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The GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff Returns for 10th Year (August 23-25)

The ESPN High School Football Kickoff returns for its 10th year Friday, Aug. 23 – Sunday, Aug. 25. The seven game slate features 38 players ranked in the ESPN 300 and ESPN Junior 300 including three players in the top 10: No. 4 Julian Fleming – WR (Southern Columbia, Pa.), No. 5 Jordan Burch – DE (Hammond, S.C.) and No. 7 Chris Braswell – DE (St. Frances, Md.). Games will be available throughout the weekend on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App.

Of the athletes participating, 24 have already committed to top Division I college football programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Among this year’s teams are six pre-season nationally ranked teams, according to USA TODAY High School Sports: No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), No. 4 St. John Bosco (Calif.), No. 6 St. Frances (Md.), No. 14 Narbonne (Calif.), No. 15 Miami Central (Fla.) and No. 20 DeMatha (Md.).

2019 ESPN GEICO High School Football Kickoff Schedule
*Notes: All times are ET.
*Player rankings from ESPN 300 (Seniors in the Class of 2020) and ESPN Junior 300 (Class of 2021)
*Team rankings per USA TODAY HS SPORTS Pre-Season Rankings

Friday, August 23
Mallard Creek (N.C.) vs. Dutch Fork (S.C.)
6 p.m. on ESPN2 from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C.

No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) vs. De La Salle (Calif.)
9:30 p.m. on ESPNU from De La Salle High School in Concord, Ca.

Saturday, August 24
No. 6 St. Frances (Md.) vs. No. 15 Miami Central (Fla.)
Noon on ESPN from Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Fla.

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) vs. Carol City (Fla.)
4 p.m. on ESPNU from Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Fla.

 

No. 20 DeMatha (Md.) vs. No. 4 St. John Bosco (Calif.)
9 p.m. on ESPN2 from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.

No. 14 Narbonne (Calif.) vs. Buchanan (Calif.)
11 p.m. on ESPNU from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif.

Sunday, August 25
Southern Columbia (Pa.) vs. Hammond School (S.C.)
2 p.m. on ESPN2 from Hammond School in Columbia, S.C.

 

ESPN 300 Participants

Rank Player Pos. High School College Commitment*
4 Julian Fleming WR Southern Columbia (PA) Ohio State
5 Jordan Burch DE Hammond (SC)  
7 Chris Braswell DE St. Frances (MD) Alabama
38 Kendall Milton RB Buchanan (CA) Georgia
45 Marcus Rosemy WR St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Georgia
48 D.J. Uiagalelei QB-PP St. John Bosco (CA) Clemson
52 Marshawn Lloyd RB DeMatha (MD) South Carolina
72 Marcus Dumervil OT St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)  
84 Jaylan Knighton RB Deerfield Beach (FL) FSU
87 Thaiu Jones-Bell WR Carol City (FL) Alabama
93 Luke Hill CB St. Frances (MD) Oregon
96 Henry Gray CB Miami Central (FL)  
105 Trenton Simpson OLB Mallard Creek (NC) Auburn
132 Dominic Bailey DT St. Frances (MD) Tennessee
153 Coziah Izzard DE DeMatha (MD) Penn State
161 Samuel Anaele DE Carol City (FL) Kentucky
167 Jordan Toles S St. Frances (MD)  LSU
174 Demon Clowney DE St. Frances (MD) LSU
177 Blake Corum RB St. Frances (MD)  Michigan
193 Derek Wingo ATH St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Florida
211 Darion Green-Warren CB Narbonne (CA)  
225 Alex Huntley OG Hammond (SC) South Carolina
245 Kourt Williams II OLB St. John Bosco (CA)  
270 Traeshon Holden WR Narbonne (CA) Alabama

 

ESPN Junior 300 Participants

Rank Player Pos. High School College Commitment*
22 Jake Garcia QB Narbonne (CA)  
61 Beaux Collins WR St. John Bosco (CA)  
62 Ma’a Gaoteote OLB St. John Bosco (CA) USC
134 Clinton Burton Jr CB St. Frances Academy (MD)  
148 Anthony Beavers ATH Narbonne (CA) Oregon
161 Laurence Seymore OG Miami Central (FL) Miami
180 Aaron Willis OLB St. Frances Academy (MD)  
194 Katron Evans DT St. Frances Academy (MD)  
244 Tyreak Sapp DE St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Florida
247 Gregory Penn III ILB DeMatha (MD)  
270 Amari Daniels RB Miami Central (FL)  
280 Colin Mobley DE DeMatha (MD)  
294 Chamon Metayer OLB Miami Central (FL) Miami
298 Phillip O’Brien Jr CB Deerfield Beach (FL)  

*Please note: No player has signed with a school
All ESPN 300 and ESPN Junior 300 Rankings and Verbal Commitments are up-to-date as of August 13, 2019

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 About Paragon Marketing Group
Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon owns and operates the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff and has collaborated with ESPN over the past 16 years to deliver over 600 live high school football, basketball, and lacrosse telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon collaborates with ESPN on the following live properties:

GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase
GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase
GEICO State Champions Bowl Series
GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase
GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals
GEICO Baseball City Series

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