Even as a freshman, Gavin Sawchuk was a special player. Two years later, he was instrumental in getting Valor Christian back to the Class 5A football state championship game.
His standout season earned him first-team all-state honors and now he can add Gatorade Player of the Year to his accolades. The organization named Sawchuk the winner on Thursday.
On top of his work on the football field, he is also an avid leader in the community. He has worked with an early childhood education program in order to maintain the mental and physical well-being of children in his community.
Sawchuk has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.
On the field, he has been a nightmare for opposing defenses. His freshman year he started the season as a backup but injuries forced him into a starting role. He ran for nearly 700 yards and was noticed when he ran for five touchdowns in a win over ThunderRidge.
Since then, his role has only grown.
In 2020, he ran for 1,239 in a COVID-shortened season. He averaged 154 rushing yards per game and scored 17 touchdowns. He ran for 153 yards in the state championship game against Cherry Creek, a game the Eagles ultimately lost.
He'll return for his senior season and already has scholarship offers from Colorado, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and 22 other programs according to 247 Sports.
He is regarded as the top recruit in the state for next football season.