Posted: 7:38 pm Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Dwyer TE Nick O’Leary nominated for 2011 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award 

By Jeff Greer

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has nominated Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary (6-4, 235 pounds, No. 1 on the Big Board) and 15 other high school football players for its 2011 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.

The committee will name its six finalists on Dec. 1, and the Player of the Year will be named at the U.S. Army Awards Dinner on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, the site of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 8 at the Alamodome. The award is given to the nation’s most outstanding high school football player.

O’Leary has 42 catches, 615 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in just eight games this season. The Rivals.com top-rated tight end has scholarship offers from at least 16 colleges. He has regularly listed Florida State, Miami, Alabama, LSU and Wisconsin as the leaders for his services.

Four other Floridians were nominated. Past winners include Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Michael Oher, Terrelle Pryor, Mark Sanchez, Chris Leak and Jimmy Clausen.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Nick O’Leary, TE, Dwyer
Mike Bellamy, RB, Punta Gorda-Charlotte
Mike Blakely, RB, Bradenton-Manatee
Malcolm Brown, RB, Cibolo-Steele (Texas)
Brent Calloway, RB/LB, Russellville (Ala.)
Hassean Clinton-Dix, DB, Orlando-Dr. Phillips
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Rock Hill-South Pointe (S.C.)
La’El Collins, OL, Baton Rouge-Redemptorist (La.)
Lamar Dawson, LB, Danville-Boyle County (Ky.)
Ray Drew, DE, Thomasville-Thomas County Central (Ga.)
George Farmer, WR, Junipero Serra Gardena (Calif.)
Curtis Grant , LB, Richmond-Hermitage (Va.)
Demetrius Hart, RB, Orlando-Dr. Phillips
Cody Kessler, QB, Bakersfield-Centennial (Calif.)
Trey Metoyer, WR, Whitehouse (Texas)
DeAnthony Thomas, DB/RB, Los Angeles-Crenshaw (Calif.)

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