CHICAGO (December 4, 2014) — In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced J.J. Arcega-Whiteside of Dorman High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade South Carolina Football Player of the Year. Arcega-Whiteside is the first Gatorade South Carolina Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Dorman High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Arcega-Whiteside as South Carolina’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Arcega-Whiteside joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior wide receiver 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.
Arecega-Whiteside has maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom. 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. “J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is the best wide receiver we faced all season,” said Brian Strickland, head coach at J.L. Mann High. “He always carried himself with class and poise.”
Arcega-Whiteside has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Stanford University beginning in the fall of 2015.