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: Albert Reid
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 195 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Reid rushed for 1,705 yards and 17 touchdowns on 225 carries this past season, leading the Knights to a 9-1 season. He ran for more than 100 yards in every game and topped 200 yards three times.
Academic excellence: Reid has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Reid has volunteered locally as a youth mentor.
THE PRAISE: Dan Paro, head coach of Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
“Reid is a fantastic football player. He’s very explosive, very elusive. Even when we thought we had him cornered, we weren’t able to bring him down.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Reid has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at West Virginia University beginning in the fall of 2012.