The Class AAAA preseason all-state team is better than the AAAAA team published Monday. Not saying that AAAA is better than AAAAA, but its all-star team probably is.
Five of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily Super 11 players are in AAAA, plus several other big-time recruits. See our story on that below.
The hardest spot to make was kicker and punter. Seriously? Yep. Georgia has the No. 1-rated kicker nationally (Ammon Lakip of Chattahoochee), according to ProKicker.com, and the No. 1-rated punter nationally (Will Monday of Flowery Branch), according to KohlsKicking.com.
And both have produced on the field. They are not just combine freaks. That leaves out a pair of all-state kickers in Bainbridge’s Keenan Adams (a Colorado State pledge) and Dunwoody’s Adam Breed. Ryan Kay of Dutchtown is another who would be all-state in any other class. Here is a good story on Lakip on NeighborNewspapers.com.
The easiest spot to make was tight end. Nile Daniel is a fine player who has committed to Kentucky to play TE, but he’s really an H-Back for Griffin. With the popularity of the spread offense, perhaps TE is becoming obsolete for all-state teams.
The defensive line on this team represents a fearsome foursome. Ray Drew and Xzavier Dickson are Super 11 players, and Grady Jarrett (Clemson) and Terrance Smith (Florida State) are committed to ACC schools. And some say the best is LaMichael Fanning of Harris County, an Alabama commit who transferred from Auburn (Ala.) High.
Region 8 has the most players. It goes like this: Region 1 (2), Region 2 (1), Region 3 (5), Region 4 (2), Region 5 (3), Region 6 (5), Region 7 (1), Region 8 (6).
QB – Martay Mattox, Clarke Central, Sr.
RB – Shaquille O’Neill, Northside (Warner Robins), Sr.
RB – Quartterrio Morgan, Mount Zion (Jonesboro), Sr.
WR – Chris Conley, North Paulding, Sr.
WR – Nile Jordan, Griffin, Sr.
TE – Tye Turner, Griffin, Sr.
OL – Thomas O’Reilly, Pope, Sr.
OL – Alan Posey, Clarke Central, Sr.
OL – Shaun Hill, Apalachee, Sr.
OL – Nick Brigham, Marist, Jr.
OL – Alex Barr, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
PK – Ammon Lakip, Chattahoochee, Sr.
ATH – Brian Randolph, Kell, Sr.
DL – Ray Drew, Thomas County Central, Sr.
DL – Xzavier Dickson, Griffin, Sr.
DL – Grady Jarrett, Rockdale County, Sr.
DL – Terrance Smith, Southwest DeKalb
LB – Jordan Pierce, Clarke Central, Sr.
LB – Amarlo Herrera, North Clayton, Sr.
LB – James Vaughters, Tucker, Sr.
DB – Corey Moore, Griffin, Sr.
DB – Byron Isaac, Dunwoody, Sr.
DB – Justin Coleman, Brunswick, Sr.
DB – Chris Sanders, Tucker, Sr.
P – Will Monday, Flowery Branch, Sr.
Coming Wednesday: Class AAA. We’re still taking nominations for the remaining classes.