DITR: OL/RT Gavin Hamm, Independence High School (Independence, LA)

Towering at six feet and 280 pounds, Gavin Hamm is an offensive lineman from Independence High School in Louisiana. He has played football for three seasons, two of which were spent in high school.

Gavin has improved over his time on the field, especially in terms of maintaining a low stance to execute more forceful hits. His ability to move quickly and deliver strong hand strikes is unmatched, which is crucial for his position as a right tackle. With an uncompromising commitment to succeed on and off the field, Gavin possesses an incredible resilience. He’s the first to get up and carry on the fight, no matter the obstacle or adversity he encounters.

Gavin can move through defensive strategies with ease because of his great agility. His efforts are essential to the offensive group’s success. Gavin attended the Gridiron Elite Camp because he was committed to getting better, and he learned a lot from fellow athletes and coaches. With his newly acquired knowledge and abilities, he is prepared for the forthcoming football season.

How did you get started in football, and what inspired you to play the sport?

I started playing football because I wanted to become strong. Then people started seeing potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. So I grew to love the sport.

Can you share a memorable moment or game that stands out in your football career so far?

A memorable moment for me during a summer practice when I was a freshman. It was Friday, every Friday we’d push ourselves as hard as humanly possible. I had another lineman on my back, around 310lbs,  and when I thought I was going to fail, the entire team gathered around me cheering me on, encouraging me to push even harder. It showed me that a football program is more than just a team, it’s a family.

What positions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

I like playing right tackle on the offensive line. Not only is that my position, but it teaches me to be quick on my feet, and to hit hard with my hands.

How do you balance schoolwork and football during the season?

As a student athlete school always comes first. So i make sure I have all my work done during school, so after school, I can focus on my physical abilities during practices and in the weight room.

What aspects of your game do you feel you have improved upon the most since you started playing?

Staying disciplined enough allows me to stay focused on what’s important, and what I need to do to get better, rather during practice, weight room, or during a game.

What are your individual goals for the upcoming football season?

My goals are to get stronger, get better at my position, and learn how to be the best football player i can be.

Are there any professional football players you look up to, and if so, why? 

Lane johnson. He’s quick on his feet, fast with his hands, and he knows what he’s doing.

How do you stay motivated during practices and training sessions, especially when facing tough drills or exercises?

It’s easy for me to stay motivated. I constantly remind myself why I’m doing it, to get better, and where I started. Reminding myself of those two things makes me want to push myself as hard as I can every time.

What advice would you give to other young players? 

Enjoy every second of your football career. Constantly hold your head up high and to fight through adversity.

Aside from football, what is an interesting fact about you? 

 I’m a great communicator, and I’m always there for people, always helping my friends out with their problems.

What are your biggest strengths on the field? 

My biggest strengths are that I am always focused on the task at hand, making sure I always keep my head in the game. Not only that but I also hold my head up high, and never let my enthusiasm fall.

How has playing football impacted other areas of your life, such as academics and personal life?

Playing football made me stronger both mentally and physically. It made me more respectful, happier, positive, and more enthusiastic about things. When it comes to academics, being a student athlete makes me want to push myself to get all of my work done, ensuring that I’m a passing student.