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.
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THE WINNER: Jake Fromm
School: Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He threw for 4,099 yards and 36 touchdowns on 250-of-424 passing this past season, leading the Bears (11-2) to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals. The returning Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, Fromm is just the fourth prep quarterback from Georgia to surpass 4,000 passing yards in a single season, joining 2009-10 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year Hutson Mason, 2013-14 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year Deshaun Watson and current Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Fromm’s 8,835 career passing yards also rank fourth in state history entering his senior season.
Academic excellence: Also a baseball standout, Fromm has maintained a 4.00 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a peer tutor and youth sports instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Special Olympics.
“I’ve coached high school football for more than 30 years and have seen many great players,” said Kevin Kinsler, head coach at rival Northside. “In my opinion, Fromm is as good as any I’ve seen. His numbers speak for themselves, but he plays the QB position with a maturity way beyond his years. His success has as much to do with his knowledge and development as it does with his God-given talent. His command of the offense he runs is remarkable, and his exceptional physical skills allow him to master that offense.”
THE FUTURE: Fromm has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2017.