Lenox Lively, a 14-year-old who just finished his freshman season with Swainsboro High School, has been named by rivals.com, a network of websites that focus on football and basketball recruiting in the United States, as part of Georgia’s Class of 2024 top quarterbacks. He joins 22 others from different classifications around the state in being named to the prestigious list.
The son of Billy and Mandy Lively, he is a dual-sport athlete who began playing both football and baseball at the recreation level locally. Lively and his dad visited The Chronicle on Friday, June 4, and sat down to talk about his journey so far and what the honor will mean as his career continues to unfold.
According to the Livelys, the only son in the family has always played quarterback, a decision that essentially boiled down to his size and natural set of skills. Lively enjoyed the position and wanted to stay there, and he has worked to better his football IQ and fundamentals along the way.
Last season, Lively got an interesting start as a freshman. He took snaps under the lights in a big game at home against a school triple his size in Statesboro High (Class 6A) and held his own. In his first career start, he was 19 for 31 with 191 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Blue Devils.
On the year, he played in nine games. Ninety-five of his 190 pass attempts were completed for a completion percentage of 64.2 and a total of 1,151 yards. He had 11 touchdowns.
When the list came out on Twitter on June 2, Lively saw it and was shocked. The first thing he did was show his mom. He feels honored but is certain he will remain the same kind of player before he was noticed: locked in and ready to work.
“I was so surprised,” Lively said. “I guess it’ll help me get noticed more, but I’m going to keep being me. My goals are always to get better as an athlete, get better as a person, and help my team out. My parents have always stressed to me that what matters most in the end is getting a good education from sports. Whether I take another snap or not, whether I go on to play at the next level or not, I’ve learned a lot from being involved in athletics already. I’d love to land a scholarship somewhere so I can keep playing while I go to school, but I’ve still got three years before we have to figure that out. No matter what the future holds, I’ll always get to say I was part of this class, the top quarterbacks for my grade, and that’s pretty awesome.”
There are a number of individuals and coaches he’d like to thank for helping get him to this point, including, first and foremost, his parents, especially his dad for coaching him in baseball and football. Additionally, Lively says he wouldn’t be the player he is today on the gridiron without Cam Newton, whose 15U development team he plays on; Jon and Mark Richt with D1 QB Catalyst, a private small business that works to produce quality quarterbacks; coaches Ashley Hooks, Corey Chalker, Rusty Kea, Heath Palmer, Dwight Smith, Morgan Jersey, Neil David, Shon Nobles, Stephen Clyne, and Zak Adams; and fellow Tigers Kade Youmans, ZaBrien Harden, and twins Cedric and Fredrick Seabrough.
Look for more updates on Lively and other area players in future editions of The Crossroads Chronicle.
The next update on Lively should be a report on his trip to Cary, North Carolina for USA Baseball’s 2021 National Team Championships. Lively is a utility player on TBT National Ballers, commonly referred to as “The Berman Team,” named after Russell Berman of the Berman & Berman Law Firm. TBT National Ballers today is the No. 1 travel baseball team in Florida and the No. 5 team in the country in Lively’s age division.