Let’s Meet The 6-foot-8, 420-pound Tennessee High School Football Player Known As “Shade Tree” (VIDEO

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Being a 6-foot-8, 420-pound defensive tackle would get any person a look from almost every major college in the country. Now let’s meet the 16-year-old who those measurements belong to.

Gavin Rupe, a.k.a. “Shade Tree,” plays for Sullivan Central in Blountville, Tennessee. He is easily one of the biggest players, not only his roster, but in the entire country. Period.

He got the nickname ‘Shade tree’ from assistant coach John Thomas who was simply looking for some shade from the blazing hot sun.

“He knew exactly where to find it.

Thomas leaned on a towering freshman and said, “I think I’ll get some shade under you.”

That’s how now-junior Gavin Rupe came to be known as “Shade Tree.”

The 6-foot-8, 420-pound defensive tackle is one of the largest players on a football roster at any level this season. He’s still just 16 years old and wears a size 19 shoe.

“Shockingly enough, Rupe has pretty much been that large since his freshman year,” Sullivan Central head coach Chris Steger said.”


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