Stephenson leads state with five NFL players

Stephenson High in Stone Mountain led Georgia with five alumni on NFL rosters on opening day, according to NFL data.

That’s tied for second in the country with two other schools. St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., leads the nation with nine.

Marist is next among Georgia schools with four current NFL players. Only 21 high schools have as many as four.

There are 40 schools nationwide with three. In Georgia, they are Sandy Creek and Statesboro.

Georgia ranks fourth nationally in the number of NFL players with 91. Of those, 21 went to Georgia, 13 to Georgia Tech.

Player High school College NFL
Leonard Pope Americus Georgia Steelers
Maurice Hunt Baldwin Florida Redskins
Carlos Rogers Butler Auburn 49ers
Demarcus Dobbs Calvary Day Georgia 49ers
Josh Harris Carrollton Auburn Falcons
Ronnie Brown Cartersville Auburn Chargers
Jonathan Massaquoi Central Gwinnett Troy Falcons
Champ Bailey Charlton Co. Georgia Broncos
Clint Boling Chattahoochee Georgia Bengals
Charlie Whitehurst Chattahoochee Clemson Chargers
Dunta Robinson Clarke Central South Carolina Falcons
Chris Jones Coosa Carson-Newman Cowboys
Eric Berry Creekside Tennessee Chiefs
Rokevious Watkins Creekside South Carolina Rams
Daryl Smith Dougherty Georgia Tech Jaguars
Mike Tolbert Douglas Co. Coastal Carolina Panthers
Akeem Dent Douglass Georgia Falcons
Corey White Dunwoody Samford Saints
Keith Brooking East Coweta Georgia Tech Broncos
Chas Henry East Paulding Florida Eagles
Buster Skrine Etowah Chattanooga Browns
Brandon Boykin Fayette Co. Georgia Eagles
Matt Daniels Fayette Co. Duke Rams
Chris Clemons Griffin Georgia Seahawks
Sherrod Martin Griffin Troy Panthers
Charles Johnson Hawkinsville Georgia Panthers
James Carpenter Hephzibah Alabama Seahawks
Kyle Moore Houston County Southern Cal Bills
Fernando Valesco Jefferson Co. Georgia Titans
Harry Douglass Jonesboro Louisville Falcons
Jonathan Dwyer Kell Georgia  Tech Steelers
Wesley Woodyard LaGrange Kentucky Broncos
Corvey Irvin Laney Georgia Buccaneers
Calvin Pace Lithia Springs Wake Forest Jets
Tashard Choice Lovejoy Georgia Tech Bills
Jay Ratliff Lowndes Auburn Cowboys
Andrew Economos Marist Georgia Tech Buccaneers
Will Heller Marist Georgia Tech Lions
Patrick Mannelly Marist Duke Bears
William Middleton Marist Furman Jaguars
Marlo Harvey Mary Persons Marshall Colts
Allen Bailey McIntosh Co. Miami Chiefs
Robert Mathis McNair Alabama A&M Colts
Stephen Hill Miller Grove Georgia Tech Jets
Jeff Backus Norcross Michigan Lions
Larry Grant Norcross Ohio State 49ers
Morgan Burnett North Clayton Georgia Tech Packers
Kyle Love North Clayton Mississippi State Patriots
Jared Cook North Gwinnett South Carolina Titans
Michael Palmer Parkview Clemson Falcons
Randy McMichael Peach Co. Georgia Chargers
Drew Butler Peachtree Ridge Georgia Steelers
Cameron Heyward Peachtree Ridge Ohio State Steelers
Marcus Dixon Pepperell Hampton Jets
Casey Hayward Perry Vanderbilt Packers
T.J. Yates Pope North Carolina Texans
Cameron Sheffield Portal Troy Chiefs
Thomas Davis Randolph-Clay Georgia Panthers
Cordy Glenn Riverdale Georgia Bills
Danny Ware Rockmart Georgia Buccaneers
Andrew Gardner Sandy Creek Georgia Tech Texans
Kedric Golston Sandy Creek Georgia Redskins
Calvin Johnson Sandy Creek Georgia Tech Lions
Frank Kearse Savannah Alabama A&M Panthers
Jeff Saturday Shamrock North Carolina Packers
Phillip Wheeler Shaw Georgia  Tech Raiders
Kevin Cone St. Pius Georgia Tech Falcons
Justin Houston Statesboro Georgia Chiefs
Jeremy Mincey Statesboro Florida Jaguars
DeAngelo Tyson Statesboro Georgia Ravens
Jermaine Cunningham Stephenson Florida Patriots
Bruce Irvin Stephenson West Virginia Seahawks
Kregg Lumpkin Stephenson Georgia Seahawks
Perry Riley Stephenson LSU Redskins
Kelvin Sheppard Stephenson LSU Bills
Brandon Thompson Thomasville Clemson Bengals
Jasper Brinkley Thomson South Carolina Vikings
Larry Dean Tift Co. Valdosta State Vikings
Nick Eason Toombs Co. Clemson Cardinals
Da’Norris Searcy Towers North Carolina Bills
Dwayne Harris Tucker East Carolina Cowboys
Leodis McKelvin Ware Co. Troy Bills
Reshard Jones Washington Georgia Dolphins
Josh Gordy Washington Co. Central Michigan Colts
Takeo Spikes Washington Co. Auburn Chargers
Demaryius Thomas West Laurens Georgia Tech Broncos
Adam Jones Westlake West Virginia Bengals
Cam Newton Westlake Auburn Panthers
Kareem Jackson Westside (Mac.) Alabama Texans
Alfonzo Dennard Wilcox Co. Nebraska Patriots
Bruce Miller Woodstock Central Florida 49ers

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15 comments Add your comment

Todd Holcomb

September 18th, 2012
8:19 am

Note – These are players who were on active, opening-day rosters. … If you believe someone is missing, it might be that they were on injured reserve or the practice squad on opening day. But please point those out if you know of any. Thanks.

Todd Holcomb

September 18th, 2012
8:32 am

Some of those on injured reserve, practice squads or suspended lists for opening day include:

Erik Walden of Dublin and Middle Tennessee (Packers), Gerald McRath of Meachern and Southern Miss (Titans), Torrell Troup of Salem and Central Florida (Bills), Chris Scott of Lovejoy and Tennessee (Bears) and Mario Fannin of Lovejoy and Auburn (Broncos).

If there are others, let us know.

Northside Dawg

September 18th, 2012
8:34 am

Kyle Moore attended Houston County, not Warner Robins.

Dirty Dog

September 18th, 2012
8:59 am

Why is Stephenson given credit for Bruce Irvin when he never played football there and never graduated from there?

Todd Holcomb

September 18th, 2012
9:04 am

”Why is Stephenson given credit for Bruce Irvin when he never played football there and never graduated from there?”

Good question. The NFL lists him as Stephenson. I guess it is ‘last high school attended.’ I understand that Irvin got his GED.

Todd Holcomb

September 18th, 2012
9:05 am

Thanks for the correction on Kyle Moore. It is fixed.

Golden Isles Fan

September 18th, 2012
9:07 am

that kid that graduated from georgia,,,,I believe was from Irwin county ga big guy oh yeah Justin anderson Colts………….

Todd Holcomb

September 18th, 2012
9:37 am

Anderson had been placed on the ”physically unable to perform” list.


September 18th, 2012
12:21 pm

Are Leigh Torrence and Anderson Russell, both Marist grads, now out of the NFL?

Big Mone

September 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

@WarEagle Torrence was cut and Russel has been designated as a developmental player.


September 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

Laron Scott, from Warner Robins High School, played at Georgia Southern and is now on the New York Football Giants Practice Squad


September 18th, 2012
2:17 pm



September 18th, 2012
3:08 pm

That is a who’s who of NFL’ers right there is the any better quality of football in the nation than in our backyards in good ole Georgia. So much quality so many stars.


September 18th, 2012
10:58 pm

neiko thorpe kc

Augusta Gator

September 19th, 2012
8:39 am

Where is Deon Grant from Josey High School, Tennessee & NY Giants (which he won a championship with all three) now?