Georgia high school players in college football tops 4,000

More than 4,000 former Georgia high school football players were on college football rosters this season, and 30 have one more game – the national championship between Alabama and Clemson.

That is according to Steve Slay, a Georgia high school football fan and researcher who has done the tedious compilation for the past several years. With a final tally of 4,035, this is the first time that his numbers have topped 4,000. His 2015 season count was 3,996.

The high school with the most players on college rosters is McEachern with 54 (see list of every Georgia high school below).

Others with high numbers are Stephenson (48), Buford (44), Sandy Creek (44), Peachtree Ridge (40), Grayson (39), Hillgrove (39), Norcross (38), Tucker (37), Brookwood (35), Colquitt County (33), North Gwinett (33), Mays (31), Milton (31), Collins Hill (30), M.L. King (30) and Arabia Mountain (30).

The region with the most players is 6-AAAAAAA, made up entirely of Gwinnett County schools, led by Peachtree Ridge. Second is 4-AAAAAA, a region of DeKalb and Clayton schools led by Stephenson.

In the national championship game, as many as six Georgia players are expected to start. They are place-kicker Adam Grifffith of Calhoun and defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County for Alabama and quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, defensive back Ryan Carter of Grayson, running back Wayne Gallman of Grayson and tackle Mitch Hyatt (pictured) of North Gwinnett for Clemson.

Slay’s  list does not could include Alabama All-America linebacker Reuben Foster, a former Class AAA defensive player of the year from Troup High in west Georgia. Foster finished up at Auburn High in Alabama, and Slay places players with the schools listed on team rosters.

Six former Georgia players made All-America teams this season. They were Clemson’s Watson, Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram of Hillgrove, Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County, Auburn defensive linemen Carl Lawson of Milton and Montravius Adams of Auburn and Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo of McEachern.

Watson, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, was named Sunday the winner of the 2016 Bobby Bowden Award. The honor is presented each year to the college football player who most epitomizes a student-athlete.

Slay’s work entails searching rosters of every college team in the country at all levels, including junior colleges. There were 268 former Georgia players in the SEC this season, 211 in the ACC.

It includes walk-ons. For examples, Georgia has 94 former Georgia high school players on its 2016 roster, and Georgia Tech has 76, but about at least a quarter of them are walk-ons.

It is unknown how Georgia stacks up nationally in terms of players on college rosters, as this research is not done in each state.

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REGION 1 97 REGION 1 84 REGION 1 57 REGION 1 81
Camden County 29 Coffee 15 Bainbridge 7 Americus-Sumter 7
Colquitt County 33 Houston County 17 Harris County 18 Cairo 5
Lowndes 23 Lee County 16 Thomas Co. Central 7 Carver-Col. 16
Tift County 12 Northside-W.R. 17 Veterans 12 Columbus 8
REGION 2 93 Valdosta 19 Warner Robins 13 Hardaway 7
Campbell 9 REGION 2 48 REGION 2 41 Northside-Col. 5
East Coweta 16 Bradwell Institute 7 New Hampstead 0 Shaw 11
Newnan 13 Brunswick 8 South Effingham 9 Westover 22
Pebblebrook 15 Effingham County 4 Statesboro 8 REGION 2 44
Westlake 29 Glynn Academy 15 Ware County 11 Howard 7
Wheeler 11 Richmond Hill 14 Wayne County 13 Mary Persons 12
REGION 3 157 REGION 3 57 REGION 3 82 Perry 4
Hillgrove 39 Alcovy 9 Fayette County 18 Spalding 8
Kennesaw Mtn. 11 Evans 6 Griffin 13 Upson-Lee 5
Marietta 15 Greenbrier 6 McIntosh 4 West Laurens 8
McEachern 54 Grovetown 2 Morrow 6 REGION 3 51
North Cobb 24 Heritage-Cony. 19 Riverdale 16 Baldwin 9
North Paulding 14 Lakeside-Evans 15 Starr’s Mill 9 Burke County 10
REGION 4 99 REGION 4 191 Whitewater 16 Cross Creek 2
Cherokee 10 Drew 21 REGION 4 104 Helpzibah 6
Etowah 14 Forest Park 5 Dutchtown 13 Richmond Academy 9
Lassiter 17 Jonesboro 15 Eagle’s Landing 19 Thomson 15
Roswell 20 Lovejoy 26 Hampton 0 REGION 4 78
Walton 29 M.L. King 30 Jones County 9 Druid Hills 7
Woodstock 9 Mount Zion 5 Locust Grove 8 Eastside 6
REGION 5 89 Mundy’s Mill 4 Ola 6 Henry County 12
Forsyth Central 4 Stephenson 48 Stockbridge 27 Luella 16
Lambert 16 Tucker 37 Union Grove 10 North Clayton 8
Milton 31 REGION 5 146 Woodland-Stock. 12 Salem 8
North Forsyth 10 Alexander 10 REGION 5 116 Woodward Acad. 21
South Forsyth 16 Creekside 27 Arabia Mountain 30 REGION 5 97
West Forsyth 12 Douglas County 11 Chamblee 13 Cartersville 14
REGION 6 159 Hughes 17 Clarkston 0 Cedartown 4
Collins Hill 30 Mays 31 Columbia 23 Central-Carroll 8
Discovery 0 New Manchester 8 Cross Keys 2 Chapel Hill 9
Duluth 14 Northgate 13 Lithonia 13 LaGrange 12
Mill Creek 26 South Paulding 17 Miller Grove 18 Sandy Creek 40
Mountain View 16 Tri-Cities 12 Southwest DeKalb 17 Troup 10
North Gwinnett 33 REGION 6 102 REGION 6 80 REGION 6 24
Peachtree Ridge 40 Allatoona 17 Banneker 8 Gilmer 3
REGION 7 147 Creekview 9 Carver-Atlanta 16 Heritage-Ringgold 3
Berkmar 11 Dalton 7 Decatur 13 LaFayette 0
Brookwood 35 Harrison 22 Grady 17 Northwest Whitfield 6
Central Gwinnett 28 Osborne 8 Lithia Springs 4 Pickens 5
Lakeside-DeKalb 8 River Ridge 6 Maynard Jackson 4 Ridgeland 5
Meadowcreek 5 Sequoyah 7 North Springs 2 Southeast Whitfield 2
Norcross 38 South Cobb 12 Riverwood 16 REGION 7 50
Parkview 22 Sprayberry 14 REGION 7 105 Blessed Trinity 17
REGION 8 144 REGION 7 117 Carrollton 22 Chestatee 2
Archer 22 Alpharetta 28 Cass 4 Marist 14
Grayson 39 Cambridge 5 East Paulding 15 West Hall 9
Newton 25 Centennial 15 Hiram 16 White County 8
Rockdale County 16 Chattahoochee 16 Kell 18 REGION 8 53
Shiloh 19 Dunwoody 15 Paulding County 7 Jefferson 10
South Gwinnett 23 Johns Creek 5 Rome 6 Madison County 4
North Atlanta 8 Villa Rica 8 North Oconee 16
Northview 11 Woodland-Carters. 9 Oconee County 5
Pope 14 REGION 8 92 St. Pius 12
REGION 8 73 Buford 44 Stephens County 6
Apalachee 1 Cedar Shoals 8
Dacula 27 Clarke Central 7
Gainesville 19 Flowery Branch 13
Habersham Cen. 6 Johnson-Gaines. 1
Lanier 9 Loganville 16
Winder-Barrow 11 Walnut Grove 3
AAA 336 AA 245 A 384 Others 112
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Cook 0 Albany 4 Baconton Charter 0 Augusta Christian 8
Crisp County 8 Berrien 6 Calhoun County 1 Augusta Prep 1
Dougherty 6 Brooks County 5 Chattahoochee Co. 2 Bethesda Academy 3
Monroe 10 Early County 3 Miller County 2 Bethlehem Christian 1
Worth County 2 Fitzgerald 6 Mitchell County 5 Bible Baptist 3
REGION 2 25 Thomasville 6 Pataula Charter 0 Brentwood School 3
Appling County 5 REGION 2 33 Pelham 3 Briarwood Academy 1
Brantley County 2 Bacon County 5 Randolph-Clay 4 Calvary Christian 1
Liberty County 8 Benedictine 10 Seminole County 4 Central Fellowship 2
Long County 2 Bryan County 2 Stewart County 0 Community Christ. 2
Pierce County 6 Jeff Davis 2 Terrell County 1 Covenant Academy 1
Tattnall County 2 Metter 4 REGION 2 25 Covenant Christian 2
REGION 3 14 Swainsboro 3 Atkinson County 5 Creekside Christian 1
Beach 1 Toombs County 2 Charlton County 5 Curtis Baptist 3
Groves 0 Vidalia 5 Clinch County 3 Deerfield-Windsor 5
Islands 0 REGION 3 34 Irwin County 1 Dominion Christian 3
Jenkins 4 Bleckley County 6 Lanier County 3 Gatewood School 1
Johnson-Sav. 3 Dodge County 7 Telfair County 1 Georgia Force 2
Savannah 2 Dublin 8 Turner County 4 Harvester Christian 1
Southeast Bulloch 1 East Laurens 0 Wilcox County 3 Heritage School 2
Windsor Forest 3 Northeast 4 REGION 3 46 Home School 1
REGION 4 61 Southwest 0 Calvary Day 14 John Milledge 3
Central (Macon) 8 Washington Co. 9 Claxton 1 King’s Academy 1
Jackson 11 REGION 4 34 ECI 2 Lafayette Christian 1
Kendrick 3 Butler 2 Jenkins County 2 Loganville Christian 4
Peach County 14 Glenn Hills 0 Johnson County 1 Memorial Day 9
Pike County 3 Harlem 1 McIntosh Co. Acad. 9 Monsignor Donovan 3
Rutland 6 Jefferson County 12 Montgomery Co. 1 Piedmont Academy 1
Westside-Macon 16 Josey 4 Portal 0 Praise Academy 2
REGION 5 78 Laney 5 Savannah Christian 10 Rabun Gap 7
Cedar Grove 29 Screven County 6 Savannah C.D. 4 Sherwood Christian 3
Lovett 8 Westside-Aug. 4 Treutlen 0 Skipstone Academy 1
McNair 4 REGION 5 43 Wheeler County 2 Solid Rock Christian 1
Pace Academy 12 Callaway 16 REGION 4 51 Southland Academy 2
Redan 2 Heard County 6 Brookstone 3 SW Atlanta Chris. 1
Stone Mountain 9 Jordan 1 Central-Talbotton 1 SW Georgia Acad. 2
Towers 2 Lamar County 12 Crawford County 1 Tiftarea Academy 3
Westminster 12 Spencer 6 Dooly County 8 Trinity-Dublin 2
REGION 6 52 Temple 2 Greenville 5 Trinity-Sharpsburg 2
Adairsville 7 REGION 6 29 Hawkinsville 7 Unknown 2
Bremen 4 B.E.S.T. Academy 5 Macon County 5 Valwood School 6
Calhoun 20 Douglass 1 Manchester 5 Westfield School 3
Coahulla Creek 1 Hapeville Charter 12 Marion County 6 Westminster-Aug 3
Haralson County 0 KIPPAtlanta 4 Pacelli 5 Windsor Academy 1
Lakeview-FO 2 South Atlanta 2 Schley County 2 Young Americans 1
Murray County 1 Therrell 1 Taylor County 3
North Murray 4 Washington 4 REGION 5 68
Ringgold 8 REGION 7 19 ELCA 18
Sonoraville 5 Armuchee 3 Fulton Leadership 0
REGION 7 48 Chattooga 1 Holy Innocents 6
Dawson County 7 Coosa 5 Landmark Chris. 10
East Hall 7 Dade County 0 Mount Vernon Pr. 4
Fannin County 1 Gordon Central 3 Our Lady Of Mercy 15
G.A.C. 26 Model 1 Strong Rock 2
Lumpkin County 1 Pepperell 4 Wesleyan 13
North Hall 3 Rockmart 2 REGION 6 69
Union County 3 REGION 8 23 Bowdon 3
REGION 8 32 Banks County 4 Christian Heritage 2
East Jackson 1 Elbert County 10 Darlington 8
Franklin County 2 Monticello 1 Fellowship Chris. 7
Hart County 8 Oglethorpe Co. 0 Gordon Lee 0
Jackson County 6 Putnam County 1 King’s Ridge 5
Monroe Area 7 Rabun County 6 Mount Paran 11
Morgan County 8 Social Circle 1 Mount Pisgah 11
Mount Zion 3
North Cobb Chri. 1
Pinecrest Academy 3
St. Francis 5
Trion 2
Walker 2
Whitefield Acad. 6
REGION 7 63
Aquinas 8
First Presbyterian 2
Georgia Military 5
Glascock County 0
Greene County 4
Hancock Central 3
Lincoln County 5
Mount de Sales 8
Stratford Academy 3
Tattnall Square 3
Twiggs County 1
Warren County 6
Wash-Wilkes` 11
Wilkinson County 4
REGION 8 40
Athens Academy 6
Athens Christian 4
Commerce 3
George Walton Academy 3
Hebron Christian 5
Lakeview Academy 3
Prince Avenue Ch. 11
Providence Chris. 1
Riverside Military 2
Towns County 2

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