South Carolina soccer commit Zacch Pickens has already piled up the awards.
The TL Hanna defensive lineman and five-star added a giant one Thursday.
Pickens was named the Gatorade South Carolina Soccer Participant of the 12 months after main his staff to a 14-Zero document and a spot in Friday’s state title recreation. He compiled 82 tackles, 14 for loss, and 5 sacks, plus 834 yards and 21 touchdowns as a fullback.
Pickens is the fifth South Carolina decide to win the award since 2000. Marcus Lattimore received it twice.
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In its 34th 12 months of honoring the nation’s finest highschool athletes, The Gatorade Firm, at the moment introduced Zacch Pickens of T.L. Hanna Excessive Faculty as its 2018-19 Gatorade South Carolina Soccer Participant of the 12 months. Pickens is the second Gatorade South Carolina Soccer Participant of the 12 months to be chosen from T.L. Hanna Excessive Faculty.
The award, which acknowledges not solely excellent athletic excellence, but in addition excessive requirements of educational achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the sector, distinguishes Pickens as South Carolina’s finest highschool soccer participant. Now a finalist for the celebrated Gatorade Nationwide Soccer Participant of the 12 months award to be introduced in December, Pickens joins an elite alumni affiliation of state award-winners in 12 sports activities, together with Emmitt Smith (1986-87, Escambia Excessive Faculty, Fla.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park Excessive Faculty, Texas) and Christian McCaffrey (2012-13, 2013-14, Valor Christian Excessive Faculty, Colo.).
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior defensive finish and operating again had led the Yellow Jackets to a 14-Zero document and a berth within the Class AAAAA state remaining in opposition to Dutch Fork Excessive on the time of his choice. Pickens had recorded 82 tackles, together with 14 for loss, and 5 sacks via 14 video games. A four-time All-Area honoree, who has thrice obtained All-State recognition rushed for 834 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per carry, coming into the state title recreation.
Pickens has volunteered domestically with Hemophilia of South Carolina, and he has donated his time as a youth mentor. “Zacch is essentially the most full participant on this state by far,” stated Scott Earley, head coach of Westside Excessive. “He has performed each side of the ball and particular groups all 12 months. He’s a selfless, true staff participant.”
Pickens has maintained a weighted 3.71 GPA within the classroom. He has verbally dedicated to play soccer on an athletic scholarship on the College of South Carolina within the fall of 2019.
The Gatorade Participant of the 12 months program yearly acknowledges one winner within the District of Columbia and every of the 50 states that sanction highschool soccer, women volleyball, girls and boys cross nation, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys soccer, baseball, softball, and girls and boys monitor & subject, and awards one Nationwide Participant of the 12 months in every sport. From the 12 nationwide winners, one male and one feminine athlete are every named Gatorade Excessive Faculty Athlete of the 12 months. In all, 607 athletes are honored annually.
Pickens joins current Gatorade South Carolina Soccer Gamers of the 12 months Derion Kendrick (2017-18, South Pointe Excessive Faculty), Dakereon Joyner (2016-17, Fort Dorchester Excessive Faculty), Austin Scott (2015-16, Spartanburg Excessive Faculty), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (2014-15, Dorman Excessive Faculty), and Shuler Bentley (2013-14, James. F. Byrnes Excessive Faculty) among the many state’s record of former award winners.