The Peach State in Super Bowl 58: Here are the Georgia high school alumni in this years Super Bowl

After a wild Championship Sunday, the Super Bowl LVIII match up has been set featuring the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs against the champions from the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers. In this years edition of the Super Bowl, there are eight players that will represent the state of Georgia when they put their pads on for the last time this season. The eight players from the Peach State include five from Kansas City and three from San Francisco.

Here are the players from Georgia High Schools in the Super Bowl:

Kansas City Chiefs:

Harrison Butker, Kicker (Westminster):

The Decatur-native attended Westminster where he was a multi-sport athlete, excelling on the football and soccer field as well as the basketball court. Butker lettered in three years in football and basketball and was a four-year letterman with the soccer team, including two state championships. The former Wildcat began playing football in his sophomore year and set numerous records in high school including longest field goal and most field goals made in a season. Butker earned a scholarship to Georgia Tech where he currently is the leader in all-time points for the Yellow Jackets. Butker signed Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and has been a huge addition to the team ever since. This season, Butker has a 94% field goal percentage on the season, making 33/35.

Mecole Hardman, Wide Receiver (Elbert County):

Hardman attended Elbert County and was a 5-Star recruit coming out of high school according to 247sports. In his time as a Blue Devil, Hardman played both sides of the ball, playing quarterback and cornerback. He was rated as the No. 2 athlete in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Georgia in his recruiting cycle. Hardman earned multiple accolades such as 2015 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year and 2015 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA First Team offense. Hardman committed to the University of Georgia, playing in Athens for three years before declaring to the NFL Draft. This is Hardman’s second stint with Kansas City after they traded back for the wide receiver after losing him in free agency.

Jaylen Walton, Defensive Back (Laney, Augusta):

Walton is in his second year with Kansas City and is looking to get his second Super Bowl victory in as many seasons. The former Wildcat was named All-Region 4-AA Offensive Player of the Year in his senior season at Laney. In high school, Walton played on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and a defensive back, while also playing for the schools basketball team. Walton, an Augusta-native, attended Ventura College for two seasons playing football before transferring to Washington State in 2020 as a RS-Junior. In his last college season he started all 12 games for the Cougars and was selected in the seventh round by Kansas City.

Wanya Morris, Offensive Tackle (Grayson):

A former 5-Star recruit, Morris was a top-20 prospect coming out of Grayson. In 2018, Morris helped the Rams rush for over 200 yards per game on average and was a major role in the team reaching the state quarterfinals. He was a 2018 Georgia Class 7A All-State selection as he recorded over 70 pancake blocks in his senior season. Morris graduated early and enrolled at the University of Tennessee, and appeared in all 13 games in his freshman season. Morris transferred to Oklahoma for his last two years of eligibility and played his way to becoming a third-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Malik Herring, Defensive End (Mary Persons):

At 6’3 280-pounds, Herring was a force to be reckoned with in high school at Mary Persons. The former 4-Star recruit was the No. 4 defensive end in his class totaled 81 total tackles including 27 tackles for loss and nine sacks in his senior season. Herring, playing for the Bulldogs in high school, didn’t have much change in college as he committed to the University of Georgia where he stayed all four years and was a key, experienced player on their defense. Herring entered the 2021 NFL Draft and went undrafted, ultimately signing with Kansas City. In his third year with the Chiefs, Herring has four solo tackles, one and a half sacks and a forced fumble on the 2023 season.

San Francisco 49ers: 

Chris Conley, Wide Receiver (North Paulding):

Conley is a Dallas, GA native and attended North Paulding for four seasons. In high school Conley was rated as a 3-Star recruit and the No. 22 player in the state of Georgia and a top 40 receiver in the nation during his recruiting cycle. After his senior season, he committed to play for Georgia and became a four-year player for the Bulldogs. After a four year career in Athens, Conley was selected with the 76th pick in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015. Conley spent eight years in Kansas City before going on different practice squads such a the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans before ultimately landing a roster spot with the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Charlie Woerner, Tight End (Rabun County):

Rated as a 4-Star prospect on major national recruiting sites, Woerner was dominant in high school at Rabun County. The tight end caught 150 passes during his time as a Wildcat, and collected numerous accolades while also playing on both sides of the ball. He was a 2015 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AA All-State first team selection at tight end as well as Class AA Defensive Player of the Year. The 6’5, 240-pound tight end committed to play college football at the University of Georgia where he saw action in 54 games as a Bulldog. He was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers in 2020.  Woerner’s is following in the footsteps of his uncle, Scott Woerner, is a College Football Hall of Fame defensive back and was a third round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1980.

T.Y McGill, Defensive Tackle (Wayne County):

McGill is a native of Jesup, GA where he played his high school football at Wayne County. He was a North/South All-Star game selection in 2010 and was a team captain for both his high school football and basketball teams. In his senior year at Wayne County, he recorded 10 sacks and was named Defensive Player of the Year in the region by “The Game” magazine. McGill committed to play college football in Raleigh at North Carolina State University where he played in 49 games as a member of the Wolfpack, recording 10 sacks during his college career. He declared for the 2015 NFL Draft and went undrafted before signing with the Seattle Seahawks shortly after, beginning his eight-year NFL career. McGill joined San Francisco in 2022 and has a solo tackle and a forced fumble on the season for the 49ers.


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