Metro ATL rated No. 10 for high school football nationally

Atlanta is ranked as the 10th-best metro area nationally for high school football by MaxPreps.

The rankings, compiled by MaxPreps writer Kevin Askeland, is based primarily on computer ratings.

Here are those that made the top 400 from metro Atlanta:

No. 11 Norcross
No. 110 Sandy Creek (Tyrone)
No. 113 North Gwinnett (Suwanee)
No. 132 Gainesville
No. 168 North Cobb (Kennesaw)
No. 326 South Gwinnett (Snellville)
No. 331 St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta)

A couple of things jump out immediately for local football fans.

If St. Pius made it, what about Buford, the Class AAA champion? And if South Gwinnett, why not Grayson?

And what about Class AAAAAA runner-up Lovejoy?

DeKalb County produces more top-flight recruits than any other area in the state, but there’s no M.L. King, no Tucker, no Stephenson in the top 400.

Metro Atlanta did get extra points for Gainesville, though many don’t consider that metro Atlanta.

The No. 1 area in the country, according to MaxPreps, is Los Angeles. Five of the top 15 teams in the country are from the L.A. area.

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Rich DRB

July 31st, 2013
9:20 am

this list they put up is crazy! No Tucker Buford or Grayson?!!

BufDome

July 31st, 2013
9:43 am

Wow….. no Buford

Mountain Man

July 31st, 2013
9:52 am

Buford can bring boys in from different counties. When you do that you can build a power house. Just like St. Pius X. Half the boys on St. Pius are not Catholic. They come from different back grounds.

Mountain Man

July 31st, 2013
10:09 am

Their will be a sleeper in the Buford Region this year. watch what I TELL YOU.

OriginalATLien

July 31st, 2013
11:06 am

“Just like St. Pius X. Half the boys on St. Pius are not Catholic. They come from different back grounds”
@Mountain Man – so what’s your point? Does one have to be Catholic to attend a Catholic school? Do you have any inclination of the mission of Catholicism? Do you think all the young men that play for Notre Dame, Boston College, Xavier, etc… are all Catholic? Depending on your response, this post of yours borders on stupidity.

OriginalATLien

July 31st, 2013
11:11 am

….as for the article, MaxPreps, Kevin, and the computers obviously have it wrong. I wouldn’t even blame the computers becuase it’s only as good as the programming/logic. So this is all human error! We could all run off the obvious omissions and after I take a look at that entire list, I’m sure there are some from other states aside from GA like VA, TX, FL, OK, MS, LA & CA where I’ve lived or spent enough time that would be missing.

Ace

July 31st, 2013
11:43 am

Calhoun beat Buford’s best team, the last time they played. Their women were squawlin’ like babes in the rest rooms. Must have hurt.

Mountain Man

July 31st, 2013
12:08 pm

Original is what I am saying. They bring in boys just to play football. Just like Buford. just play the boys in your area and you will see . They cant stand up against the other AAA teams. Would you agree. Just like Buford QB the one his dad was at Ga, He lives in Gainesville and plays at Buford.

1bighammer

July 31st, 2013
12:14 pm

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pioneer

July 31st, 2013
12:47 pm

Maxpreps is great for schedules but this ranking is silly, just to prompt discussion. Give me greater Miami’s Central, University, BTW, Aquinas, and Columbus and I’ll go 4-1, maybe 3-2 on a bad day against all these cities. Passion for HS football? Take Atlanta any day over LA or NY!

82Dawg

July 31st, 2013
1:40 pm

Mountain Man…if you have proof that someone lives in Gainesville and attends school in Buford the GHSA would love to talk to you.

Sportsnut

July 31st, 2013
2:29 pm

This is ………..senseless. Any fan of High School Football, anywhere, should know better. They say this is based on computer rankings. People program computers. Not being able to see a team has the most effect on what one may think. I recently made a statement that basically said Georgia has more complete teams that fit into the “Good” category, not just teams with one or two stars. I watch football from all over the States and some of the better teams from other states would not have a chance vs. some of our best. I wish there was a way for this to be settled. Maybe Maxpreps and ESPN can come to the schools and make them an offer they can’t refuse. We may not be No. 1 but 10, no way.

rwdekalb

July 31st, 2013
3:48 pm

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rwdekalb

July 31st, 2013
3:49 pm

@Sportsnut. Well said.

Camden74

July 31st, 2013
7:04 pm

IMO, no other state has more TOP quality Metro HS Teams than Texas. The Houston area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. I would have to place California at two or three at best. The states that I place above Georgia/Metro Atlanta, are there strictly because of population. :-)

u dont know nutin....

July 31st, 2013
10:44 pm

@Mountainman ST.Pius X accepted 275 freshman students for the fall 300 got turned down. Now 1st choice goes to Catholic student from a Catholic school and one of your parents attended the school !
2nd is the same as the 1st but without the alumni
3rd is catholic from a public school
4th is non catholic from catholic school.
5th high academic achievement and the cash to go to the school we have no full rides here.
Now you have been informed. Explain now how we bring kids in? Oh yes they have to take a test to get in.
The score has to be well above the fog the mirror test. We have no sour mash still building classes at SPX
They have to have an almost spotless discipline record- one bad grade school teacher recommendation and they could be out no matter if their parents went there. Several freshman with alumni parents didn’t get in and yes two had brothers already in the school. And yes they are athletes. I know we probably kicked your butt in football and in girls basketball so I know you are mad but get over it.
Our football team runner up in the state had no football signees how does that happen. I guess no SEC school wants a 175 lb pulling guard or do they?
But hey good luck this fall and come see our 175 lb center and 180 lb guards play.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

July 31st, 2013
11:45 pm

Metro Atlanta has a big share of big time players playing great football. The way the regions are set up many big time players play against other good teams with very good players everyone benefits especially the fans. We get to see great high school football for 14 or15 weeks. Passion for the game is what makes it so good.
Buford is a city school so pay the money and you can go what’s the big deal it is a known fact that city school operates that way don’t you think GHSA would of found something by now?
DeKalb all you have to do is live in the county and you can play for any school you can get to. You can live across the street from St Mtn and play at Tucker if you can make it to the school. Move an apartment complex and play for whoever without sitting out a year is it right? Must be because GHSA doesn’t think there is a problem.
South Ga they transfer too so unless GHSA says there is a problem guess there isn’t one.
I would love to see Camden against a team from west coast or Norcross play these power houses from NY the Georgia teams will win every time. Florida teams now that would be some great games. I guess we all need to kick in some money and get MLK, Tucker or Stephenson to that Ohio high school challenge that is the only way to find out who is the best. Can’t wait for the season to start !

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spxalum

August 1st, 2013
1:45 am

not to stir up the pot, but personally, i feel that the reason Pius is on there and Buford isnt is because Pius has to work so much harder to get to where they are. Buford can recruit, which is good for them, but as a player on last years’ Golden Lions, I can say that nobody but us knew we could get that far.

Sportsnut

August 1st, 2013
5:44 am

Today, it begins. Pads. Good thing too. It’s time. I want to see some football so bad, I may just go see Norcross and Colquitt scrimmage. Can’t hardly wait to see what this season brings.

GPB has weighed in this way = Norcross
Colquitt
North Cobb
North Gwinnett
Mceachern
Lowndes
Peachtree Ridge
Walton
Hillgrove
Wheeler

Any thoughts?

Titletown USA

August 1st, 2013
6:09 am

No Camden in the the Top 10…that’s a mistake.

Joe Friday

August 1st, 2013
8:26 am

Mountain Man must be “North Georgia Granny” from basketball season. I would bet it’s the principal at Dawson County. Funny they didn’t complain in basketball when they beat Blessed Trinity (Catholic school) and Decatur (city school).

Camden74

August 1st, 2013
9:28 am

I guess they believe Camden’s success can only be attributed to one man……..MISTAKE! :-D

mansup

August 1st, 2013
9:31 am

Mountain Man – You are obviously a rabid UGA fan, aren’t you? No need to answer….it is obvious.

UnbiasedObserver

August 1st, 2013
9:40 am

Norcross and other Gwinnett schools are breaking rules to build their programs. And the GHSA cant do anything about it. As much as admitted recently by the GHSA Director.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

August 1st, 2013
9:42 am

It is good to see every one is back & of course everyone is still right !!!!!!!

Voice of Reason

August 1st, 2013
10:07 am

Oh brother…..the master baiters are at it again as they once again outsmart the nitwits….Hook…..Line…..Sinker…….GOTCHA

FatherOfTwo

August 1st, 2013
2:10 pm

I can backup MountainMan on his comment that the Buford QB lives in Gainesville…..his little brother played in my youngest sons basketball league in North Hall county and his older brother used to attend and play at North Hall. MountainMan is accurate on his claim.

Mountain Man

August 1st, 2013
3:17 pm

Hi 82 dog and OriginalATLien did you read that. Just like I said their is a sleeper in the AAA group. Their is someone that lives Gainesville and plays on a AAA team in Gwinnett. Joe Friday Read the comment above me. Just like I said quit shipping boys in and you wont win a game in AAA or AA . But you could maybe in A

eaglenationrising

August 1st, 2013
4:49 pm

This is so funny. If anyone believes that metro Atlanta is the 10th best major US city for high school football, that person has not been outside of the state of Georgia. In practically every state in the nation the teams from the largest city are the favorites. Georgia only has one big city. However, we all know better. LOL! With the exception of Gwinnett County, there is limited discipline…no tradition…and just a bunch of AJC hype.

eaglenationrising

August 1st, 2013
4:52 pm

Buford is not on the list because it is likely that Buford is excluded (rightfully so) from being in metro Atlanta. Buford is a small town that is more likely connected to north Georgia communities and schools. Newnan is not metro Atlanta. LaGrange & Troup County is not metro Atlanta. Drive through Buford. I lived in Midtown Atlanta for 6 years until my wife and I moved to the northern suburbs (Alpharetta) when we had our first child last fall. Buford is not metro Atlanta.

f.s.praout

August 1st, 2013
5:00 pm

The reasou no STEPHENSON THE balls

Sportsnut

August 1st, 2013
5:09 pm

@ ENR == No matter how you try to spin it, there are schools here that would destroy many of those schools from other states that are ranked highly every year. Many of them are Catholic or private to some degree and you would be hard pressed to pit Bishop Gorman against Camden and think BG would be that much better, if at all. According to their ranking, these schools from other states would kill schools from Georgia, such as Lovejoy, Camden,and other top Georgia teams. GBP does not have Lovejoy and Camden ranked because the figure both lost too much talent. That same thought was used here.

Sportsnut

August 1st, 2013
5:10 pm

:they figure”, my bad

Camden74

August 1st, 2013
6:15 pm

It’s true that Camden lost a lot, so hopefully, everyone will take them lightly. But that would only happen once, if at all……. Release the………..CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

August 2nd, 2013
10:23 am

@ 74 == That is just what we are hoping. Seems to be working already. Maxpreps has us as #20 in AAAAAA and GPB does not think we deserve a Top 10. Fine by us !

Camden74

August 2nd, 2013
2:19 pm

Sportsnut…..Considering that you guys were in the State Title Game last season, I can see that being a bit disrespectful…. :-)

Sportsnut

August 2nd, 2013
4:09 pm

@74 == I understand their rationale. If they make noise this season, who can deny they have arrived. Two trips back to back, including the step up in class, have not convinced some that Lovejoy is for real. I like where we are sitting and I am sure the players will have something to say about all this in the end. The week of the first game, I will tell you if we will be back for another run.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

August 2nd, 2013
9:47 pm

@mountainman & FatherOfTwo I think you guys are missing the point no matter where the kid lives it is only ILLEGAL if he is not paying tuition. Right? Now that said I think Lovett hs also a private school was putting out an interesting 1.2 multiplier for those players not living in that district. That would mean lot of the big name DeKalb teams would move up to AAAAAA. But it was tabled.

Captain

August 2nd, 2013
10:15 pm

@eaglenationrising

Buford has to be considered metro atlanta if Gainesville is. Gainesville is a good 20 minutes north of buford. Grayson is ranked a top 10 national team in most rankings meaning this poll is garbage.

Camden74

August 2nd, 2013
11:13 pm

I guess you could call all of it garbage, since not one game has been played yet. It will probably change after the first week…… :-)

Steve

August 4th, 2013
3:58 pm

the thing that got me is when i was in high school they said that De Salle california was the best cause they had a team who had 100+ games undefeated. To me that isn’t a good team as much as lack of competition lets put this into perspective. why doesn’t anyone consider an undefeated boise St in college to be better than a 1-2 loss LSU or Alabama. it is because you know every game will be a close one when you can easily rack up the points against your competition it shows lack of competition if you have to fight for every win you rise yourself to a higher level of play. I hope they allow more interstate football action I would love to take our top ten and let them play cali, new york, Florida and texas. i think florida and texas would give us the hardest time but I think we would put up a good fight and especially do well against the new yorkers and californians.

Camden74

August 4th, 2013
7:47 pm

Steve……New York or New Jersey? :-)

Sportsnut

August 4th, 2013
10:43 pm

Hey 74 == Are you guy’s scrimmaging anyone?