The Georgia Junior Bowl, held this evening at Grady Stadium, will feature a handful of players from Cobb County. Lassiter cornerback Christopher Murphy, Kell lineman Donnell Greene, South Cobb defensive tackle, Justin Jones and Harrison safety Keegan Karim will play on the West team. Wheeler safety Allen Artis and quarterback Elijah Staley will play on the East team along with Marietta linebacker Ty Tomlin and North Cobb safety Cameron Albright. Walton’s D.J. Smith was also selected to play, but will not participate according to his high school coach Rocky Hidalgo.
Former Walton coach Ed Dudley, now at Ware County, will coach the East. Sandy Creek’s Chip Walker will coach the West.
One goal of the Georgia Junior Bowl is to increase the exposure of its players. The teams met at Georgia Tech throughout the week and participated in various activities, including the Rising Seniors Football Camp.
Albright said the exposure to college scouts is one of the reasons he was excited when invited to participate.
Jones was singled out on risingseniors.com, the website that sponsors the Georgia Junior Bowl, after his performance over the weekend as a player to watch.
After the weekend of workouts Tomlin was tabbed by his East coaches to start—something he is taking pride in.
Tomlin said the best part of being at the Georgia Junior Bowl is what he is learning away from the field.
“I’ve learned a lot of new things to make me better,” said Tomlin. “The best is all the educational parts they teach us here. It’s not just an all-star game. It’s something to teach us about life. It helps us with SAT scores and stuff like that.”
Albright agrees. The two-way player at North Cobb said that he expected to face a high level of competition on the field, but didn’t think it would extend to other areas.
“I wasn’t expecting the level of learning and mentoring that I’ve received here,” said Albright, who will be splitting time in the secondary in today’s game.
Tomlin said that while it was nice to meet players from around the state, he isn’t attending the junior bowl to socialize.
“I didn’t come here to make friends,” he said. “I came here for business. So I wasn’t really trying to interact with other people, just improve myself.”
The game kicks off a 1 p.m. today. Tickets are $15.