The new season is still weeks away, but a pair of Douglas County High players have already made a couple postseason all-star game rosters.
Rising junior Shemar Andrews made the True 19 All-Star Game while rising sophomore Joshua Beatty made the True 20 game, which will be played in January.
The two attended the tryout camp at Westlake High in late June and was recently picked for the game.
“This is big for both these guys,” Douglas County High coach Johnny White said. “It will be huge for their recruiting and it will also give them a lot of exposure.”
The two were among the 45 players chosen over two day to compete against an all-star team from Texas. The game will be on Jan. 14 in Dallas.
This showcase games are the brainchild of Kenyatta Watson, the founder and director of the True 19 and 2.0 all-star showcase.
The event’s inaugural game was played in January between 45 players hand-selected from Georgia’s 2019 class and coached by the Rome High School staff against a similarly decided squad from Texas led by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
“It was just an unbelievable weekend…” Watson said, describing January’s contest. “It was a great experience. Kids got a lot of gear, had a lot of fun.”
As a sophomore last season, Andrews made five starts for the Tigers. In nine games, Andrews had 33 tackles, including a tackle for loss. He can play both the cornerback and safety positions.
“It is definitely an honor to be chosen for the game,” Andrews said. “I was really surprised when I saw my name. I have confidence in my ability, but there was a lot of players out there. It is going to be special to play in a game like this against some Texas all-stars.”
Beatty will start at right tackle for the Tigers and play some on defense last season. He also sees this is a big opportunity to boost his recruiting and game experience.
“This is a big game against some good players,” Beatty said. “I’m very humbled to be able to play in this game. This can be something will start something big for me.”
Said White: “Both players deserve everything they get. Shemar has good ball skills at the safety position. Josh is a kid that is very strong in the academics. I know they will both do well.”