As the great lyricist Drake and Future would rap, “What a Time to Be Alive!” OK, I confess I don’t really know the whole song, but I have heard that line and fits with the blog I’m writing.
What a Time to Be Alive. Fits well for all these young men who get to play for a State Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday on GPB. Even better for those who a week later will be signing their names to college scholarships. The new early College Football National Signing Day is Wednesday, Dec. 19.
You can’t really tell the story of these eight GHSA State Championship Games without talking about the recruiting aspect.
Many of these teams are one win away from winning a State Championship because of the players you are about to read about. And let’s face it. This is a big deal. These kids are about to get their college education paid for because they are great football players.
Yes, they have a lot of God-given talent. But they’ve also worked hard to make the best of what the good Lord has given them. Because of that, the teams that they play for have a chance to win a state title before they go off to pursue even bigger dreams. Some of them will even play in the National Football League one day. That is so very cool that we get to see them play high school football one last time with a chance to fulfill a dream of winning a state title. Gives me goosebumps!
Now before you fire off an angry tweet. This list that I have put together for this blog is based solely on the 247 Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings. I like using this source because it takes the recruiting rankings of 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout, etc.…adds them all up and creates a composite. I think it gives us about as accurate a picture as we can get with this very inexact science, we call recruiting…or crootin’ for some of you. That’s just a joke.
This list doesn’t include two of the best senior quarterbacks in the state, Milton’s Jordan Yates who’s committed to Georgia Tech and Warner Robins’ Dylan Fromm who’s committed to Mercer. They are great, and I think they’ll make great college football players. But they don’t fall within the Top 10 composite rankings.
The list doesn’t include three of the best running backs that I saw this season…because their teams fell a win or two short. That list would include Rome’s Jamious Griffin, Travis Tisdale of Lowndes and Buford’s Derrian Brown.
Also let me say there are a lot of great players who had tremendous high school careers, will do great things on Saturdays in the years to come and will even get paid handsomely to play this game one day, who will be watching these games on GPB just like you. So, let’s recognize the tremendous accomplishments of all the players, big-time recruits or not, and enjoy these eight football games for what they are. The stuff of which dreams are made.
So now that I’ve covered my bases … let’s begin with the senior class.