Tue. Aug 21st, 2018

ESPN and Geico to Air HS Football Kickoff in August

ESPN and Geico are partnering this August to present the Geico ESPN High School Football Kickoff for the ninth consecutive year. This year’s event will feature seven games across multiple ESPN channels from August 24-26.

The event will feature teams from ten states. Seven of those teams are defending state champions. What is probably more interesting to the larger sports audience is that 21 premier recruits from the ESPN300 will be featured in these games.

ESPN 300 Participants

Rank Pos. Athlete High School College Commitment*
5 OT Pierce Quick Hewitt-Trussville (AL) Alabama
8 OLB Owen Pappoe Grayson (GA) Auburn
9 OT Wanya Morris Grayson (GA) Tennessee
12 WR Jadon Haselwood Cedar Grove (GA) Georgia
52 OLB Mase Funa Mater Dei (CA) Oregon
58 QB Bo Nix Pinson Valley (AL) Auburn
75 ATH Bru McCoy Mater Dei (CA)
87 OLB Anthony Solomon St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) Miami (FL)
94 CB Kenyatta Watson Grayson (GA) Texas
98 DT Rashad Cheney Cedar Grove (GA) Alabama
106 DE Kevin Harris Grayson (GA) Alabama
124 WR George Pickens Hoover (AL) Auburn
135 S Jordan Battle St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
136 WR DeMarcco Hellams DeMatha (MD) Alabama
137 DE Stephen Herron Jr. Trinity (KY) Michigan
157 OT Trente Jones Grayson (GA) Michigan
162 S Nick Cross DeMatha (MD)
172 CB Jaden Davis St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
221 WR David Bell Warren Central (IN)
253 DE Braylen Ingraham St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
292 RB Sean Dollars Mater Dei (CA) Oregon

*Please note: No player has signed with a school
All ESPN 300 Rankings and Verbal Commitments are up-to-date as of June 12, 2018

The game schedule is as follows:


  • Warren Central (IN) vs Trinity (KY) – 6pm Eastern on ESPNU
  • Mater Dei (CA) vs Bishop Gorman (NV) – 9pm Eastern on ESPNU


  • Pinson Valley (AL) vs Hoover (AL) – Noon Eastern on ESPN
  • Cedar Grove (GA) vs Hewitt-Trussville – 3:30pm Eastern on ESPN
  • Tucker (GA) vs Grayson (GA) – 6pm Eastern on ESPNU
  • DeMatha (MD) vs St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 7pm on ESPN2


  • Phillips (IL) vs Pickerington Central (OH) – 12:30pm Eastern on ESPN


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