Buford quarterback Aaron McLaughlin has committed to play in the Freshman Game in the Georgia Elite Classic on Dec. 28 at McEachern High School. Already starting as a freshman for a 3-1 Buford team ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA, McLaughlin stands 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 220 pounds and is considered by most recruiting services to be the top pro-style QB in the class of 2021. In four games, including his high school debut in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic, he has completed 45 of 87 passes for 497 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has two rushing touchdowns. Joining McLaughlin for the Freshman Game will be Brookwood quarterback Caleb Ellard and teammates Zach Dyer and Caleb Ellard, both receivers. Brookwood will send tackle Sean Hill and running back Eli Knight for the Sophomore Game and tight end/linebacker Ennio Zambino, linebacker Anthony Gorney and quarterback Justin Fombie for the Junior Game. Click here if you would like to be considered for the four games, which will include a senior matchup. The Georgia Elite Classic will be based at McEachern, while the players will stay two nights at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest, across from the Braves’ SunTrust Park.
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Three of the top Junior players in the state have committed to play in December’s Georgia Elite Classic, including one who will wear a Georgia Bulldogs jersey in 2019 and two with multiple major college offers. Walton receiver Dominick Blaylock and North Gwinnett defensive backs D.J. Turner II and Warren Burrell will play in the Elite Junior game on Dec. 28 at McEachern High School, which will also include an eighth-grade B2C All-Star game and matchups for freshmen, sophomores and seniors. Blaylock has committed to play for head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs while Turner and Burrell both have an offer from Nick Saban and the University of Alabama. Also, quarterbacks Jake Smith from Blessed Trinity and Austin Kirksey from Walton have confirmed they will participate in the Junior Game as well as Walton running back Malik Adams and teammate Luke Payne, one of the top long snapping prospects in the country. Brookwood starting center Aidan Perkins will be in the Sophomore game and linebacker/running back James Wood from Jeff Davis High has said he will play in the Freshman game. Also, the Classic is excited to announce its first five head coaches for the games, which include Tucker Pruitt (Fitzgerald), Rico Zackery (Villa Rica), Adam Clack (Milton), Daniel Brunner (Walton) and Kevin Whitley (Stockbridge). A committee of coaches is picking the players for this year’s games and the Elite executive group running the event will include longtime coaches Tripp Allen from Brookwood and Jeff Carlberg from North Gwinnett. The committee is also getting strong direction from recruiting expert Rusty Mansell of 247 Sports. Click Here if you would like to be considered for the game.
The Georgia Elite Classic will celebrate its fifth year this December with the addition of a freshman All-Star Game at McEachern High School on Dec. 28. The games, created by the Corky Kell leadership team of Dave Hunter and I.J. Rosenberg, have become one of the top high school December All-Star events in the county and are always well-attended as well as receiving a lot of attention from recruiting services and college programs and coaches. There will be a total of five games at McEachern beginning with an B2C Eighth Grade All-Stars showdown at 9 a.m., followed the Freshman All-Stars at 11 a.m., the Sophomore All-Stars at 1:30 a.m., the Junior All-Stars at 4:15 p.m. and the Senior All-Stars will finish off the day with a 7 p.m. kickoff. There will be more than 400 players participating and all high school players in the state of Georgia are eligible to make the teams and can register to be considered by CLICKING HERE. A committee of coaches will begin picking the players in mid-October and send out invites. The game includes staying for two nights at the Marriott Northwest across from the new Atlanta Braves ballpark as well as all meals, a game jersey, a bag of swag, three practices and a night out at Stars & Strikes with all the teams. The information for the games can be found at GeorgiaEliteClassic.com and again you can register to be considered by CLICKING HERE.
The Georgia Elite Classic is excited to announce its dates for the 2017 games to be played at McEachern High School. The Classic will be going into its fifth season and the three-day event will be held Dec. 26-28. There also will be a freshman game this season in addition to sophomore, junior and senior games and just as the Classic did in 2016, gameday on Dec. 28 will open with a B2C eighth-grade All-Star game.
In the upcoming weeks, the Classic will also announce its new recruiting partner, expected to be one of the top recruiting services in the country as well as dates for combine tryouts which will be held throughout Georgia during the spring.
In addition, the Classic will soon announce its plans for 2018 when Super Bowl LIII comes to town in February of 2019. The Classic plans to play its games during Super Bowl week as well as bringing in an All-Star team from another state.
The Georgia Elite Classic is an event run under direction of Score Atlanta which also handles the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic and Signing Day Frenzy among other events. Last December, more than 320 football players and 64 coaches from around the state participated in the Georgia Elite Classic in four games at McEachern.
For more information, go to EliteJRClassic.com or call 404-246-7819.
Corey Kiner rushed 27 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, but Team Nitro was able to hold on 14-13 after a failed 2-point conversion with 52 seconds remaining.
America 27, National 16
A controversial fumble call on a swing pass to the flats changed momentum and helped Team America race away from Team National in the fourth quarter.
The National Team used 38 unanswered points, including a 24-point third quarter to run away with a 38-7 victory over the American Team in the Junior game of the Georgia Elite Classic.
After a scoreless first quarter, the National Team opened the second quarter with a 33-yard Buce Brooks field goal to take an early three-point lead. Nearly eight minutes later, the American team answered with a Turner Barckhoff field goal to knot the game 3-3.
On the eve of the Georgia Elite Classic, one of the top high school receivers in the county’s class of 2019 narrowed his college football choices down to five schools.
Dominique Blaylock says he will pick among the University of Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Ohio State and UCLA.
Stars align on Thursday, December 29 as the state’s top juniors from across Georgia travel to Walter H. Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs to test their skills at the Elite Junior Classic. Handpicked from all over the Peach State, talent will be aplenty as scouts keep an eye on what transpires.