High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Glenbard West

POY Potential: Top 5 Ill. football recruits

September, 23, 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 …

Jordan Diamond
file photo/ESPNHSJordan Diamond is Illinois' No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Simeon High (Chicago, Ill.) offensive tackle Jordan Diamond

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 102
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 291 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 5.89 40-yard dash; 21.1 vertical jump
  • Traits: run blocking, pass blocking, strength, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Diamond displays a great deal of playing strength as a dominant run blocker. Has the ability to overpower defenders both on and off the line of scrimmage. Possesses the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition; his frame appears capable of handling additional body mass over time."

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