Every Friday night in the fall, some of the best high school football in the state is played right here in the Charlotte area. You can even argue it is the best in the state and some of the best in the country, but that is another blog.
Every February, tons of kids from this area sign with FBS programs and eventually make a big splash on the national level.
The Maxwell Award Watch List for 2016 came out today and of the 90 names, 2 should be very familiar to those who watch a lot of Football Friday Night.
Former Northwestern QB and current Oklahoma State star Mason Rudolph is on there as well as former Charlotte Catholic RB and current North Carolina star Elijah Hood.
The Maxwell Award is given out annually to the player of the year in college football so this is big.
Last year as a sophomore, Rudolph threw for over 3700 yards and averaged 290 passing yards per game. He would also have 21 TD for OSU.
He threw for at least 300 yards in 6 games last year and went for 400 in 3 games for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys would end up going 10-3 and playing in the Sugar Bowl in 2015.
Hood had a big season as a sophomore at UNC.
He started all 14 games for the Heels and rushed for over 1400 yards with 17 TD.
North Carolina would go on to win the Coastal Division of the ACC and finished the season 11-3.
Both players should have monster seasons in 2016 and both teams could make noise once again on the national level.
Great players coming from this area is nothing new and the names are too many to name in just one blog.
The tradition could continue on as I am already hearing and reading about the incoming freshmen making impressions with their new teams.
Former Mallard Creek star Josh Brown could be on the field A LOT for Florida State as a true freshman linebacker. Out in Oklahoma, another local kid in former Cuthbertson QB Austin Kendall is already penciled in as the back up QB for the Sooners behind Baker Mayfield who is an early Heisman candidate.
These are only 2 examples of many that will develop as the season goes along.
Bottom line, when you watch Football Friday Night starting August 12th with our preview show, you are really watching some future stars that have legitimate chances to be big time stars in college football and perhaps the NFL.
After writing all of this I have to correct myself from earlier and say the best high school football played in the Carolinas is right here in the Charlotte region.