(Atlanta, GA) - Junior offensive lineman Jake Edwards represented Heard County and the Braves on New Year’s Eve at the third annual AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl which was broadcast on ESPN3.
Jake was one of 98 rising seniors throughout the state selected to participate in this prestigious postseason game played at Grady High School in Atlanta.
Edwards recruiting stock appears to be very much on the rise as he was also named as a first team all state lineman by both the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution for the 2012 season.
The 6-foot 4-inch 270-pound lineman competed as a member of the West team coached by Chip Walker, who led Sandy Creek to the Class AAAA state championship.
Jake started in the game at left tackle and his West team earned a hard-fought victory over the East team 10-7. He spoke after the game about what the week’s events meant to him. “It was a great experience. I learned so many things not only on the field, but especially in the meetings. It was great being out here with everybody and finding a new brotherhood. It was awesome,” stated Edwards.
Braves head coach Tim Barron was also in attendance to watch his junior lineman in action. ”For Jake personally to get to come out here, play so well, and showcase his skills and hard work is something special,” said Barron. “It gives other people a chance to see how he lines up against the best competition in the state. Jake looked like he belonged out there; he was one of the better lineman playing today.”
The Georgia Junior Bowl is the first all-star football game of its kind showcasing the top high school football players in the state of Georgia. The purpose of the game is to enhance student athletes recruiting exposure before their senior year and to aide in the their development academically, athletically, and socially.
In addition to the game itself, which featured the top prospects statewide from the Class of 2014, RisingSeniors.com, in alliance with the NFL Players Association also introduced character and life skills development programs to the junior prospects designed to provide resources to assist them in dealing with the many challenges ahead.
The camp covered several different categories with each topic presented by professionals in their respective fields. Some of these topics included NCAA compliance, Sports/Social Media training, and SAT/ACT test prep strategies.
The AT&T Junior Bowl was held in association with AT&T, the NFL Players Association, Rawlings, the NFL, and Curing Kids Cancer.