Stephenson leads Georgia high schools in college players with 42

Over the next several issues, GHSF Daily will be looking at which Georgia high schools have the most players to college football today.


Today, we have the top 10 in each classification, courtesy of Steve Slay, a Georgia high school football fan and researcher with the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.


First, a couple of points about our data:


*Slay gathered his data from college rosters online. Those rosters may contain biographical mistakes or omissions. Some schools don’t include redshirt freshmen. Some include walk-on players. Others don’t. In other words, this research is impossible to compile with complete accuracy in a practical amount of time.


*There are 16 small-college rosters that haven’t been found. Most are insignificant, but one – Concordia College in Selma, Ala. – contains four Stephenson players from the 2010 signing class, so we do know that the school that leads the state with 42 college players is actually under-represented below.




42 – Stephenson

39 – Peachtree Ridge

34 – Westlake

31 – M.L. King

29 – Buford

29 – Camden County

28 – North Gwinnett

27 – Tucker

26 – Sandy Creek

23 – Lovejoy

23 – Southwest DeKalb

23 – Grayson

23 – Harrison

23 – Walton



42 – Stephenson

39 – Peachtree Ridge

34 – Westlake

31 – M.L. King

29 – Camden County

28 – North Gwinnett

23 – Grayson

23 – Harrison

23 – Walton

22 – Collins Hill


Class AAAA

27 – Tucker

23 – Lovejoy

23 – Southwest DeKalb

22 – Dunwoody

21 – Fayette County

20 – Douglass

20 – Marist

19 – Whitewater

17 – Chamblee

17 – Northside (Warner Robins)

17 – Warner Robins


Class AAA

26 – Sandy Creek

21 – St. Pius

19 – Cedar Grove

19 – Peach County

19 – Stockbridge

18 – Carrollton

18 – Grady

17 – Westside (Macon)

16 – Gainesville

15 – Troup


Class AA

29 – Buford

20 – Carver (Columbus)

19 – Calhoun

16 – Greater Atlanta Christian

14 – Blessed Trinity

13 – McIntosh County Academy

11 – Dublin

11 – Laney

10 – Westminster

9 – Brooks County

9 – Thomasville


Class A

12 – Charlton County

11 – Macon County

9 – Landmark Christian

9 – Lincoln County

9 – Wesleyan

9 – Whitefield Academy

8 – Clinch County

8 – Wilkinson County

7 – Holy Innocents’

7 – Pacelli

7 – Wilcox County

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31 comments Add your comment


October 26th, 2010
10:31 am

Well, at least my Astros rank somewhere on some list. This is the worst season I have witness in my 27 years.

swd's finest

October 26th, 2010
11:06 am

Awesome topic of discussion. State championships and playoffs are great but the reality is that most of these kids won’t play professional sports. It is awesome that these schools focus on developing well rounded student-athletes.

Mr. Johnson

October 26th, 2010
11:33 am

Great job Dekalb County Schools….. Stephenson, MLK, SWD, and Tucker all have been doing a great job of molding these young men into quality student athletes…

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

Yeah, keep up the good job Corey.

Westlake always seems to do a good job as well.

SWD Panther Paw

October 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

Doesn’t speak well of all those middle and south georgia team’s(Valdosta, Tift, Lownes…etc.) that say how good their team’s are but aren’t ensuring the kid’s are prepared for college. I’m from south georgia and know how a lot of the kid’s are used for their athletic ability and nothing else.

HS Football Fan

October 26th, 2010
3:07 pm

Well said, SWD! A point well taken!


October 26th, 2010
4:48 pm

SWD, before you make that assumption, you might need to know , how many the schools you mentioned , have in college.>>>Is the number 21, 19, 6 or whatever ???? Out of 62 schools in AAAAA, and only 5 in south georgia, the odds are none would be in the top ten…..just saying…


October 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

It’s a tradition in Dekalb that Buck Godfrey started where it’s more than victories. Chamblee, Cedar Grove, Dunwoody etc………..


October 26th, 2010
4:56 pm

Go stuff ……Rock It Jaguars!!!!!!!!!! Stephenson is clearly unrepresented quite a few young men missed but its okay as long as the young mena are in school thats all that really matter!


October 26th, 2010
4:59 pm

BTW: Having the principle of Lowndes County named as the NATIONAL PRINCIPLE OF THE YEAR, was not because they have a great football team…..its because they are ensuring the kids are prepared for college. I also agree with Mr Johnson, GREAT JOB DEKALB County schools. Thats a lot of kids you have helped and it does takes a lot of caring leadership to make it happen…


October 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

as far as academics go, great job stephenson. glad to know schools are preparing the kids to move on in life. as far as athletics go, with that many former players going to college, how come stephenson hasnt done more? coaching or what? and btw,, im not trying to make this a north vs south argument, i wish our young guys would stay in school. i know several former players that went to college a year or 2 and never went back.


October 26th, 2010
6:07 pm


Cedar Dad

October 26th, 2010
6:47 pm

Cedar Grove has 3 players at concordia also!


October 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

And just how many from Stephensen actually played because their grades were good enough or stayed in school longer than one year? that would be very interesting numbers. As a matter of fact so it does not seam that Stephensen is being picked on, but any school for that matter?


October 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

I attend Stephenson and know that many D1 schools come and visit not only for football but other sports and academics as well. To all the people who hate on Stephenson I thank you for your motivation. It only helps us send more people into the world prepared because Im one of those people. Many of you have contradicted yourselves especially you Rancher who spelled PRINCIPAL incorrectly. Whats more important state championships or college educations because it would seem to me that you cant get a job in corporate America with a ring. You dont send people to college because you have an excellent PRINCIPAL. Great Job to all the schools that are sending people to college!
P.S. Stephenson has people in the NFL with DEGREES! and Thank you again for all your hate it only helps us win!!!


October 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

Everyone has to understand too that its not that dekalb necessarily has more or better athletes but the fact is it has become almost a way of life for their coaches to bust their butts getting their players exposure. These are the same teams that everyone says have poor coaching, wow!!


October 26th, 2010
11:54 pm

Actually winning championships comes from teaching kids about team work, unity, and trust to name just a few. Learning these traits are as good as any education one can get any where. Not to mention the important trait of perserverance.

Now having said this, it is entirely possible that some of the kids from the schools mentioned above would not be able to afford or have the Hope grant grades to make it to college apart from their ability to get there by means of football.

We are well aware that schools like Lowndes don’t turn out the athletes that come from Decatur….so what’s new? Makes the championships at Lowndes and other schools all the more impressive.

I also know of football players who had enough grades to go to school with out the need of a small college football scholarship and chose to quit football and focus on their education. In other words they didn’t need football and weren’t counted in this blog.

Congratulations to the schools at the top of the list, but I am always most amazed at the ability of schools that win championships by teaching the traits mentioned above and do it with less talent than those who never win it. Those that don’t ever win them then have to find other reasons to brag when down deep in their hearts they know it is a STATE Championship that they really want to own and brag about.

Until then continue to belittle that which you wish you owned but don’t.
You aren’t fooling any one. We know how bad you really want one and it doesn’t take a whole lot of education to figure it out.

SHSJAGS!!! a little more free education for you.
When pointing out others spelling mistakes it is wise to clean your own house first. Otherwise you look a little foolish.

ps-Just trying to give you “more motivation” that you said thank you for. ;-)

Then maybe you’ll finally own that which you know you realy want and you want it bad….a state championship.

State Championships can not be obtained free from colleges by your coaches. You have to get it the old fashioned way… have to earn it.

Georgia Football

October 27th, 2010
1:03 am

I totally agree with you swd’s finest, getting an education by far the most important thing; to have something to fall back on in life incase you dont make it to the pros. With me being a former student-athlete myself at Camden County and UGA, I cant stress the importance enough to getting a college degree the pros will always be their. Also congratulations to schools and coaches such as Camden County,Tucker,SWD,Northside Warner Robins,and Buford for winning state championships along with preparing and sending a high level of student-athletes to the collegiate ranks.Having high-school state championship ring, SEC championship ring,and a college degree is beautiful thing. LOL

Hooper #12 Jaguar

October 27th, 2010
10:43 am

I’d like to first say that I am an athlete at Stephenson High School, as well as one of the school’s academic leaders. Our sports coaching and recruiting staffs do a really well job with getting our players into college. We have many graduated students who are cuurently doing very well in college, along with the athletes who have graduated with degrees. The main point of us getting scholarships is to pay for our college education. Getting a ring and championship is important, but at the end of the day we need our education and our coaching staffs have done extremely well with stressing being a STUDENT Athlete! LET’S Go JAGS!!! STATE-BOUND! 2011 is getting RINGS!!! Football & Girls Bball LET’S GO!!!


October 27th, 2010
1:05 pm

Understand SHS will aways have their hater’s.


October 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

I’m proud of my alma mater for being represented even thought football is down right now. Academics has always been a priority there. Go Chamblee Bulldogs!


October 27th, 2010
2:13 pm

How do you end up every year with the most Div. I signees but can never make it out of the second round?


October 27th, 2010
2:49 pm

shsjags: Just to be clear, there is no contridictation. I was being positive about ALL the schools and kids that continued thier education beyound highschool.It appears Stephenson fans and bloggers always want to take the negative side of every issue and then “Talk about the haters”. .If you will ask your tutor to read my comments to you again, you will understand there is not sufficient information to judge the number of kids going on to college from Valdosta, Tift and Lowndes……

dekalb fan

October 27th, 2010
4:49 pm

On the next level, Stephenson has 3 players on active NFL rosters. Jermaine Cunningham of the New England Patriots, Kregg Lumpkin of the Tampa Bay Bucs, and Perry Riley of the Washington Redskins. That number will surely increase next year with Kelvin Sheppard of LSU and Marcus Ball of Memphis getting drafted.


October 27th, 2010
7:06 pm

For someone who said that South GA just uses its players. get real. Im from the metro and ill tell you right now there is way less exposure down there. In atlanta college recruiters can visit different games way easier. its not like stephenson coaches are that much better at getting scholarships its because they have athletes to go with the exposure. the NG’s and Pridges dont have nearly as many fast players. I will tell you that All the east cobb, north fultons, and gwinnett players that go to college get real degrees rather than a stephenson grad who goes for two years to work on his parks and rec degree. Walton I know has sent multiple players to ivy league and stanford. NG just sent a player to UPenn last year. something that im sure a lot of the other schools cant say.

Big Al

October 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

Do you all really beleive the best high school players reside mostly in metro Atlanta? The college recruiters should visit south Ga more often and not beleive the hype they read and hear.

Sideline Observer

October 27th, 2010
10:47 pm

Just wondering where the majority of Stephenson players got those scholarships?

SHS Jaguar Football Alum

October 28th, 2010
9:54 am

@Sidline Observer. Since it’s first graduating Class in 1998 Stephenson has graduated 112 Football Players that signed scholarships for college football. This is not including walk ons nor the players that had academic scholarships. Thats in just 12 years and a great accomplishment.

At least (may be more) 35 of which, were D-1A players. Check out the site (see link below) and then click to view the List of “Jaguar Alumni”. We also have a few more guys that played NFL and Professsional Football in other levels as well, but the list is not updated.


October 28th, 2010
10:04 am

Rancher – please consider taking an effective writing and grammar course. I see it is a need and will help you in the future.

Dekalb Football Alumni

October 28th, 2010
10:42 am

Great Work Dekalb County from this list only a fraction of our schools we have 181 players that are playing College Football. I sure that may be well over 50+ more players from the other Dekalb High Schools. Hmm I think its about time we bring in Rings…


October 28th, 2010
7:06 pm

Congrats to all the schools that made the list.

The results of this list are largely cultural. Schools that are located in areas that have larger percentages of the population that attended college are going to have higher college attendance rates than schools located in areas where only 10 – 12% of the population attended college. If the parents attended college, they are a whole lot more likely to encourage their kids to attend college. Let’s be real, Metro Atlanta has a huge advantage in this area over most of the rest of the state.