Shariff Floyd (DT, Philadelphia, PA) has been named the 2009 National High School Player of the Year by the Maxwell Club. The Maxwell Football Club selects a number of award winners each year.
Located in Southhampton, Pennsylvania, the club honors players from the five county Philadelphia area, South Jersey, and the Lehigh Valley (yours truly's stomping ground).
President and former NFL quarterback, Ron Jaworski, made the Floyd announcement earlier today.
Floyd's story is a good one.
Having dominated play in the Philadelphia Public League for George Washington High School, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Floyd committed to the University of Florida after his dominating performance during this year's Army All-American Game where he recorded two sacks and wreaked havoc all day.
Floyd and his high school guidance counselor held bake sales to help him raise the funds needed to make the trip to the game in San Antonio. She was at his side after the game when he made his commitment to Florida on national television.
With a number of negative stories recently surrounding the Gator program, a feel good story is just what the doctor ordered.