High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Red Lion Christian Academy

POY Potential: Top 5 Del. 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 …

Delaware's Xavier Griffin
file photo/ESPNHSXavier Griffin is Delaware's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Newark High (Newark, NJ) Wide Receiver Xavier Griffin

  • ESPNU rank: No. 92 WR
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 178 pounds
  • College: North Carolina State (verbal)
  • Testing results: 4.53 40-yard dash; 29.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: Catch in traffic
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Griffin is a guy flying under the radar likely due to his location and lack of recruiting traffic in Delaware. He is a tall and very athletic pass catcher that plays primarily from the slot where he is very savvy, but his size and ability to make plays on the deep ball may place him on the outside more at the next level."

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