High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jordan Gruettner

POY Potential: Top 5 Wisc. football recruits

October, 6, 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 …

1. Lincoln High (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) outside linebacker Vince Biegel
  • ESPNU position rank: No. 13 OLB
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 210 pounds
  • College: University of Wisconsin (verbal)
  • Traits: Diagnosing skills, outside run support, tackling, coverage skills
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Biegel's instincts and playing speed allow for excellent production against the run and pass. Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. Displays the solid wrap tackling skills which should be productive as a special team's coverage player; also blocks well on kickoff returns while displaying the edge quickness necessary to block field goals. "

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