Alabama Boys' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:53 PM ET

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name junior forward CHANDLER HOFFMAN of OAK MOUNTAIN HIGH as its 2007-08 Alabama Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-11, 141-pound junior forward scored 34 goals and passed for 11 assists this season, helping the Eagles to a 20-7-2 record and a second straight Class 6A state title. A returning First Team All-Metro selection as named by the Birmingham News and a First Team All-State honoree, Hoffman recorded 77 goals and 23 assists in his career. He earned state tournament Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore, when he netted a hat trick in a 4-0 state semifinal win and assisted on the lone goal in the title game, a 1-0 victory over Vestavia Hills last season.

Hoffman has maintained a 4.02 GPA in the classroom. He volunteers as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School instructor on behalf of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. In addition to donating his time to the Special Olympics, he participates in multiple community-service initiatives as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"Chandler has an amazing ability to finish his opportunities; those people are hard to come by," said Robert Starr, Hoffman's club coach with the Birmingham United Soccer Association. "When he has the ball on his foot, you know it's a great opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net. He just has a nose for scoring goals."

Hoffman will begin his senior year of high school this fall and remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.