High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

POY Potential: Top 5 N.C. football recruits

October, 5, 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 …

Keith Marshall
file photo/ESPNHSKeith Marshall is North Carolina's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Millbrook High (Raleigh, N.C.) running back Keith Marshall

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 6
  • Height: 5-foot-11
  • Weight: 190 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.43 40-yard dash; 33.8 vertical jump
  • Traits: speed, elusiveness, vision, hands
  • ESPNU scouting report: "A projected every-down college back with game-breaking speed, Marshall is one of the premier backs in this class. Possesses very good size and body composition. Built low to the ground and runs behind his pads with good lean."

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