While it may be played in the middle of the day, the stars will be out in Columbus today as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North-South All-Star Classic renews for the 65th time at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
Some big-time players and prospects that were otherwise overlooked by the national games will be competing against each other at Columbus’ Memorial Stadium.
“It’s going to be exciting,” said Lassiter’s Hutson Mason, a Georgia commitment and one of the two quarterbacks for the North squad. “I think the teams are pretty even. It’s a great opportunity to show what you can do against some of the best players in the state. These are guys that you are going to be playing with on the next level so we’re all eager to see how we do.”
The players have been staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus and practicing and playing together for the past three days.
“Pretty much practice and eat and then get a little chill time at night,” said Mason, who set the state passing and touchdowns record this past season. It’s been good to get to know a lot of these guys. There’s a lot of Georgia and Georgia Tech guys. [Fellow Georgia signee] Michael Bennett and I have been hanging out quite a bit.”
There are five Georgia Tech commitments on the North squad: OL Catlin Alford of Adairsville, WR/DB Jake Skole of Blessed Trinity, RB Charles Perkins of Collins Hill, OL Morgan Bailey of Loganville and DB Isaiah Johnson of Sandy Creek.
Mason will share quarterback duties with South Carolina commitment Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Also competing for the North squad are Buford FB/LB Jessel Curry (Auburn), Gainesville DB Daunte Carr (Stanford), Grayson RB Ean Pemberton (Austin Peay) and Grayson LB Terry Williams (East Carolina).
The South team appears to be loaded on defense. It features Lowndes LB Telvin Smith (Florida State), Jackson DE Neiron Ball (Florida), Stephenson DE Tyrone Cornileus (Miami) and Warner Robins DT Jeffrey Whitaker (undecided). On offense the South is led by AJC Super 11 offensive lineman Ed Christian of Lowndes County (Auburn), Stephenson RB Raymond Sanders (Kentucky) and record-setting placekicker Joseph Mansour of LaGrange (Kentucky).
For the complete rosters click here to go to the GACA website.