Kennesaw Mountain to host upcoming Georgia Elite Classic Showcase

The offseason’s first Georgia Elite Classic Showcase will take place on Sunday, July 28 at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Players from the Class of 2020 through the Class of 2025 are eligible to attend and can take advantage of this early opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for an invitation to play in the 2019 Georgia Elite Classic.

Leading the evaluations will be showcase coordinator, Georgia Elite Classic Director of Player Personnel and 247Sports analyst Rusty Mansell, along with the Classic’s selection and review committee.

“We definitely are coming into it with an open mindset,” said Mansell. “We may invite five or we may invite 30, it all depends. If we feel like that’s the type of player we are looking for, we won’t have a cap on how many invitations we hand out.”

The athletes will be put through a dynamic warm-up before they are divided into groups and rotated through the following testing stations for measurements: 40-yard dash, agility shuttle and broad jump (players will get two attempts at each station). After all the measurable tests are completed, players will be divided once again and evaluated on their performance in position specific drills.

“This is a great opportunity to get in front of us,” said Mansell. “I think the key is to register early online so we can have a pre-registration list and watch tape and get a better idea going into it. So I can say I like this guy and if he’s already shown this much on film and then performs well at the showcase, then that will definitely be an invite.”

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The seventh annual Georgia Elite Classic at McEachern High School will feature a double-header on Dec. 21 between the Seventh Grade All-Stars (4 p.m.) and the Eighth Grade All-Stars (6:30 p.m.). The five remaining contests will take place on Sunday, Dec. 22. Starting things off will be the Senior All-Stars at 10 a.m. followed at 12:30 p.m. by the academically-inspired Brain Bowl that was introduced for the first time at last year’s Classic. The Junior All-Stars will play at 3 p.m., the Freshman All-Stars are slotted for 5:30 p.m. and the Sophomore All-Stars will take the field in the 8 p.m. finale.

In addition to staging the inaugural Brain Bowl, the 2018 Georgia Elite Classic also featured a Seventh and Eighth Grade game for the first time. This dramatically grew the event, and as a result, more the 500 participants and 180 different Georgia High Schools were represented in last year’s games.

Among the participants in last year’s games was Harrison’s Micaiah Bell, a Class of 2020 defensive end that had a breakout performance in the junior game. Bell checked back in this offseason to share his story and talk about how playing in the Classic positively impacted his recruitment process.

“My name is Micaiah Bell I played in the Georgia Elite Classic in December.  At the Classic, many were surprised at how big I was.  I’m even bigger now – 6’3” 235 lbs.  The Classic was a huge momentum builder for me.  If you remember, I led all the DE’s in tackles and TFL’s and was 3rd overall in tackles.  At Harrison, I play in a 3-4 defense.  Posting my Georgia Elite Classic highlights on Twitter, allowed coaches to see my pass rushing ability in a 4/3 defense.  Also, it was the first time coaches had the opportunity to see me playing at a good weight seeing that I played the entire season around 208lbs.  The Classic really gained a lot of exposure for me among D-1 coaches.  As a result, the offers started pouring in.  Since the Classic, I have received 17 D-1 offers and, according to coaches at these schools, I am officially on the board at Auburn, Rice, App State, Louisiana Lafayette and Liberty.  I hope you continue to host the Classic every year as it has a huge impact in helping ‘under the radar’ players get exposure.”

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