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AS I’VE WRIT TEN BEFORE, THE BES T part about putting FNF Georgia to- gether is the annual trip around the state my merry band of colleagues
and myself set out on each spring.
The car rides are long and the conversation
endless — they act as our version of board
meetings — and we never lack for personalities
once we arrive at our destinations.
I love hanging around a locker room or
coach’s office, trying to keep up with the kids
rambling about whatever kids talk about these
days or picking the brain of a coach that’s seen
it all yet keeps looking for more.
Inevitably, the players end up talking about
girls. Prom, dinner dates, the rise of social
networking — get two 16- or 17-year old boys
together and dating lives are bound to come up.
Get three or more involved and you’re sure to be
Here’s a guarantee though — it’s foolproof.
Ask a high schooler where the prettiest girls
are. They’ll tell you the cream of the crop lies
somewhere down the road, never at their own
The kids at Grayson told us the prettiest
girls go to Peachtree Ridge. A Coffee County
standout pointed toward Tifton and an Archer
underclassman settled on Shiloh. You get the
point — the grass is always greener.
The funny part is, as we’d transition from the
locker room with the kids to the coaching office
with the adults, the conversation, though on a
different subject, carried a similar trend.
Every coach we talked to was equally enamored with the football talent that didn’t play
for him. We could be a few doors down from
numerous future SEC football players and the
conversations always drifted to what was going
on somewhere else.
An assistant from Coffee County wondered if
we’d dropped in on a young and up-and com-
ing playmaker from Liberty County (you’ll read
more about Richard Lecounte later). We had.
How about the defensive end from Tucker?
(Yep, Jonathan Ledbetter is well represented in
this magazine, too.) “DeKalb County is loaded
up there,” the coach went on to say.
While we were at Clinch County, a recruiter
from North Carolina held up our afternoon
photo shoot as he made his pitch. The same Tar
Heels coach had been at Collins Hill the previ-
ous day and Coffee County that morning.
Wonder who he was checking in on, a coach
half-asked, half-investigated. It was Tomon Fox
in Gwinnett and Cole Minshew in Douglas.
Hmmmm… that’s interesting, we all agreed, as
we moved on to other prospects around the state.
Everywhere we went, there was somebody
else to talk about. That’s how the state of Georgia has become, a high school football hot bed
as respected as any other. Since 2007, a staggering 1,354 Peach State standouts signed to
play for Division- 1 schools. Only Texas, Florida
and California — all states with much higher
total population — had more.
And as you’ll read later on, you’re as likely to
find the nation’s best defensive tackle (Trenton
Thompson) in Albany as you are to find the nation’s top offensive tackle (Mitch Hyatt) in North
As we add it all up and criss cross the state
each spring, it’s blatantly clear:
Whether you’re a high school coach in search
of a kick returner, a college recruiter in need
of a playmaker or a single senior on the open
market, you don’t have to go that far to find a
date to the dance.
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