AJC all-state football team

All-classification player of the year: Alvin Kamara, Norcross

CLASS AAAAAA

Offensive player of the year: Travis Custis, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: Nathaniel Norwood, Lovejoy

Coach of the year: Keith Maloof, Norcross

Offense

QB – Eddie Printz, Lassiter, 6-4, 205, Sr.

RB – Travis Custis, Lovejoy, 6-0, 215, Sr.

RB – Alvin Kamara, Norcross, 5-11, 190, Sr.

RB – Jacorey Lewis, Mill Creek, 5-11, 185, Sr.

WR – Xavier Borishade, North Cobb, 5-9, 170, Sr.

WR – Willie Police, Lassiter, 5-10, 165, Sr.

OL – Jajuan Dulaney, McEachern, 6-4, 275, Sr.

OL – Eason Fromayan, Milton, 6-4, 285, Sr.

OL – Octavius Jackson, Colquitt County, 6-6, 290, Sr.

OL – Brandon Kublanow, Walton, 6-3, 285, Sr.

OL – Alex Stoehr, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 295, Sr.

ATH/QB – Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta, 6-3, 190, Sr.

PK – Kyle Fowler, Johns Creek, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Defense

DL – Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, 6-6, 220, Jr.

DL – Kelsey Griffin, Mill Creek, 6-3, 300, Sr.

DL – Carl Lawson, Milton, 6-3, 250, Sr.

DL – Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson, 6-5, 280, Sr.

LB – Reginald Carter, South Gwinnett, 6-2, 225, Sr.

LB – Jarrad Davis, Camden County, 6-3, 215, Sr.

LB – Trey Johnson, Central Gwinnett, 6-2, 225, Sr.

LB – Nathaniel Norwood, Lovejoy, 6-0, 235, Sr.

DB – Ryan Carter, Grayson, 5-10, 175, Sr.

DB – J.J. Green, Camden County, 5-9, 175, Sr.

DB – Tiquan Lang, Lowndes, 5-10, 175, Sr.

DB – Tray Matthews, Newnan, 6-1, 200, Sr.

P – Brandon McKee, South Forsyth, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB A.J. Erdely, West Forsyth, Sr.; QB Anthony Jennings, Marietta, Sr.; QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb, So.; QB Jordan Ramey, South Gwinnett, Sr.; QB/PK Brice Ramsey, Camden County, Sr.; RB Peyton Barber, Milton, Sr.; RB Tyren Jones, Walton, Sr.; RB Jake Wieczorek, West Forsyth, Sr.; WR Myles Autry, Norcross, Jr.; WR Justin Brownlee, Central Gwinnett, Sr.; WR Kyrin Priester, Brookwood, Sr.; WR Christian Robinson, Centennial, Jr.; TE Evan Engram, Hillgrove, Sr.; DL Veion Robinson, Lovejoy, Sr.; DL Dante Sawyer, North Gwinnett, Jr.; DL DeAndre Walker, Hughes, So.; LB Mohamed Camara, Sr.; LB/RB Wayne Gallman, Grayson, Sr.; LB Tommy Tate, Norcross, Sr.; LB Tyrell Tomlin, Marietta, Jr.; LB Kyle Williams, Parkview, Sr.; DB Shon Akins, Norcross, Sr.; DB Allen Artis, Wheeler, Jr.; DB Johnny Ward, Colquitt County, Sr.

CLASS AAAAA

Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, Gainesville

Defensive player of the year: Jimal McBride, Ware County

Coach of the year: Bruce Miller, Gainesville

Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Gainesville, 6-3, 185, Jr.

RB – Esaias Chapman, Harris County, 5-9, 185, Jr.

RB – Kendall Conley, Whitewater, 5-10, 190, Sr.

RB – Blake Ingleton, Sequoyah, 6-1, 205, Sr.

WR – Keshun Hill, Northside (Warner Robins), 6-1, 195, Sr.

WR – DeMarquis Polite-Bray, M.L. King, 6-1, 175, Sr.

OL – Chandler Bridges, Flowery Branch, 6-5, 260, Sr.

OL – Cooper Corley, North Paulding, 6-2, 295, Jr.

OL – Patrick Dalton, Whitewater, 6-8, 360, Sr.

OL – Justin Haymes, Stephenson, 6-2, 275, Sr.

OL – Max Kemper, Pope, 6-4, 290, So.

ATH/RB/LB – Derrick Craine, Union Grove, 5-11, 205, Sr.

PK – Miles Hemphill, East Paulding, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Defense

DL – Jay Ellison, Harris County, 6-2, 290, Sr.

DL – Jimal McBride, Ware County, 6-0, 295, Sr.

DL – Austin Roberts, Northside (Warner Robins), 6-4, 280, Sr.

DL – Jonathan Wynn, Stephenson, 6-5, 230, Sr.

LB – Chase Alford, Heritage (Conyers), 6-2, 235, Sr.

LB – Jacob Allen, Flowery Branch, 6-1, 237, Sr.

LB – Ray Tillman, Miller Grove, 6-2, 195, Jr.

LB – Xavier Tobler, Ware County, 5-10, 200, Sr.

DB – Marvin James, Harris County, 6-0, 180, Sr.

DB – Brendan Langley, Kell, 6-1, 190, Sr.

DB – Quincy Mauger, Kell, 6-0, 195, Sr.

DB – Fred Payne, Gainesville, 5-11, 185, Sr.

P – Austin Barnard, Whitewater, 6-4, 195, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB Dominique Allen, Richmond Hill, Sr.; QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central, Jr.; QB Monquavious Johnson, M.L. King, Sr.; QB Chase Noonan, North Paulding, Jr.; QB Juwaan Williams, Tucker, Sr.; RB Jonathan Alford, Glynn Academy, Sr.; RB Kenneth Hurley, Lee County, Sr.; RB Kyler Neal, East Paulding, Sr.; RB/DB Dominick Sanders, Tucker, Jr.; RB Kamani Thomas, East Paulding, Sr.; RB Myron Washington, Rome, Jr.; RB Undre Williams, Jones County, Sr.; WR Brandon Facyson, Northgate, Sr.; WR Caleb Hayman, Gainesville, Sr.; WR Rodney Lackey, Gainesville, So.; WR DeAngelo Yancey, Mays, Sr.; TE Aaron Black, East Paulding, Sr.; DL Jacarthy Mack, M.L. King, Sr.; DL/OL Zach Mason, Loganville, Jr.; DL Rakim Peters, Apalachee, Sr.; DL Justin Wade, Allatoona, Jr.; DL Khari Waithe-Alexander, Stephenson, Sr.; LB Dustyn Moore, Heritage (Conyers), Sr.;

CLASS AAAA

Offensive player of the year: Nick Chubb, Cedartown

Defensive player of the year: Vonn Bell, Ridgeland

Coach of the year: Mark Mariakis, Ridgeland

Offense

QB – Cole Garvin, Sandy Creek, 6-0, 185, Jr.

RB – Darrell Bridges, Ridgeland, 6-0, 215, Sr.

RB – Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area, 5-8, 166, Jr.

RB – Nick Chubb, Cedartown, 5-10, 210, Jr.

WR – Demarre Kitt, Sandy Creek, 6-2, 180, Jr.

WR – Dee Smith, LaGrange, 6-0, 180, Sr.

OL – Delando Crooks, Carver (Atlanta), 6-5, 270, Sr.

OL – Alan Knott, Sandy Creek, 6-5, 275, Sr.

OL – Gannon Hampton, Ridgeland, 6-1, 285, Sr.

OL – Jake Sanders, Carrollton, 6-6, 325, Jr.

OL – Glenn Welch, Wayne County, 6-3, 280, Sr.

ATH/QB – Donquell Green, Burke County, 5-9, 175, Jr.

PK – Mitchell McMillin, Sandy Creek, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Defense

DL – Roc-M Nesbitt, Carver (Atlanta), 6-4, 240, Sr.

DL – Joe Sanders, LaGrange, 6-6, 270, Sr.

DL – Greg Taboada, Marist, 6-5, 240, Sr.

DL – Chris Williams, Sandy Creek, 6-1, 280, Jr.

LB – Paul Davis, Cairo, 5-11, 210, Sr.

LB – David Johnson, Lithonia, 6-2, 240, Sr.

LB – Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, 6-2, 240, Jr.

LB – Johnny O’Neal, West Laurens, 6-1, 220, Sr.

DB – Vonn Bell, Ridgeland, 6-0, 185, Sr.

DB – Akebren Ralls, Mary Persons, 5-10, 170, Jr.

DB – Cameron Sutton, Jonesboro, 6-0, 175, Sr.

DB – Shaquille Wiggins, Sandy Creek, 5-10, 170, Sr.

P – Austin Bennett, River Ridge, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB/P Tanner Brumby, Pickens, Jr.; QB Trent Earl, Stockbridge, Sr.; QB Zach Giddens, LaGrange, Jr.; QB Noah Grayer, Westside (Macon), Sr.; QB Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown, Sr.; QB Charles Stafford, Monroe, Jr.; QB Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area, Jr.; QB Chandler Whittlesey, Shaw, Sr.; QB Myles Willis, Marist, Sr.; RB Nick Davis, Mary Persons, Sr.; RB Dalviness Greene, Westover, Sr.; RB Josh Mercer, South Effingham, Sr.; RB Montavious Taylor, Carver (Atlanta), 5-9, 185, Sr.; RB Chaz Thornton, Stephens County, Sr.; WR Shannon Smith, Westside (Macon), Sr.; OL Will Jones, Richmond Academy, Sr.; DL Isaiah Mack, Northwest Whitfield, Jr.; DL Dontavious Russell, Carrollton, Jr.; DL Antonius Sims, Eastside, Sr.; DL Steven Wallace, Marist, Sr.; LB Quinton Edwards, Jonesboro, Sr.; LB Cameron Gordon, Stockbridge, Jr.; LB Anthony Smith, Monroe, Sr.; DB/WR Dashawn Benton, Grady, Sr.; DB Taurean Ferguson, Jonesboro, Sr.

CLASS AAA

Offensive player of the year: Chris Jordan, Thomson

Defensive player of the year: Korie Rogers, Buford

Coach of the year: Jess Simpson, Buford

Offense

QB – Brooks Barden, Cartersville, 6-3, 205 Jr.

RB – Ryan Braswell, St. Pius, 5-11, 205, Sr.

RB – Chris Jordan, Thomson, 5-10, 205, Sr.

WR – Jamir Hannah, Cedar Grove, 6-3, 190, Sr.

WR – Xavier Harper, Jackson County, 6-1, 180, Jr.

WR – Demarcus Robinson, Peach County, 6-2, 195, Sr.

OL – Phineas Andrews, St. Pius, 5-11, 250, Sr.

OL – Josh Cardiello, Buford, 6-3, 285, Sr.

OL – Avery Easton, North Hall, 6-3, 270, Sr.

OL – Michael Selby, Washington County, 6-2, 280, Sr.

OL – John Thomas, Carver (Columbus), 6-1, 250, Sr.

ATH/QB – William Walker, Washington County, 5-11, 206, Sr.

PK – Joe Brown, Jackson, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Defense

DL – Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove, 6-3, 220, Jr.

DL – Mikey Bart, Buford, 6-3, 245, Sr.

DL – Bernard Dawson, Thomson, 6-2, 230, Sr.

DL – Jay Woods, Jackson, 6-3, 270, Sr.

LB – Nigel Bowden, Central (Macon), 6-1, 230, Sr.

LB – Daniel Crochet, St. Pius, 6-3, 212, Jr.

LB – Keshun Freeman, Callaway, 6-2, 220, Jr.

LB – Korie Rogers, Buford, 6-2, 210, Jr.

DB – William Bussey, Thomson, 6-1, 205, Sr.

DB – Nick Ruffin, St. Pius, 6-1, 190, Jr.

DB – Andrew Smith, North Hall, 5-8, 145, Jr.

DB – Thomas Wilson, Buford, 5-11, 180, Jr.

P – Alex Robinson, Woodward Academy, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB Marcus Childers, Adairsville, So.; QB Nick Colvin, North Oconee, Sr.; QB Slade Dale, Ringgold, Jr.; QB Tyler Dominy, Dawson County, Sr.; QB Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, Jr.; QB Tyler Harris, Pierce County, Jr.; QB Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove, Sr.; QB M.J. Reynolds, Gordon Central, Sr.; QB Brady Swilling, North Murray, Sr.; QB Greg Williams, Peach County, Jr.; RB/DB Torrie Battle, Thomson, Sr.; RB Kawon Bryant, North Oconee, So.; RB Tyshon Dye, Elbert County, Sr.; RB Tre Mitchell, Chapel Hill, Sr.; RB Dontravious Wilson, Buford, Sr.; WR Tyshaun Clemmons, Gordon Central, Sr.; WR Dillon Veal, Pierce County, Sr.; OL Avery Archer, Washington County, Sr.; OL Dylan Jeffery, Pike County, Sr.; OL Michael Sheely, Jefferson County, Sr.; DL Justin Akins, Jackson, Sr.; DL Mekhi Brown, Carver (Columbus), So.; LB Wil Stonecypher, White County, Sr.; LB Tim Whatley, Carver (Columbus), Jr.; LS Tucker Etheridge, Blessed Trinity, Sr.

CLASS AA

Offensive player of the year: Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson

Defensive player of the year: Wesley Simonton, Jefferson

Coach of the year: T. McFerrin, Jefferson

Offense

QB – Taylor Lamb, Calhoun, 6-1, 190, Sr.

RB – Juan Foster, Vidalia, 5-7, 170, Sr.

RB – Jeremy Johnson, Screven County, 5-10, 270, Sr.

WR – Tydus Curtis, Calhoun, 5-9, 170, Jr.

WR – Deric Herring, Brooks County, 5-11, 180, Jr.

WR – Peter Whiteneck, Greater Atlanta Christian, 6-0, 180, Sr.

OL – Andy Dodd, Pepperell, 6-4, 320, Sr.

OL – Jake Edwards, Heard County, 6-4, 270, Jr.

OL – Alex Hackney, Washington-Wilkes, 6-0, 220, Sr.

OL – Zeb Locke, Taylor County, 6-0, 220, Sr.

OL – Brett Steverson, Fitzgerald, 6-5, 308, Sr.

ATH/QB – Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson, 6-3, 220, Sr.

PK – Harrison Butker, Westminster, 6-4, 175, Sr.

Defense

DL – D’Vontae Bedford, McIntosh County Academy, 6-1, 260, Jr.

DL – Connor Beytagh, Benedictine, 6-1, 260, Sr.

DL – Matthew Foster, Cook, 6-4, 220, Sr.

DL – Tomond Hampton, Toombs County, 6-4, 245, Sr.

LB – John Coletti, Lovett, 6-2, 215, Sr.

LB – Duranta Dunson, Heard County, 5-10, 175, So.

LB – Nic McBride, Vidalia, 6-3, 215, Sr.

LB – Wesley Simonton, Jefferson, 6-1, 205, Sr.

DB – Lawrence Austin, Lamar County, 5-10, 175, Jr.

DB – Grant Haley, Lovett, 5-10, 172, Jr.

DB – Qua Searcy, Lamar County, 6-0, 165, Jr.

DB – Dame Turner, Manchester, 6-0, 180, Sr.

P – Ross Wood, Greater Atlanta Christian, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Honorable mention

QB Davion Anderson, Northeast, Jr.; QB Will Anderson, Wesleyan, Jr.; QB/DB Lance Austin, Lamar County, Jr.; QB Willie Candler, Lovett, So.; QB Rafe Chapple, Greater Atlanta Christian, Jr.; QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County, Jr.; QB Ross Pickle, Cook, Sr.; QB Buck Robinson, Washington-Wilkes, Sr.; QB Tavon Ross, Bleckley County, Jr.; QB Matt Thrift, Bacon County, Sr.; QB Jacori Taylor, Early County, Sr.; RB Devonte Bass, Berrien, Sr.; RB Josh Berry, Long County, Sr.; RB Kyle Scales, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr.; RB Alex Urbano, Calhoun, Jr.; WR Josh Barnes, Calhoun, Sr.; WR Jahmai Jones, Wesleyan, So.; WR Rikeem Stallings, Greene County, Sr.; OL Katrova Dew, Calhoun, Jr.; OL Paul Sloan, McIntosh County Academy, Sr.; DL Luther Jones, Union County, Jr.; LB Brakari Isom, Early County, Sr.; LB Kody McDonald, Jefferson, Sr.; LB Trey Evans, Lamar County, Sr.; DB D.J. Smith, Fitzgerald, Sr.

CLASS A

Offensive player of the year: Johnathan Howard, Wilcox County

Defensive player of the year: Montravius Adams, Dooly County

Coach of the year: Chris Kearson, Emanuel County Institute

Offense

QB – Makail Grace, Wilcox County, 6-3, 180, Sr.

RB – Evan Kasian, Walker, 6-0, 190, Sr.

RB – Jeremiah Kirkland, Landmark Christian, 5-10, 185, Jr.

RB – Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy, 5-8, 190, Jr.

WR – Johnathan Howard, Wilcox County, 6-4, 185, Sr.

WR – Ben Johnson, Savannah Country Day, 6-1, 190, Jr.

OL – Gunnar Brown, Emanuel County Institute, 6-1, 240, Sr.

OL – Michael Burke, Savannah Christian, 5-11, 255, Sr.

OL – Flint Geier, Mount Pisgah Christian, 6-3, 290, Sr.

OL – Sam Kennon, Prince Avenue Christian, 6-1, 220, Sr.

OL – Jon-Paul Reed, Landmark Christian, 6-5, 310, Sr.

ATH/RB/LB – Gregory Percell, Emanuel County Institute, 5-10, 188, Sr.

PK – Cole Fisher, George Walton Academy, 6-1, 165, So.

Defense

DL – Montravius Adams, Dooly County, 6-3, 287, Sr.

DL – Tyler Parrish, Prince Avenue Christian, 6-1, 230, Sr.

DL – Mike Ramsay, Walker, 6-3, 260, Sr.

DL – Isaac Rochell, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 6-5, 260, Sr.

LB – Brendan Douglas, Aquinas, 5-11, 215, Sr.

LB – Keyante Green, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 5-8, 195, Sr.

LB – Alex Koonce, Seminole County, 5-11, 185, Sr.

LB – Josh Shockley, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 5-11, 195, Jr.

DB – D.J. Curl, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 5-11, 185, Sr.

DB – Madison McCluskey, Brookstone, 5-10, 170, Sr.

DB – Jalen Myrick, Savannah Christian, 5-10, 195, Sr.

DB – Zireycus Letman, Lincoln County, 6-3, 185, Sr.

P – A.J. Wells, Marion County, 6-0, 185, Jr.

Honorable mention

QB Jake Clemens, Calvary Day, Sr.; QB Dalton Etheridge, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Jr.; QB Caleb Pressey, Emanuel County Institute, Sr.; QB/P Austin Schulte, Athens Academy, Sr.; QB Luke Soliday, Turner County, Sr.; QB A.J. Smith, Dooly County, Sr.; QB Brooks Stroud, First Presbyterian, Sr.; QB David Whipple, Wilkinson County, Sr.; RB Chanin Hamilton, Dooly County, So.; RB Tra Minter, Schley County, So.; WR/DB Rashard Fant, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.; WR Josh Nobles, Landmark Christian, Sr.; OL K.J. Billingsley, Irwin County, Sr.; OL/DL Cody Brown, Trion, Sr.; DL Abraham Freeman, Telfair County, Sr.; OL/DL Chad Howell, George Walton Academy, Sr.; OL Tyler Petty, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Sr.; DL DeQueszman Kelley, Marion County, Sr.; DL Charlie Newcomer, Athens Academy, Sr.; DL Andrew Williams, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Jr.; OL Napolean Williams, Aquinas, So.; LB/TE Bryce Bailey, Gordon Lee, Sr.; DB Jason Grimes, Holy Innocents’, Sr.; LB Luke Stroud, Calvary Day, Sr.; DB Jevius Terry, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Sr.

51 comments Add your comment

Uncle Tom

December 28th, 2012
9:35 am

Could it be……..nobody else has seen fit to comment? That would make me better than 2nd. Sorry I have nothing else to offer…I’m sure someone else will. I am vindicated.

hit a single

December 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Congratulations to all the players and coaches. Class A should have had a private and public team. If they can’t compete against each other in the playoffs then I be damn if they should be on the same All State teams. I hope the GHSA sees that Class A was just about a wasted season. Let those schools like Wilcox go form their own league. Why should the other classifications have to play public against private. Oh yea they didn’t threat to pull out. Show some backbone GHSA executive board and put the multiplier back in and lets put all members of the GHSA against each other in the playoffs.

TY

December 28th, 2012
10:06 am

This is the almighty AJC all state team. They are too lazy to take time to make one other all state team by dividing the players of the smallest league into two all state teams. There does not need to be but one because of total numbers of SMALL schools in the state. You would not understand the geographical differences between a private school who recruits and a small county school which has a distinct disadvantage by having to stick to a geographical area to provide their players and students. Get over it. I do not like it either but that is the way it is but be sure you complain about the correct culprit….the AJC!!!!!

hit a single

December 28th, 2012
10:15 am

Hey Ty, if you put the multiplier in and tell the private schools to accept it or not then that would solve alot of your problems. If they don’t accept it then let them develop their own league or go back to GISA. This would put your private schools in the larger classifications because of the populated area they draw from. If A remains the same after next year all the private schools will play AA. Savannah Christian tried to appeal this year and play up. Then the problem is passed on to AA. I can tell you right now that places like Buford, Calhoun and Cartersville are just like the private schools. They are drawing kids from well populated areas. One or two kids in A and AA can really make a difference.

tide roll

December 28th, 2012
11:04 am

Kublablow and Cardiello are 6′3″ 285!??? Dealndo Crooks (VANDY) and OCTAVIOUS JACKSON (FLORIDA) are 6′5″ 290, and 6′5″ 270. What is Richt doing? By the way, where is Alden Bynum in all of this? What classification is Valwood?

BamaBornDukie

December 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Joshua Dobbs didn’t even get AAAAAA Honorable Mention at QB? Perhaps I missed his name. If not….I don’t understand how this was compiled.

Stats or team performance/playoff run?

sportsnut

December 28th, 2012
11:41 am

BBD == Joshua is listed at the bottom as an athlete. This however is a graet team and all the kids deserve the recognition. The offensive and defensive players of the year in 6A when no one thought they belonged. “Quiet Confidence”

sportsnut

December 28th, 2012
11:42 am

Typo time==”great”

Double Play

December 28th, 2012
11:46 am

How are there 10 Honorable Mention AAA QB’s, and only 4 Honorable Mention Defensive Players?

BamaBornDukie

December 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Thanks Sportsnut. Never seen 2 QBs on 1st team and looked in the Honorable Mention section after seeing Printz listed at the top as QB.

mmmlt8691

December 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

Felton Hatcher (#10 DB) for Thomson had 10 INTs this year. No honorable mention?

Todd Holcomb

December 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

”How are there 10 Honorable Mention AAA QB’s, and only 4 Honorable Mention Defensive Players?”

Good question. There are two ways of doing honorable mention. One would be to compile a team. If we were picking 50 players for a game, then we wouldn’t have more than 3-4 quarterbacks. But we chose to view it as a recognition of top players regardless of position. In high school football, the most valuable players are more likely to be QBs and RBs. This is evidenced by the fact that we get far more nominations from coaches for their quarterbacks than any other position. Of the 50 most valuable players in any classification, I’d be 10-15 would be quarterbacks or running backs.

Hamlton

December 28th, 2012
12:19 pm

Overlooked in AAA – Thomas O’Leary, K, SPX – At the very least an Honorable Mention.

Todd Holcomb

December 28th, 2012
12:21 pm

”Never seen 2 QBs on 1st team”

The ”ATH” spot on the team goes to a two-way starter or a dual-threat offensive player. In the past 4-5 years, several QB’s have been first-team all-state under the ‘ATH’ heading. Among them are Kevin Ellison of Habersham Central (2011), Tray Dorsey of Clinch County and Gage Henry of Hillgrove (2010), Blake Sims of Gainesville (2009), BJ Bostic of Jefferson County, Kelton Hill of Lithonia and Angelo Pease of Cairo (2008).

In the case of Dobbs, who is much more of a pocket passer than any of those listed above, we just felt he really needed to be on the first team one way or the other.

Long Time Official

December 28th, 2012
12:29 pm

This is great All State representation. As far as Eddie Printz and Josh Dobbs I think it fitting to have both on 1st team. The two best QBs in Georgia in my opinion and two great young men. Good luck to all these young players. Once again Georgia shows why they lead the country in top prep talent.

sportsnut

December 28th, 2012
12:34 pm

Good one Todd. Dobbs does deserve to be on the first team. He is a very gifted athlete should not be overlooked. No doubt he has the numbers at Qb. to be one of the best the state has to offer.

Uncle Tom

December 28th, 2012
12:35 pm

Welcome to all the Alabamer people on here. They all seem infatuated with anything about The Peach State lately. Without Georgia guys, you folks would have trouble beating Miss. State.

only a matter of time

December 28th, 2012
12:37 pm

Congrats to all the players listed and those that played hard and missed the list. Thanks for a great season and let’s do it all again in August.

7AAAA Fan

December 28th, 2012
12:42 pm

tide roll….Bynum plays at a GISA school. I hope he’s put on weight and muscled up since I last saw him. Good upside on him.

Larry Campbell's Participation Trophy

December 28th, 2012
12:45 pm

Aulden Bynum is not listed because Valwood is in the GISA and the AJC refuses to recognize the GISA in any way, shape or form. Yet when schools leave the GISA to play against better competition in GHSA Class A, the public schools (some of them) turn tail and run. Glad to see GWA, ELCA and other former GISA schools so well represented on the Class A team.

Cedar Grove Football

December 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Very biased list I’d say. Anyways tune in 2 the Army All American Game Jan. 5th on NBC Watch our East Team beat up on the West. With McCrary calling the shots :)

BamaBornDukie

December 28th, 2012
4:27 pm

@Todd Holcomb….. Many thanks for the explanation. You are really good a that…which is why I value your blogs/opinion.

TY

December 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

History of Georgia High schools will show that City Schools with their kids confined withing a city limits and a specific smaller confined area have been more successful than their corresponding county schools. Some situations are different ie. Buford and Gwinnett. In the past city schools that have consolidated with Co. schools or have had new schools built in their county have not fared as well since they consolidated with the county school. The former schools like Waycross/Ware Co., Americus/Sumter, R.E. Lee/Upson, Successful city schools have always been successful. Carrollton, Dalton, Valdosta( until Lowndes became successful) GISA had most of their schools originated in or around 1969. The newer private schools in the Atlanta area are just smaller private schools. Calhoun, Buford have been successful lately in AA and AAA. Well another city school Jefferson showed the City School can win a state championship vs another city school. Whether City Schools recruit and private schools recruit or not there is a distinct advantage in both situations. Multipliers used in the past for the smaller schools were eliminated by the Tom Murphey effect. I agree it would have been better to keep them together. No small public school could have survived in a new league and organizing a new association regardless of what the Wilcox Cos. of the state said. It would be cost prohibited for all sports for them to travel the distances for each sports. Back off of Larry Campbell He was not totally for the division. Several private schools that participated in a region for many years were hurt more by the division than the longstanding public schools ie Aquinas. The problem arose from a poor program having grown in their success and having lost in the last few years to private schools and not being able to compete with them in recent years. One of the worst misjustices ever was when the team SW Atlanta private school with Dwight Howard played Warren County in the first round of the basketball playoffs. That brings up another item. No fourth place team needs to be in a playoff. It is all about the money now and a fourth place region team traveling forever to play a first place team in the far corners of the state is unnessessary. Again it is all about the money. And most of the money is geared toward the metro area and the use of precious Dome.

coach aj merine

December 28th, 2012
8:29 pm

How does the #4 receiver in the state not make the 6A all state list. Daniel Clements had 1286 12 Tds for Alpharetta led his team and region .his numbers and averages are Better than every receiver on the list except brownlee. And he doesn’t get even an honorable mention or anything. This is a gross oversight on the part of the writers

SGT CHRIS

December 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

@TY, that last post accurately describes what happened in Troup County. With the addition of Callaway, the Board of Education had to get the student popluaion from somewhere. And where did they get it from? The LaGrange HIgh student population, seeing how Troup high school students come pretty much from the southern part of Troup County. And it really didnt help LaGrange when the BOE again redrew the district lines and futher cut into LaGrange’s student population and gave most of the athletes to Callaway. TOTALLY agree with you!!!

jvillebil

December 28th, 2012
10:41 pm

@ Ty: Great comments I agree with you.
Props to Xavier Tobler of Ware County making first team defense. He was the best 2 way player in the state. His stats back it up. I watched all the QB’s and some great ones, but Watson was hands down the best. Clemson better stay all on top of him, because his stock is now going through the roof.

Coach 3 Season

December 28th, 2012
11:01 pm

It seems only logical if a kid makes All-Area which is out of ALL classifications, they should certainly be making All State in their own classification over kids that didn’t even make their All -Area teams! Duh?…Another reason only the Sportwriters Association Poll is the only one to take seriously!

Old Coach

December 29th, 2012
1:03 am

Where are the Tri-Cities 2 OL?

big Dan

December 29th, 2012
1:05 am

I gotta say….I don’t know why…thinking because a kid makes all area….should mean he’d make all state..????? I mean, what if he is not from a strong area? That argument just makes no sense…

hbcuclassics.com

December 29th, 2012
1:53 am

Black College Power Poll
Final

1. Bethune
2. Winston Salem
3. Tennessee State
4. UAPB
5. Jackson State
6.Tuskegee
7. NC A&T
8. Howard
9. Alabama A&M
10. Alabama State

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

Coach 3 Season

December 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Big Dan-You are not understanding…All-Area is best from All Classifications 6A down to 1A so the kids on that team are picked from all the schools, you can’t have entire Areas that aren’t strong in all classifications. That’s why it stands to reason no one that is not on an All Area team should be making All State first over kids that did. There has to be an obvious hierarchy of All-Region to All- Area to All-State if this is to be taken seriously by anyone. There will always be some of the best left off at the end and that is what Honorable Mention is for, but no way do I not consider a kid who first makes All Area from all schools 6A-1A for their respective All State single team classifications.

HappyBird

December 29th, 2012
10:25 am

I totally see what you are saying! There needs to be a hierarchy up to All State selections which should come from All Region and All Area teams first, then any kids who make All Area should be considered first for their specific classifications. For instance if 1A and 2A kids are making their All Area teams over kids from all other classifications through 6A, ( that doesn’t happen very often) they would obviously have to be considered the strongest candidates for their own respective 1A and 2A All State teams over kids that didn’t; and yet in looking this over that didn’t happen in many cases. Even all the 6A kids on their All Area teams should be a representtive selection of the best kids in the state and should be considered first. Not saying you can’t make your All State team without All Area, but All Area kids should make their classification teams first over kids that didn’t.That seems like the most equitable way to evaluate it to me.

Down South GA. Boy

December 29th, 2012
11:52 am

Where can I find the Georgia Sportswriters Association All State Team List

My dad is a tv repairman. I can fix it.

December 29th, 2012
12:10 pm

Watson got hosed. Taking nothing away from Kamara, he is unreal. But, there were at least 10 rbs with over or close to 2000 yds.

Watson broke 3 huge state records as a junior while winning the AAAAA state title with a running clock against “one of the states best defenses”. Even ware co fans were blogging about watsons incredible combination of skill and poise.

Had watson been a senior he would have won hands down. But the fact he is only a junior makes his accomplishments all the more worthy of POY. Watson was ahead of kamara going into title games. Both had outstanding games, what did watson do to lose it? Also kamara plays with autry, a POY candidate also. That should be a factor against kamara.

LS

December 29th, 2012
2:03 pm

While I am thrilled to see Tucker Etheridge honorably mentioned for the AAA team, it’s about time that the AJC starts naming long snappers to all their teams. The ball doesn’t magically appear in the punter’s hands in .7 seconds. For example, Region 6-AAAAAA produced both of AAAAAA’s specialists. Brandon McKee (South Forsyth) has a stellar snapper who was named 1st-team All-Region, and West Forsyth has an excellent long snapper as well. These players are sick of being overlooked by major publications.

Gridiron King

December 29th, 2012
4:26 pm

The All Area to All State argument makes no sense. Unless I am missing something, the all area teams were just for the areas around Atlanta. Just because somebody was the best qb or tackle or kicker or whatever in the North Metro area doesn’t mean they should get priority over a kid from an area outside of metro Atlanta. That would be like saying if you make All County you should make
All-Area which makes no sense…the “area” includes a bigger pool of kids.

Gridiron King

December 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

If there were all area teams for every area in the state, then I would agree with Coach 3 that you should not be able to make all state if you weren’t all area. But that is not the case. The kids from Forsyth and Hall County weren’t included in any of the all area teams.

Longhorn nation

December 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

I have to agree with you MY DAD!!!!!WATSON got the raw end of the deal there were many RB with as many yards no QB that broke the records he broke he was a game changer at the most important position on the field. O well as I found out this year it’s all politics even in the winning programs.

itsonlywrite

December 29th, 2012
4:49 pm

@Todd Holcomb… what was the deciding factor between Kamara and Watson?

jvillebil

December 29th, 2012
8:33 pm

I’m a Ware County Gator and we played Gainesville, with our top defense in the state and got our hats handed to us by Watson. Let’s put it like this, I understand why Kamara got POY because he’s a senior, and had a great playoff run and championship game, but then again Watson dominated the state championship game against a defense that shut everyone down. If I were starting a high school team using the draft and I had the first pick, I would choose Watson 1st every time. If I were a Norcross supporter I would definitely think the right decision was made, but then if I’m a Gainesville fan, I’m thinking, what the heck were these people thinking. All I know if he doesn’t get hurt next year Watson will have a monster year. Clemson you better stay all on top of him because every team in the country with any sense would love to have him.

HappyBird

December 30th, 2012
12:33 am

Down South GA Boy: Here’s the website for GA Sportswriters Association

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2012/12/25/2323265/2012-georgia-sportswriters-association.html

These picks make more sense comparatively! Coach 3’s argument makes sense in that there are kids on the the All Area teams in the larger Metro areas who lost out on the AJC All State teams to kids from THEIR OWN area…that makes no sense. If you make All Area (which is from from all classifications), then you should certainly make All State in your own classification over kids in that SAME area….that didn’t happen in many cases and the AJC picked the All Area teams.????

big Dan

December 30th, 2012
9:33 am

can’t argue all area teams vs all state teams…IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL…..
I think you guys are making way too much of this anyhow…it’s just to give kids an honor…not to have adults get some satisfaction out of it…..I guess thats the way things are today

coach aj merine

December 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

I would just like a sensible explanation on how Daniel Clements doesn’t even get the honorable mention at receiver on either all state team neither ajc or sports writers. With better stats on a good 6A team. Had mad 1st team all region, all area.

jvillebil

December 30th, 2012
2:35 pm

Ware County’s Xaiver Tobler made AJC’s first team state at linebacker and Ga Sportswriters Association he made first team at running back. Not too many athletes can do that.

Just Saying

December 30th, 2012
9:17 pm

Keith Maloof is a class act…Been coach of the year in our eyes since he came to Norcross… Way to go Keith!

Six From East Cobb Named All-State

December 30th, 2012
10:39 pm

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First Down Creek!!!!

December 31st, 2012
9:42 am

The AP had it right. Sandy Creek had the #1 defense and Khari Lain was the best LB on the best team in AAAA. Here he isn’t even an honorable mention nor was he on the all area team. Also, Eric Swinney should be an honorable mention at RB. Again, the AP got it right.

itsonlywrite

December 31st, 2012
4:17 pm

lol… wow.. so there was really no mention for Eric Swinney… smh… on another note, like JVILLE said, if I had a team, I would pick Watson over Kamara just b/c I could possibly pick up Swinney, Tyren Jones, Travis Custis, Tobler, Kendall Conley, the boy from Allatoona, etc. … there werent too many other QB’s that you could substitute Watson for. The QB’s that would be close would be Taylor Lamb, SC QB, the 2nd string QB from MLK, Lassiter’s QB and thats probably about it…

@rolltide

January 1st, 2013
12:58 am

@rolltide, I personally have seen Kublanow on film in all of his games this season plus the chance to see many other top OL this year, his 6′3″ is the baddest 6′3″ Ive ever seen, Ill take his 6′3″ over any OL in the state or in that matter top 5 in the country which is where he ranks. PLEASE dont just dont look at size, do your homework before you comment, Im telling you he is one bad dude.

Eagles Landing (public)

January 1st, 2013
11:38 pm

Todd, I know we don’t deserve much with our record but some of our numbers out of our juniors should be noted for preseason honors for next year. Bradley Dewberry qb 2000 yards passing, 700 rushing, 25 total tds. Rb Corey Holloway 1500 yards rushing. Warren Wright 56 receptions, 900 yards in 9 games. I know we need to change win loss but these guys can play!