WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Armani Reeves, senior athlete of the Catholic Memorial Knights, is the recipient of its inaugural Offensive Player of the Year award, to be presented annually to the top high school offensive player in Massachusetts.
The Offensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Reeves was honored this afternoon during a morning announcements at the school, where ESPN Boston co-editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall presented Reeves with a custom-made jersey.
"We are excited that Armani Reeves will forever be associated with the inaugural Offensive Player of the Year award," Hall said. "With the wealth of quality quarterbacks and running backs across the Commonwealth, this was probably the toughest decision of our four awards. But time and again, in spite of his limited touches, Armani changed the direction of many a game's outcome with big play after big play. He is honestly one of the best pure athletes I've had the pleasure of covering in my time with ESPN. The sky is his limit."
Reeves was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2010, as a junior, and put up equally impressive numbers for 2011 to earn repeat All-State honors; he was also named one of five finalists for ESPN Boston's second annual Mr. Football award, losing out to Everett's Jonathan DiBiaso.
This season, he ran for 1,001 yards on just 46 carries, caught 16 passes for 205 yards, and returned a punt for a touchdown to total 1,302 all-purpose yards and 15 scores for the 7-2 Knights. Defensively, from the cornerback position, he recorded 57 tackles and batted 12 passes. Over the past two seasons, Reeves has rung up 2,581 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Easton native, ESPN's No. 1 overall Class of 2012 prospect in Massachusetts, is currently committed to Penn State for the fall of 2012.
"Armani is one of those rare athletes that you simply cannot take your eyes off of," Barboza said. "On returns, there is always the chance of something spectacular happening when he has the ball in his hands. He is one of the most dynamic talents to come out of Massachusetts in some time, and will be remembered as one of the all-time greats in Catholic Memorial and Catholic Conference history."