Duke Commit Jayson Tatum and US Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Take Home 2016 Gatorade Athlete of Year Awards

The best male and female high school athletes in the country gathered at the LA Hotel for the 2016 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards ceremony last week.

The event featured several pro stars including NFL MVP Cam Newton, Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley and Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford.

The ceremony was emceed by ESPN anchor Sage Steele and highlighted the hard work and accomplishments of the top athletes in their respective sports.

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Joshua "Jay Tee" Taylor is the West Coast's best kept secret. At 6'3" 175, Taylor is instant coffee. Put the Franklin High School senior at any skill position on the field and watch him dominate.

Over the summer, College Level Athletes had the chance to watch Jay Tee during the annual LA Watts Summer Games 7on7 HS football tournament, where he took home defensive MVP honors. Taylor also made several acrobatic catches and routinely plucked the ball out of the air with his hands.

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Gardena Serra was hoping to experience the trip of a lifetime and participate in the Beehive Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. After a late change in plans and cancellations of air travel that was initially to be provided by the tournament's sponsors, the Serra and Long Beach Poly boys were left with two choices.

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Adoree' Jackson played his role to the fullest on Friday night against Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA). The Gardena Serra junior football and track & field recruit held down his side of the field from the cornerback position.

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Flashback: A Typical Spring Tuesday Afternoon

On a typical Spring Tuesday, as a high school student-athlete, what is your day like?

It’s a typical Spring Tuesday as a high school student-athlete in California and the sun shines bright in the early afternoon now that the clocks have changed.

It’s baseball season. This means time to grab the various left-handed mitts I’ve accumulated over the years from the closet under the stairs of my family’s apartment and get ready to steal some bases. On any given day, that closet was home to shoulder pads, helmets, bats, cleats of all sorts, and whatever else made the journey from home to home over the years.

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