Several local players will travel to Atlanta over the next week to participate in junior all-star games.
The Rising Seniors Foundation will host the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl on New Year’s Eve at Grady High.
The game, which was created by former NFL players Joe Burns and Izell Reese, is in its fourth year of existence. Baldwin running back Kentavious Thomas, who recently received a scholarship offer from Mississippi State, and quarterback Tajhea Chambers are on the East team with Washington County quarterback/safety A.J. Gray and linebacker Will Coneway. Macon County’s hotly recruited linebacker Roquan Smith will play on the West squad.
Twenty-three of 247Sports’ top 30 junior prospects in the state will play in the Junior Bowl.
The other five will headline the rosters at the Elite Junior Classic, which will be held Saturday at McEachern.
The Junior Classic has more local ties to Middle Georgia.
Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler and Lamar County head coach Franklin Stephens will be assistant coaches on the South team alongside former Peach County and current Valdosta head coach Rance Gillespie. Berrien’s Ed Pilcher will be the head coach for the South. Former Mary Persons assistant and current Mays head coach Corey Jarvis will be on the North coaching staff.
The South team will include: Tyler Camp, Mary Persons, offensive lineman; Trey Graham, Fitzgerald, defensive back; Rashad Johnson, Lamar County, defensive lineman; Willie Jordan, Northside, running back; Cal King, Mary Persons, quarterback; Brandon Sandifer, Northside, offensive lineman; Howard Williams, Telfair County, offensive lineman.
247Sports’ top overall prospect, North Gwinnett offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt, will play in the Junior Classic.
Where 247Sports’ top 30 Georgia prospects will play their all-star games
Mitch Hyatt, OL, North Gwinnett – Elite Junior Classic
Trenton Thompson, DL, Westover – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Taj Griffin, McEachern, RB – Elite Junior Classic
Mekhi Brown, Carver-Columbus, LB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Natrez Patrick, Mays, DL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Terry Godwin, Callaway, WR – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Preston Williams, Lovejoy, WR – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Arden Key, M.L. King, DL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Anree Saint-Amour, North Gwinnett, DL – Elite Junior Classic
Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek, RB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Arrington Farrar, Woodward Academy, DB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Roquan Smith, Macon County, LB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Chuma Edoga, McEachern, OL – Elite Junior Classic
Jalen Wilkerson, Coffee, TE – Elite Junior Classic
Shadell Bell, Columbia, WR – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
D’Andre Walker, Langton Hughes, DL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Dallas Warmack, Mays, OL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Lorenzo Nunez, Harrison, QB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Kentavious Thomas, Baldwin, RB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Chauncey Rivers, Stephenson, DL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Austin Bryant, Thomas County Central, DL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Tyler Queen, North Cobb, QB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Nick Wilson, Milton, OL – Elite Junior Classic
Christian Owens, Griffin, WR – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek, OL – Elite Junior Classic
Saquan Reese, Jenkins County, OL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Octavis Johnson, Clinch County, ATH – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Mike Horton, Lakeside-DeKalb, OL – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Quay Picou, Buford, DT – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl
Montrell Custis, Lovejoy, DB – Rising Seniors Junior Bowl