2015 Elite Sophomore Rosters
2015 American Team Roster
Al Hogan- G, Landmark Christian
Anthony Grant- TB, Buford
Bradley Kirk- S, Cass
Brandon Shelnutt- TE, Archer
Braylin Fisher- LB, North Paulding
Cade Fortin- QB, North Gwinnett
Casey Holman- G, Brookwood
CJ Wright- DT, Screven Co.
Dante Black- S, North Gwinnett
Dar’jarri Coleman- DE, South Atlanta
Demonte Lee- S, Effingham Co.
Dominick Blaylock- WR, Walton
Harrison Jump- DE, Prince Avenue Christian
Jayce Rogers- CB, Valdosta
JJ Peterson- LB, Colquitt Co.
Jontavious Ferguson- LB, Manchester
Kyle Carrerra- C, Landmark Christian
Lamarius Benson- DT, Eastside
Marquez Ezzard- WR, Stockbridge
Matthew Hill- WR, Brookwood
Michael Fairbanks- DE, McEachern
Nick Croawell- T, Centennial
Nolan Smith- LB, Calvary Day
Quin Williams- LB, Morgan Co.
Taiyon Palmer- CB, Archer
Tijai Whatley- WR/RB, Darlington
Tyquan Johnson- WR, Screven Co
Warren Ericson- T, North Gwinnett
Zakoby McClain- LB, Valdosta
2015 Sophomore National Team Roster
Antonio Showers- DE, Tucker
Brenton Cox- DE, Miller Grove
Caleb Tanner- DE, Miller Grove
Christian Armstrong- T, Warner Robins
Christian Ford- WR/RB, Roswell
Deontrey Hill- OL/G, Houston County
Dustin Pope- G, Chattooga
Fred Payton- QB, Peachtree Ridge
Gunnar Watson- QB, Taylor Co.
Jake Camarda- P/K, Norcross
Jalynn Strickland- DT, Ware Co.
Jaquez Evans- WR, Mays
JD Bertrand- LB, Blessed Trinity
Josh Walker- DT, Carrollton
Joshua Washington- CB, Richmond Hill
Kearis Jackson- WR, Peach County
Lazavier Moore- LB, Upson-Lee
Lyn J Dixon- TB, Taylor Co.
Matthew Morgan- G, Etowah
Michael Harris- LB, Miller Grove
Mitchell Lord- T, Washington County
Nazir Sy- DT, Norcross
Nolan Edmonds- RB, Alpharetta
Otis Reese- S, Lee Co.
Owen Pappoe- LB, Grayson
Paul Stanley- LB, Marist
PJ Harris- WR, Newnan
Shamarcus Redding- S, Peach Co.
Spencer Gaddis- WR, Cambridge
Steele Chambers- S, Blessed Trinity
Trey Brown- WR, Macon Co
The Upson Lee Knights finished with their best record in 10 years this past season, advancing to the State Playoffs for the first time since 2011.
A big part of that success came from many of the Upson Lee underclassmen. Upson Lee will graduate some talented seniors, including David Marshall, Donovan King, Logan Gulley, and Quay Reviere, but the future of Upson Lee football is bright, as they have some talent coming back next year and beyond. Upson Lee junior offensive lineman Clark Daniel (6’2, 265) has been selected to play in the most prestigious game for non-seniors. Daniel will play in the Rising Seniors Bowl game on Dec. 31 in Macon. The game will take place at Five Star Stadium, on the campus of Mercer University. Sophomore linebacker Lazavier Moore (6’0, 220) has been selected to play in the elite sophomore classic, the most prestigious game for sophomores in the state of Georgia. That game will take place on Dec. 29 at McEachern High School.
“I am extremely proud of both of these young men,” UL Coach Tommy Parks said. “Both of these guys have worked their tails off in the weight room, on the field, and in the class room. I am extremely happy that they will get this opportunity. They more than deserve it, and it’s something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Coach Parks will be the defensive line coach for the National Team in the Elite Sophomore Classic, the same team which Lazavier will play with. The National Team will square off against the American Team, in a game with the highest touted sophomores in the state. Last season, Upson Lee’s David Marshall played in the Elite Junior Classic, but Moore will be the first person from Upson Lee to ever play in the sophomore game.
Players will report on Dec. 27, and they will have the chance to meet the other top tenth grade players in the state. Players will practice twice each day, but they will also take part in many other activities through out the duration of the event. The players will get a chance to stay at the NW Marriott in Atlanta, and will have a team dinner each night, and they will also take part in seminars to prepare them for the next two years of high school and everything that goes into the process of being recruited by major colleges.
The top sophomores in the state of Georgia are expected to play in the game, including Liberty County’s Richard Lecounte, who played against Upson Lee in the first round of the State Playoffs this season. Moore will be the teammate of Taylor County’s Gunnar Wilson (QB) and Lyn-J Dixon (RB), both being heavily recruited. The event is being promoted and produced by Score Atlanta.
Clark Daniel will be the first person from Upson Lee to ever play in the Rising Senior Bowl, which is the premiere all-star game for players in the junior class. Nearly all of the players in the game have been recruited by Division I schools or will be recruited by major colleges in the coming months.
Daniel will play on Team Dedication, which will be coached by Washington County’s head coach Joel Ingram. Team Dedication will play against Team Commitment, with much of the rosters full of Division I commits and prospects.
The Rising Senior Bowl will take place in Macon on Dec. 29 at Five Star Stadium on the campus of Mercer University. While at the Rising Seniors Bowl, players will learn about financial literacy, NCAA compliance, how to improve their SAT/ACT scores, alternative careers in sports, choices and consequences, being a drug free athlete, and social media training.
Clark will be coached by a staff of head coaches from around the state of Georgia, but former Baltimore Raven running back Jamaal Lewis will be a special advisor to Team Dedication.
The Rising Seniors Bowl or as it’s sometimes referred to “The Georgia Junior Bowl,” is the first all-star game of its kind rewarding student athletes who successfully participate in our Leadership and Education program with an opportunity to play in a high school football game for juniors.
RisingSeniors.com has formed an alliance with the NFL Players Association. Training Camp for Life will include a series of interactive sessions and seminars led by active and former NFL players during the week of the game, and will also include partners of the NFLPA such as Kaplan. In conjunction with the junior bowl, a football skills challenge consisting of 300-400 juniors not participating in the game, and select underclassmen which will give the event a reach of 500 Georgia high school football players. The game will also include high school bands and cheerleaders.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.