Forsyth County football: here’s another chance to test your mettle against the best players in Georgia and the southeast. Four juniors from the county—Sean Bailey, Alex Barbir, Jackson Bardall and Robbie Repasz—were invited to take part in All-Star games in the coming weeks.
It might be redundant to say an all-star game is star-studded—that’s the point, after all—but the Rising Seniors game, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Grady Stadium in Atlanta, boasts an impressive guest list. Lambert offensive tackle Sean Bailey earned an invitation prior to the Longhorns’ season and was later ‘drafted’ to former Auburn star and NFL All-Pro linebacker Takeo Spikes’ East team.
"I’m really excited to go up against pretty much all the best juniors in Georgia," Bailey said.
Looking forward to playing against anybody in particular?
Bailey didn’t hesitate: Grayson defensive linemen Mykelle McDaniel (also on Bailey’s East team) and Chris Martin. The Horns were shut out by Grayson in a scrimmage prior to the 2014 campaign.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Bailey claims interest from Auburn, Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, among others, but Penn State is his early favorite after a November 29 visit.
South Forsyth kicker Alex Barbir and North Forsyth offensive lineman Jackson Bardall will take part in the Elite Junior Classic game at McEachern High School at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29.
Barbir is the only kicker on the South team roster; Gainesville’s Chandler Staton was the only other kicker invited. Barbir will handle both placekicking and punting duties.
"Really, it’s my first all-star game of any kind," Barbir said. "There may be some exposure [to college coaches], but right now it’s about getting ready for spring ball."
Coaches from Clemson, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State have stayed in touch, Barbir said; Army offered last month.
Bardall is on the North roster, fittingly, which consists mostly of players from the metro Atlanta area. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Bardall was one of the most dominant offensive linemen in Forsyth County as a sophomore and was again productive, if overlooked on a North team that struggled, in his junior season.
Forsyth Central defensive back Robbie Repasz, perhaps the most versatile player in the county, earned an invitation to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando. Repasz’s Rising Stars Blue team will play at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, at the newly-refurbished Citrus Bowl.
Repasz, who scored touchdowns on defense, kick return and punt return and intercepted four passes for the Bulldogs this season, is one of only three Georgia players on the Blue team (Conrad Jackson from Carrollton and Mekhi Richardson of Riverwood—a team Central thumped on Sept. 26).