominate opponents. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition."

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