As November approaches, playoffs are set to get underway in several key states, and MaxPreps National Player of the Year contenders prepare to finish strong.
Here's a look at candidates on the radar right now:Joey Copeland, QB, Gaffney (S.C.)
Gaffney's rise up the national rankings has gone hand-in-hand with Copeland's stellar play behind center. He has completed 149 of 213 passes for 2,606 yards and 32 touchdowns while only being intercepted four times. He's also rushed for more than 400 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground for Gaffney, ranked No. 6 in the Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
. Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo (Texas)
While Ken Hall's career rushing record of 11,232 appears out of reach
, Gray is still enjoying a monstrous senior season. So far, he's accumulated 1,976 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, while contributing to Aledo's passing game. Aledo has reeled off five consecutive wins. With two regular season games remaining and a possible deep playoff run, Gray could very well top the 3,000-yard mark for the second time in his career while surpassing the 10,000-career yards mark in the process.Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Over his last six games, Green-Beckham has averaged nearly 194 yards per contest, a prodigious rate even for the nation's No. 1 recruit. During that span, Hillcrest is 6-0, winning most games with ease. On the season, Green-Beckham has been responsible for 87 catches for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's only 62 yards shy of the national record for career receiving yards and has a good chance to top 2,000 yards this season.
Maty Mauk, QB, Kenton (Ohio)
It's been difficult to stop Mauk this season, as opposing defenses have come to expect the pass. He's completed 246 of 361 attempts for 3,403 yards and 43 touchdowns in leading Kenton to a 9-0 start. On the ground, Mauk has also compiled 1,037 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Mauk is on the cusp of setting national marks for career completions and passing yards, records currently held by older brother Ben. (Mauk family feature
)Tyrone Swoopes, QB, Whitewright (Texas)
One of the country's top recruits for the class of 2013, Swoopes has been spectacular for Whitewright. He was recently named the U.S. Air Force Player of the Week after rushing for 540 yards and seven touchdowns in a win over Tom Bean. On the season, he's amassed more than 2,800 total yards and scored 36 touchdowns.Travis Wright, QB, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Wright has excelled this season guiding one of the country's most explosive offenses, as Trinity has outscored opponents 368-69. Wright has completed more than 70 percent of his passes, good for 1,797 yards and 21 touchdowns versus a mere two interceptions. Wright has thrown for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in every game this season.T.J. Yeldon, RB, Daphne (Ala.)
Depsite Daphne's upset loss to McGill-Toolen on Friday, Yeldon solidified his status as a Player of the Year contender. He accounted for all four Daphne touchdowns, giving him 28 rushing scores on the season. He has also gained 1,781 yards and will almost certainly top the 2,000-yard mark before Daphne's season ends.