Preseason all-state: Chubb, Sandy Creek players headline AAAA team

Nick Chubb, the Cedartown running back who set a regular-season state record with 2,721 rushing yards in 2012, heads the preseason all-state team in Class AAAA. Chubb has committed to Georgia.

Cole Garvin, the quarterback who led Sandy Creek to a state championship, is one of four members of the team from the defending title-holders. WR Demarre Kitt (committed to Clemson), DL Chris Williams (Ole Miss), junior RB Eric Swinney and LB Khari Lain also made the team.

The AAAA team required some shuffling and regrettable omissions because of excessive depth at certain positions. Monroe Area QB Stanton Truitt, one of GHSF Daily’s Top 44 players statewide, was beaten out by Garvin and “athlete” Donquell Green, Burke County’s similar dual-threat quarterback.

Also missing out at quarterback were prolific passers Charles Stafford of Westover and Zach Giddens of LaGrange, each of whom threw for about 3,000 yards last season. Dalton sophomore Kelvis Rhodes, who rushed for more than 1,528 yards as a sophomore, likely will be the leading rusher among players statewide not on a preseason all-state team.

Kendall Baker, a Georgia-committed lineman from Marist, was placed on offense, his recruited position, instead of his more familiar high school position on defense, which is fraught with other major Division I prospects.

Also conspicuous on offense is sophomore lineman Ben Cleveland of Stephens County, who has played only one season of high school football but has offers from Georgia to Texas.


QB – Cole Garvin, Sandy Creek, Sr.

RB – Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area, Sr.

RB – Nick Chubb, Cedartown, Sr.

RB – Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek, Jr.

WR – Demarre Kitt, Sandy Creek, Sr.

WR – Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County, Sr.

TE – Cole Cook, Carrollton, Sr.

OL – Kendall Baker, Marist, Sr.

OL – Ben Cleveland, Stephens County, So.

OL – Lucas Johnson, Cass, Sr.

OL – Terronne Prescod, Columbia, Sr.

OL – Jake Sanders, Carrollton, Sr.

ATH – Donquell Green, Burke County, Sr.

PK – Tyler Newsome, Carrollton, Sr.


DL – Jeremy Patterson, Wayne County, Sr.

DL – Dontavius Russell, Carrollton, Sr.

DL – Trenton Thompson, Westover, Jr.

DL – Chris Williams, Sandy Creek, Sr.

LB – Daryl Dunlap, Troup, Sr.

LB – Khari Lain, Sandy Creek, Sr.

LB – Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Sr.

LB – Juwon Young, Albany, Sr.

DB – Jordan Collier, Stone Mountain, Sr.

DB – Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove, Sr.

DB – Akebren Ralls, Mary Persons, Sr.

DB – Kendarius Webster, Stockbridge, Sr.

P – Tanner Brumby, Pickens, Sr.

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15 comments Add your comment

Go Dawgs

August 7th, 2013
5:18 am

Regarding UGA commit Kendall Baker, your AJC colleague said in an earlier published story: “The Bulldogs talked to him strictly about defense …”

Trojan Power

August 7th, 2013
9:09 am

Yall see it. 4 all-state palyers. Not included are our D1 runningbacks and cornerbacks. YES SIR!!Carrollton Trojans will dominate 4a! Sandy Creek has to come Grisham Stadium this year. Payback!! War baby!! TROJANS STAND UP!!!


August 7th, 2013
9:58 am

Charles Stafford attends Monroe H.S., not Westover. Please correct that, don’t need any Monroe alumnus getting on here angry.


August 7th, 2013
10:08 am

Dont know how you have an ALL State List and leave off Deshon Cooper from Columbia. This is the best LB in AAAA.


August 7th, 2013
1:51 pm

I’m in disagreement for adding a soph. to the list, if this is taking away from a Senior, whom this is their last year, and a soph. has 2 more chances at making the list. It should go to an uppercalssman.


August 7th, 2013
2:50 pm

Aaron Williams of Carver 9th and 10th grade all region, 9th in a region with MLK, Tucker (who won state), Mays, Marist. APS just gets know love. Least we got one good job Natrez.


August 7th, 2013
2:52 pm

forget to mention 6 D1 offers as jr.

Creek Rising!!!

August 7th, 2013
5:56 pm

Can’t wait to get down to Grisham Stadium!!!

That Dude Says...

August 8th, 2013
8:04 am

@PBJ… If a kid has all state talent who cares what grade he’s in. Your logic of it should go to a upperclassmen is WEAK. I guess you also think it’s wrong for freshman and sophomores to play on varsity teams also so a upperclassman could have that roster spot huh?

some sense

August 8th, 2013
12:53 pm

Talent, not political correctness, PBJ. The rest of the world should work like that.

Just a Fan

August 8th, 2013
3:12 pm

Judging from the talent listed it looks like Sandy Creek at the top (again) with Carrollton,Monroe Area,Marist and others chasing. Who will be the surprise team(s) this year?

David Purdum

August 10th, 2013
2:11 pm

Hey, AAAA fans: I’ll be covering the classification this season and wanted to drop my email in here. I’m going to really try hard to cover the entire state, but with 77 teams in AAAA, I’ll need some help.
Please feel free to send me pictures, game highlights and off-the-field accomplishments to Thanks and good luck to everyone this season … David Purdum.


August 11th, 2013
9:39 am

hi David Purdum when u get time check out Kentavious Thomas Baldwin High School because he dont get no love from AJC c/o 2015 rb thanks

Chuck Clausen

August 11th, 2013
12:47 pm

I was the National Recruiter for Ohio State before coaching in the NFL for 18 seasons. The Gainesville QB Watson is the best QB prospect I’ve seen since I quit coaching.

Just a Fan

August 12th, 2013
7:44 am

Agree with you on Watson-but we are talking AAAA here.