High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Josh Harris

POY Potential: Top 5 Ky. football recruits

September, 21, 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 …

Patrick Towles
ESPNHSPatrick Towles is Kentucky's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Highlands High (Fort Thomas, KY) Quarterback Patrick Towles

  • ESPNU rank: No. 40 ATH
  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 230 pounds
  • College: Kentucky (verbal)
  • Traits: Playmaker, speed
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Towles is definitely flying under the radar both as an athlete and passer. He possesses a supreme blend of size, arm strength and dual-threat ability. He is a gifted athlete with great feet that is dangerous when outside the pocket or called upon in the run game."

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