Photos: Baton Rouge prep football _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Ascension's Kade Waguespack (25) carries the ball under pressure from Catholic High's Tarick Johnson (35), Friday, Nov. 7, at Olympia Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Catholic running back Derrius Guice, who committed to LSU, is one of six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award.

Joining Guice are Rasheem Green (defensive tackle from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif.), Porter Justin (quarterback/linebacker from Salem Hills High School in Salem, Utah), Martez Ivey (offensive lineman from Apopka High School in Apopka, Fla.), Trenton Thompson (defensive lineman from Westover Comprehensive High School in Albany, Ga.), and Chris Warren (running back from Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas).

The player of the year award will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Award Show on Jan. 2.

Guice has also been moving up the recruiting charts. Guice, who has rushed for more than 1,400 yards this season, was given an additional star from, making him a five-star recruit, according to the service.

Guice, a 5-foot-11, 215-pounder, is the 20th ranked recruit in the nation, according to