Top football cities in U.S.: Georgia, Atlanta snubbed on MaxPreps list

MaxPreps asks the country which city in the United States plays the best brand of football.

The list of major metropolitan cities includes Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

There is another list of smaller cities. It includes several Southern cities, including Mobile and Memphis, but nothing in Georgia.

Seattle? Honolulu? No Atlanta?

The answer might lie here in MaxPreps’ description: ”Which cities, with the suburbs excluded, play the best high school football?”

Football in Georgia’s cities – from Atlanta to Columbus to Macon to Augusta to Savannah – is not so strong tradionally. There have exceptional teams from the cities – Carver of Columbus, Savannah Christian among them. Carver and Grady have strong teams this year.

Is this typical of states nationally? In Georgia, the top football programs tend to be outside the bigger cities.

Here is MaxPreps’ list.

What do you think?

24 comments Add your comment

jvillebil

November 14th, 2012
9:50 am

I talked to the ESPN Announcer at half time of the Camden/Lowndes game and he said he travels the county watching teams all over the US and Georgia has some of the best football and atmosphere anywhere. I’ll take it from someone that actually has first hand knoweldge of watching the games. Oh and by the way, why do they all camp in in Georgia to recruti. Give me a break!

Plowboy - Viking

November 14th, 2012
10:09 am

Max Preps screws up about every game they report on, they said Valdosta, COLQUITT and coffee beat Lowndes this past yr

WTG49

November 14th, 2012
10:46 am

I think this poll is no differnt than their other polls and predictions…SCREWED UP!

JustHere

November 14th, 2012
10:48 am

Max Preps is a joke. Why give them any coverage?

Jacket Man

November 14th, 2012
11:21 am

It’s all about subscriptions and relationships, and MaxPreps isn’t a factor in this area, so they’re just reciprocating; it’s just that simple. The bottom line is all of these services are really just “educated guesses” anyway, and if you go back over the past 10 NFL Drafts and concentrate on the Top 3 rounds, look at the number of the stars the players had coming out of High School. I think you’d be very surprised how many Two and Three star players will be found in that group. In other words; just because these services might rate a player Four and Five stars doesn’t mean they’ll excel at the next level or even get drafted into the NFL, nor does it mean guys who are lower rated, or even totally ignored can’t/won’t become stars at BOTH levels.

DAWG POUND

November 14th, 2012
11:27 am

“Football in Georgia’s cities – from Atlanta to Columbus to Macon to Augusta to Savannah – is not so strong tradionally.”

Are you kidding me??? Look up the town of Griffin, GA. A small town, in the metro Atlanta area, of about 25K has place 20 or more players in the NFL and hundreds in the college ranks.

Fred

November 14th, 2012
12:07 pm

I went and read the article and after that I can understand why GA and Atlanta were snubbed. For one thing, it is based on the Freeman Computer Rankings of dynasties over the past 10 years. Much of GA’s overall improvement has been withing the past 10 years. Obviously there are teams/areas that have excelled for longer but the overall state of HS football in GA is much higher in the past 10 years in my opinion. I think the Valdosta program as an example get slighted in this article because Valdosta is a relatively small town and only has 1 program (by their definition.)

Personally, I read it and say “So? Your premise and data set are both flawed” referring to the MaxPreps article.

WarEagle

November 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

Rivals picked Georgia last year as the best high school football state in the country: http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1290345. I’m guessing the methodology of the MaxPreps approach skewed the results unfairly, but I agree with the posters above that MaxPreps is usually a bunch of garbage anyway so who cares.

Son of Waco

November 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

In most metro Atlanta football stadiums they are a lot of empty seats, even when the two teams share the same stadium. So if they was doing a poll on known cities high school football why Ga was left out…

G-dub

November 14th, 2012
3:34 pm

The recruiting speaks for itself

Falconguy45

November 14th, 2012
5:00 pm

Max preps is a joke… Could you imagine a team from Seattle coming to play a south Georgia team in August? The poor kids would pass out during warm ups. Two years ago Crenshaw from Los Angeles came into play North Gwinnett and their number 1 running back in the nation couldn’t deal with the heat and lasted 2 quarters. Not only do our kids in Georgia play better football, but they do it in extreme heat and humidity.

Falconguy45

November 14th, 2012
5:05 pm

Dawg Pound…you are so right. I played against several of those Griffin boys that played in the NFL. At one time, Griffin, Clarke Central, and Valdosta ruled the roost. How many NFL players have come just from those three programs.

Landshark87

November 14th, 2012
7:48 pm

Maxpreps is correct in this case. They are talking about cities that have the best football. And I agree that compared to Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and even Jacksonville, FL, Georgia city schools do not match up. I did a coparison a year ago with Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, Augusta and Savannah in level of play and if the teams in Columbus are the best ciity schools in GA, then city wise GA can not compete with the schools from the cities list above.

Falconguy45

November 14th, 2012
8:51 pm

Land shark……your absolutely an idiot if you believe this. You must be from another city? Do your home work and come back into this blog and tell us how many Metropolitian Atlanta players we have currently playing college football or that is playing in the best conference in the nation, which is the SEC. You have to take in consideration metro Atlanta, not city of Atlanta. The above cities that you have mentioned are zoned completely different than Atlanta. Example: Houston is one giant county, which is Harris County. Harris county is larger than all of the metro Atlanta counties combined. I don’t think that Max prep is comparing inner city schools. By the way, Columbus football is weak and full of thugs. Example: Jasper Sanks and Isah Crowell. By the way, how would you know? Would you really bet on a team from Seatlle to come down south and compete?

Really

November 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

Maxpreps coverage of Georgia football is very SPARSE…. they have no clue.

Bear_Backer

November 14th, 2012
11:12 pm

DAWG POUND, Falconguy45 , you guys hit the nail on the head! Max Preps is clueless at best.

I like homework Falconguy45

November 14th, 2012
11:37 pm

@Falconguy45… You’re calling LandShark an idiot but yet you missed a major point of the article. Suburbs where EXCLUDED in this study. If the suburbs where included we all know Atlanta would be at least top 3 on the list easily.

You also stated Harris County is larger than all of the metro Atlanta counties combined. I don’t know if you mean land size or population? Harris County’s land mass just all by itself is not larger than all of metro Atlanta’s land mass. Metro Atlanta is made up of well over 20 counties. Population of Harris County is about 2.2 million. Metro Atlanta’s population is 5.3 even though yes Houston’s metro is larger than metro Atlanta in population. Harris County just alone by itself is not larger than metro Atlanta in either land mass or population.

Falconguy45

November 15th, 2012
6:53 am

I like homework….. That may be the case, but this is a very biased study. Take out the population count, Harris County is made up of hundreds of major power house schools ( I am from Houston) and Atlanta has a very small make up of inner city schools. I may be getting a little dramatic on here, but what a slap in the face by Max Preps. Outside of Gwinnett, Cobb is getting better, there is no Football. Take all of the mentioned cities, each city has their pockets of quality Football, but much larger land mass. They should have taken all of these points under consideration.

Landshark87

November 15th, 2012
9:37 am

Falconguy45 yes I am from another city and yes I do my homework, Idiot not by a long shot. This article is about inner city football teams and the level of compitition in the city. It’s not about how many NFL a city produces, it’s about the teams. I do a lot of research on city football because I care about city football. You are from Houston, and I am pretty sure this article did not include North Shore Galena Park (which is one of my favorite teams beside Lamar) or any other outter city school. This is about inner city football.

Landshark87

November 15th, 2012
12:58 pm

I hate to say this but there are some real dumb people who post things they have no clue about. 1st thing is we are talking about football and the second we are talking about inner city football. I will pit any team from Cincy against any team in Columbus, and it will not look good. You guys need to learn how to read. The yare not taling about metro’s they are not talking about basketball. This artical says Which cities, with the suburbs excluded. And they probably only included cities that have a population of 100,000 and over. now if they were talking about states, I wounld have a different tone. Man people who just talk just to talk. Do some research before you come at me.

Landshark87

November 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

From Maxpreps:
So here’s how we came up with our list. For the metro areas, we took the top 10 high school football teams (based on the dynasty ratings) from cities within the suburban area of a major metropolitan city. Add up all of the ranks of the top 10 teams and the metro area with the lowest total is ranked No. 1.

It should be noted that a team’s dynasty rating is based on its cumulative rankings in the Freeman Computer Rankings over the past 10 years.

For the title of best city, we took just the top four teams from that city and added up their dynasty ratings. The cities with the lowest overall totals were ranked accordingly.

Landshark87

November 15th, 2012
1:15 pm

My apology to Falconguy45, they did include North Shore.

Falconguy45

November 15th, 2012
1:48 pm

Land shark…. I see your point, but Max Prep is not making a fair comparison. I get it…. We are talking about inner city, but Max Prep needed to do their research on the makeup of the demographics before they can make these bold statements. Most inner city schools are poorly attended, limited budgeted, small booster clubs, if any, and share a community stadium with very little community support. I can guarantee the cities mentioned above do not all fit this criteria. You have to mention the suburbs just to get a fair comparison. Cincinnati plays great High School football, but I believe metro Atlanta and Georgia as a whole is much better than the state of Ohio. That is a proven fact when the SEC is made up of a large percentage of Georgia boys. The SEChas owned the state of Ohio in college football. This is not an opinion, but a fact.

Landshark87

November 15th, 2012
3:09 pm

Falconguy45 you are correct and I am for Georgia High School football. I moved here because I get to watch some of the best football. I came from Massachusetts. I lived in PA and SC in my early days and know what football was like. I have researched mostly every state so far, and I love GA. And if I am correct Maxpreps did do a article of the best high school football in the country. USA Today and Rivals did also. GA is tops on the list. I was amazed that in Jacksonville, Fl all the high schools have their own stadium.