MaxPreps All American talks past, present and future football career


Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs gives a Yellow Jacket defender the stiff arm during the 2AA State Championship game against Calhoun High School. Doug Chellew/The Paper.

It seems like the possibilities for Bryant Shirreffs are endless.

The former Jefferson High School quarterback was named as a MaxPreps All-American last week. Shirreffs, who had no clue he was a nominee, says he is still awe-struck with his football career at Jefferson.

“I found out sometime last week from Coach [T.] McFerrin and I was surprised in a way. Everything that’s happened with football has just been surprising,” said Shirreffs.

Shirreffs has accolades a mile long but never allows himself to become egotistical despite consistently bringing home the hardware.

“I never [become arrogant]. I don’t like to think that way, but winning state was amazing. The way the town has reacted has been pretty amazing, too,” Shirreffs said.

So what keeps Shirreffs humble? He hasn’t forgotten where he came from and he still remembers those who ridiculed him for taking his talents elsewhere.

“I remember when I didn’t do too well as a quarterback,” said Shirreffs. “A lot of people didn’t like what I was doing and that kind of motivated me. I transferred here to play football and a lot of people frowned upon that at my old school.

Shirreffs dives for the first down against Washington-Wilkes High School. Doug Chellew/The Paper.

“It turned out to be not only a good move for football but my whole life in general,” said Shirreffs. “But now that I have had a pretty good year in football, people think differently.”

In terms of the recruiting process, Shirreffs says it can be overwhelming at times but he is pleased with all the opportunities he has.

“I am trying to wait as long as possible [to choose a school]. It’s exciting and stressful. I’ve been on three official visits so far and I’m going on another one this weekend,” Shirreffs stated.

The recruiting trail got a little longer for Shirreffs after he won the state championship. It seems everyone from Purdue University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham the University of Oregon has their eye on him.

Shirreffs is known for being a very humble individual and never takes credit for anything. When asked what his favorite individual award was, he, as always, put his team first.

“As a team it would be winning the state championship. Individually, it would be winning Offensive Player of the Year,” said Shirreffs.