HE MOVES LIKE a guy 100 pounds lighter, can probably bench press a small country, and is the very definition of ornery.
His name is Sharrif Floyd and, thanks to this age of personal-contact overload, one could strongly build a case that he's the most heavily recruited football player in city leagues history.
Floyd, a 6-3, 310-pound senior at George Washington, is considered by many (most?) observers to be the nation's No. 1 defensive line prospect and he's our Public League Player of the Year in connection with the Daily News All-City Football Team.
Floyd this season made 60 tackles. An amazing 36, including eight sacks, were made behind the line. He also batted down five passes, forced two fumbles and blocked five punts...oh, and a field goal attempt.
He has already played in one national all-star game, in Hawaii, and soon will participate in another, in Texas. While there he'll announce his college destination. His Final Three features Ohio State, Florida and North Carolina, and the former is believed to hold the lead.
Our Co-Catholic Players of the Year are LaSalle quarterback Drew Loughery, a repeat honoree, and Cardinal O'Hara running back Corey Brown.
While leading LaSalle (14-1) to the Class AAAA state championship, the 6-1, 205-pound Loughery passed 160-for-265 (60.4 percent) for 2,401 yards and 23 touchdowns. His career numbers include 355 completions in 618 attempts (57.4) for 5,355 yards and 50 TDs. His college plans are incomplete.
The 6-1, 185-pound Brown was a triple-R threat for the Lions as a rusher/receiver/returner. From scrimmage this season, he produced 1,635 yards and 21 TDs thanks to 159 carries for 1,146 yards (11 TDs) and 32 receptions for 489 and 10. While tallying 306 career points, he rushed 466 times for 3,089 yards and 31 scores and snagged 62 passes for 881 and 17. He has made an oral commitment to Ohio State.
Our Inter-Ac honoree is Chestnut Hill Academy defensive back Ibraheim Campbell.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder easily could have been listed at running back since he led the city in rushing (219-1885-28), but he intends to play d-back at Northwestern and, thus, is listed there.
Campbell's flash-to-the-ball skills and relentless teeth-rattling helped see to it that the Blue Devils won a share of their first title in 23 total seasons of I-A competition. His brother, Rashad Campbell, now playing at Cornell, was our Co-Inter-Ac Player of the Year in 2007. Another brother, Aquil Stinson, was a first team All-City rusher in '94, also for CHA.
Our Co-Coaches of the Year are Michael Murphy of Haverford School, and Drew Gordon of LaSalle.
Murphy led HS (8-3) to a share of the Inter-Ac title, its first since 1971, while continuing to build a program that long had struggled. When he assumed command in 2005, only three of the previous 30 seasons had produced winning records, and half were woeful. Now, the last three have seen the Fords go 23-9.
Gordon has proved to be quite the magic man in nine seasons of affiliation with LaSalle's program.