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Highland Springs standout Kelvin Gilliam named Gatorade state football player of the year
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Highland Springs standout Kelvin Gilliam named Gatorade state football player of the year

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Highland Springs senior defensive lineman Kelvin Gilliam committed to the University of Oklahoma in a ceremony at River City Roll in August. He chose the Sooners from about 40 offers.

Highland Springs defensive end Kelvin Gilliam was named the Gatorade Virginia football player of the year on Thursday.

Gilliam, who will play in college at Oklahoma, recorded 48 tackles, 16 for loss, and 11 sacks while leading the Springers (9-1) to the Class 5 championship game.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior also accrued two safeties. Highland Springs had five shutouts and allowed 4.4 points per game.

Gilliam also has served as a peer tutor, volunteered locally feeding the homeless and maintained a 4.16 GPA.

The four-star defensive lineman had about 40 college scholarship offers, but narrowed his decision to Oklahoma, Penn State and South Carolina before choosing the Sooners.

Gilliam is the second consecutive player from the greater Richmond region to win the award. Hopewell running back Treveyon Henderson — now a freshman at Ohio State — collected the honor last season.

ZJoachim@timesdispatch.com

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Twitter: @ZachJoachim

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