The lineup of the sixth annual Georgia Elite Classic will include the first-ever Brain Bowl, in addition to Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior all-star games. This five-game marathon will take place at McEachern High School on Friday, Dec. 28.
Eligible academic standouts from the junior and senior classes will make up the two rosters of the Brain Bowl and will square off in the fourth slot of the five-game lineup. Player nominations for Team Einstein and Team Hawking will open on March 1 at GeorgiaEliteClassic.com and will require proof of a 3.0 grade-point average and combined three-part SAT score of at least 1500 and an ACT score of at least 22.
The Georgia Elite Classic has grown from its beginnings as a junior game in 2013, and this past December brought the most significant expansion in the event’s history. More than 400 players from all four classes were featured, and more than 170 different high schools across the state of Georgia had at least one player in the games. New features like a halftime kicking contest, instant replay, coaching challenges and the use of 15-minute quarters were added as well.
The result was an unprecedented look at Georgia’s top stars, driving even more college interest in the state’s gridiron greatness. The idea for the Brain Bowl came specifically from the academic powerhouses of the northeastern United States. Coaches from such conferences as the Ivy League, Patriot League and New England Small College Athletic Conference have been drawn to the Peach State for years, suggesting an all-star game could be created specifically for top student-athletes could deliver more student-athletes up north. These schools are looking for academically qualified players from Georgia and are expected to work closely throughout the year with the Georgia Elite Classic.
“It’s no secret that Georgia has some of the brightest and most talented prospects in the country,” said Score Atlanta president and Georgia Elite Classic founder I.J. Rosenberg. “I think the Brain Bowl is a great way to showcase that and give these guys a chance to compete in an All-Star game environment against the type of student-athlete they were play against in college. They have worked hard on and off the field and deserve this opportunity. Al lot of parents don’t know about the academic opportunities their kids can get at schools like Yale, Georgetown and Amherst among many others and also get to play four years of competitive college football. OK, I have to say it, it’s a no-brainer.’’
2018 GEORGIA ELITE CLASSIC SCHEDULE
At McEachern High School
Thursday, Dec. 27
Seventh Grade Game 5 p.m.
Eighth Grade Game 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 28
Freshman Game 9:30 a.m.
Sophomore Game 12 p.m.
Junior Game 2:30 p.m.
Brain Bowl 5 p.m.
Senior Game 7:30 p.m.