South Carolina Football POY: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

South Carolina Football POY: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

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South Carolina Football POY: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

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THE WINNER: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

THE BASICS

School: Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210 pounds

Athletic achievement: He caught 108 passes for 1,824 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season, leading the Cavaliers (10-3) to the Class 4A-Division I quarterfinals. A 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas selection and also a standout in basketball as well as track and field, Arcega-Whiteside set school career records with 207 catches, 3,779 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns, averaging 18.2 yards per reception as a three-year varsity starter.

Academic excellence: Arecega-Whiteside has maintained a 3.68 GPA.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a peer tutor, as a youth football and basketball coach, and on behalf of his school’s Student Athletes Think Reading is Special program.

THE PRAISE

“J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is the best wide receiver we faced all season,” said Brian Strickland, head coach at Greenville (S.C.) J.L. Mann. “He always carried himself with class and poise.”

THE FUTURE: Arcega-Whiteside has verbally committed to Stanford.

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