Georgia Junior All-Star Bowl has big plans

November, 18, 2010
Just a couple of days after many of Georgia's top prospects like running back Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver), tight end Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) and defensive end Xzavier Dickson (Griffin, Ga./Griffin) finish their high school campaigns in the Under Armour All-American Game, there will be over 80 of the state's top 2012 prospects getting their first taste of an all-star event.

The Georgia Junior All-Star Bowl is the brainchild of former NFL players Izell Reese and Joe Burns. With the help of the NCAA and the NFL Players Association, the two have put together a week modeled after the Senior Bowl.

"This was something Joe and I have been working on for around three years and we wanted to put together an event that will give these young men an opportunity to learn about this recruiting process," Reese said. "The practices and the game is the fun part, but the educational experience is the most important thing to us."

That educational experience includes a version of the NFL's rookie synopsis that will be presented by the NFL Players Association, an overview of the rules and regulations of recruiting by the NCAA and a presentation on how to prepare for the SAT and ACT tests by the Kaplan Group.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel will be one of the keynote speakers for the event and the recruits will spend a day visiting a local children's hospital. Many of the proceeds from the event will be going to various charities.

As for the game itself, it's expected to draw many of the top recruits in the state including several remembers of the ESPNU 2012 Watch List like quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County), athlete Carnell Boyd (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) and defensive back Jadarius West (Decatur, Ga./Charles Drew Charter).

"We put together a selection committee to help us with the process of choosing players," Burns said. "Players and coaches also have the ability to nominate deserving players as well."

The game will be held at Bobby Dodd Stadium on January 8 and the prospects will spend much of the week on Georgia Tech's campus.

"They will be staying in the dorms, meeting in the meeting rooms, watching other bowl games in the player's lounge," said Reese. "We went to give them the full college experience so they understand what these players go through every day."

Reese and Burns have plans to bring this event to other states and are already in talks with people from Florida, Texas and California.

"We want to focus on this one event this year and do it right," Reese added. "And once we get this event right, we want to expand to other states."

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation



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