To have five high school football teams from Forsyth County reach the state playoffs, and three advance past at least the quarterfinals (Horizon Christian, Pinecrest Academy, South Forsyth), takes talented players.
Like South wide receiver Jalen Camp, who is committed to Georgia Tech. Or Lambert offensive lineman Sean Bailey, who is committed to Cincinnati.
Soon enough, they’ll be playing in the cathedrals of college football on Saturdays (mostly), but they have predecessors.
Here’s a look at the number of Forsyth County football players who played in a college game this season:
Jake Abraham, Georgia Southern (South Forsyth): The redshirt junior long snapper has appeared in two games with no stats as the Eagles are 8-4 and face Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl on Dec. 23.
Ty Anderson, Jacksonville State (West Forsyth): The junior tight end has appeared in 13 games with two tackles as the Gamecocks are 12-1 overall and 8-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference and face Sam Houston State in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
Jordan Arnett, Berry College (South Forsyth): The junior defensive back appeared in 10 games with 19 tackles, four passes defended, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as the Vikings went 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Southern Athletic Association.
David Broadus, Richmond (Lambert): The redshirt junior quarterback has appeared in eight games for the Spiders rushing for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries and completing 2 of 3 passes for 33 yards. Richmond is 10-3 overall and faces North Dakota State in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
Elliot Clark, Reinhardt (North Forsyth): The senior athlete appeared in 10 games rushing for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and catching 12 passes for 132 yards as the Eagles went 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Everett Cleveland, Maryville (South Forsyth): The junior defensive lineman appeared in six games with six tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks as the Scots went 8-2 overall and 5-2 in USA South Athletic Conference.
John Delf-Montgomery, Berry College (West Forsyth): The sophomore offensive lineman appeared in three games for the Vikings who went 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Southern Athletic Association.
Daniel Dickson, Reinhardt (South Forsyth): The freshman defensive lineman appeared in one game with two tackles as the Eagles went 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
AJ Erdely, Mississippi Gulf Coast (West Forsyth: The sophomore quarterback appeared in 11 games going 163 for 253 (64.4 percent) for 1,881 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions as the Bulldogs went 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the NJCAA. Erdely signed with UAB.
Colby Gossett, Appalachian State (North Forsyth): The junior offensive lineman has started all 12 games for the Mountaineers who were 10-2 at press time and faced Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl this past Saturday.
Ryan Guthrie, Ellsworth (West Forsyth): The freshman linebacker appeared in 12 games with 127 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as the Panthers went 7-5 overall and 1-0 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.
Tim Hartshorn, Presbyterian (West Forsyth): The redshirt freshman kicker handled kickoff duties for the Blue Hose finishing with 2,027 yards and 10 touchbacks on 33 kicks as Presbyterian went 2-9 overall and 1-5 in the Big South Conference.
Bryce Haynes, Ohio State (Pinecrest Academy): The redshirt senior long snapper has appeared in 12 games for the Buckeyes and has snapped 126 times successfully this season. Ohio State is 11-1 and plays Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016.
Jordyn Jean-Felix, Marist (Lambert): The sophomore defensive back appeared in 11 games for the Foxes with 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble as Marist went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Robby Johnson, John Hopkins (South Forsyth): The freshman linebacker appeared in 10 games for the Blue Jays with five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss as Hopkins went 11-1 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference.
Brett Larkin, Georgia Military (South Forsyth): The sophomore fullback appeared in 10 games with no stats as the Bulldogs went 8-4 as an independent member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
Chris Laye, Auburn (Lambert): The redshirt freshman tight end appeared in three games (no starts) for the Tigers who are 6-6 overall and face Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30.
Andrew Marshall, Georgia Tech (West Forsyth): The sophomore offensive lineman appeared in all 12 games (no starts) for the Yellow Jackets who went 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Zach Matthews, Georgia Tech (Lambert): The redshirt freshman linebacker appeared in two games for the Yellow Jackets with no stats as Georgia Tech went 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Brandon McKee, South Alabama (South Forsyth): The junior punter appeared in xx games with 1,554 yards on 39 punts including six inside the 20 as the Jaguars went 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Brandon Miller, Marist (Lambert): The sophomore defensive back appeared in 11 games for the Red Foxes with 21 tackles and one interception as Marist went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Russell Monyette, Williams College (Lambert): The junior linebacker appeared in eight games with 38 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended and one sack as the Ephs went 2-6 overall and 2-6 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Tor Peterson, University of Cumberlands (Lambert): The senior offensive lineman appeared in nine games and earned first team All-Mid-South Conference as the Patriots went 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the MSC.
Adison Schimmelpfennig, Georgetown (Lambert): The freshman linebacker appeared in four games for the Hoyas with four tackles before suffering a season-ending injury. Georgetown went 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League.
Vince Sciorrotta, Delta State (North Forsyth): The junior kicker made 12 of 20 field goals attempts with a long of 45 and 532 yards and one touchback on 11 kickoffs as the Statesmen went 6-5 overall and 2-5 in the Gulf South Conference.
Preston Stafford, John Hopkins (Pinecrest Academy): The senior defensive lineman appeared in seven games for the Blue Jays with three tackles as Hopkins went 11-1 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference.
Sam Walker, Mercer (South Forsyth): The redshirt freshman tight end appeared in 11 games with 25 catches for 323 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears went 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Southern Conference.
Drew Ward, Millsaps (South Forsyth): The senior defensive lineman appeared in 10 games with 35 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery as the Majors went 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Southern Athletic Association.
Jake Wieczorek, Holy Cross (West Forsyth): The junior wide receiver has appeared in nine games with 31 catches for 415 yards and four touchdowns as the Crusaders went 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League.
Kevo Yeremian, Mesa (Lambert): The freshman offensive lineman appeared in one game for the Thunderbirds who went 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
OTHER FORSYTH COUNTY PLAYERS ON COLLEGE ROSTERS
Kyle Gamble, Point University, Soph., OL
Jacob Nesmith, Georgia State, Jr., TE
Will Dunavant, Army, Fr., LB
Trevon McSwain, Duke, Fr., DL
Dillon Alexander, Michigan State, R-Fr., DE
Jamal Davenport, Shorter, Fr., DL
Brinley Rhys, Sewanee, Fr., DL
Harris Roberts, Furman, R-Fr., QB
Clay Barton, Army, Soph., LS
Adam Guard, Kennesaw State, Fr., LB
Dante Arnold, Guilford, South Forsyth, Fr., OL
Tyler LaFlamme, Auburn, Fr., RB
Griffin Landrum, Air Force, Fr., OL
Kyle Watford, Air Force, Fr., OL
Isaiah Williams, Army, Fr., RB
Davis Winkie, Vanderbilt, R-Fr., LS
Jantzen Jeffrey, Kennesaw State, R-Soph., QB
Michael Scullin, Georgia, Jr., OL
Carson Adams, Maryville, Fr., OL
Travis Baugus, Georgia Southern, Fr., LS
Hunter Bradbury, Shorter, Fr., LB
Alec Coburn, Ellsworth CC, Fr., DL
Hampton McConnell, Georgia Southern, Fr., QB
Hunter Stewart, Tusculum, Fr., DL/LB
Kyndall Phillips, Georgia State, Fr., DB
David West, Georgia State, Fr., DB
Cole Staton, Mercer, Soph., WR
Blake Roberts, Presbyterian, R-Jr., RB
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