AA: All-state watch list

Below is a list of some of the better players in Class AA this season. It has the makings of a Watch List.

On Friday, GHSF Daily and AJC.com will publish the first of six preseason all-state teams (Class A) The other five classifications will follow next week.

The purpose of this list is to solicit opinions from readers on some of the state’s best players. The players listed here are just some of the ones that have come to our attention through 2011 all-state nominations, recruiting services and other correspondence.

We understand that many who should be on this list are not, and that some on this list might not belong.

Let this be a conversation starter, nothing more. Who are we missing?

Note that our Class AA list is pretty sparce at the moment. It needs to grow.

Also let us know if the status of any players below have changed (transferred, injured, now playing a different position, etc.).

Will Anderson, Wesleyan
Jake Forte, Westminster
Taylor Lamb, Calhoun
Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County
Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson
Brandon Coney, Dublin
Detarius Davis, Chattahoochee County
Voltaire Driver, Bremen
Juan Foster, Vidalia
Jamaine Hutchinson, Temple
George Myers, Laney
Kyle Scales, Greater Atlanta Christian
Alex Urbano, Calhoun
Josh Barnes, Calhoun
Zack Williams, Cook
Andrew Bartolomei, Greater Atlanta Christian
Andy Dodd, Pepperell
Gannon Hampton, Dade County
Stuart Johnson, Wesleyan
Mitchell Scoggins, Pepperell
Brett Steverson, Fitzgerald
Zeb Locke, Taylor County
Andrew Lewis, Greater Atlanta Christian
Matthew Foster, Cook
Luther Jones, Union County
Daquan Miller, Laney
Larry Mathews, Taylor County
Jalen Wells, Dublin
Brandon Golden, Brooks County
Jack Johnson, Fitzgerald
Mario Mathis, Thomasville
Nick McBride, Vidalia
Ross Pickle, Cook
Cameron Steward, Westminster
Donnell Anthony, Calhoun
Derrick Farrow, Bleckley County
Grant Haley, Lovett
Derrick Herring, Brooks County
Charles Mack, Wesleyan
Quay Searcy, Lamar County
Dame Turner, Manchester
Harrison Butker, Westminster
Brendan McGowan, Lovett
Tyler Scandrett, Lamar County

27 comments Add your comment

Go Steelers

August 6th, 2012
7:52 am

Junior DB/RB/KR Grant Haley from Lovett needs to be on your list. DB is his best position.

Todd Holcomb

August 6th, 2012
8:29 am

Added Grant. … Not sure why we have so few players listed in AA. Reclassification diluted things, I think.

John Koon

August 6th, 2012
8:54 am

Nic McBride plays for Vidalia not Jeff Davis.

Go Jackets

August 6th, 2012
11:31 am

Josh Barnes – WR @ Calhoun HS
Donnell Anthony – DB @ Calhoun HS


August 6th, 2012
11:38 am

Zeb Locke Taylor County not Lock Zebe


August 6th, 2012
11:51 am

Ross Pickle is David Pollack reborn. Very Very talented and very tough. May also see some QB this season. Definitely a player to watch.


August 6th, 2012
12:46 pm

Junior RB Voltaire Driver from Bremen was Times-Georgian Newcomer of the Year last year with over 1,650 yards rushing and 18 TDs last year.

nate from detroit

August 6th, 2012
2:29 pm

Another few juniors to watch are Alex Urbano and Tydus Curtis from Calhoun. I also am hearing rumors that Ferguson from Pepperell may be ineligible.


August 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

Nice to see Lamar County with two representatives on the watch list, but I think you should add two more. Lance and Lawrence Austin are just juniors and already have received scholarship offers from The University of North Carolina, as well as some smaller schools. They play RB and DB.


August 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

Juan Foster rushed for 1600 yards as a sophomore and had 600 as a junior before breaking his leg in the fifth game of the season. Vidalia was 5-0 when he went down and finished 6-4. Nic McBride was at Vidalia last season, where his dad is an assistant. Nic is 6′2″, 205, and 4.5, a terrific all-around athlete. Other Indians to look at are defensive end Cole Johnson, 6′6″, 230, fullback Rashaad Thompkins, 6′2″, 230, Tight end Shawn Hunter, 6′2″, 244, offensive tackle Kyle Gasper, 6′3″, 290, OT/DT Javar Daniels, 6′4″, 270, QB D.J. MIncey, S/WR Jordan Black (Mel Blount’s nephew) 6′2″ 175 pound sophomore.


August 6th, 2012
6:32 pm

Todd Holcomb

August 6th, 2012
8:38 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Have added some names to the list. So what position will McBride play this season?


August 6th, 2012
9:08 pm

Watch Justin Harrison/LB at Calhoun. Fastest, strongest athlete on the team and top 300 2A hurdler

Bryan Watson

August 7th, 2012
1:28 am

Derrick Herring Jr. WR from Brooks County should be on this list. He is QB Malcom Parrish’s #1 Target. I should know I am the OC.

Go Dragons

August 7th, 2012
10:53 am


Take a look at Wesley Simonton of the Jefferson Dragons at linebacker. 124 tackles as a Junior. Has worked extremely hard in the offseason training at CES. Should be a leader on a much improved defense in 2012.

Rockmart Needs a Coach

August 7th, 2012
1:23 pm

Sabastion Hiller DE at Calhoun is a good sized young man.


August 7th, 2012
2:49 pm

Nick Scott, junior RB and LB at Bryan County High School.


August 7th, 2012
4:48 pm

Nic McBride is an Outside Linebacker and Reciever. He is not a TE.


August 7th, 2012
5:37 pm

Grant Haley from Lovett most likely is the player of the year. Wesleyan linebacker Griffin Bone should merit consideration. GAC quarterback Rafe Chapple (yes another one) and receiver Peter Whiteneck definitely will play at the next level.


August 7th, 2012
10:01 pm

Locke good high school from Taylor but undersized for an offensive lineman! Several more likely candidates else where.


August 7th, 2012
10:55 pm

When Juan Foster ran for 1600 yards two years ago, the last three games he played with a broken thumb and his hand in a cast. In the game where he broke his thumb the team doctors casted his hand and he returned to rush for over 100 yards that game, as well as over 100 yards in the next two games and he never fumbled. He is truly a tough kid, and thanks needs to go to the great doctors at Vidalia Orthopedic Dr. Scott and PA Bart Davis. Not many high school teams, especially at a public 2A high school, have that kind of support.

Viking Gold

August 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

@ OLD VIKING BACKER . If you are a Viking backer, Why would you make this unintelligble comment about a great Viking player? Quote “Locke good high school from Taylor but undersized for an offensive lineman! Several more likely candidates else where.” Zeb Locke made Taylor County Vikings OL of the year last season. He made the all region team and he made the all midddle Ga team. What is your purpose for this stupid comment?

Coach Hartley

August 8th, 2012
10:21 pm

Great Picks with Taylor County’s Larry Mathews and Zeb Locke…Larry is under the radar but already has offers from WKU, Troy, and MTSU and will have all the big boys after him before the season is over…..Not sure of the above comments on Zeb Lock but I have coached 4 All-State OL at Taylor County and Locke is as good as those 4. He graded out at over 90% with over 30 pancakes as a Junior. He is 230 pound Guard in a wing T offense which is perfect size. Great Choice with both of these players. Great Blocker!
Coach Hartley


August 17th, 2012
4:45 pm

GAC will wish Delano Spencer played fb this year.

Bacon County Red Raiders

August 19th, 2012
12:10 pm

Matt Thrift QB-S, and Richard Crawford RB-LB


August 24th, 2012
8:41 pm

@ nate from detroit…Ferguson has moved to Coosa…according to the local paper, he is now eligible, but we’ll have to see how well he does…Coosa’s OL is nowhere near the size of Pepperell’s. Already in pads the first day of eligibility – I thought GHSA rules say that every player must go through five days of “heat acclaimation” before they can put the pads on…I don’t know – we’ll have to wait and see…

Your biggest fan

September 28th, 2012
12:35 am

After a serious injury last year, Rashaad Thompkins has proven he is a tough young man. His stats and ability to lead have been impeccable. Keep up the good work, your biggest fan.