February 1st, 2013 at 10:09 AM
OT: Insight to HS football in Georgia (and the South)
The topic of high school football quality and recruiting in SEC country has been widely debated on this board. This free Rivals article lays out a case for Georgia's rise in HS football that pertains to many programs across the South.
Writer's key points with a little first-hand commentary by this Atlantan:
1. High quality HS coaches. They are well paid, but also incur high turnover with immense pressure to win.
2. Year round training. Even junior high programs have organized S&C for the entire offseason in addition to 3 weeks of spring football.
3. Focus. These programs measure themselves by their players at SEC/ACC schools in football.
* Although not cited in the article, Milton lost in the first round of the playoffs and is considered an OK football school. Gwinnett County schools are among the Georgia powerhouses.