High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jawad Chisholm

POY Potential: Top 5 Conn. Football Recruits

October, 5, 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 …

Casey Cochran
Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSCasey Cochran is Connecticut's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.) quarterback and returning Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year Casey Cochran

  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 214 pounds
  • College: Connecticut (verbal)
  • Traits: Accuracy, arm strength, reads
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This guy is a very productive, competent passer that possesses a live arm, good feet and above average athleticism. He reminds us of Rutgers QB Chas Dodd both in style and stature. The downside with Cochran is that he lacks ideal height, but does possess a significant amount of bulk."

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