Joe Burns and Izell Reese run RisingSeniors.com and they are just days away from starting up year two of the Georgia Junior All-Star game.
The game was played at Hallford Stadium in year one, but the game will be played at Grady this year on December 30.
Many of the top prospects in 2011 played in the game last January including five-star Jordan Jenkins, Florida State commitment Markuss Eligwe, four-star running back Mike Davis, and Georgia commitment Blake Tibbs.
The rosters a year ago were good, but 2012 could be better.
Scout named defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and linebacker Reuben Foster five-star prospects back in September before their junior season really got going and both will be suiting up to play in this game. Foster is already committed to Alabama and Nkemdiche will be able to choose his school from anywhere in the country.
Other top juniors like Delando Crooks (OT - Carver Atlanta), Tyshone Dye (RB/LB - Elbert County), Tyren Jones (RB - Walton), Brandon Kublanow (OG - Walton), Eddie Printz (QB - Lassiter), Demarcus Robinson (WR - Peach County), and Isaac Rochell (OT/DE - Eagles Landing Christian Academy).
Year one is under their belt and now Joe Burns is ready for year two.
"The first year of Rising Seniors went extremely well. Izell and I were fortunate to have great coaches and players that made the week go by smoothly," Burns said. "We were really impressed with how the young men carried themselves. It was amazing to watch the student-athletes sit there, and soak up all the information shared from current and former NFL players.
"Our goal was for them to leave this program knowing that they are so much bigger than football. We reinforced their responsibility to their family and community at large, so that they can be at their best on and off the field."
While they want to attract talent and they want young men to compete at a high level on the field during the week of this event, Burns is out to show them life is more than just football.
"We want for them to know that because of football they have learned everything they need to be successful in life. We hope now they are learning how to work with others, deal with adversity, and make adjustments. If they can take all of that off the field, the sky is the limit. We want them to see they can use sports to get a great education because it will prepare them for the most important quarter they will every play in; the 5th quarter. That quarter starts immediately after they take off their uniform for the last time."
Izell Reese is excited about year two and how it will be even better than year one for RisingSeniors.com.
"Year one was phenomenal," said Reese. "One of the greatest things coming this year is the first class of RisingSeniors.com coming back to speak to this years class of rising seniors.
"In addition, we will have a free camp that takes place before the game on game day. The camp is completely free and the kids will receive coaching from former NFL players and high school coaches from around the state. The only change is the location of the game and dates. The Rising Seniors will report on December 26th and the game and camp take place on December 30th. This year also promises to have a jam packed list of speakers; Charlie Ward & Jamal Lewis to name a few."
The focus for Reese and Burns along with all the others involved with this event is education the kids on what it takes to be successful on and off the field. That will be very important throughout the week leading up to the game, but when the game gets started, seeing the talent they have assembled has them excited.
"Having the opportunity to watch these players play first hand, the level of talent is not only the best in the state, but the best in the country," Reese added. "We had a talented group of players in year one, but this year there's not one position that is not deep with top Division 1 talent. Around 80 percent of last years class has already received multiple Division 1 offers and this years call promises to be even better. Our main goal is to see these young men strive academically, athletically, and socially."
Once the game itself is over, the event still has one final piece. It is to bring the players together once more before they part back to their homes all over the Peach State.
"After the game is also very special for us. They built strong bonds over the week and you couldn't even tell who won or loss last year. That was amazing to see. The friendships made, I think, will last a life time," Burns said.
You can go to RisingSeniors.com for more information on this event.