Do you know any high school juniors that are being overlooked by colleges?
There’s still a couple of weeks to nominate them for the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl, which has quickly turned into the premier all-star football game for football players out of this state.
The third annual game, which will be held on Dec. 31 in Atlanta, features 90 of the state’s prospects. Around 40 have already been named to the rosters, while organizers will select the final 50 by Oct. 20.
If you play football in Georgia, it’s far more important to be in this game as a junior rather than the Under Armour or U.S. Army national games as a senior. Why is that? Because the Junior Bowl is where many prospects get “discovered” or make a name for themselves nationally while performing in front of the scouts, recruiting media and coaches in attendance – and the colleges that later observe the film from it.
Last year, for example, Milton High School defensive end Carl Lawson arrived with no scholarship offers, had a dominating week of practices, and soon had more than 20 offers and the No, 5 overall national ranking by ESPN. There were questions about the level of competition for Montravius Adams, a defensive tackle from tiny Class A Dooly County High School. Adams also had a big week, and now is ranked by 247sports.com as the nation’s No. 1 DT. There were questions about the size of Norcross High School tailback Alvin Kamara, who won over everybody by looking like the fastest player in pads out of the crowd of college prospects that week. There’s many more stories like that.
What about this year? The Junior Bowl already has named many of the top 2014 prospects to the game, including Liberty County LB Raekwon McMillan, Gainesville QB DeShaun Watson (committed to Clemson), Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt (committed to UGA) and Norcross RB Miles Autry.
What about the other 50 spots? If you would like to nominate a junior, go to RisingSeniors.com and click on the player’s tab and then go to “Player’s Nomination.” Or just click here. Fill out the form, and be sure to include a link to the player’s YouTube or Huddl video.
“What we’d really love are nominations for juniors that everybody might not know about right now, but they are very good players,” said RisingSeniors co-founder Joe Burns, the former Georgia Tech and NFL running back.
One particular need this year for the search committee is offensive linemen. “These defensive linemen are so good and so fast, we want to protect the quarterbacks,” Burns said. “We’ve been fortunate to have good offensive linemen every year, and we want to keep it that way. That’s always going to be the hardest position to find.”
The juniors will report to RisingSeniors on Dec. 27 for the four-day event, which is free to each selected participant. All food, lodging and equipment costs are covered by the non-profit organization, which is also seeking out volunteers to help out (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Even though it is the premier game to show off the football talent, the juniors have to go through hours of educational seminars each day. “That’s our main goal, for kids to leave the program knowing that life is so much bigger than football,” Burns said.
NOTE: Do you know of a deserving junior? If so, please list his name, high school, position, height, weight, any 2012 stats and why he is deserving below.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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