High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Sterling Shepard

POY Potential: Top 5 Okla. football recruits

October, 6, 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 …

Alex Ross
file photo/ESPNHSAlex Ross is Oklahoma's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Jenks High (Okla.) running back Alex Ross

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 39
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 205 pounds
  • College: University of Oklahoma (verbal)
  • Traits: speed, power, elusiveness, vision
  • ESPNU scouting report: "One of the more explosive and college ready backs in this class, Ross wears No. 28 and immediately reminds you of young Adrian Peterson on film with his running style. Has a large, well-built frame and should continue to add bulk and fill out to the 225-pound range in college."

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