The 14th GEICO High School Football Kickoff Will Be Held This Year

The 14th GEICO High School Football Kickoff Will Be Held This Year

The 14th GEICO High School Football Kickoff will take place from Friday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Aug. 27, this year. The seven-game schedule will be broadcast on the App and will include 54 players who are among the 300 and Junior 300 in rankings. The best Division I college football institutions, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and USC, have already accepted 32 of the 300 athletes that are competing.

Watch the Schedule for the 2023 GEICO High School Football Season

*All times are ET
*Junior 300 (Class of 2025) and Senior 300 (Class of 2024) player rankings

Friday, August 18
Langston Hughes (Ga.) at Carrollton (Ga.)

6 p.m. ET on E2 from Carrollton High School Football in Carrollton, Ga.

1. Langston Hughes, the current Georgia 6A state champion, went undefeated in 2022. The Panthers will be difficult to stop this year with Air Noland at quarterback. Dontrell Glover, a junior guard who has committed to Alabama and is ranked 162, is guarding the No. 28-ranked senior in the nation, an Ohio State prospect.

2.  Last season, Carrollton lost only to Mill Creek in the Georgia 7A championship game, falling just one game short of winning the state championship. TE The No. 112 senior (and commit to Alabama) Caleb Odem will once more receive passes from quarterback Julian Lewis. If not the best high school prospect nationwide, the sophomore signal caller is regarded as the top recruit in the class of 2026.

Friday, August 25 Play Football
High School: Lipscomb Academy (Tenn.) at Saraland (Ala.)

Friday, August 25 Play Football: 8 p.m. on E from Saraland High School in Saraland, Ala.

1. With a 13-0 record, Lipscomb won the Class II-AAA state championship in Tennessee last year. This featured stunning victories over opponents from Milton (Ga.) and Thompson (Ala.). 221 junior Chauncey Gooden, OG up front, the Mustangs secondary will be impossible to beat.

2.  On their road to winning their fifth state championship in seven seasons, Chaminade-Madonna only had one setback in the previous campaign (a defeat to Bishop Gorman, NV in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series). There are Best 6 E-ranked players on the Lions, including 4 seniors: No. 9 Jeremiah Smith, a wide receiver who has committed to Ohio State, No. 11 Joshisa Trader, a wide receiver who has committed to Miami, No. 299 Davion Gause, an RB who has committed to North Carolina. Both No. 219 Kamare Williams and No. 129 Chris Ewald, both cornerbacks committed to Michigan, are juniors.

St. John Bosco (Calif.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Play Football
Play Football: 4 p.m. on E2 from Brian Piccolo Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Four seniors who were listed among the top 300 are returning for John Bosco, which was the top-ranked team in the nation last season. No. 98 Marcellus Williams, a cornerback (USC pledge), No. 157 Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, an outside linebacker, and No.

Thomas Aquinas, a squad that usually ranks in the top ten nationally, earned its fifth consecutive Florida state championship last year. With No. 284, a wide receiver committed to Missouri, the Raiders’ offense is back in full force. Julian Marks, a junior DT ranked No. 247, anchors up front for the defense.

IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) Play Football
Play Football: 7 p.m. on 2 from Carey Stadium in Ocean City, N.J.

IMG returns 15 players who are ranked on, including senior class leaders David Stone (DT) and Ellis Robinson IV (CB), both of whom are committed to Georgia. The Ascenders only suffered one loss all of last season, to Miami Central, and they are now a top-five squad in the country.

Last season, Joseph’s Prep won their seventh state championship in ten years (their lone defeat coming at the hands of St. Thomas Aquinas in the GEICO HS Football Kickoff). The top two seniors at quarterback are No. 264 Omillio Agard (a Wisconsin commit) and No. 250 Samaj Jones (a Cincinnati commit). Three players in the Hawks junior class are ranked in the top 300 on Junior: OLB Anthony Sacca (No. 124), DT Maxwell Roy (No. 161), and RB Isaiah West (No. 297).

Mater Dei Catholic (Calif.) at Carlsbad (Calif.) Play Football
Play Football: 10 p.m. on 2 from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad. Calif.

Julian Sayin, the top-ranked DT-QB and Alabama pledge plays for Carlsbad and is ranked third overall in the senior class. Senior OLB Luke Ferrelli, who has committed to Stanford, captains the defense.

Last year, Mater Dei Catholic won the CIF-San Diego Section championship for the second consecutive year. RB Anthony McMillian (a San Diego State commit) and DB Isaiah Buxton (an Arizona commit) are back for the Crusaders. Carlsbad won this game 36-35 early in the season, with the difference being just one point.

Sunday, August 27 Play Football
Play Football Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) vs. St. Edward (Ohio)

Start Time: 1 p.m. on from First Federal Lakewood Stadium in Lakewood, Ohio.

In this top 25 national showdown, Good Counsel, a longtime Maryland power, will travel. With players like No. 57 senior Aaron Chiles, ILB (Florida commit), No. 123 senior Dilin Jones, RB (Wisconsin commit), and No. 53 junior Faheem Delane, S, the Falcons never lack quality.

In Ohio, Edward has won back-to-back Division 1 state championships. Ben Roebuck, an Ohio State recruit, and the twins Deontae and Devontae Armstrong are back up front for the Eagles, who have one of the greatest offensive lines in the country.

2024 300 Participants (Seniors)

Rank Player Pos. High School College Commitment
1 Ellis Robinson IV CB IMG Academy (FL) Georgia
3 Julian Sayin QB-DT Carlsbad (CA) Alabama
6 David Stone DT IMG Academy (FL)
9 Jeremiah Smith WR Chaminade-Madonna (FL) Ohio State
11 Joshisa Trader WR Chaminade-Madonna (FL) Miami
23 Michael Van Buren QB-PP St. Frances Academy (MD) Oregon
28 Air Noland QB-PP Langston Hughes (GA) Ohio State
31 Jerrick Gibson RB IMG Academy (FL) Texas
54 Jonathan Echols ATH IMG Academy (FL) Tennessee
57 Aaron Chiles ILB Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) Florida
76 Zaquan Patterson S Chaminade-Madonna (FL)
91 Jordan Seaton OG IMG Academy (FL)
94 Jordon Johnson-Rubell CB IMG Academy (FL) Texas
98 Marcelles Williams CB St. John Bosco (CA) USC
107 Peyton Woodyard S St. John Bosco (CA) Georgia
112 Caleb Odom TE Carrollton (GA) Alabama
123 Dilin Jones RB Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) Wisconsin
129 Ify Obidegwu CB St. Frances Academy (MD) Oregon
157 Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa OLB St. John Bosco (CA)
162 NiTareon Tuggle WR IMG Academy (FL) Georgia
166 Kaleb Beasley CB Lipscomb (TN) Tennessee
192 Jerrae Hawkins WR IMG Academy (FL) Florida
212 Chance Robinson WR St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Miami
230 Joseph Stone ATH Langston Hughes (GA) LSU
236 Jason Mitchell S St. John Bosco (CA)
250 Samaj Jones QB-DT St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) Cincinnati
261 DeJuan Williams RB St. Frances Academy (MD) Maryland
264 Omillio Agard CB St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) Wisconsin
275 Jimothy Lewis OT IMG Academy (FL) Mississippi State
284 James Madison II WR St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Missouri
299 Davion Gause RB Chaminade-Madonna (FL) North Carolina

2025 ESPN Junior 300 Participants

Rank Player Pos. High School College Commitment
3 Ryan Williams WR Saraland (AL) Alabama
30 Blake Woodby CB St. Frances Academy (MD)
40 Anthony Rogers RB IMG Academy (FL) Alabama
48 K.J. Lacey QB-PP Saraland (AL) Texas
53 Faheem Delane S Good Counsel (MD)
55 Donovan Johnson RB IMG Academy (FL)
87 Winston Watkins WR IMG Academy (FL) Colorado
88 Nathaniel Owusu- Boateng OLB IMG Academy (FL)
124 Anthony Sacca OLB St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)
129 Chris Ewald CB Chaminade- Madonna (FL) Michigan
161 Maxwell Roy DT St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)
162 Dontrell Glover OG Langston Hughes (GA) Alabama
167 Trent Wilson DT St. Frances Academy (MD)
196 Carlton Smith OLB St. Frances Academy (MD)
209 Kaden Strayhorn OG IMG Academy (FL)
219 Kemare Williams WR Chaminade-Madonna (FL)
220 Antonio Coleman DT Saraland (AL)
221 Chauncey Gooden OG Lipscomb (TN)
223 Kevyn Humes CB St. Frances Academy (MD)
229 Gavin Nix ILB IMG Academy (FL)
247 Julian Marks DT St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
251 C.J. Jimcoily S Lipscomb (TN)
297 Isaiah West RB St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)

Alex Rose

Alex Rose is a high school football sports writer. He has been covering the local high school football scene for the past three years and has been featured in publications in various Newspapers. He attended New York University where he majored in journalism. Himel is passionate about high school football and enjoys writing about players, coaches, and fans

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