High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Reggie Ragland

POY Potential: Top 5 Ala. football recruits

September, 20, 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 …

Chris Casher
ESPNHSChris Casher is Alabama's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Davidson High (Mobile, Ala.) defensive end Chris Casher

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 10
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 236 pounds
  • College: Florida State (verbal)
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, pursuit
  • ESPNU scouting report: "There is plenty to like about Casher. This athlete fills a few different roles for his high school team and could be recruited to play on either side of the ball in college. He will likely land at either tight end or defensive end."

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