The state is loaded with a ton of talent for the class of 2009. Some of the top prospects proved all year long why so many schools from across the country made trips to check them out. PrepTennessee.com will break down the top four prospects from around the state and name the Player of the Year.
He has been the top prospect in the state for well over a year and has commanded offers from every top program in the nation. For Memphis-Harding Academy standout wide receiver Marlon Brown, 6-5, 205 pounds the 2008 season just fell short of perfect. Brown led his team all the way to the state title game where he hauled in 199 receiving yards and 139 yards rushing and a total of four touchdowns. For the season Brown put up 1785 all purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. For Brown the decision to make a commitment may come closer to National Signing Day, but it expect it to be a good battle between Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU.
It is a tough act to follow but if there is any prospect in the state that can give Brown a run for his money it has to be quarterback Marsalis Teague from Paris-Henry County. Teague, like Brown, just fell short of his overall goal by one game. Teague was a dual threat to teams all over class 4A. He rushed for 1613 yards and 22 touchdowns while throwing for 1318 yards passing and 18 touchdowns. Teague, who had offers from several schools including Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and Florida, has already made his commitment to be a defensive back for the Florida Gators.
One top prospect that has already made his decision to stay in state and commit to Tennessee is defensive back Eric Gordon from Nashville-Hillsboro. Gordon, who was able to lead his team to a state championship and upset win over perennial powerhouse Maryville, had a very successful senior season. Gordon hauled in 819 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. On defense, where he projects to play for the Volunteers, Gordon was able to lock down his side of the field forcing most teams to play away from him.
Even though the state is loaded with talent and has the potential to put out some of the top future talent in college football for the next five years there is only room for one Player of the Year. The combination of speed, athleticism, quickness, and agility has made this athlete a nightmare for coaches across the state. This player had the kind of ability that will force high school coaches from around the state to attend his graduation just to make sure he graduates. His ability on the field is matched with his ability in the classroom as he boasts status as an honor roll student and leader in his community. The 2008 PrepTennessee.com Player of the Year is Marsalis Teague from Paris-Henry County.