A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Jamauri Bogan
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Union (N.J.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 165 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Bogan rushed for 2,260 yards and 27 touchdowns on 258 carries this past season, leading the Farmers (7-3) to the Group IV, North II state quarterfinals. A preseason Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by ESPNHS, he eclipsed 200 rushing yards in seven of his team’s 10 games. A First Team All-Union County selection, Bogan rushed for 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman in 2010.
Academic excellence: Bogan has maintained a 3.09 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, Bogan has volunteered extensively on behalf of his church.
THE PRAISE: Mark Crisafi, head coach of rival Watchung Hills (Warren, N.J.)
“Jamauri Bogan is one of the most explosive running backs that I have seen in my 23 years of coaching. He can change a game in an instant or grind you up and give you a slow death.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Bogan will begin his junior year of high school next fall.