UF verbal Floyd named national player of the year

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced Thursday that Sharrif Floyd a senior defensive lineman from Philadelphia George Washington High School has been selected as the club’s 2009 National High School Player of the Year.

A consensus top 10 player in the nation, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Floyd rose to national prominence last January at the U.S. Army National Combine where he drew rave reviews for his work against the offensive lineman in attendance.

Just to get to San Antonio, Floyd partnered with his high school guidance counselor to bake brownies and cookies and raise the necessary funds to cover his expenses to the combine. Offers from nearly every major program from Florida and Ohio State to USC would followed.

In April, he was one of 400 national players nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next month he was named MVP of the elite and prestigious TEST Sports Clubs Premier Showcase, which featured over 300 of the northeast’s top blue-chip recruits.

Also in May, Floyd won the “Mini-Maxwell” award at Football University in Philadelphia.

In January, he was named a finalist for the Anthony Munoz Award, given to the nation’s top lineman. Then during the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Floyd ended all the speculation by committing to the University of Florida during a nationally televised announcement at halftime of the game. Floyd finished the game as the East team’s most prolific defensive player, registering two sacks.

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