College Football Rivals Who Played Together in High School
Football is about the team.
That's apparent from Pop Warner all the way to the NFL.
In high school, the relationships developed on the field generally continue into other venues.
As much as it seems those of the male persuasion sometimes tend to not talk about things like feelings and emotions, this is the reason many enjoy the television show Friday Night Lights.
While sometimes corny to the point of being unwatchable (looking at you Season 2) the show is about relationships, with a little bit of football thrown into the mix.
Those types of relationships are the type of sappy, corny relationships that many times take place in high school, with kids never wanting to leave and teammates forging lasting relationships
But enough about FNL, let's move on to this list. It takes a look at players who played together at the same high school but are now playing against each other at rival universities.
8. South Carolina vs. Clemson, Northwestern High School
South Carolina—DT Gerald Dixon Jr.
Clemson—DE Roderick Byers, OG Darrell Brevard, DE Collins Mauldin, WR Julian Patton
While none of these players are the type to have a huge impact on the game, each of them attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina before going their separate ways.
The state that is the home of boiled peanuts, humidity and spectacular scenery is also home to one of the most underrated rivalries in college football.
The Clemson vs. South Carolina rivalry is intense. Fans are passionate, and the game-day interplay between the fanbases is second to none. When the game is in Clemson, the town's population swells for the weekend, and the normally quiet college atmosphere transforms and becomes an incredible place to spend time.
These players have the opportunity to participate in a rivalry that turns neighbors into enemies for one weekend a season. And doing so after playing together in high school gives the matchup special meaning to them.
7. USC vs. UCLA, Mater Dei High School
USC—QB Max Wittek, WR Victor Blackwell
UCLA—S Dylan Price
Given the East Coast bias with which these teams have to deal, it's not surprising that this rivalry along with others on the West Coast seem to be overlooked at times.
These two teams have not had much impact on the national landscape since Pete Carroll left USC. But Jim Mora is doing good work at UCLA, Lane Kiffin is still shooting off his mouth and the rivalry will heat up over the next few years.
Mater Dei High School is one of the premier football high schools in the nation, like the Hogwarts of football, and both of these teams recruit heavily in state.
Max Wittek is fighting for the starting quarterback position at USC, while high school teammate Victor Blackwell fights for snaps at wide receiver. There is the potential that both guys play a large role in 2013 for the Trojans.
Dylan Price, on the other hand, has seen little to no playing time for the Bruins each of the past two seasons. For the time being, USC definitely has the upper hand in this recruiting battle, but the balance of power in Los Angeles is shifting to UCLA.
6. Utah vs. Utah State vs. BYU, Bingham High School
Utah—DT Tame Fangupo, DT Viliseni Fauonuku, DT LT Filiaga, OL Derek Tuimauga
BYU—DL Remington Peck, LB Manoa Pikula, S Iona Pritchard, K Justin Sorensen, TE Michael Edmunds, DL Austin Holt, DL Tuni Kanuch
Utah State—LB Bridger Peck, OL Brandon Taukeiaho
Bingham High School churns out football players at an incredible rate.
Just take a look at the number of guys currently on the roster at the Utah schools. There are 13 by my count, including brothers Bridger and Remington Peck, who deserve kudos for two of the best names in college football.
None of the players on this list is All-American caliber, but playing for an in-state rival against a former high school teammate is apparently pretty normal for guys from this school.
5. Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Jenks High School
Oklahoma—WR Brandon Kitchens, RB Alex Ross, DB Gabe Lynn
OSU—RB Khairi Jones, K Kevin King
Over in Oklahoma, the rivalry that produces bedlam at the end of every season features a mixture of players from Jenks High School.
Running back Khairi Jones finds his way to Oklahoma State from Jenks after some time at NEO Junior College, sophomore kicker Kevin King is not in the two-deep depth chart but has the potential to be the next great kicker to take the field for OSU.
In Norman, redshirt freshman RB Alex Ross is fighting for a chance to take the field this season and possibly work his way into the game against OSU at the end of the season.
Safety Gabe Lynn anchors the secondary as one of only two seniors in the defensive backfield. He has excellent ball skills and speed and has an opportunity to step up and lead a defense desperate for a veteran presence.
All of these guys played at Jenks, with their paths crossing at some point during their varied high school careers. Now they have an opportunity to play each other in one of the most interesting rivalries underway in college football.
4. Florida vs. Florida State vs. Miami, St. Thomas Aquinas
Florida State - LS Danny Adams, OL Austin Barron, WR Rashad Greene, OL Bobby Hart, DB LaMarcus Joyner
Florida - DL Bryan Cox Jr., DB Cody Riggs, DB Marcus Roberson
Miami - WR Phillip Dorsett, OL Brandon Linder, DL Jelani Hamilton
Football in the state of Florida is on the upswing. Miami is primed for a breakout season coming off of a post-season ban, while Florida and Florida State both participated in BCS games in 2012.
St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale is home to one of the premier football high schools in the nation.
The program, as of last spring, the program had eight players drafted into the NFL, a number which leads the nation, with the next closest program sitting at five players.
This list of played is headlined by speedy Miami receiver Phillip Dorsett, who will be a key part of the 'Canes offense in 2013.
3. Texas A&M vs. Texas vs. TCU, Desoto High School
TCU—WR David Porter, WR Cam White
Texas—OG Marcus Hutchins, OG Curtis Riser
Texas A&M—LB Michael Richardson
The state of Texas produces football talent at an extreme rate. Desoto High School is a prime example.
Wide receivers David Porter and Cam White will be integral parts of the TCU offense—White as quarterback Casey Pachall's primary target and Porter as a third or fourth option when the offense goes to wide open formations.
Linebacker Michael Richardson, playing for Kevin Sumlin over in College Station, is trying to come back from a serious back injury, and while he won't make an impact for the team this season, he was a teammate at DeSoto.
Meanwhile, former teammates Marcus Hutchins and Curtis Riser take the field in the trenches for Texas. Riser will get some time as a member of the two-deep heading into the fall, and with a solid performance he could see plenty of playing time.
2. Alabama vs. Auburn, Hoover High School
Auburn - WR Jaylon Denson
Alabama - TE Michael Nysewander
Alabama has brought to us the most bitter rivalry in football between Auburn and Alabama. The state that spawned the Iron Bowl also provided us with the excellent football program that is Hoover High.
The program has won 131 games since 2003, while losing only 16. Throw in five state titles during that period of time, and you have the premier high school team in Alabama.
Michael Nysewander and Jaylon Denson both graduated from Hoover in 2011.
Thus far, their time in college has been less than stellar. Nysewander does not see much time on the field, while Denson has had little chance to live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of high school.
That said, Nysewander has two national titles to his name, and Denson has the potential to star as a part of a young Auburn offense.
1. Michigan vs. Ohio State, Glenville High School
Ohio State - S Devan Bogard, S Christian Bryant, OL Marcus Hall, QB Cardale Jones
Michigan - DE Frank Clark, DT Willie Henry
Glenville has long been a high school that feeds multiple team members to Ohio State.
Head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. has sent multiple stars to OSU, including Troy Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr.
Michigan currently has the advantage, as both Frank Clark and Willie Henry are part of Michigan's current two-deep depth chart, while the Buckeye's current Glenville alumni are less than a key part of the team.
Cardale Jones lit up Twitter last year when he made it known he was disgruntled about having to attend class. Such indiscretions aside, the young players the Buckeyes have recruited from Glenville are loaded with potential, while the current Wolverines from the school are both going to contribute in a big way.