Derrius Guice an Army Player of Year finalist

LSU running back commit was named one of six finalists Tuesday for the Army Player of the Year Award, given to the nation's most outstanding high school senior

LSU running back commit Derrius Guice is in the running for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee announce Tuesday they've narrowed the field to six finalists, and Guice made the cut. The other finalists are: DT Rasheem Green, LB Porter Gustin, OT Martez Ivey, DT Trenton Thompson and RB Chris Warren.

"The six Player of the Year finalists have exhibited tremendous dedication to their sport and teams, and have shown leadership both on and off the field,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing, in a press release. “We congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to the winner’s announcement in January during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl awards show."

Guice will participate in the prestigious Army Bowl on Jan. 3 in San Antonio. He will receive his jersey during a ceremony at Catholic High School on Friday.

Guice, a four-star recruit, is the No. 1 overall prospect in Louisiana for the 2015 class. He's the No. 3 running back in the country and the No. 48 overall recruit nationally.

He led Catholic to a quarterfinal appearance in this year's state playoffs, suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Brother Martin two weekends ago. He finished his senior season with more than 1,300 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

Guice has been committed to LSU since May, though he caused fans to panic earlier this fall when he announced he'd reopened his recruitment. Guice only intends to take official visits elsewhere and has given the LSU coaches full confidence he'll sign with the hometown Tigers on National Signing Day.

Guice will learn whether he's won Army Player of the Year during the Army Bowl next month. Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perriloux won that honor in 2005.


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