<span style="">They range from Salmon High School in Salmon, Idaho to Quirinus Gymnasium in Kaarst, Germany.
A total of 244 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25-26, USA Football announced today.
There were 12 schools that had two players each taken. Four of those schools produced a first-round choice – Independence in Charlotte, North Carolina (wide receiver Haken Nicks by the New York Giants), Mission Viejo in Mission Viejo, California (quarterback Mark Sanchez by the New York Jets), South Panola in Batesville, Mississippi (defensive tackle Peria Jerry by Atlanta) and West Saint John in Edgard, Louisiana (defensive end Tyson Jackson by Kansas City).
One of the high school duos played football together in youth league and high school, and now will suit up for the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected within one hour of each other.
New Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Keenan Lewis (Round 3, 96 overall) and wide receiver Mike Wallace (Round 3, 84 overall) are childhood best friends who were teammates at O. Perry Walker in New Orleans, Louisiana before playing college ball separately. "It's a dream to play with one of my best friends," says Lewis. "Since the age of 6 we played Pop Warner together."
"I never thought in a million years we'd be on the same team," adds Wallace. "And for us to be on the same team and go in the same round, around the same time, is one of the better things that could have happened."
For now, Lewis and Wallace relish the opportunity to face-off and play together once again. "(Wallace) thinks that he can take me so now he is going to have his chance," says Lewis. "We have been competing hard since high school."
The breakdown of high schools that had multiple players drafted by NFL clubs:
MULTIPLE PLAYERS DRAFTED
|High School||Total Players||NFL Team/Round|
|Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA)||2||RB LeSean McCoy (PHI/2), G Jaimie Thomas (IND/7)|
|Coral Springs (Coral Springs, CT)||2||LB Cody Brown (ARZ/2), DB Darius Butler (NE/2)|
|Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, MD)||2||LB Will Davis (ARZ/6), WR Derrick Williams (DET/3)|
|Independence (Charlotte, NC)||2||WR Mohamed Massaquoi (CLE/2), WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG/1)|
|J.H. Rose (Greenville, NC)||2||RB Andre Brown (NYG/4), DB Derek Cox (JAX/3)|
|Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)||2||DE Nick Reed (SEA/7), QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ/1)|
|North Miami Beach (North Miami, FL)||2||DB Louis Delmas (DET/2), DB E.J. Biggers (TB/7)|
|O. Perry Walker (New Orleans, LA)||2||DB Keenan Lewis (PIT/3), WR Mike Wallace (PIT/3)|
|South Panola (Batesville, MS)||2 ||DT Peria Jerry (ATL/1), DB Jamarca Sanford (MIN/7)|
|Vigor (Mobile, AL)||2||DB Ellis Lankster (BUF/7), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (TEN/2)|
|Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)||2||LB Marcus Freeman (CHI/5), DB Mike Mickens (DAL/7)|
|West Saint John (Edgard, LA)||2||DE Tyson Jackson (KC/1), RB Quinn Johnson (GB/5)|
STATES WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT PLAYERS DRAFTED
|State||Total Number Drafted|
Some interesting notes on high schools in the 2009 NFL Draft:
• Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Germany had at least one player drafted.
• Sebastian Vollmer (New England/2) became the first European-trained player to be drafted by an NFL club. The former University of Houston tackle started his career with the Düsseldorf (Germany) Panthers from 2001 to 2003, winning two German championships.
• New Jersey led all states with seven first-round selections in the 2009 NFL Draft, including New Orleans Saints CB Malcolm Jenkins. Texas had six players selected in the first round, including the first two selections (Matthew Stafford, Detroit; Jason Smith, St. Louis). California followed with three players selected and Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio also had multiple players selected.
• Texas (37) replaced California (32) for the most drafted players in 2009 by adding 13 players from their 2008 total (24). Alabama (12) made the next highest climb by adding nine players, followed by Maryland (10) and New Jersey (12) with eight additional players each.
• The Chicago Bears drafted one of the five players hailing from Hawaii (Al Afalava/6) – one year after drafting the lone player from Alaska (Zachary Bowman/5). Afalava has already been lectured on the virtues of being a Bear; he describes his strength coaches at Oregon State as die-hard Bears fans.
The 2009 NFL Draft broken down by state listing of high schools in the Gulf South Region:
Listed by position, NFL team,(round selected), college, high school and city
C Antoine Caldwell, Houston, (3) Alabama, Robert E Lee (Montgomery)
DT Sammie Lee Hill, Detroit, (4) Stillman, West Blocton
DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati, (3) Georgia Tech, Dallas County (Plantersville)
DB Rashad Johnson, Arizona, (3) Alabama, Sulligent
DB Ellis Lankster, Buffalo, (7) West Virginia, Vigor (Mobile)
DT Sen'Derrick Marks, Tennessee (2) Auburn, Vigor (Mobile)
WR Marko Mitchell, Washington, (7) Nevada, Sumter County (York)
DB Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina, (7) South Carolina, Murphy (Mobile)
DB Jerraud Powers, Indianapolis, (3) Auburn, Decatur
T Andre Smith, Cincinnati, (1) Alabama, Huffman (Birmingham)
DB Lardarius Webb, Baltimore, (3) Nicholls State, Beauregard (Opelika)
QB Pat White, Miami, (2) West Virginia, Daphne
LB Spencer Adkins, Atlanta, (6) Miami, Naples
LB Stanley Arnoux, New Orleans, (4) Wake Forest, Glades Day (Belle Glade)
DB E.J. Biggers, Tampa Bay, (7) Western Michigan, North Miami Beach Sr. (North Miami)
LB Cody Brown, Arizona, (2) Connecticut, Coral Springs
DB Joe Burnett, Pittsburgh, (5) Central Florida, Eustis
DB Darius Butler, New England, (2) Connecticut, Coral Springs
WR Demetrius Byrd, San Diego, (7) Louisiana State, Miami Central (Miami)
DB Chris Clemons, Miami, (5) Clemson, Desoto (Arcadia)
RB Glen Coffee, San Francisco, (3) Alabama, Fort Walton Beach
DB Louis Delmas, Detroit, (2) Western Michigan, North Miami Beach Sr. (North Miami)
C Tyronne Green, San Diego, (5) Auburn, William J Woodham (Pensacola)
TE Cornelius Ingram, Philadelphia, (4) Florida, Hawthorne
DE Ricky Jean Francois, San Francisco, (7) Louisiana State, Miami Carol City Sr. (Miami)
RB Gartrell Johnson, San Diego, (4) Colorado State, Miami Springs Sr. (Miami Springs)
LB Tyrone McKenzie, New England, (3) South Florida, Riverview
WR Louis Murphy, Oakland, (4) Florida, Lakewood (St. Petersburg)
TE Jake O'Connell, Kansas City, (7) Miami, Ohio Gulf Coast (Naples)
DB Alphonso Smith, Denver, (2) Wake Forest, Pahokee
DB Stoney Woodson, New York Giants, (7) South Carolina, Middleton (Tampa)
LB Nic Harris, Buffalo, (5) Oklahoma, Alexandria
DE Tyson Jackson, Kansas City, (1) Louisiana State, West Saint John (Edgard)
RB Quinn Johnson, Green Bay, (5) Louisiana State, West Saint John (Edgard)
T Troy Kropog, Tennessee, (4) Tulane, Rummel High School
WR Quinten Lawrence, Kansas City, (6) McNeese State, Carencro (Lafayette)
DB Keenan Lewis, Pittsburgh, (3) Oregon State, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans)
TE Lance Louis, Chicago, (7) San Diego State, L B Landry Senior (New Orleans)
TE Shawn Nelson, Buffalo, (4) Southern Mississippi, East Ascension (Gonzales)
DT Darryl Richard, New England, (7) Georgia Tech, Destrehan
DB Curtis Taylor, San Francisco, (7) Louisiana State, Franklinton
WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh, (3) Mississippi, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans)
DT Peria Jerry, Atlanta, (1) Mississippi, South Panola (Batesville)
DB Glover Quin, Houston, (4) New Mexico, North Pike (Summit)
DB Jamarca Sanford, Minnesota, (7) Mississippi South, Panola (Batesville)