It never ceases to amaze the incredible number of Georgia high school football players that I encounter on college rosters every week. By the time you read this, I will have opened my college football schedule with Florida International at Tulane Thursday night on ESPN3 and then Saturday, I’ll be calling Campbell at Troy at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.
It's easy to keep up with former Georgia high school stars like Trevor Lawrence, Jake Fromm and Justin Fields. After all, Lawrence is probably the 2019 Heisman Trophy favorite as just a sophomore at Clemson after starring at Cartersville High School. Fromm went right from starting quarterback at Houston County High School to starting QB for national championship-contending Georgia. Former Harrison Hoyas star Justin Fields has landed at Ohio State and will quarterback a Buckeyes team once again contending for a berth in the College Football Playoff.
We all know that. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In the two college football games I’m working this weekend alone, there are 24 players from Georgia high schools that are either starting…if not starring…and at the very least are No. 2 at their positions on their team’s respective depth charts.
Tulane has five players led by starting left tackle Tyler Johnson from Stephenson and starting defensive end Cameron Sample from Shiloh. Three FIU players came from Georgia including starting left tackle D’Antne Demery from Brunswick High School.
There are four players from Georgia, and three that will start, for Campbell including freshman QB Hajj-Malik Williams who will make his debut Saturday at Troy. He played last season at U.S. Military Academy Prep after leading Hapeville Charter to the 2017 State Championship.
But the Troy Trojans top them all. Not only are the Trojans led by Head Coach Chip Lindsay, who a decade ago was the head coach at Lassiter High School when Hutson Mason was the record-setting QB and the late, great Philip Lutzenkirchen was there, the Trojans have no less than 12 former Georgia high school stars in their two-deep. Lindsay by the way will be making his collegiate head coaching debut on Saturday.
In Troy’s starting line-up you will find right guard Tristan Crowder (Carrollton), wide receiver Tray Eafford and safety T.J. Harris (Lee County), wide receiver Sam Letton (Walton), free safety Kyle Nixon (Peach County) and his twin brother Kevin is a back-up defensive end, nose guard Will Choloh (Archer) and defensive end Antonio Showers (Tucker).
And that’s just two games, four teams from this first full weekend of college football. That’s why when you watch Football Fridays in Georgia on GPB, you are watching the future stars of college football and in some cases the NFL.