February 3, 2013

Super Bowl: Where they're from


Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.



Super Bowl XLVII could provide another example of sports bringing an olive branch to even the most heated rivalry.

The 24,000 neighboring residents of Pahokee and Belle Glade in Florida -- an area near Lake Okeechobee that is more known more for its black, gritty mud and sugarcane fields than anything -- are always on opposites sides of The Muck Bowl but will be joined and proudly lauding their Super Bowl participants.

Taking up for Pahokee (Fla.) High will be Anquan Boldin and Pernell McPhee, while Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central will boast Ray McDonald, Damion Berry, and Deonte Thompson.

All but McDonald play for the Ravens. The four teammates could bind the two communities.

The football stadium in Pahokee is named after Boldin, who is one of the most decorated players to come from The Muck -- a school that has been home to Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson and Andre Waters.

The last time the two areas were mutually invested in the Super Bowl was when Boldin was on the Arizona Cardinals and Santonio Holmes was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was an easy split on which high school would claim which professional franchise.

This year both could come together, united for the first time in a long time.

"Stars" of the game

Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco will lead their teams onto the field for the Super Bowl.

When the two signal barkers were preparing to exit high school, they were not projected to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as a champion. Each was rated a three-star player.

Kaepernick was primarily a baseball player out of Turlock (Calf.) Pitman and had only one college football offer.

Flacco went to Pittsburgh from Audubon (N.J.) High and battled Tyler Palko for the starting job. He lost the contest -- and favor with the coaches -- before transferring to Delaware.

Now the focal points of each team's offense could go from underrated recruit to world champion.

SEC SEC

The power conference of college football is again the most represented in the Super Bowl.

There will be 21 players representing the current alignment of SEC schools, narrowly edging the ACC (18) and the Big Ten (16).

With new conference alignment adding players to the SEC tally from Missouri, the victory song can be sung.

Had this Super Bowl taken place next year, with Syracuse, Louisville and Pittsburgh adding to the ACC total, the claim could not be made.

The two conferences are boosted by the players coming from their localized states.

Florida leads all states with former high school players in the game with 21. It beats Texas (16), California (12), Ohio (6) and Georgia (5).

Three players in the game did not play high school football in the United States.

SAN FRANCISCO
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Colin KaepernickNevadaTurlock (Calif.) Pitman (three stars)
Alex SmithUtahLa Mesa (Calif.) Helix (two stars)
Scott TolzeinWisconsinPalatine (Ill.) Fremd (two stars)
RUNNING BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Anthony DixonMississippi StateTerry (Miss.) High (four stars)
Frank GoreMiamiMiami (Fla.) Coral Gables (Predated Rivals)
Jewel HamptonSouthern IllinoisIndianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central (two stars)
Kendall HunterOklahoma StateTyler (Texas) John Tyler (three stars)
LaMichael JamesOregonTexarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eyalu (four stars)
Bruce MillerCentral FloridaWoodstock (Ga.) High (two stars)
WIDE RECEIVERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Michael CrabtreeTexas TechDallas (Texas) Carter (four stars)
Ted GinnOhio StateCleveland (Ohio) Glenville (five stars)
A.J. JenkinsIllinoisJacksonville (Fla.) Parker (three stars)
Mario ManninghamMichiganWarren (Ohio) Harding (four stars)
Randy MossMarshallBelle (W.Va.) DuPont (predate Rivals)
Kyle WilliamsArizona StateScottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral (three stars)
TIGHT ENDS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Garrett CelekMichigan StateCincinnati (Ohio) La Salle (two stars)
Vernon DavisMarylandWashington (D.C.) Dunbar (four stars)
Demarcus DobbsGeorgiaSavannah (Ga.) Calvary Baptist (three stars)
Brian JenningsArizona StateMesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain (predated Rivals)
Delanie WalkerCentral Missouri StateWalnut (Calif.) Mount SAC (three stars)
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
C Jonathan GoodwinMichiganHopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland (predated Rivals)
G Leonard DavisTexasWortham (Texas) High (predated Rivals)
G Mike IupatiIdahoAnaheim (Calif.) Western (two stars)
G Daniel KilgoreAppalachian StateKingsport (Tenn.) Dobyns-Bennett (two stars)
G Joe LooneyWake ForestLake Worth (Fla.) High (three stars)
T Alex BooneOhio StateLakewood (Ohio) St. Edward (five stars)
T Anthony DavisRutgersPiscataway (N.J.) High (four stars)
T Joe StaleyCentral MichiganRockford (Mich.) High (two stars stars)
DEFENSE
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
E Tony Jerod-EddieTexas A&MDeSoto (Texas) High (four stars)
T Ricky Jean FrancoisLSUMiami (Fla.) Carol City (four stars)
T Ray McDonaldFloridaBelle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central (three stars)
T Justin SmithMissouri Jefferson City (Mo.) High (predated Rivals)
T Isaac SopoagaHawaiiPago Pago (American Samoa) Samoana (predated Rivals)
T Will TukuafuOregonSalt Lake City (Utah) East (four stars)
T Ian Williams Notre DameAltamonte Springs (Fla.) Lyman (three stars)
LINEBACKERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Navorro BowmanPenn StateSuitland (Md.) High (four stars)
Ahmad BrooksVirginiaWoodbridge (Va.) Hylton (five stars)
Darius FlemingNotre DameChicago (Ill.) St. Rita (four stars)
Tavares GoodenMiami Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (four stars)
Larry GrantOhio StateSan Francisco (Calif.) City College (four stars)
Clark HaggansColorado StateTorrance (Calif.) Peninsula (predated Rivals)
Parys Haralson TennesseeCanton (Miss.) Madison Central (four stars)
Cam JohnsonVirginia Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga (three stars)
Aldon SmithMissouriRaytown (Mo.) High (three stars)
Michael WilhoiteWashburnTopeka (Kan.) Highland Park (unranked)
Patrick Willis MississippiHollow Rock (Tenn.) Bruceton Central (three stars)
BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Tramaine BrockBelhavenLong Beach (Miss.) High (three stars)
Tarell BrownTexasMesquite (Texas) North Mesquite (four stars)
Perrish CoxOklahoma StateWaco (Texas) University (four stars)
Chris CulliverSouth CarolinaGarner (N.C.) High (five stars)
Carlos RogersAuburnAugusta (Ga.) Butler (predated Rivals)
Dashon GoldsonWashingtonHarbor City (Calif.) Narbonne (four stars)
Darcel McBath Texas TechGainesville (Texas) High (three stars)
Trenton RobinsonMichigan State Bay City (Mich.) Central (two stars)
C.J. SpillmanMarshallFork Union (Vir.) Military (two stars)
Donte WhitnerOhio StateCleveland (Ohio) Glenville (four stars)
SPECIALISTS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
K David AkersLouisvilleLexington (Ky.) Tates Creek (predated Rivals)
K Billy CundiffDrakeHarlan (Iowa) High (unranked)
P Andy LeePittsburghWestminster (SC) West Oak (predated Rivals)
BALTIMORE
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Joe FlaccoDelawareAudubon (N.J.) High (three stars)
Tyrod TaylorVirginia TechHampton (Va.) High (five stars)
RUNNING BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Anthony AllenGeorgia TechTampa (Fla.) Jesuit (three stars)
Damien BerryMiamiBelle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central (four stars)
Bernard PierceTempleConcorde Mills (Pa.) Glen Mills (two stars)
Bobby RaineyWestern KentuckyGriffin (Ga.) (unranked)
Ray RiceRutgersNew Rochelle (N.Y.) High (three stars)
Vonta LeachEast CarolinaRowland (N.C.) South Robeson (unranked)
WIDE RECEIVERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Anquan BoldinFlorida StatePahokee (Fla.) high (predated Rivals)
Tandon DossIndianaIndianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis (two stars)
Jacoby JonesLaneNew Orleans (La.) Marion Abramson (unranked)
David ReedUtahNew London (Conn.) High (three stars)
Torrey SmithMarylandStafford (Va.) High (three stars)
Tommy StreeterMiamiMiami (Fla.) Northwestern (four stars)
Deonte ThompsonFloridaBelle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central (four stars)
LaQuan WilliamsMarylandBaltimore (Md.) Poly High (two stars)
TIGHT ENDS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Billy BajemaOklahoma StateOklahoma City (Okla.) Westmoore (predated Rivals)
Ed DicksonOregonBellflower (Calif.) High (three stars)
Dennis PittaBYUMoorpark (Calif.) High (unranked)
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
C Matt BirkHarvardSt. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall (predated Rivals)
G Gino GradkowskiDelawarePittsburgh (Pa.) Seton La Salle (three stars)
G Kelechi OsemeleIowa StateHouston (Texas) Landham Creek (three stars)
G Bobbie WilliamsArkansasJefferson (Texas) High (predated Rivals)
G Marshal YandaIowaAnamosa (Iowa) High (three stars)
T Ramon HarewoodMorehouseSt. Michael (Barbados) Queens College (unranked)
T Bryant McKinnieMiamiWoodbury (N.J.) High (predated Rivals)
T Michael OherMississippiMemphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest (four stars)
T Jah ReidUCFHaines City (Fla.) High (two stars)
DEFENSE
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
E Arthur JonesSyracuseEndicott (N.Y.) Union-Endicott (two stars)
E Mike McAdooNorth CarolinaAntioch (Tenn.) High (three stars)
E Pernell McPheeMississippi StatePahokee (Fla.) High (three stars)
E DeAngelo TysonGeorgia Statesboro (Ga.) High (four stars)
T Bryan HallArkansas StatePaducah (Ky.) Tilgham (two stars)
T Ryan McBeanOklahoma StateEuless (Texas) Trinity (five stars)
T Haloti Ngata OregonSalt Lake City (Utah) Highlands (five stars)
NT Terrence CodyAlabamaFt. Myers (Fla.) Riverdale (three stars)
NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu UtahKahuku (Hawaii) High (predated Rivals)
LINEBACKERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Brendon AyanbadejoUCLASanta Cruz (Calif.) High (predated Rivals)
Ricky BrownBoston CollegeCincinnati (Ohio) Elder (three stars)
Josh BynesAuburnFt. Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson (four stars)
Dannell EllerbeGeorgia Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County (four stars)
Adrian HamiltonPrairie View A&MDallas (Texas) Carter (three stars)
Paul KrugerUtahOrem (Utah) Timpanogos (two stars)
Ray Lewis MiamiLakeland (Fla.) Kathleen (predated Rivals)
Jameel McClainSyracusePhiladelphia (Pa.) George Washington (two stars)
Albert McClellan MarshallLakeland (Fla.) Kathleen (two stars)
Terrell SuggsArizona StateChandler (Ariz.) Hamilton (predated Rivals)
Courtney Upshaw AlabamaEufaula (Ala.) High (four stars)
BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Chykie BrownTexasHouston (Texas) North Shore (four stars)
Omar BrownMarshallMonck Corner (SC) Berkeley (unranked)
Sean ConsidineIowaByron (Ill.) High (predated Rivals)
Emanuel CookSouth CarolinaWest Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens (three stars)
Corey GrahamNew HampshireMesquite (Texas) Poteet (unranked)
James Ihedigbo MassachusettsAmherst (Mass.) Regional (unranked)
Asa JacksonCal Poly-SLOSacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers (unranked)
Chris JohnsonLouisville Pinetree (Texas) High (predated Rivals)
Anthony LevineTennessee StateWinston-Salem (N.C.) R.J. Reynolds (unranked)
Bernard PollardPurdueForth Wayne (Ind.) South Side (three stars)
Ed ReedMiamiDestrehan (La.) High (predated Rivals)
Jimmy SmithColoradoColton (Calif.) High (three stars)
Christian Thompson South Carolina St.Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (three stars)
Lardarius WebbNicholls StateBeareguard (Ala.) High (two stars)
Cary Williams WashburnHollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna (unranked)
SPECIALISTS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
LS Morgan CoxTennesseeMemphis (Tenn.) Evangelical (unranked)
P Sam KochNebraskaSeward (Neb.) High (unranked)
K Justin TuckerTexasAustin (Texas) Westlake (three stars)




 

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