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: Wayne Davis
School: Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.)
Position: Cornerback and wide receiver
Weight: 188 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Titans (13-0) to 28 consecutive wins and a berth in the Class 4A semifinals against Courtland, scheduled for Dec. 5. Davis has recorded 43 tackles through 13 games and intercepted six passes, returning five for touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 651 yards and six touchdowns. The Conference 17 Player of the Year, Davis is a two-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Davis has maintained a 3.37 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a mentor for younger children at the Berkley Community Center.
“Davis is athletic, fast and he has great hands,” said Joe Jones, head coach at King’s Fork High. “He has tremendous skills and football knowledge, and he’s always in the right place at the right time. He’s just a pure playmaker.”
THE FUTURE: Davis has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Ohio State University in the fall of 2016.