Nine players from north Fulton County will suit up for teams in the College Football Playoff, including Xavier McKinney from Roswell High.
Photo: David Barnes, AJC
Photo: David Barnes, AJC

College Football Playoff will feature 9 players from North Fulton

Bowl season for college football begins soon, and after Jan. 1 the national championship picture will be a bit clearer.

Three of the schools in the College Football Playoff are stationed in the southeast, and the fourth team — Oklahoma — often recruits in Georgia. This makes the playoff populated with players from the Peach State.

Narrowing it down, there are nine players from north Fulton County who are in the playoff this year. The University of Georgia leads the way with four players from north Fulton County, while Oklahoma has none.

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As you’re watching the Sugar and Rose bowls on New Year’s Day, see if you can pick out these North Fulton natives:


  • Xavier McKinney: Freshman, Defensive Back – Roswell, Roswell
    McKinney has played in 11 games as a freshman, seeing times on special teams and in the secondary. Heading into the playoff, he has tallied eight tackles for Alabama.
  • Hunter Bryant: Senior, Tight End – Roswell, Fellowship Christian
    Bryant is a walk-on for the Crimson Tide and played in their game against Mercer this season.
  • Scott Meyer: Redshirt Freshman, Long Snapper – Alpharetta, Blessed Trinity
    Meyer has been the primary snapper for all point-after and field goal attempts this season.


  • LeAnthony Williams: Freshman, Cornerback – Atlanta, Roswell
    Williams was a four-star prospect out of Roswell High who picked Clemson over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and more.
  • Tre Lamar: Sophomore, Linebacker – Roswell, Roswell
    A starter at linebacker for the Tigers, Lamar tallied 51 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble in 10 games. Because of a shoulder injury, he hasn’t played since Nov. 11, in the Tigers’ win over Florida State.

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  • Josh Moran: Redshirt Freshman, Wide Receiver – Alpharetta, Milton
    Moran’s mother went to Clemson and his father went to Georgia Tech, but he landed in Athens. He was a three-star prospect at Milton High, and picked the Bulldogs over offers from Louisville, Navy, Cal, West Vriginia and more.
  • Jake Skole: Freshman, Defensive Back – Roswell, Blessed Trinity
    At 25-years-old, Skole is the oldest freshman on Georgia’s roster. That’s because he played seven seasons of minor league baseball before coming back to the gridiron. He garnered one of UGA’s scout team Defensive Player of the Year awards this season.
  • Turner Fortin: Redshirt Sophomore, Fullback – Johns Creek, Northview
    Fortin has been a key member of UGA’s scout team for the past three seasons, and was named one of the scout team’s Offensive Player’s of the Year this season. His father, Roman, had a 12-year NFL career as an offensive lineman.
  • Brooks Buce: Freshman, Kicker – Johns Creek, Greater Atlanta Christian
    Buce was a two-star prospect coming out of high school, and signed with UGA over offers from all three Division I service academies and Jacksonville State.

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The Rose Bowl, the "granddaddy of them all." The nation's oldest bowl game was first played on Jan. 1, 1902. The game was started as the centerpiece to the "Tournament of Roses" parade in Pasadena, Calif. It became an annual contest in 1916, while the Rose Bowl stadium opened in 1922. The game originally hosted the Pacific Coast conference champion (now Pac-12) vs. an opponent with a winning record. In 1929, Cal's Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels earned his nickname at the Rose Bowl, picking up a Georgia Tech fumb

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