On this Football Fridays in Georgia podcast episode, Hannah and Jon talk to a dazzling and colorful array of "NEW!" head coaches from across the state, to give you an idea of what to expect for another great season of high school football to come. There's even some surprises from football past! Plus: how will Jon fare on Hannah's pop quiz? Listen to find out!
The Atlanta Falcons are being praised for hosting one of the most successful High School Girls Flag Football Showcases in the country. The third-annual event, presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and was held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in May. Current and formerFalcons players, and nearly 20 Georgia high school girls flag football coaches were in attendance.
The high school football coaching carousel continues to spin in Georgia. There have been almost 100 coaching changes so far and a handful of vacancies still waiting to be filled. Each year the coaching turnover is roughly 20-percent, but this year could be higher than average due to some big job openings.
Girls flag football is taking South Georgia by storm this fall. It all started with a pilot program for 19 schools in 2019, and now there will be more than 250 girls flag football programs in action this season across the entire state. The Atlanta Falcons have been at the forefront of growing the sport and have awarded 44 schools with grants for the upcoming season.
The Kell High School football team has welcomed a new wide receiver in rising senior Kyle Vaka. The 6-foot-tall, 180-pound D1 prospect transferred from Johns Creek in March. Vaka was a “Make That Kid an Offer” nominee on GPB’s Recruiting 2022 show and since then the offers have been rolling in.
High School football always has something going on and we’re keeping a collective eye on the teams, coaches and players as they get ready for the summer swelter and practices that will lead us into the 2023 season. But, before the camps and the workouts, there’s still some other kinds of work to be done.
Many student-athletes across the state get overlooked regarding recruitment offers from colleges and universities. On this Football Fridays in Georgia podcast episode, Hannah and Jon discuss the recruitment process and the "Make That Kid an Offer" segment that spotlights these students. Plus, we hear from Rob Vaka and his son, Kyle Vaka from Kell High School who received a Division I offer after being featured on the segment.
AuMauri Tillman scored a tournament best 36 points to help Westside win its second straight state championship.
Kell's Crystal Henderson turned in a championship performance in helping her team win the Class 5A title.
Here's the GPB's exclusive All-State team and Players of the Year.