We searched Google and couldn’t find any competition. It’s true that Gwinnett County football is home to some of the best talent in the state. Every year, hundreds of Gwinnett high school football players go on to play in the big leagues of the college arena. In the past five years alone, Gwinnett has pumped out an impressive four five-star recruits that have moved up to play with the likes of Ole Miss, Clemson, UGA and Tennessee. And, this year, we’re looking to add a few more to that roster.
Since 2000, eight Gwinnett County teams have earned the title of State Champion. We’ve got the hustle, and we’ve got the heart. And, everyone knows that in the south, football reigns supreme. So, whether you’re soaring high with the Falcons or hunting for that next win with the Lions, we all look forward to those Friday night lights.
These 18 outstanding players have the drive and desire to be remembered as one of the greats to step onto their school’s field. Each player represents the best of the best when it comes to athletics, leadership and academics. And, when it’s 4th and inches, I know I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of the ball against any of these worthy opponents.
Gwinnett’s most sought-after recruit dishes about football and his future. A dominating force on the defensive line, this STAR athlete hailing from Lanier High School has gained the attention of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Florida’s Jim McElwain.
Surprisingly, Derrick has only played football for eight years. Most of his counterparts on the field have dedicated over a decade to the sport, but for Derrick, his knack for football is just something that comes naturally. He claims an impressive roster of offers from some of the top college football programs in the country, including UGA, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee. His professional football aspirations, he says, depend entirely on his job opportunities after graduation. He wants to major in business marketing and dreams of working for Nike in its marketing department. Derrick is a self-proclaimed movie aficionado – his latest favorite, The Interview. His athleticism is unmatched, as he also plays basketball and runs track. An ideal student-athlete and leader among his peers, Derrick serves on Lanier’s Student Senior Council. His favorite player is Ndamukong Suh of the Miami Dolphins. He models his playing style after Suh’s aggressiveness, speed and dominating force on the defensive line. But, unlike his role model, Derrick has more of a quiet and humble nature. He’s a pleasure to work with on and off the field, and we predict big things to come from this young star in his last year of high school football. And, we know the entire state is waiting patiently, full of anticipation, to see where he commits.
Peachtree Ridge High School
Nigel is tough as nails – even as a child, he would continually injure himself while jumping on his trampoline, pretending to be Spiderman.
Dacula High School
Growing up, Jakob loved watching Troy Polomalu play because despite his modest demeanor, he always made big plays when his team needed them and wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line.
Mill Creek High School
Robbie is a HUGE Star Wars fan. As a kid, if he wasn’t watching football, you’d catch him watching one of the original Star Wars movies.
When Kaiden’s not on the field, he’s writing for his school newspaper and wants to major in journalism when he gets to Appalachian State.
Norcross High School
Jarett is a self-diagnosed shopaholic. He’s very proud of his 3.5 GPA and looks forward to playing football for Georgia Tech.
North Gwinnett High School
In Josh’s fourth year of playing football, he received over 30 offers to play college ball before committing to South Carolina. His best game to date was against Duluth when he scored five touchdowns in the first half and racked-up over 200 yards.
Central Gwinnett High School
Last year, Major finished the season with 1,209 yards and was selected for All-County and All-State. This year, he’s looking to meet and exceed last year’s accomplishments.
Terrence Newborn Jr.
Meadowcreek High School
Terrence AKA “Sweet T.” hopes to continue his football career through college to the NFL, where his dream is to play for the San Diego Chargers in his home state of California.
Grayson High School
Denzel’s most memorable game was against Archer. Grayson was up 14-10 with Archer 1st & 10 on their 1-yard line. With 30-seconds left, Grayson’s defense held Archer to win the game.
Duluth High School
Donald is a strong and talented two-year starter standing 6’4” and weighing in at 250 lbs.
Berkmar High School
Wide Receiver/Linebacker/Defensive Back
Rey has been playing football since he was three years old. He loves to compete and is always working to make himself better and move to the next level.
Parkview High School
Stephen, known by his friends as “21 Reasons,” plays basketball and boxes along with playing football.
South Gwinnett High School
Skyers’ best game was against Walton when he was sick, but managed to play the entire game and block two punts, scoring on one of them.
Shiloh High School
Offensive Line/Defensive Line
Leonardo has only played football for four years, but boasts an impressive roster of offers from some top football programs.
Brookwood High School
Jesse is an exceptional student. He has a 4.0 GPA and plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.
Collins Hill High School
Tomon has committed to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Archer High School
Kyle plans on majoring in sports medicine with a minor in mass communications.