Preseason all-state: AAA features deep, talented class

Three of the state’s top 15 college prospects for the 2014 recruiting year are in Class AAA, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

Each made GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team, all on defense. They are No. 11 Korie Rogers of Buford (committed to Clemson), No. 13 Nick Ruffin of St. Pius (Auburn) and No. 15 Bryson Allen-Williams (South Carolina).

Woodward Academy quarterback Terry Googer, rated No. 28, is on the offense listed as an athlete. He is projected as a receiver in college.

Class AAA also has two of the top-five juniors in Georgia in Callaway CB/WR Terry Godwin and Caver of Columbus DE Mehki Brown.

And Class AAA is deep at quarterback. The nod went to Cartersville QB Brooks Barden (2,872 yards passing) ahead of several highly recruited players that include Tyler Harris of Pierce County, Tez Parks of Callaway and Greg Williams of Peach County.


QB – Brooks Barden, Cartersville, Sr.

RB – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee, Jr.

RB – Trey Dillard, Savannah, Sr.

RB – Keyshawn Lowe, Peach County, Jr.

WR – Xavier Harper, Jackson County, Sr.

WR – T.L. Ford, Cartersville, Sr.

TE – Hunter Atkinson, West Hall, Sr.

OL – Will Bryan, Franklin County, Jr.

OL – Chavis Dickey, Peach County, Sr.

OL – Hunter Holland, Buford, Sr.

OL – Thomas Marchman, North Hall, Sr.

OL – Tevin Waller, Morgan County, Sr.

ATH – Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, Sr.

PK – Dakota Hines, Adairsville, Sr.


DL – Ken Allen, Elbert County, Jr.

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

DL – Mehki Brown, Carver (Columbus), Jr.

DL/OLB – Kyle Kitchens, Decatur, Sr.

LB – Daniel Crochet, St. Pius, Sr.

LB – KeShun Freeman, Callaway, Sr.

LB – Korie Rogers, Buford, Sr.

LB – Tim Whatley, Carver, Sr.

DB – Terry Godwin, Callaway, Jr.

DB – Felton Hatcher, Thomson, Sr.

DB – Nick Ruffin, St. Pius, Sr.

DB – Thomas Wilson, Buford, Sr.

P – A.J. Cole, Woodward Academy, Sr.

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13 comments Add your comment

Go Golden lions

August 7th, 2013
7:36 am

Congrats to Ruffin and Crochet ! I would put up our PK against anybody in AAA


August 7th, 2013
11:23 am

Agree with you on the PK – Thomas O’Leary is a clutch kicker – he hit FGs from 33, 44, 43, 45, 27 and 47 in the PLAYOFFS alone!

Canes Fan

August 7th, 2013
8:35 pm

Congrats to Cville QB Brooks Barden!! Can’t wait to see him go to work this season.


August 8th, 2013
7:48 am

I almost fainted when I read this article……..DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL ACTUALLY HAS A PLAYER ON DEFENSE IN THE TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER GROUP. This is astounding, I thought DHS was on a downward spiral after losing two very good head football coaches in two years. It’s been a strange summer weather wise……is a strange football season on tap?


August 8th, 2013
11:09 am

Congrats to Ken Allen from Elbert County for getting some love in the preseason. He also picked up an offer from GT this week!


August 8th, 2013
2:04 pm

@GoGoldenLions n @hamilton, the best defensive player and leading tackler on the Pius team is Jr. Dalton Wilson. How can he be left off this list? He’s a BEAST.

Buford Fan

August 9th, 2013
7:56 pm

Way to go Hunter Holland! We are ready to see you and the other lineman work hard and bring it this year! GO WOLVES!!! Looking forward to watching Buford Football!


August 9th, 2013
9:54 pm

Not a better running back in the state, regardless of class, than North Oconee’s Bryant.

Region 7-AAA

August 10th, 2013
2:56 pm

Congratulations to all these guys! All of them great players!

Big shout out to Region 7-AAA!

I’m ready for some football !!!

T-Minus 13 days

Buford State Champs.

August 10th, 2013
3:13 pm

@SPX Fan, @Go Golden Lions, @Hamilton: the reason St. Pius X players are not on this list is because they have yet to have success in a state championship game. See you at the Dome, boys!

Big Fan

August 10th, 2013
5:17 pm

@ Buford State Champs

Reminder to Buford State Champs.

August 10th, 2013
11:05 pm

The purpose of this article is to recognize the accomplishments of these hard-working young men (BTW, 2 players listed attend St Pius X). Surely you are not an adult….


August 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

How is ken Hike not on this list the only true shut down in the county . Smh