A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Nestor Jaramillo
School: Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: Jaramillo scored 34 goals and passed for 18 assists this past season, leading the Cardinals (17-5) to the South Carolina Independent School Association Class 3A state semifinals. A 2011 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was also a 2011 CSCISA Class 3A First Team All-State honoree. Jaramillo concluded his prep soccer career with 103 goals and 56 assists.
Academic excellence: Jaramillo has maintained a 3.38 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with his school’s Easter and Thanksgiving food drives and as a youth soccer coach and mentor.
“Nestor Jaramillo is probably the best special talent in South Carolina from an excitement level and what he can do in the attack,” said Rob Strickland, Jaramillo’s club coach with South Carolina United. “He’s a natural, a special talent. He can beat anyone on the dribble, has good vision and scores spectacular set-piece goals.”
THE FUTURE: Jaramillo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Wofford College this fall.