Five comments about our Class A preseason all-state team:
The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class A – Charlton County and Wilcox County – have the two most celebrated quarterbacks in the state. Nick Marshall of Wilcox threw for 2,956 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, and Chris Milton of Charlton threw for 2,664 and 33 TDs. Marshall is our QB, and Milton is our athlete. Both figure to play defensive back in college.
Class A is famous for big-time running backs (Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Champ Bailey, Washaun Ealey). We went with a pair of seniors in Kyle Karempelis (3,500 career yards rushing) and Earnest Butts (more than 1,800 in 2009) over several good candidates that include ELCA’s Keyante Green, Hawkinsville’s Fabian Forrest, Washington-Wilkes’ Eric Scott and Bowdon’s Maricio Askew.
Two wide receivers, Zack Walker and Kevin Blackburne, had more than 50 catches last year. That made them our choices over the more highly recruited Justin Scott-Wesley, the University of Georgia commit out of Mitchell County.
Eagle’s Landing Christian has three players listed. All are top-notch prospects. They don’t include Green, who ran for 1,433 yards as a freshman last year.
Region 5 has the most picks. Here’s the tally: Region 1 (2), Region 2 (2), Region 3 (7), Region 4 (3), Region 5 (8), Region 6 (1), Region 7 (2), Region 8 (1).
QB – Nick Marshall, Wilcox County, Sr.
RB – Kyle Karempelis, Wesleyan, Sr.
RB – Earnest Butts, Twiggs County, Sr.
WR – Zack Walker, Johnson County, Sr.
WR – Kevin Blackburne, Savannah Country Day, Sr.
TE – Christian Reeves, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Sr.
OL – David Andrews, Wesleyan, Sr.
OL – Jeremy Daniels, Lanier County, Jr.
OL – Matt Rochell, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Sr.
OL – Dylan Turner, Emanuel County Institute, Sr.
OL – Caleb Womble, Savannah Christian, Sr.
PK – Ryan Thames, Landmark Christian, Sr.
ATH – Chris Milton, Charlton County, Sr.
DL – Kennard Backman, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
DL – Octavious Gordon, Emanuel County Institute, Sr.
DL – Juwan Jones, Miller County, Sr.
DL – Andrew Owenby, Athens Academy, Sr
LB – Dennis Benning, Greenville, Sr.
LB – Merritt Hall, Wesleyan, Sr.
LB – Brewton McCluskey, Brookstone, Sr.
DB – Avery Walls, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Sr.
DB – Nardo Govan, Savannah Christian, Jr.
DB – Trayvis Stephens, Terrell County, Sr.
DB – Tev’n Hamilton, Darlington, Sr.
DB – Mario Alford, Greenville, Sr.
P – Joseph McAllister, Georgia Military College, Sr.
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