21 state football players slated for national all-star games this week


Twenty-one Georgia high school football players are on rosters for the two most prominent national all-star games this week — the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando and the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

The Under Armour games is first up on Thursday at 6 p.m. Five Georgia players are in that one, which will be televised on ESPN2.

Lithonia offensive lineman Broderick Jones, a five-star recruit committed to Georgia but unsigned, is among the Georgia contingent there.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, 16 of the All-American Bowl's East team roster of 54 are from Georgia. They include Gatorade national player of the year Arik Gilbert, a tight end from recently crowned Class AAAAAAA champion Marietta. Gilbert has signed with LSU.

Other players to watch are Dalton’s Jahmyr Gibbs, a Georgia Tech-committed running back who rushed for 2,554 yards this season; Valdosta’s Tate Rodemaker, a 3,000-yard passer who was a late addition to Florida State’s recruiting class and the All-American Bowl; and Hillgrove’s Myles Murphy, the consensus No. 1 recruit from Georgia.

Marietta quarterback Harrison Bailey, a Tennessee signee, was slated to play but pulled out with an injury. Rodemaker got Bailey’s spot.

Below are the Georgia players in the games (included are the schools with which they have signed or committed):

Under Armour All-America Game

OT Broderick Jones, Lithonia (Georgia)* 
RB Tank Bigsby, Callaway (Auburn)
LB Phillip Webb, Lanier (LSU)
LB Wesley Steiner, Houston County (Auburn)
LB Sergio Allen, Peach County (Clemson)

All-American Bowl

DE Myles Murphy, Hillgrove (Clemson)
TE Arik Gilbert, Marietta (LSU)
OT Tate Ratledge, Darlington (Georgia)
DB Brian Branch, Sandy Creek (Alabama)
OT Myles Hinton, Greater Atlanta Christian (Stanford)
DE William Anderson, Dutchtown (Alabama)
WR Kobe Hudson, Troup (Auburn)
OG Paul Tchio, Milton (Clemson)
QB Harrison Bailey, Marietta (Tennessee)
WR Javon Baker, McEachern (Alabama)*
RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Dalton (Georgia Tech)*
WR Josh Downs, North Gwinnett (North Carolina)
LB Desmond Tisdol, Wilcox County (Auburn)
DT Jamil Burroughs, McEachern (Alabama)*
QB Tate Rodemaker, Valdosta (Florida State)
PK Brock Travelstead, North Paulding (Louisville)

* - Committed but unsigned