Here’s our preseason all-state team in the highest classification.
– South Gwinnett’s Kent Rollins could be this year’s Hutson Mason. He threw for 2,212 yards and 23 TDs last year in 11 games. North Gwinnett QB C.J. Uzomah, whom we put in the athlete category because he’ll probably play TE at Auburn, is another state player-of-the-year candidate from Gwinnett County.
– Picks by region go like this – 1 (7), 2 (3), 3 (1), 4 (2), 5 (2), 6 (2), 7 (5), 8 (3). Yep, Region 1 has five teams, seven first-team picks.
– The hardest spot to make was defensive back. North Cobb’s Darren Waller, who has committed to Georgia Tech, was left off, for example. “He’s 6-5, pushing 210 pounds, ran a 4.36 electronic time, power cleans 280, has a 3.8 GPA,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen told the Atlanta Journal-Consitution. “I don’t know what else you could ask for.” Tight end is was another difficult spot. We had to move McEachern’s Rory Anderson to WR, which he plays.
– The easiest spot to make was defensive line. Amir Mustufaa, the son of former NFL and Georgia Tech player Najee Mustufaa (formerly Reggie Rutland), is probably our favorite, as he was first-team all-region in 2009, but none of our four was a serious all-state candidate last season. Valdosta’s Jarquez Samuel didn’t make all-region last year but was a good player who might wind up at LSU.
– Only PK Matt Ehasz represents Camden County, the two-time defending champion. Just remember that only three starters return. One is DB J.J. Green, one of the best five sophomores in the state, but the competition at DB is ruthless.
QB – Kent Rollins, South Gwinnett, Sr.
RB – Tevin King, Colquitt County, Sr.
RB – Tanner Skogen, Woodstock, Sr.
WR – Rory Anderson, McEachern, Sr.
WR – Andre Sims, Brookwood, Sr.
TE – Jay Rome, Valdosta, Sr.
OL – Garrett Clark, North Gwinnett, Sr.
OL – Tarik Cook, Stephenson, Sr.
OL – Xavier Hemingway, McEachern, Sr.
OL – Joe Turner, Roswell, Sr.
OL – Xzavier Ward, Colquitt County, Sr.
ATH – C.J. Uzomah, North Gwinnett, Sr.
PK – Matt Ehasz, Camden County, Sr.
DL – Demetrius Alston, Norcross, Sr.
DL – Amir Mustufaa, Westlake, Sr.
DL – Jarquez Samuel, Valdosta, Sr.
DL – Angelo Watley, Peachtree Ridge, Sr.
LB – Tanner Botts, Peachtree Ridge, Sr.
LB – Christian Harris, Etowah, Sr.
LB – Edward Muldrow, South Gwinnett, Sr.
DB – Ronnie Harris, Westlake, Sr.
DB – Tyler Hunter, Lowndes, Sr.
DB – Malcolm Mitchell, Valdosta, Sr.
DB – Geraldo Orta, Lowndes, Sr.
P – Joey Vicary, North Forsyth, Sr.
Coming Tuesday: AAAA. We’re still taking nominations for the remaining classes.