High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Zac Brooks

POY Potential: Top 5 Ark. football recruits

October, 3, 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 …

Neal Burcham
File photo/ESPNHSNeal Burcham is Arkansas' No. 1 football recruit
1. Greenbrier High (Greenbrier, AR) Quarterback Neal Burcham
  • ESPNU rank: No. 20 QB
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 185 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Accuracy, delivery, reads
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This kid has a chance to really blossom at the next level. Burcham is long and lanky, but has the frame and physical tools to become a very crisp, polished passer with enough athleticism to buy time and get out of trouble. What stands out about him is his release and savvy feel for the game. Has the quick, smooth delivery to consistently beat the pass rush with his arm."

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