A brand new high school all-star game featuring 150 of the state’s top senior players, including 50 from Atlanta Public Schools, will be held at Lakewood Stadium on New Year’s Weekend.
The inaugural Minority Coaches Association of Georgia (MCAG) Senior Bowl, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 29, at Lakewood Stadium, will consist of two all-star games featuring seniors from APS, Clayton County, Columbus/Muscogee County and South Fulton County:
— Game 1 (1 p.m.): South Fulton (coached by Banneker’s Mario Allen) vs.
Clayton County (coached by Lovejoy’s Edgar Carson)
— Game 2 (4 p.m.): APS (coached by Douglass’ Rodney Cofield) vs.
Columbus/Muscogee County (coached by Spencer’s Pierre Coffee) at 4 p.m.
Recruiters from several colleges will be in attendance, giving these seniors another opportunity to earn scholarships. Just like the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Baker Mayfield, who began his career as a walk-on player at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, many of the seniors in this all-star game are diamonds in the rough who have been overlooked, according to APS Director of Athletics Jasper Jewell.
“Most of these seniors have not received the exposure that some other players have,” Jewell said. “These are some very talented student athletes, and we wanted to provide them with another opportunity to showcase themselves in front of college recruiters.”