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Woodland's McGill making the most of late all-star invitation

Jeff Hurndon Photography Woodland linebacker Eddie McGill Jr. (34) is making one of his 150 tackles he had on the season. The senior will play in Sunday’s Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl at the Georgia Dome. 

Jeff Hurndon Photography Woodland linebacker Eddie McGill Jr. (34) is making one of his 150 tackles he had on the season. The senior will play in Sunday’s Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl at the Georgia Dome. 

The Georgia Dome is still open for high school football business. Eddie McGill Jr. knows this because he got a late invitation to be there this weekend.

A week after the Georgia High School Association’s championship games ended football season, a couple of All-Star exhibitions will be held there Sunday. And McGill, a record-setter at Stockbridge’s Woodland High, will suit up for the West squad in the Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl.

It will be the second all-star game there that day, following the HBCU All-Star Bowl, which begins at 3 p.m.

He’s hardly the only one from the Southern Crescent who wished they had been there last week. Henry County is sending Dalvin Tomlinson, Chris Moody, Quran Fite, Chris Amos and Michael Gibson. Jonesboro is sending Cedric Nettles and Garrius Hudson.

But while the other schools may be accustomed to having all-stars on their rosters, McGill representing Woodland is a big deal and he’s planning to enjoy it.

“I feel real good that I get to put on pads one more time,” McGill said. “I’m just enjoying the moment. My season didn’t go like I planned, but I still ended up in the Georgia Dome.”

McGill’s season didn’t go as planned because his team went 2-8. But the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker did as much as he could to prevent that — earning all-subregion status during a season in which he set school records for tackles in a game (18) and in a season (151).

McGill might have been overlooked, since his highlight video didn’t reach all-star officials by the deadline. But when Grady coach Ronnie Millen, who will coach the West squad, saw it, he made an exception and asked McGill to play for his team.

McGill was happy to accept. If nothing else, it will give him another opportunity to be seen by college scouts. Eastern Kentucky has let him know it will be there. But McGill said he will focus on the football and let the rest take care of itself.

“I try not to think about it too much,” he said.