Posted On: 01/29/21 6:31 PM
Irvington High School senior linebacker Mikai GbayorMikaiGbayor6'2" | LBIrvington | 2021StateNJ was honored by the Maxwell Football Club as New Jersey Player of the Year for 2020.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound playmaker became a candidate for Maxwell’s Jim Henry Award as the most outstanding player in the region, which also includes Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Gbayor, a Nebraska commit, has been massive in Irvington’s recent success, embodying the school’s physical style of play, especially on the defensive end.
Prior to his season being cut short due to injury against Randolph on Nov. 13, Gbayor had 9 sacks, 56 tackles (29 for a loss) and a pair of forced fumbles. As a junior, the hard-hitting linebacker finished with 86 tackles, including 32 for a loss, and 14 sacks.
Gbayor was named a 2020 All-America candidate by Sports Illustrated, a USA Today All-New Jersey first team selection and Essex County defensive player of the year in his junior season.
A top-10 recruit in New Jersey and a top 25 inside linebacker in the country, the Irvington star chose Nebraska over Kentucky, Michigan State, Ole Miss and West Virginia.