THE WINNER: Nicholas Gordon
School: Olympia (Orlando, Fla.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .505 with two home runs and 30 RBI this past season, leading the Titans (22-8) to the Class 8A regional finals. A 2013 Under Armour All-American Game selection, Gordon scored 23 runs and collected 15 doubles, 12 stolen bases and six triples. Gordon owned a 5-1 record with five saves, a 0.78 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 35.2 innings-pitched. He participated in the 2012 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials this past summer.
Academic excellence: Gordon has maintained a 3.14 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a teacher’s assistant and youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Batting For Success anti-bullying campaign and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“I actually played and graduated with 2001-02 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year Zack Greinke, and I believe that Nick Gordon has the same qualities that Greinke had during his high school career athletically and in terms of character,” said Eric Lassiter, head coach of rival Apopka (Fla.). “We played Olympia three time this year, and not only was Gordon the best player on the field in all categories that we faced him — pitching, defensively and offensively — but was very humble and gracious after the games. It is just unbelievable to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Gordon has verbally committed to Florida State.