No other program has seen as much growth or has become a household name like this group. With their director Valister Wilson at the helm, the Central DeKalb Jaguars continue to put out quality teams in all age groups. Their coaching as a whole is second-to-none. When National Signing Day comes, the Jaguars usually have 30 or more alumni that are signing their letters of intent each year. All throughout the Southeast everyone knows what “The U” stands for in youth football.
They have created a community that is second-to-none. What makes this organization so special is that the high school coach is involved all the way down to the 6U program. Its easy to see why Buford has been so successful over the years, as they have embraced and perfected the feeder program model. Also having the best youth football facilities in the country doesn’t hurt either.
The Tucker Lions have over 50 years of excellence. From the high school, middle school and youth program, Tucker believes in playing some competitive football. From a straight football perspective, the Tucker community might have had the most successful year in 2013. Their high school made it to the state championship game. Their middle school won the county championship and their youth program made it to the semifinals in one of the most competitive football leagues in the country. No matter how you look at it, it all starts with the green and white and the Lions have produced winning teams and scholarship athletes every year.
For years now everyone one has complained about how the Acworth Warriors don’t play any competition during the regular football season. But every year in the B2C Championship Series, they have at least 3 teams in the championship. Now I don’t know about you but that speaks for itself.
Acworth also has great community support as well, and will travel anywhere to support their teams.
Their facility is only rivaled by Buford. The Indians are competitive at the high school level all the way down to the 6U division. In the GMSAA they are competitive at every division, every year. This year one of their past teams will be going into the Born to Compete Hall of Fame.
They have swag, they are brash, they are physical and they just flat out love football. Times have changed for the program over the years with the growth of Welcome All and the Georgia Rattlers. But the Atlanta Vikings continue to dominate in the younger age groups. Led by Coach Tim, this program will always be competitive as long as he walks the sidelines.
In recent years, they haven’t been able to produce the teams we are all used to seeing. But don’t get it confused, they are still very talented and produce D1 material. Coach Shockley came from the high school and took over a program that has put three teams in the Frank Ski Bowl and competed for the county title every year.
People might be shocked to see this program on the list, but they really shouldn’t be. They teach the fundamentals of youth football every day, no matter what it takes. This prepares their kids for the next level in high school and beyond. They believe in 100% community support and with that they have been able to grow a program that is competitive at every level.
Who doesn’t like the Dacula Falcons, every year they have multiple teams in the GFL Championship. A couple of years ago they had one of the greatest teams in GFL history. That team only lost one game in league play. Their coaches are phenomenal and when its a big game, there is nothing like being at the birds nest with that crowd.
Gresham is never given enough credit but they are one of the better youth programs in the Southeast. The history of the Rattlers goes back to the glory days of the Georgia Youth Football Conference. Gresham Park continues to have talent all over their rosters. They have coaches that know the game. Going to a Gresham home game has always been fun especially when they are playing a rival.