Julian 'Ju Ju' Lewis, a sophomore quarterback from Carrollton High School, has been named the 2023-24 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year.
Julian ‘Ju Ju’ Lewis, a sophomore quarterback from Carrollton High School, has been named the 2023-24 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year. This award marks Lewis as the best high school football player in Georgia. He is the first recipient from Carrollton High School in the award’s history.
Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 175 pounds, Lewis showcased his skills during the past season, passing for 3,094 yards and 48 touchdowns. Leading the Trojans to an 11-2 record and the Class 7A state quarterfinals, Lewis completed 66.4 percent of his throws, averaging 11.1 yards per attempt with only two interceptions.
Also, as the 2022 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year, Lewis has continued to be ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2026 by 247Sports.com. His sophomore year contributions brought his career stats to 7,212 yards passing and 96 touchdowns in prep football.
Lewis has also dedicated his time to volunteering as a youth football coach, showcasing his commitment to community service. John Small, head coach of East Coweta High School, praised Lewis, stating, “Julian Lewis is a special player. He is one of the best QBs I have seen at the high school level. He has great arm talent and has incredible touch. He makes everyone around him better.”
Lewis is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which is set to be announced later this month. If he secures this title, he will join a prestigious alumni group, including legends like Emmitt Smith, Peyton Manning, and Jackson Arnold.
He has verbally committed to playing football on scholarship at the University of Southern California, starting in the fall of 2026.