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THE WINNER: Eli Troutman
School: Ocean Springs (Miss.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He scored 24 goals and passed for 19 assists this past season, leading the Greyhounds (21-3-2) to the Class 6A state championship game. The 2013 Clarion Ledger Player of the Year and Sun Herald Player of the Year, Troutman is a two-time First Team All-State selection. The brother of 2010-11 Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year Ducky Troutman, he concluded his prep soccer career with 56 goals and 40 assists.
Academic excellence: Troutman has maintained a weighted 3.87 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and food bank and has completed a service mission to Mexico, where he helped build a school for orphans.
“Eli Troutman is very knowledgeable about the game,” said Justin Cates, head coach of St. Martin (Ocean Springs, Miss.). “He has a straightforward approach to scoring goals. He anticipates where to be and where to play the ball before he receives or passes it.”
THE FUTURE: Troutman is currently receiving pro contract interest from both European and North American clubs in addition to considering multiple college scholarship offers.