Preseason Class AAA all-state team loaded with prospects

Johnathon McCrary, the Cedar Grove quarterback whose 6,098 career passing yards put him less than 3,000 from the state record, leads the Georgia High School Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution preseason all-state team in Class AAA.

McCrary, who is committed to Vanderbilt, is one of many on the AAA team to pledge to a Division I program. Others include Peach County wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Clemson), St. Pius safety Nick Glass (Georgia), Jackson defensive lineman Justin Akins (Georgia Tech), Central of Macon linebacker Nigel Bowden (Vanderbilt) and Buford lineman Josh Cordiello (Georgia).

Jackson defensive lineman Jay Woods, who holds 20 offers, remains uncommitted.

Three other major recruits in this classification – WR Marqui Hawkins of Carver (Columbus), QB/WR Terry Booger of Woodward Academy and WR/DB Rico Johnson Swainsboro – didn’t make our list, mainly because other players had more productive junior seasons at their position.

Class AAA


QB – Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove, Sr.

RB – Tyshon Dye, Elbert County, Sr.

RB – Marquis Benton, Morgan County, Jr.

WR – Tyshaun Clemmons, Gordon Central, Sr.

WR – Demarcus Robinson, Peach County, Sr.

OL – Josh Cardiello, Buford, Sr.

OL – Chavis Dickey, Peach County, Jr.

OL – Bailey Ross, Morgan County, Sr.

OL – Michael Selby, Washington County, Sr.

OL – John Thomas, Carver (Columbus), Sr.

ATH/QB – William Walker, Washington County, Sr.

ATH/QB – Nick Colvin, North Oconee, Sr.


DL – Justin Akins, Jackson, Sr.

DL – Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove, Jr.

DL – Larons Winston, Gordon Central, Sr.

DL – Jay Woods, Jackson, Sr.

LB – Nigel Bowden, Central (Macon), Sr.

LB – Cameron Garnett, Thomson, Sr.

LB – Austin Roark, Woodward Academy, Sr.

LB – Timothy Whatley, Carver (Columbus), Jr.

DB – William Bussey, Thomson, Sr.

DB – Nick Glass, St. Pius, Jr.

DB – Cortez Leonard, Callaway, Sr.

DB – Everett Nicholas, Cedar Grove, Sr.


PK – Preston Slemp, Cartersville, Sr.

P – J.W. May, Washington County, Sr.

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15 comments Add your comment


August 14th, 2012
9:54 am

Can you please correct the spelling for Terry Googer. Thanks!


August 14th, 2012
11:01 am

Have you seen the QB that Marqui Hawkins has. The kid can’t throw 15 yards. Plus Carver Columbus is a run first school.He should be on this list along side D. Robinson.


August 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Way to represent Cedar Grove! Good luck on this season Saints….


August 14th, 2012
8:45 pm

Glad to see Roark on here…hard work paying off. Congrats to Googer, he’ll be on here without a doubt next year. War Eagle!

WA Alum

August 15th, 2012
10:04 am

WA representing!!! Congrats Austin and Terry! Can’t wait to hear about their season’s successes over here on the west coast


August 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

Congrats to all these young men, your hard work has really paid off, have a GREAT YEAR!

GA Coach

August 15th, 2012
5:04 pm

CONGRATS TO CHAVIS DICKEY! What an AWESOME, TALENTED and HUMBLE young man. He’s bound for GREATNESS because he has the potential to excel academically and athletically. You are on your way Dickey just keep looking up.

High School Scout

August 15th, 2012
5:16 pm

All eyes on this group of AAA prospects. Chavis Dickey the one to watch for the next couple of years.

WA is my school

August 15th, 2012
6:29 pm

YAY!!!!! Way to represent Woodward!!! So happy! Good lucky to Terry and Austin!!

Cannon Ball Butler

August 15th, 2012
6:32 pm

Preston Slemp will rock the World this year in AAA. Teams had better watch out. He’s automatic from the 45.Bank on teams.


August 16th, 2012
8:51 pm

Congradulation Cameron Garnett for making preseason all AAA Defense Linbacker well deserved look out state this kid has something .


August 16th, 2012
10:08 pm

The AJC Top Ten will be released on tommorrow

Coach P

August 17th, 2012
4:41 pm

Nick Colvin of North Oconee is very deserving of this preseason attention. Just an awesome athlete and overall fine young man.

Devil in Atlanta

August 18th, 2012
12:13 am

Tyshon Dye is a D1 horse for sure! It’s lots of fun to watch him play. If you want to see pretty much the very best a Georgia High School game has to offer across the board, take a little ride up to Elberton on the 31st and watch Buford take on Elbert Co. in the Granite Bowl. That is hands down the best place in the state to watch a game; and with two talented teams like Buford and EC going head to head, you can’t miss! You’ll be glad you took the ride….

The Scout

August 24th, 2012
11:29 pm

DB – Everett Nicholas, Cedar Grove, Sr., is the real deal.