High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jackson Christian School

POY Potential: Top 5 Tenn. 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 …

Jay Guillermo
File photo/ESPNHSJay Guillermo is Tennessee's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Maryville High (Maryville, TN) Center Jay Guillermo

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 88
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 292 pounds
  • College: Clemson (verbal)
  • Testing results: 5.69 40-yard dash; 25.6 vertical jump
  • Traits: Strength, pass blocking, space blocking
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Guillermo is an outstanding run blocker, demonstrating the playing strength necessary to handle "0"technique defenders. Has the size and athleticism for the center position at the major level of competition. This is a smart football player who can also step in and do a very good job at the guard position offering two position depth; is very accurate handling the shotgun snap and is quick to get the ball up with the conventional snap."

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