Super Bowl LVIII: A Look at Where the Stars Played High School Football

Super Bowl LVIII: A Look at Where the Stars Played High School Football

Super Bowl LVIII is set to be a clash of titans, not just between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, but also between players representing a diverse array of high schools across 30 different states. While Florida claims the most participants with 10, including stars like Nick Bosa and Deon Bush, California, Georgia, Michigan, and Texas are hot on their heels with nine representatives each.

The Sunshine State boasts a strong defensive presence with Bosa and Bush, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling brings offensive firepower. California counters with defensive stalwarts like Arik Armstead and Trent McDuffie, while San Francisco’s starting quarterback Brock Purdy hails from Arizona, joining two other teammates from the Grand Canyon State.

For the Chiefs, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce leads the charge from Ohio, alongside four other Buckeye State alumni. Notably, punter Mitch Wishnowsky of the 49ers is the sole international representative, having played high school football in Australia.

College football fans will also find plenty to cheer for, with players from powerhouses like Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio State taking the field. And even those with local allegiances can get involved, as 23 states boast multiple representatives.

Beyond the on-field action, Super Bowl LVIII provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the diverse backgrounds and journeys of the players involved. These athletes, hailing from all corners of the country and beyond, have reached the pinnacle of their sport, showcasing the dedication and talent nurtured in their high school communities.

So, as you tune in to Super Bowl LVIII, keep an eye out for the homegrown heroes and remember the paths that led them to this grand stage. Their stories add another layer of intrigue and inspiration to this highly anticipated matchup.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alabama (5)
Neil Farrell, Murphy (Mobile)
La’Mical Perine, Theodore
Justyn Ross, Central (Phenix City)
Kadarius Toney, Blount (Eight Mile)
Prince Tega Wanogho, Edgewood Academy (Elmore)

Arkansas (1)
B.J. Thompson, England

California (2)
Matt Dickerson, Serra (San Mateo)
Trent McDuffie, St. John Bosco (Bellflower)

Colorado (1)
Mike Pennel, Grandview (Aurora)

Connecticut (1)
Lucas Niang, New Canaan

Florida (6)
Deon Bush, Columbus (Miami)
Chamarri Conner, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville)
Richie James, Riverview Sarasota (Sarasota)
Jawaan Taylor, Cocoa
Tommy Townsend, Boone (Orlando)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Lakewood (St. Petersburg)

Georgia (6)
Harrison Butker, Westminster (Atlanta)
Mecole Hardman, Elbert County (Elberton)
Malik Herring, Mary Persons (Forsyth)
Jerick McKinnon, Sprayberry (Marietta)
Wayna Morris, Grayson (Loganville)
Jaylen Watson, Laney (Augusta)

Illinois (1)
Nick Allegretti, Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort)

Indiana (2)
George Karlaftis, West Lafayette
Drue Tranquill, Carroll (Fort Wayne)

Iowa (1)
Jack Cochrane, Mt. Vernon

Kansas (2)
Blake Bell, Bishop Carroll (Wichita)
Ekow Boye-Doe, Lawrence

Louisiana (3)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge)
Justin Reid, Dutchtown (Geismar)
L’Jarius Sneed, Minden

Maryland (1)
Donovan Smith, Owings Mills

Massachusetts (1)
Noah Gray, Leominster

Michigan (2)
Mike Danna, De La Salle Collegiate (Warren)
Nic Jones, Southfield A&T (Southfield)

Mississippi (3)
Willie Gay, Starkville
Darius Harris, Horn Lake
Chris Jones, Houston

Missouri (3)
Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Lee’s Summit
Blaine Gabbert, Parkway West (Ballwin)
Tershawn Wharton, University City (St. Louis)

New Jersey (1)
Isiah Pacheco, Vineland

North Carolina (1)
Joshua Williams, Jack Britt (Fayetteville)

Ohio (3)
Mike Edwards, Winton Woods (Cincinnati)
Travis Kelce, Cleveland Heights
Joe Thuney, Archbishop Alter (Kettering)

Oklahoma (2)
Creed Humphrey, Shawnee
James Winchester, Washington

Pennsylvania (2)
Skyy Moore, Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh)
Justin Watson, South Fayette (McDonald)

Tennessee (1)
Trey Smith, University School of Jackson (Jackson)

Texas (3)
Nick Bolton, Lone Star (Frisco)
Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse
Rashee Rice, Richland (North Richland Hills)

Virginia (1)
Cole Christiansen, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (Suffolk)

Wisconsin (2)
Mike Caliendo, Brookfield East (Brookfield)
Leo Chenal, Grantsburg

San Francisco 49ers

Arizona (3)
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Mountain View (Tucson)
Isaiah Oliver, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix)
Brock Purdy, Perry (Gilbert)

Arkansas (2)
Brandon Allen, Fayetteville
Dre Greenlaw, Fayetteville

California (7)
Arik Armstead, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Aaron Banks, El Cerrito
Sam Darnold, San Clemente
Deommodore Lenoir, Salesian (Los Angeles)
Matt Pryor, Lakewood
Curtis Robinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Fred Warner, Mission Hills (San Marcos)

Colorado (1)
Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch)

Florida (4)
Nick Bosa, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Kalia Davis, West Florida (Pensacola)
Jon Feliciano, Western (Davie)
Ray-Ray McCloud, Sickles (Tampa)

Georgia (3)
Robert Beal, Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee)
Chris Conley, North Paulding (Dallas)
Charlie Woerner, Rabun County (Tiger)

Indiana (1)
Randy Gregory, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers)

Louisiana (1)
Elijah Mitchell, Erath

Maryland (1)
Chase Young, DeMatha (Hyattsville)

Michigan (7)
Jalen Graham, Cass Tech (Detroit)
Jake Moody, Northville
Jaylon Moore, Consortium College Prep (Detroit)
Taybor Pepper, Saline
Willie Snead, Muskegon Heights
Ambry Thomas, King (Detroit)
Samuel Womack III, East English Village Prep (Detroit)

Mississippi (2)
Darrel Luter Jr., Oak Grove (Hattiesburg)
Charvarius Ward, McComb

Missouri (1)
Ronnie Bell, Park Hill (Kansas City)

Nevada (1)
Brandon Aiyuk, McQueen (Reno)

New Jersey (2)
Ji’Ayir Brown, Trenton Central (Trenton)
Logan Ryan, Eastern (Voorhees)

North Carolina (1)
Javon Hargrave, North Rowan (Spencer)

Ohio (2)
Kyle Juszczyk, Cloverleaf (Lodi)
Colton McKivitz, Union Local (Belmont)

Oklahoma (1)
George Kittle, Norman

Oregon (1)
Ben Bartch, Blanchet Catholic (Salem)

Pennsylvania (2)
Kevin Givens, Altoona
Sebastian Joseph-Day, Stroudsburg

South Carolina (2)
Javon Kinlaw, Goose Creek
Deebo Samuel, Chapman (Inman)

Tennessee (3)
Jauan Jennings, Blackman (Murfreesboro)
Jordan Mason, Gallatin
George Odum, Millington Central (Millington)

Texas (6)
Jake Brendel, Plano East (Plano)
Spencer Burford, Wagner (San Antonio)
Tashaun Gipson Jr., Kimball (Dallas)
Trent Williams, Longview
Brayden Willis, Martin (Arlington)
Dee Winters, Burton

Virginia (1)
Oren Burks, South County (Lorton)

Outside United States (1)
Mitch Wishnowsky, Lumen Christi College (Australia)

Justin Trice

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