From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Position: Running Back
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Greatness Present: Biaggio Walsh is very good on the football field but is he the greatest of all time? Safe to say that honorific still belongs to Walsh’s grandfather, some guy named Muhammad Ali. Walsh is doing his family proud this fall, floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee and helping the Gaels (8-0) to the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Super 25. In Gorman’s most recent game, a 63-7 rout of (Las Vegas) Legacy on Oct. 16, the 5-foot-10, 182-pound Walsh ran for 211 yards and two scores on just nine carries, also adding a TD reception in a 63-7 victory. For the season, Walsh is averaging 11.7 yards per rush, picking up 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns on 104 carries and earning himself some national attention.
Greatness Past: Walsh was a reserve running back on the Gaels’ 2014 Division I state championship team, but he left his mark with 137 yards and two TDs on the ground in a 70-28 title-game win over (Sparks, Nev.) Reed. For the season, Walsh ran for 595 yards and 10 touchdowns on 49 carries.
Greatness Future: Only a junior, Walsh has already been offered a scholarship by the University of Louisville—which is his grandfather’s hometown—with more offers likely to be on their way.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for weekly updates on the top contenders making a case.