High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Ifeadi Odenigbo

Eye on POY: Ohio football

November, 15, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Maty Mauk
file photo/ESPNHSMaty Mauk is a top candidate for Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year
Maty Mauk
Senior quarterback, Kenton (Ohio)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Division IV state quarterfinal vs. Genoa Area on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 316-457 (69.1)-4,487
2011 TDs-INTs: 58-10

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 190-1,500 (7.9)-16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Missouri (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Became the nation’s career record-holder for passing yards (17,869) , total yards (21,046), passing attempts (1,974), completions (1,272) and touchdown passes (208). 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year. 2008-2011 First Team All-State selection. No. 15 ranked quarterback in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU;

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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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