High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Monrovia

POY Potential: Top 5 Calif. football recruits

September, 21, 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 …

Arik Armstead
ESPNHSArik Armstead is California's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.) offensive tackle Arik Armstead

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 14
  • Height: 6-foot-7
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • College: Southern California (verbal)
  • Traits: Run blocking, space blocking, strength, toughness
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Armstead is a dominant player both as an offensive and defensive lineman. Has great size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition; it is quite possible with added bulk and improved technical skills this athlete could be an immediate impact player."

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