The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Football POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: Sean McGrew
School: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 172 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Braves to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Division I CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship game against Centennial, scheduled for Dec. 5. McGrew rushed for 1,668 yards and 24 touchdowns on 176 carries through 13 games. A four-year varsity standout and the 2014 Press-Telegram Offensive Player of the Year, he has led St. John’s Bosco to a No. 1 national ranking in both the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and the USA TODAY Super 25 Computer Rankings.
Academic excellence: McGrew has maintained a 3.23 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Center for Learning Unlimited and Ride To Fly, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to people with disabilities.
“Sean McGrew is a tremendous player and a great competitor,” said Chuck Peterson, head coach at Orange Lutheran High. “As good as St. John Bosco is with all the athletes they have, they don’t win without him. He is their engine that keeps them going and a very selfless player.”
THE FUTURE: McGrew has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Washington in the fall of 2016.