From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix)
Greatness Present: Jalen Brown and the rest of his Pride teammates completed their mission this past weekend, capping a 14-0 season by avenging last year’s loss to Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton in the title game.
This time around, Brown hauled in a pair of catches for 51 yards and a touchdown while intercepting a pass on the other side of the ball in a 42-19 rout of the Huskies that delivered the first state championship of the four-star wide receiver recruit’s four-year career.
The 6-foot-2, 178-pounder concluded his senior season with 52 receptions for 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns. On defense, he added three interceptions, returning one for a score. His 50 career touchdowns set a new standard for 11-man football in Arizona.
Greatness Past: As a junior, Brown caught 67 passes for 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns, capturing 2012-13 Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year honors. He also recorded 26 tackles and five interceptions on defense, leading Mountain Pointe to the 2012 Division I state title game, where they ultimately fell to Hamilton, 31-16.
Greatness Future: Brown has verbally committed to Oregon.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.