AJC all-state football teams 2013

All-state

All-classification player of the year: Jaquez Parks, Griffin

Class AAAAAA
Offensive player of the year:
Preston Williams, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: Lorenzo Carter, Norcross

Coach of the year: Keith Maloof, Norcross

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Tyler Herman, Collins Hill, 6-3, 195, Sr.

RB – Jordan Ellis, Peachtree Ridge, 5-9, 212, Sr

RB – C.J. Leggett, North Gwinnett, 5-9, 215, Sr.

WR – Preston Williams, Lovejoy, 6-5, 205, Jr.

WR – Nate Brown, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 210, Sr.

TE – Connor Redmond, Archer, 6-5, 235, Jr.

OL – Chuma Edoga, McEachern, 6-4, 285, Jr.

OL – Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett, 6-6, 275, Jr.

OL – Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek, 6-4, 275, Jr.

OL – Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth, 6-5, 270, Sr.

OL – Nick Wilson, Milton, 6-3, 280, Jr.

ATH – Mike Rogers, Campbell, 6-1, 180, Sr.

PK – Ian Shannon, Marietta, 6-4, 190, Jr.

Defense

DL – Andrew Butcher, Alpharetta, 6-3, 240, Jr.

DL – Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, 6-6, 230, Sr.

DL – Dante Sawyer, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 250, Sr.

DL – D’Andre Walker, Hughes, 6-4, 210, Jr.

LB – Quintin Hampton, Colquitt County, 6-0, 220, Jr.

LB – Tre Jackson, Lowndes, 5-10, 230, Sr.

LB – Kevin Mouhon, Norcross, 6-1, 226, Sr.

LB – Tyrell Tomlin, Marietta, 6-0, 225, Sr.

DB – Kalvaraz Bessent, Camden County, 6-0, 170, Sr.

DB – Rhyan England, Collins Hill, 5-11, 180, Sr.

DB – Latrell Gibbs, North Cobb, 6-0, 191, Sr.

DB – D.J. Smith, Walton, 6-0, 191, Sr.

P – Matt Moskowitz, Milton, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB Elijah Ironside, Hillgrove, Sr.; QB Ty Clemons, McEachern, Sr.; QB Hayden Sphire, North Gwinnett, Sr.; RB Tyler Henderson, Collins Hill, Sr.; RB Sihiem King, Colquitt County, Jr.; RB Richardre Bagley, Hillgrove, Sr.; RB Keion Davis, Hughes, Sr.; WR Collin Lisa, Chattahoochee, Sr.; WR Blace Brown, Cherokee, Sr.; WR T.J. Rahming, McEachern, Jr.; TE Chris Laye, Lambert, Sr.; OL Trayvon Williams, Camden County, Sr.; OL Christian Harris, Collins Hill, Sr.; OL Gabriel Mobley, Colquitt County, Sr.; OL Dyshon Sims, Lowndes, Sr.; OL Ryan Northrup, Norcross, Sr.; OL Dennis Edwards, South Gwinnett, Sr.; DL Kris Ellis, Lovejoy, Sr.; DL Zack Copeland, Lowndes, Sr.; DL Henry Famurewa, McEachern, Sr.; LB Bryce Grauss, Alpharetta, Sr.; LB/DB Steve Osondu, Luella, Sr.; LB Quarte Sapp, Milton, Jr.; LB Kentavius Preston, Rockdale County, Sr.; DB/RB Dylan Singleton, Archer, So.; DB Markell Boston, East Coweta, Sr.

Class AAAAA

Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, Gainesville

Defensive player of the year: Chris Collins, Creekside

Coach of the year: Olten Downs, Creekside

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Gainesville, 6-3, 200, Sr.

RB – Rodney Smith, Mundy’s Mill, 5-10, 195, Sr.

RB – Joshua Bettistea, Allatoona, 5-11, 180, Jr.

RB – Dexter Knox, Creekside, 5-9, 200, Sr.

WR – Julian Burris, Kell, 6-0, 180, Sr.

WR – Jay Gaudlock, Gainesville, 5-10, 175, Sr.

OL – Jermaine Abron, Warner Robins, 6-3, 295, Sr.

OL – Cooper Corley, North Paulding, 6-3, 298, Sr.

OL – Javon Barnes, Stephenson, 6-2, 290, Jr.

OL – Jesse Freeman, Lee County, 6-4, 315, Sr.

OL – Dallas Warmack, Mays, 6-2, 290, Jr.

ATH – Chandler Burks, South Paulding, 5-10, 180, Sr.

PK – Matt Monday, Warner Robins, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Defense

DL – Arden Key, M.L. King, 6-6, 220, Jr.

DL – Austin Parmer, Thomas County Central, 6-3, 275, Sr.

DL – Natrez Patrick, Mays, 6-3, 220, Jr.

DL – Chauncey Rivers, Stephenson, 6-3, 235, Jr.

LB – Elliott Berry, Creekside, 6-0, 190, Sr

LB – Chris Collins, Creekside, 5-11, 215, Sr.

LB – Detric Dukes, Tucker, 6-1, 230, Sr.

LB – Justin Hughes, Tucker, 6-2, 210, Sr.

DB – Wesley Green, M.L. King, 5-11, 170, Sr.

DB – Taylor Henkle, Kell, 6-0, 190, Sr.

DB – Rashad Roundtree, Lakeside-Evans, 6-1, 195, Jr.

DB – Yaquis “Duke” Shelley, Tucker, 5-10, 170, Jr.

P – Rodrigo Blankenship, Sprayberry, 6-1, 182, Jr.

Honorable mention

ATH – Dominick Sanders, Tucker, Sr.; QB Stephen Collier, Lee County, Sr.; QB Andrew Johnson, McIntosh, Sr.; QB Chase Noonan, North Paulding, Sr.; QB Nick Fitzgerald, Richmond Hill, Sr.; QB Grant Drakeford, Riverwood, Sr.; QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central, Sr.; QB TaQuon Marshall, Harris County, Jr.; RB/DB Jae Bowen, South Paulding, Sr.; RB/LB Dedrick Mills, Ware County, So.; WR/RB Glenn Smith, Northside-Warner Robins, Sr.; WR Matty Biondich, Northview, Jr.; OL Andrew Miles, Flowery Branch, Sr.; OL Brad McCoy, Harris County, Sr.; OL Max Kemper, Pope, Jr.; OL Tyler Jones, Stephenson, Sr.; DL Dylan Coleman, East Paulding, Sr.; LB Devan Stringer, Gainesville, Sr.; LB Dextric Green, Lee County, Jr.; LB Jonathan Celestin, Mundy’s Mill, Sr.; LB Neel Enriquez, Ware County, Sr.; LB Colton Clemons, Whitewater, Sr.; DB Connor Dulmage, Creekview, Sr.; DB/WR Emmett Thomas, Glynn Academy, Sr.; DB/LB Khalia Hackett, South Paulding, Sr.; DB Cameron Jackson, Creekside, Sr.

Class AAAA

Offensive player of the year: Nick Chubb, Cedartown

Defensive player of the year: Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County

Coach of the year: Steve DeVoursney, Griffin

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Jaquez Parks, Griffin, 6-1, 195, Sr.

RB – Nick Chubb, Cedartown, 5-10, 215, Sr.

RB – Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander, 6-0, 210, Jr.

WR – Demarre Kitt, Sandy Creek, 6-1, 195, Sr.

WR – Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County, 6-2, 200, Sr.

TE – Cole Cook, Carrollton, 6-6, 240, Sr.

OL – Mitch Mathes, Troup, 6-3, 295, Jr.

OL – Terronne Prescod, Columbia, 6-5, 330, Sr.

OL – Jake Sanders, Carrollton, 6-5, 320, Sr.

OL – John Underwood, Statesboro, 6-5, 310, Sr.

OL – Ryan Warrior, Sandy Creek, 6-3, 275, Sr.

ATH – Donquell Green, Burke County, 5-8, 160, Sr.

PK – Tyler Newsome, Carrollton, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Defense

DL – Kendall Baker, Marist, 6-6, 275, Sr.

DL – Jeremy Patterson, Wayne County, 6-4, 315, Sr.

DL – Dontavious Russell, Carrollton, 6-3, 300, Sr.

DL – Trenton Thompson, Westover, 6-4, 290, Jr.

LB – Daryl Dunlap, Troup, 6-2, 218, Sr.

LB – Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, 6-2, 245, Sr.

LB – Sedrick Palmer, Eagle’s Landing, 5-10, 210, Sr.

LB – Telly Sloan, Griffin, 5-10, 215, Sr.

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

DB – Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove, 6-1, 210, Sr.

DB – Kendarius Webster, 6-0, 175, Stockbridge, Sr.

DB – Aaron Williams, Carver-Atlanta, 5-11, 180, Jr.

P – Miguel Villa, Northwest Whitfield, 5-8, 145, Sr.

Honorable mention:

QB Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area, Sr.; QB Cole Garvin, Sandy Creek, Sr.; QB Bradley Dewberry, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.; QB Malique Jackson, Wayne County, Sr.; RB Tario Fuller, Lanier. Jr.; RB/DB Marcus Miller, Marist, Sr.; RB Kwon Brooks, Monroe Area, Sr.; RB Shannon Brooks, Pickens, Jr.; RB Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek, Jr.; RB Delvin Weems, Sandy Creek, Jr.; RB Malik Bryan, Stockbridge, Sr.; RB Antavis Rowe, Washington, Sr.; WR Trey Willis, Griffin, Jr.; WR/DB Jonathan Gilreath, Lumpkin County, Sr.; WR/DB Tevin McDaniel, Northwest Whitfield, Sr.; WR Rashard Canty, Riverdale, Sr.; OL Dustin Young, Monroe Area, Sr.; DL Cody Humphries, Chestatee, Sr.; DL Kenneth Brinson, Marist. Jr.; DL Willie Yarbary, Richmond Academy, Sr.; DL Titus Davis, Stockbridge, Jr.; DL Cortez Broughton, Veterans, Sr.; DL Brenton Wimberly, Westover, Sr.; LB Quentis Bentley, Carver-Atlanta, Sr.; LB/TE Austin Cole, Gilmer, Jr.; LB/DB Eder Mora, Dalton, Jr.

Class AAA

Offensive player of the year: Kawon Bryant, North Oconee

Defensive player of the year: Korie Rogers, Buford

Coach of the year: Jess Simpson, Buford

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Brooks Barden, Cartersville, 6-3, 210, Sr.

RB – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee, 5-9, 195, Jr.

RB – Melvin Hill, Washington County, 5-7, 178, Sr.

WR – Terry Godwin, Callaway, 6-0, 170, Jr.

WR – Brandon Norwood, Cedar Grove, 6-3, 185, Sr.

TE – Isaac Nauta, Buford, 6-4, 235, So.

OL – Ken Allen, Elbert County, 6-2, 280, Jr.

OL – Will Bryan, Franklin County, 6-3, 270, Jr.

OL – Chavis Dickey, Peach County, 6-4, 290, Sr.

OL – Nick Polino, Buford, 6-4, 260, Jr.

OL – Austin Werkheiser, Blessed Trinity, 6-1, 250, Sr.

ATH – Slade Dale, Ringgold, 5-11, 185, Sr.

PK – Thomas O’Leary, St. Pius, 6-0, 174, Sr.

Defense

DL – Logan Hunt, Washington County, 6-3, 230, Jr.

DL – Kyle Kitchens, Decatur, 6-2, 220, Sr.

DL – Zach Morris, Ringgold, 6-4, 275, Jr.

DL – Tevin Waller, Morgan County, 6-0, 253, Sr.

LB – Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove, 6-1, 235, Sr.

LB – Keshun Freeman, Callaway, 6-3, 230, Sr.

LB – Korie Rogers, Buford, 6-2, 230, Sr.

LB – Joshua Thomas, Buford, 6-0, 202, Jr.

DB – Arrington Farrar, Woodward Academy, 6-2, 200, Jr.

DB – A.J. Gray, Washington County, 6-1, 190, Jr.

DB – Nick Ruffin, St. Pius, 6-0, 170, Sr.

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

P – Wesley Long, Central-Carroll, 6-1, 190, Jr.

Honorable mention:

QB Tez Parks, Callaway, Sr.; QB Jawon Pass, Carver-Columbus, So.; QB Mecole Hardman, Elbert County, So.; QB/DB Andrew Smith, North Hall, Sr.; QB Tyler Harris, Pierce County, Sr.; QB Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, Sr.; RB/DB Deshawn Waller, B.E.S.T. Academy, Jr.; RB Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove, Sr.; RB Jamarcus Morrissette, Chapel Hill, So.; RB Tyler Epps, Southeast Bulloch, Sr.; FB/LB Dalton Whitfield, White County, Sr.; WR T.L. Ford, Cartersville, Sr.; WR Xavier Harper, Jackson County, Sr.; WR Orenzo Smith, Jackson-Atlanta, So.; WR/DB Tyler Gibson, Peach County, Sr.; TE Hunter Atkinson, West Hall, Sr.; OL/DL Noah Fisher, Decatur, Sr.; OL Thomas Marchman, North Hall, Sr.; LB Dakota Baer, Ringgold, Sr.; LB Pat Jasinski, Blessed Trinity, Jr.; LB Tim London, Carver-Columbus, Sr.; LB Mekhi Brown, Carver-Columbus, Jr.; DB Tre Neal, Buford, Sr.; DB/WR Sean Harper, Hart County, Jr.; DB LaDerrick Hammond, Jefferson County, Sr.; DB/LB D.J. Sanders, Washington County, Sr.

Class AA

Offensive player of the year: Grant Haley, Lovett

Defensive player of the year: Charlie Ingram, Lovett

Coach of the year: Mike Muschamp, Lovett

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Malkom Parrish, Brooks County, 5-10, 185, Sr.

RB – Duranta Dunson, Heard County, 5-9, 175, Jr.

RB – Tra Hardy, Vidalia, 5-11, 180, Sr.

RB – Jamar Smith, Toombs County, 5-10, 220, Jr.

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

WR – Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian, 6-2, 175, Jr.

OL – Jake Edwards, Heard County, 6-4, 290, Sr.

OL – Sean Fogarty, Benedictine, 6-4, 264, Sr.

OL – James Holmon, Laney, 6-5, 327, Sr.

OL – Tej Suber, Lovett, 6-4, 247, Sr.

OL – Jordan Tyler, Jefferson, 6-3, 240, Sr.

ATH – Grant Haley, Lovett, 5-10, 180, Sr.

PK – Andres Aparicio, Greene County, 5-9, 155, Jr.

Defense

DL – D’Vontae Bedford, McIntosh County Academy, 6-1, 275, Sr.

DL – Austin Byrd, Calhoun, 6-3, 230, Sr.

DL – Luther Jones, Union County, 6-0, 290, Sr.

DL – Matthew Provence, Benedictine, 6-2, 260, Sr.

LB – Charlie Ingram, Lovett, 6-1, 195, Sr.

LB – Nick Scott, Bryan County, 6-0, 200, Sr.

LB – Roquan Smith, Macon County, 6-2, 205, Jr.

LB – Tomarkus Young, Washington-Wilkes, 5-11, 180, Sr.

DB – Lawrence Austin, Lamar County, 5-10, 180, Sr.

DB – Tavon Ross, Bleckley County, 6-0, 200, Sr.

DB – Qua Searcy, Lamar County, 6-0, 175, Sr.

DB – Charlie Woerner, Rabun County, 6-4, 210, So.

P – Ross Wood, Greater Atlanta Christian, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Honorable mention

QB Horatio Keller, Laney, Sr.; RB Voltaire Driver, Bremen, Sr.; RB Micah Abernathy, Greater Atlanta Christian, Jr.; RB Mario Cherry, Thomasville, Sr.; RB Demarcus Robins, Spencer, Sr.; WR/DB Brad Stewart, Benedictine, Jr.; WR Deric Herring, Brooks County, Sr.; WR/DB Javante West, Jordan, Jr.; WR Raleigh Beougher, Riverside Military, Jr.; WR/RB Jalen Turner, Washington-Wilkes, Sr.; OL Katrova Dew, Calhoun, Sr.; OL Britt Lee, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr.; OL/DL Patrick Keough, Lovett, Sr.; OL Allen Robinson, Thomasville, Jr.; OL Darryl Ware, Washington-Wilkes, Sr.; DL Austin Bradley, Bowdon, Sr.; DL Stuart Johnson, Wesleyan, Sr.; LB Kentavious Woodruff, Dublin, Sr.; LB Tradd Porter, Jefferson, Jr.; LB Emmanuel Brown, Kendrick, Sr.; LB Shai Brown, Laney, Sr.; LB Dax Bishop, Model, Jr.; DB/RB Chris Keith, Bowdon, Sr.; DB/WR Chandler Curtis, Calhoun, Sr.; DB/QB Lance Austin, Lamar County, Sr.

Class A

Offensive player of the year: Ruben Garnett, Aquinas

Defensive player of the year: Andrew Williams, Eagle’s Landing Christian

Coach of the year: James Leonard, Aquinas

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

Offense

QB – Michael Peterson, Calvary Day. 5-11, 185, Sr.

RB – Ruben Garnett, Aquinas, 5-10, 170, Jr.

RB – Mike McIntire, Lincoln County, 5-9, 190, Sr.

RB – Tra Minter, Schley County, 5-9, 190, Jr.

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

WR – Nich Bartley, Christian Heritage, 6-0, 185, Sr.

WR – Emoni Williams, Mount Paran Christian, 5-7, 160, Jr.

OL – Jeff Fox, Aquinas, 6-4, 275, Sr.

OL – Tony Patman, Commerce, 6-3, 260, Sr.

OL – Cam Morgan, Irwin County, 6-3, 281, Jr.

OL – Caleb Samuel, First Presbyterian, 6-6, 265, Sr.

OL – Devin Wiggins, Hawkinsville, 6-1, 300, Sr.

ATH – Dalton Etheridge, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 5-11, 190, Sr.

PK – A.J. Wells, Marion County, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Defense

DL – Johnny Dwight, Wilcox County, 6-2, 300, Sr.

DL – Chauncey Manac, Clinch County, 6-3, 230, So.

DL – Andrew Williams, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 6-4, 250, Sr.

DL – Andre Wilson, Calvary Day, 6-0, 290, Sr.

LB – William Higbie, Landmark Christian, 6-1, 225, Sr.

LB – Antwuane Merritt, Irwin County, 5-10, 180, Sr.

LB – Christian Payne, Prince Avenue Christian, 6-2, 215, Sr.

LB – Josh Shockley, Eagle’s Landing Christian, 5-11, 215, Sr.

DB – Christian Coleman, Our Lady of Mercy, 5-8, 155, Sr.

DB – Denzel Franklin, Pace Academy, 6-0, 195, Sr.

DB – Demetris Robertson, Savannah Country Day, 6-0, 170, So.

DB – Lorenzo Smothers, Marion County, 5-9, 155, So.

P – Justin Thompson, Aquinas, 5-10, 150, Jr.

Honorable mention

QB Trae Harrington, Charlton County, Sr.; QB Trevor Brown, Christian Heritage, Sr.; QB/DB Cornelius Taylor, Claxton, Jr.; QB Markel Horne, Johnson County, Sr.; QB Stockton McGuire, Landmark Christian, So.; QB Aaron Winchester, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.; QB Kevin Johnson, Pace Academy, Jr.; RB/LB Robert Heyward, Calvary Day, Jr.; RB Johnny Royal, Marion County, Jr.; RB Cornelius Bennett, Randolph-Clay, Sr.; RB Javonte Smith, Seminole County, Sr.; RB/DB Robert Speight, Seminole County, Sr.; RB/LB Zantravious Shields, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr.; WR/LB Nathan Waller, St. Francis, Jr.; TE Robert Muschamp, Darlington, Jr.; PK Colton Lichtenberg, Savannah Country Day, Jr.; DL Shingi Chigwere, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.; LB Tevis Dasher, Charlton County, Jr.; LB Lance Thompson, Charlton County, Sr.; LB/FB Chance McClure, Commerce, Sr.; LB Mark Lloyd, Dooly County, Sr.; LB Will Black, First Presbyterian, Sr.; LB Nick Sbravati, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.; DB/WR Kereon Merrell, Dooly County, Sr.; DB/RB Jakyron Young, Irwin County, Jr.

66 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

December 27th, 2013
12:18 pm

Congratulations to all these athletes. This distinction was well earned by all. May they all have continued success.

john bates

December 27th, 2013
12:19 pm

how can Bryson Durden be left off the all state team. the kid has more skills than any db listed . what a joke

Camden74

December 27th, 2013
12:24 pm

No Chris Williams from Camden, how? :-D

captain

December 27th, 2013
12:35 pm

Any reason as to why the Williams kid from George Walton is not on this list, not even Honorable Mention ? The kid had almost 2,000 yards rushing and the AJC selects 2 juniors that will no doubt win this again next year, shouldn’t you give this to a Senior, a kid that was going to UGA and is now going to Kentucky ? I just don’t get it.

politics_smolitics

December 27th, 2013
12:38 pm

Stanley Williams will be playing in an All American game in Orlando on January 3rd. Over 1800 yards and 28 total tds in 10 games. Less carries than the other guys cause he gets it done much faster. Before a leg injury against Aquinas over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter. GWA didn’t make the play-offs but it wasn’t because of Williams or the offense.

politics_smolitics

December 27th, 2013
12:42 pm

BS

December 27th, 2013
1:17 pm

Give it to a senior, what???? I saw Williams play, and he will not last long at Kentucky. Usually a kid if nominated by his coach makes Honorable Mention, therefore, you may have your answer as to why the kid is not on the list, his coach did not think much of him.

nourstuff

December 27th, 2013
1:17 pm

@Todd Holcomb, No second team-is that where some of the other exceptional class A players should be listed?

Todd Holcomb

December 27th, 2013
1:53 pm

Stanley Williams’ omission was an error. We have updated the Class A team to reflect that. Congrats to Williams. He definitely is deserving.

Todd Holcomb

December 27th, 2013
1:59 pm

nourstuff – The AJC has never done a second team. It’s historically (since the 1950s) been a first team and then honorable mention.

BS2

December 27th, 2013
2:05 pm

If these teams were based only on stats/performance and not media coverage and popularity these lists would look much different….

Charlton4life

December 27th, 2013
2:29 pm

The Region 2-A Defensive Player of the Year, DL Michael Dasher doesn’t make it but two other D-lineman from the region do….makes you go hmmmm.

nourstuff

December 27th, 2013
2:35 pm

@Todd Holcomb, thanks for the clarification & correction (was the Clemson TE recruit from CD another omission?). One question/comment about your philosophy behind choosing these “teams”: If the intent was to recognize the AJC all-state football teams at each level, then why are some positions over represented/absent? Also, other than the P&K, why have 12/12 players named for Off/Def (what is the ATH position for; 3 RB & no TE on several teams-how do you decide)? If the intent is to recognize the AJC all-state football players, then I understand (inc. the ATH thing, having the QB position way over represented in the honorable mention list, etc.). So which is the intent, all-state team or all-state players?

Cartersvilleman

December 27th, 2013
2:36 pm

Agree with john bates and BS2. There is one kid who made the All-South (top 100 in the South) and has 2 D1 full rides offers but did not make this “list” while others who made this list did not. Maybe next year, they will actually look at the REAL stats and not inflated numbers.

BS2

December 27th, 2013
2:48 pm

I would love to know these are determined, exactly how much pull does a coach have for nominations? Who determines the team?

BS2

December 27th, 2013
2:53 pm

I realize not all players are represented on Maxpreps, but at a minimum if you look at some of the award winners and compare them with other players that are listed on MaxPreps, you would quickly find that apparently stats do not mean much to the AJC.

Todd Holcomb

December 27th, 2013
2:55 pm

BS2 – There’s truth to what you say. Picking an all-state is probably the hardest thing that I help do for the AJC. It’s an impossible task, really.

I’ll comment first on what you say about ”based only on stats.” Stats aren’t always your best friend, either. If you’re judging a linebacker, what is the best stat? Tackles? What if your defense is so good that the other team is going 3-and-out over and over and your team runs 50 plays to the other team’s 20? There aren’t many tackles to be had for the best team in that case. Cornerbacks are notoriously hard to measure by stats. Defensive tackles who clog the middle and take up two-three blockers often don’t get the statistical credit they deserve. And then there’s strength of schedule. Some regions are much stronger than others in Georgia high school football, and you have to account for that. I could go on and on about the challenges of stats.

The most important thing for a player is to have the strong endorsement of his head coach and other coaches who competed and schemed against him.

But even with that, it’s just a hard job to settle on these some 300 players. Are there some players who should’ve made it who didn’t? Yes, there always are. It’s the nature of it.

The only thing we can say with certainty is that anybody on this all-state team is truly outstanding. Congrats to those who made it.

Todd Holcomb

December 27th, 2013
3:00 pm

nourstuff – Good questions. On the first team, it’s a set format with one exception. If there is a RB or WR that we feel is far more valuable than any TE in that class, then we’ll add another RB or WR at the expense of the TE. With honorable mention, there is no consideration to position. It’s just 25-26 players that we felt were outstanding regardless of position. In high school football, especially the lower classifications, the 5th-best QB in any classification is probably more of a difference-maker than the 5th-best offensive lineman in that class, IMO. The HM reflects that.

Todd Holcomb

December 27th, 2013
3:08 pm

One other quick thing – It’s usually better not to answer a question as to why a player did not make the all-state team. I don’t think a high school kid deserves that kind of critique here. It’s hard to do it without sounding critical of the player. But, it’s usually one of these answers -

- Player wasn’t strongly endorsed by his coach or other coaches.
- We simply thought somebody else was better, or more valuable to his particular team.
- We were wrong. I don’t think I’ll ever see the perfect all-state football team in Georgia. Too many good players.

Mickey Thrasher

December 27th, 2013
3:20 pm

Mike Swaney, I thought would have gotten Coach of the Year honors in Class A. Most have no clue where Marion County is located.

My2Cents

December 27th, 2013
3:23 pm

Todd, I couldn’t agree more. When you start comparing kids on a blog it naturally becomes critical which I think should never happen to a high schooler. I am all in though for people proping up players they think were great.

Irish Faithful

December 27th, 2013
3:52 pm

7 QB’s listed as honorable mention, but no mention of Liam Welch of Aquinas. All he did was complete 65% of his passes for over 1900 yards with 30 TD’s and only 4 int’s, while leading his team to an undefeated season and a State Championship. He also had the highest QB rating (130) of all the QB’s listed, including Michael Peterson, which he out played in the championship game. You might want to take another look!

Really?

December 27th, 2013
4:45 pm

So 757 total yards rushing this year gets you on the 2013 AJC All-state football team for class A? I realize Stanley Williams is a great running back but he was injured much of the year and his 2013 numbers just don’t stand up against those of other running backs in the state. Aren’t these awards supposed to be for 2013 accomplishments?

I also agree with “Irish Faithful” about Liam Welch of Aquinas. That kid was the difference in Aquinas this year. No way they go undefeated or win the state championships without him as QB.

Really!

December 27th, 2013
4:50 pm

politics_smolitics

December 27th, 2013
5:00 pm

Those 757 yards on maxpreps are not for the whole season! Williams had over 2000 all purpose yards! 1800 yards Rushing and 28tds!! Really, Really???

politics_smolitics

December 27th, 2013
5:13 pm

He played in all 10 games as well…

Wlidcat

December 27th, 2013
5:26 pm

No Garrett Wallace LB from Locust Grove as an honorable mention. Led AAAA in tackles

Football Mom1

December 27th, 2013
6:00 pm

Great job for those chosen…

Question – Where do I find the All-Region list for Region 5-AAAA? My son was told at the banquet, he was one of two who made it; however, we cannot find the list anywhere… Thank you!

SEC #1

December 27th, 2013
6:09 pm

Provence from BC in Savannah Ga is quick he is all over the field a great def lineman.At offensive line Fogarty can stop a mac truck(takes after his dad).All the BC football players are respectful and fine young men.Coach Britt and his staff are the best in high school football.

Luv Football

December 27th, 2013
7:15 pm

Darius Anderson was all state AAAAA last year as 10TH grader at Mundys Mill, twice as good this year and don’t get an honorable mention but his running back is all state. Wow

Luv Football

December 27th, 2013
7:18 pm

Todd, just read earlier comment, that is a hard job. Congrats to who made i

Bill

December 27th, 2013
7:26 pm

Why didn’t Richard LeCounte make at least honorable mention? He had as good of season as his teammate at Liberty county, defensive player of the year, well deserved, Raekwon McMillan

Classic City Fan

December 27th, 2013
7:38 pm

Congrats to Kawon Bryant of North Oconee. Hard to imagine a more deserving player in the state than this kid! By all accounts an exceptional young man with an exceptional story. Lots of coverage on him in the Athens area media lately, I have enjoyed reading every word. If you don’t know about this young man, treat yourself and find out about him. Congrats to all of these young men.

Say What?

December 27th, 2013
7:41 pm

Congratulations to all of these players on this honor. Excellent work AJC!

talentguru

December 27th, 2013
8:39 pm

Henry County Representing!

I Follow High School Football

December 27th, 2013
8:59 pm

Todd, as far as defense is concern you are correct it is difficult to use Stats to make a decision, BUT in regards to offense, you are playing against the same defense, and you should be able to look at the attempts, catches and yards and not rely on nepotism or coaches personal relationships with the athlete’s parents, friends or associates. The first criteria for selection for offense should be the stats and then any input from coaches should be used to break ties when needed.

Consider division 5A (DeKalb County) that are made up of heavy hitters, who all play each other, your selection for WR was the 5th place player in county, seated below two other 5A WR’s one of which whom made the first round of the playoffs, what is your justification…. Because his coach said he was he was good player and a nice guy, or because coaches continuously nominate him because he had a major D1 offer, despite his skill set being lesser than the other leaders in his position and when he is not even the number one receiver at his school in his position… (proven by the Stats)

The nepotism in DeKalb County is rampant and most are aware that’s why you will find parents who relocate to Gwinnett, Cobb or other counties to give their child a fair chance. A lot of talented football players in DeKalb County do not get their just, because media entities like yours rely on coaches who have hidden agendas, loyalties and personal commitments to particular players.

While I understand the difficulties in narrowing down 300 players, I do believe that the system you currently employ does more injustice to those truly deserving of recognition, and a new system should be determine and implemented in order to level the playing field and allow all of those who are truly deserving of the honors a fair chance receive accolades. Perhaps, employing the use of other sports media personal in the State who do not have ties to any particular program to help in the selection process would provide a not bias selection process than utilizing the biased coaching nomination.

Stats do Count

December 27th, 2013
9:03 pm

What Stat’s don’t count????? Tell that to those who determine the Heisman Trophy winner, tell that to college programs whose head coaches determine who rides the bench and who hits the field, tell that to the NFL… Sorry Todd Stat’s do count everywhere but in High School Football in Georgia…. and that is sad.

Larry Jarrett

December 27th, 2013
10:00 pm

Proud to be an Alumnus of Aquinas High School. Denny Leonard would be very proud of his Grandson, James Leonard as I am. This is, without a doubt, the best thing to happen to Aquinas football since the school was founded in 1957. Class of 1961.

yellowjacket

December 27th, 2013
10:53 pm

Congrats to Krenwick Sanders and Jeremy Patterson on making all-state. Although Sanders should have been the offensive player of the year. Both are headed to the Big 10 @ Wisconsin.

BS2

December 27th, 2013
11:17 pm

Seven HM quarterbacks in AAAAA? Seems a little excessive to me, a lot of good players left off the list just because they were not a QB.

Top Tigers

December 28th, 2013
2:37 am

Congrats to the Tucker Tigers Dukes, Hughes, Shelley and Sanders we all know it should have been more Tucker players on this list good job and great season. Congrats to Chauncey Rivers also, Wow Dallas Rivers not on all state list. Really!!!!!!!!!!.

Roll Tide

December 28th, 2013
9:04 am

@Todd Holcomb…. Ed Curney was a Preseason All-State for AAAAA. He transferred to AAAA Carver Atlanta and put up 164 tkls in just ten games. How is he not All-State? He was a force on the field.

Big Blue Dude

December 28th, 2013
9:33 am

Why are these called All-Metro when they are All State?

hit a single

December 28th, 2013
10:49 am

Stewart kid from Benedictine was the best football player I saw all year. He deserved better than honorable mention. And I am not a Benedictine fan, but when I see the best I give credit where credit is due.

hit a single

December 28th, 2013
10:53 am

I also agree, if you are going to separate public and private in A then seperate the All-State Teams and the Rankings. There is no justification not to if you are not going to compete against each other when it really matters.

Laney boi

December 28th, 2013
2:45 pm

SHAI BROWN SHOULD BE DEFEENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR AA 131 TACKLES and 14 SACKS

Longhorn nation

December 28th, 2013
4:11 pm

Kinda disappointed in KELL picks JAY MOXY was the best player own the team just look at his stats…….. Politics

redhot

December 28th, 2013
4:49 pm

THATS ALL AJC IS POLITICS and yall know Kentavious Thomas is one of da best in da state just go to the Rising Seniors game Tuesday at 1 pm he number 9 if this kid was in Atl his name will be on da list

Chris

December 28th, 2013
5:58 pm

These aren’t politics, it’s mainly opinion. To call players not making the team an injustice is simply wrong. So many other true injustices going on in this world. It’s not the easiest job in the world to pick an all-state team across six classifications. Most of you think it’s an easy pick for your guy because you watched him 10+ games this year. However, Todd doesn’t have that luxury of watching every kid in the state 10+ games. While making an all-state team is an honor, it shouldn’t define a kid. Many will go on to play college football and get the education they need for when they become adults. Football should be used as a means to get an education because out of all of these players listed maybe 10-15 will play in the NFL.

stadiumfan

December 28th, 2013
6:04 pm

someone need to do some homework CHECK DEKALB CO. STATS!!!!!!! Give the kids that deserve the credit!!!!!!