Players from Cobb County are helping to fill up rosters all across the southeast.
The county has sent more than 90 players to southern conferences over the last four years, but that doesn’t mean its footprint stops there.
Cobb County football is nation wide.
Currently, Cobb has multiple players in the northeast, midwest and in the western mountains.
North Cobb, Hillgrove and McEachern are tied with five players outside the southeast.
Former Warrior running back Christian Singleton is headed to Western Michigan while defensive back Drew Tejchman is at UNLV.
Chuma Edoga, a former McEachern standout offensive lineman, went to USC and was just drafted in the third round by the New York Jets, and former Hillgrove tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo is expected to do big things at Maryland.
Six players are currently playing in the Mountain West Conference, five in the Big Ten, including former Harrison and current Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and another five, led by former Sprayberry and current Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon are in the Big 12.
Sprayberry coach Brett Vavra says players going outside of the southeast is based on fit.
“I was not coaching at Sprayberry when Trey was there, but I can assume it had to do with the offensive scheme he wanted to play in and overall fit,” he said. “All athletes are different in what they want in the recruiting process. There’s a lot of factors.”
Many of those factors are on depth charts. Despite being known as “Tailback U,” Sermon found immediate playing time with the Sooners. If he had chosen Georgia, he may have been behind Nick Chubb, Elijah Holifield, D’Andre Swift and others.
While the chance to play is important, education is a big factor as Cobb County has sent 11 players to the Ivy League, former Lassiter defensive back Derrik Allen is currently playing for Notre Dame and four more players have gone to West Point to play for Army.
For others, they have found that hometown feeling thousands of miles away, like Marietta’s Jake Wray.
The offensive lineman recently committed to the University of Colorado, where he will play for new head coach Mel Tucker, Georgia’s former defensive coordinator.
Wray and Tucker became close during the recruitment process. Once Wray decommitted from Ohio State after Urban Meyer resigned, it left the door open for the Buffaloes to nab him.
Wray said being in Colorado gives him childhood feeling.
“The state of Colorado alone just feels like me,” he said. “It is where I have a lot of childhood memories and family, so it feels like I belong there.”
Vavra says Cobb County football always has a diverse mix of schools during the recruiting season, and it is unlikely to come to an end anytime soon.
“Every year, top schools always look for players in our region,” he said. “Schools from every part of the country come to look at our guys, so it just speaks a lot to the hard work these players put in. If you can play, a school will find you.”