U.S. Army Player of the Year Finalists

Nov. 29 -- The annual East vs. West match-up will be played on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Player of the Year will be named the night before the game.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee is thrilled to announce the six finalists for the 2017 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding high school senior football player, and is one of the most prestigious individual awards given in high school football.

The U.S. Army Player of the Year will be recognized during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, the night before the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.

The 2017 U.S. Army Player of the Year finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Cam Akers

RB

Clinton High School

Clinton

MS

Akers, who is rated as the No. 4 prospect overall in the Scout 100, is a strong, physical back who can run through tackles. He sticks his foot in the ground and gets down hill. He is quick, explosive, and fast. Recruiting: Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, Ohio StateTennessee
 http://www.scout.com/player/187912-cam-akers

Eno Benjamin

RB

Wylie East High School

Wylie

TX

Benjamin, who is rated as the No. 105 prospect overall in the Scout 300, is a highly instinctive, high-volume running back who possesses big-play ability as well as workhorse production. Recruiting: Arizona State, Missouri, Texas A&M AggiesUtah
 http://www.scout.com/player/191754-eno-benjamin

Najee Harris

RB

Antioch High School

Antioch

CA

Harris, who is rated as the No. 1 prospect overall in the Scout 100, has size, power, toughness, speed and great hands out of the backfield. He runs with patience and balance, can make that first guy miss and does a great job making yards after contact. Recruiting: Committed to Alabama
 http://www.scout.com/player/191061-najee-harris

Richard LeCounte

DB

Liberty County High School

Riceboro

GA

Lecounte, who is rated as the No. 39 prospect overall in the Scout 100, can come up and support the run, he can cover ground on the back-end of the defense, and he has ball skills. He is an athlete who is starting to fill out, add strength, and he has a high ceiling. Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
 http://www.scout.com/player/182298-richard-lecounte

Tate Martell

QB

Bishop Gorman High School

Las Vegas

NV

Martell, who is rated as the No. 4 prospect overall in the Scout 100,  has a very live arm, can consistently spin the football and is accurate on the short, intermediate and deep throws. A dual threat quarterback who plays with a poise and maturity beyond his years and has an incredible work ethic off the field. Recruiting: Committed to Ohio State
 http://www.scout.com/player/179608-tate-martell

Jaelan Phillips

DL

Redlands East Valley High School

Redlands

CA

Phillips, who is rated as the No. 4 prospect overall in the Scout 100, has a great frame and moves very well for a big man. He plays primarily outside linebacker and shows the athleticism to drop in to coverage, play in space and is a naturally gifted pass rusher. Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
http://www.scout.com/player/201009-jaelan-phillips

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