High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: West Saint John

POY Potential: Top 5 La. football recruits

September, 21, 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 …

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ESPNHSLandon Collins is Louisiana's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Dutchtown High (Geismar, La.) safety Landon Collins

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 19
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 210 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.39 40-yard dash; 36.0 vertical jump
  • Traits: Zone coverage, ball skills, run support, instincts
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Collins plays throughout his defensive backfield at the high school level and feel he will settle in at the safety position in college. Productive near the line of scrimmage and in the deep zone coverage. Tough football player with a nose for the ball."

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