Georgia high school alums doing big things in the NFL

Justin Houston and Demaryius Thomas may play on different teams and play different positions, but they do have two things in common.

The first is they got huge contract extensions on the last day veterans are eligible to do that. Houston signed a six-year $101 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs while Thomas signed a five-year $70 million extension.Justin Houston

The other thing Houston and Thomas have in common is they are both from the great state of Georgia. Houston played for the Bulldogs while Thomas played at Georgia Tech.

But they also played high school ball in Georgia as Houston played at Statesboro High School and Thomas played at West Laurens.

It’s not rare to see NFL players from Georgia. In fact, at the start of the 2014 season, there were 117 players that played high school football at Georgia that were on NFL roster. And quite a few of them have made name for themselves in the league.

Houston and Thomas are two of the best NFL players that are from the state of Georgia. However, there is also Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks that played at Stephenson High School. Then you have Morgan Burnett of the Green Bay Packers who is a North Clayton High School alum.

We can’t forget about Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers who also recently signed a contract extension that put in the $100 million club. But the best of the bunch has to go to Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech that was doing big things at Sandy Creek High School back in the day.

The NFL is starting to take notice of the talent in Georgia as 30 players from the state were taken in the 2015 NFL draft. Four of the players were taken in the first round including Vic Beasley (Adairsville) and Bud Dupree (Wilkinson County). The majority of the players were taken in the later rounds, but they are talented such as C.J. Uzomah (North Gwinnett), Amarlo Herrera (North Clayton), DeAndre Smelter (Tattnall Square) and Neiron Ball (Jackson).

Georgia has been known for having some of the talented high school football players in the country. And by the looks of the NFL rosters and the way this past draft went, that trend will continue for years to come.