Elite Classic gets nation’s No. 1 QB from 2021

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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5-star Blaylock commits to playing in Georgia Elite Classic

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.