Welcome to the Recruit Georgia 2019 All-State selections! We will be staggering out our selections throughout the week, so please stay tuned to see our teams for each classification. Down below you will find the Player of the Year vote, the All-State team with a write-up underneath and lastly our honorable mention picks! Voting will end Friday night at 9 PM for Player of the Year and you can only vote once per hour – NOTE: we will blacklist IP addresses who choose to use a VPN to create fraudulent votes, this will result in small drops in vote totals. Also, be sure to leave a comment down at the bottom of the page and share your thoughts! MORE ALL-STATE TEAMS
JAQUES EVANS wins Class 2-A Player of the Year
QB – Gunner Stockton, Rabun Co.
RB – Jaques Evans, Dublin
RB – Tank Bigsby, Callaway
RB – Omari Arnold, Brooks Co.
FLEX – Bryce Bailey, Bleckley Co.
WR – Braxton Hicks, Rabun Co.
WR – Sawyer Drake, Union Co.
WR – Rico Powers, Hapeville Charter
WR – Jacob Freeman, Callaway
OL – Jabari Brooks, Washington Co.
OL – Tate Johnson, Callaway
OL – Jordan Grant, Harlem
OL – Jakobee Mitchell, Brooks Co
OL – Amarius Mims, Bleckley Co.
OL – Jalen Reed, Early County
K – Hurston Waldrep, Thomasville
ATH – Javin Whatley, Rockmart
DL – Romello Height, Dublin
DL – TJ Davis, Metter
DL – Robert Lee, Hapeville Charter
DL – Willie Harris, Bleckley Co.
DL – Anthony Elliott, Callaway
LB – Seth Hodges, Bremen
LB – Caleb Hartley, Toombs County
LB – Ty Anderson, Thomasville
LB – Eli Williams, Dodge Co.
LB – Kydran Jenkins, Jefferson Co.
DB – Armani Maddox, Hapeville Charter
DB – Jalin Shephard, Callaway
DB – Tyrek Thomas, Brooks Co.
DB – Josh Ross, Pepperell
DB – John Mancuso, Union Co.
P – Joseph Weiers, Hapeville Charter
RET – Sha’Marcus Poole, Washington County
Starting off the Class 2-A All-State team is Gunner Stockton out of Rabun County. The savvy sophomore signal-caller had 3473 yards passing on the year and 43 touchdowns, which led the classification. His 71.6% completion percentage and 137.1 QBR was once again the tops in 2-A too. Stockton is also a threat to run the ball, and did so efficiently to the tune of 1126 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. For those keeping score at home, that’s 62 total touchdowns on the year. Stockton, who also made All-State as a freshman, is considered one of the top QB recruits in the Class of 2022.
Taking the state by storm was Jaques Evans out of Dublin. The powerful 230 lbs. senior led the classification with 2405 yards and 39 touchdowns. He averaged over 170 yards per game, which once again led the classification, but also, and noteworthy enough at least, Evans handled kickoff and punting duties, while also playing defense during their championship run in the playoffs. Tank Bigsby has been one of the most dominant players in the state over the last few years, and even though he sat out 4 games due to ankle issues, he was was able to rush for 1636 yards on 143 carries and 27 touchdowns. His 11.4 yards per carry led the classification. In the semifinals against Brooks County Bigsby played one of his best games ever rushing for 270 yards on 26 carries and 2 touchdowns. Brooks County sophomore back Omari Arnold was the driving force to their 2019 run for the state title, but ultimately came up short against Dublin. Arnold totaled 10 rushes for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns, which increased his total rushing yards on the year to about 1800, and by our count 24 touchdowns. Arnold was a dynamic player even getting reps on defense where he had two interceptions and forced a fumble.
Our flex spot goes to Bryce Bailey out of Bleckley County. The 2020 do-it-all athlete ended up with 937 yards rushing, 534 receiving and 218 passing even. The Region Offensive Player of the Year totaled 1689 yards and 20 touchdowns on the year. His versatility is off the charts, and is currently being courted by several colleges – just recently going on an official visit to Central Michigan. Rabun County receiver Braxton Hicks makes the All-State team for the 2nd year in a row. His 12 receiving touchdowns, 93.5 yards per game and 1215 yards ranks at the very top of the class. The UGA walkon had several D1 offers in hand, but will look to fight and claw his way up the depth chart in Athens. Sawyer Drake out of Union County was the favorite target of QB Pierson Allen, and the two connected 10 times on the year for scores. Drake led the classification with 1253 yards at a 104.4 yards per game clip with 78 receptions. Rico Powers is fresh off Region Athlete of the Year honors for Hapeville Charter. The ultra-elusive receiver was virtually unstoppable once in the open field, but going undefeated with a wide victory in region play has it downsides – no gaudy stats. Powers totaled 696 yards with 10 total touchdowns and his 21.29 yards per catch was 2nd among receivers with 30 receptions or more. Speaking of receivers with big yards per catch, how Jacob Freeman from Callaway? The senior who just committed to Georgia State had a staggering 27.5 yards per catch which led the entire classification and also hauled in 12 touchdowns to boot. Freeman is a big play waiting to happen.
Paving the way for one of the top rushing attacks was Jabari Brooks out of Washington County. Brooks is one of the best pure run blockers in 2-A, he is a mauler at heart, and opened up some huge holes in 2019. Tate Johnson from Callaway is a powerfully built linemen who carved yardage for one of the most explosive offenses in 2-A. The Auburn commit even caught a touchdown pass on the season. Harlem’s Jordan Grant is absolutely a 2021 recruit to have on your radar. He gets low and drives his legs through the defender, which helped teammate Cameron Garnett rush for right at 1500 yards on the season. Brooks County left tackle Jakobee Mitchell is one of the strongest players in the state and was an integral part to their offensive attack. Mitchell’s near-400 lbs. bench press is one of the best in this senior class. Bleckley County’s Amarius Mims is widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in the entire southeast. The huge 6’7″ prospect has impressive athleticism and gets up field quickly with earth-shattering blocks. The last offensive line spot goes to Jalen Reed out of Early County. The 6’2″ 340 lbs. senior is an earth-mover that can send defensive linemen quickly to the turf.
Thomasville senior Hurston Waldrep had some legit competition for the All-State kicker spot, but his 14 made field goals with a long of 53 gets him the nod over the rest. Waldrep looks equally impressive on kickoffs sending the ball deep into the endzone. The All-State athlete spot was another hotly contested spot with several big-time players making a good argument, but Javin Whatley from Rockmart earns the title. Passing for 1488 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 1044 yards and 22 touchdowns earned him Region Athlete of the Year. The junior speed-merchant totaled 2557 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns in 2019 – definitely a prospect to watch over the next offseason.
Switching over to the defensive side of the ball, which is headlined by star recruit Romello Height out of Dublin. Height matched his teammate Jaques Evans’ offensive dominance on the defensive side of the ball with 31 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. The senior is committed to Miami. TJ Davis helped Metter to a region title this year and earned Region Athlete of the Year as well. The senior has been blowing up on the recruiting trail with nearly 20 offers this fall. He totaled 88 tackles, 14 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in 2019. Davis is a big hit waiting to happen. Hapeville Charter’s Robert Lee led the classification with 20 sacks and 32 tackles for loss in just 11 games. The senior is definitely slept on at the moment, but standing 6’3″ with a huge motor, you have to think more schools will jump into the picture soon. Lee also tallied 75 tackles and forced 3 fumbles. Bleckly County junior Willie Harris had a huge year with 96 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. The quick defensive tackle has a big motor, which helped him lead all interior linemen in tackles in 2019. Callaway senior Anthony Elliott was huge on defense for the Cavaliers. His 92 tackles and 26 tackles for loss ranks him near the tops of all defensive linemen in 2-A. Elliott also had 9.5 sacks, forced 3 turnovers and blocked a punt even.
Bremen senior Seth Hodges has an insatiable appetite for tackles. He was one of the class leaders with 140, of which 90 were solo. The senior is still uncommitted at the moment, but his high-energy is sure to catch the eye of a smart defensive coach. Hodges earned Region Defensive Player of the Year. Another Region Defensive Player of the Year is Caleb Hartley. The senior from Toombs County had 110 tackles and a whopping 20 were for a loss. He also posted 7 sacks on the year. Hartley has interest from several local colleges. Ty Anderson was a key part to Thomasville’s strong state semifinal finish. The Region Player of the Year had 128 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Anderson led the classification with 102 solo tackles in 2019 – definitely a 2022 recruit to know going forward. Dodge County senior Eli Williams lands on the All-State team after his impressive 96 tackles in just 10 games. The strong linebacker prospect also had 16 tackles for loss, which ranks him near the tops of linebackers in 2-A. Kyrdran Jenkins out of Jefferson County had 83 tackles on the year, which earned him Defensive Player of the Year in his region. The 2020 recruit is a demolition man on the field. He is planning to sign with Purdue.
Armani Maddox out of Hapeville Charter only played 8 games this year, but still totaled 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries – by my count that’s 9 turnovers. Maddox is a long athletic defensive back who also plays tough man coverage. Jalin Shephard is the last of the Callaway crew to make All-State. His 53 tackles, 4 interceptions and 7 PBU’s while also playing lockdown defense gets him the nod. The speedy cornerback is just a junior, but already holds several P5 offers, which include Auburn and Nebraska. Next up for All-State is Tyrek Thomas out of Brooks County. If you watched the state title game, you might have realized this small defensive back out of Brooks County who continued to take down JaQues Evans despite the near 70 lbs. difference – he ended up with double digit tackles in the title game. Thomas had over 100 tackles on the year and also forced 4 fumbles as well. Pepperell’s senior Josh Ross amounted 111 tackles of which 8 were for a loss in 2019. The fundamentally sound tackler was awarded Region Defensive Player of the Year. He also snagged two interceptions to go along with a forced fumble. John Mancuso is another Region Defensive Player of the Year making our All-State team. The Union County senior led all defensive backs with 117 tackles on the year. Mancuso is a high IQ player who reacts to the play quickly, which helped him tally 81 solo tackles and 8 tackles for loss.
Hapeville Charter’s Joseph Weiers had one of the best seasons of any punter in the state with an average of 46.7 yards per punt. He kicked 11 inside the 20 but even more impressive was his 64 touchbacks. Making the All-State returner spot goes to Sha’Marcus Poole from Washington County who returned 2 punts and 1 kickoff in 2019 – these were long returns too from +75 yards out each. Poole totaled over 2000 all-purpose yards on the season and 22 touchdowns. His Washington County team was the only squad to beat Dublin this year too.
Enoch Howard, Hephzibah/Tyree McCoy, Early Co./Evan Fuller, Bremen/Pierson Allison, Union Co./Payten Singletary, Thomasville/Ja’Marquis Johnson, Berrien Co./Reed Couch, Rockmart/Cedric Seabrough, Swainsboro/Marcus Carroll, Hapeville Charter/Phillip Johnson, Temple/Juke Boozer, Rockmart/Kade Youmans, Swainsboro/Ni’Tavion Burrus, Brooks Co./Ronnie Baker, Thoamsville/Devin Edwards, Brooks Co./Sam Adams, Rabun Co./Fredrick Seabrough, Swainsboro/Zion Kemp, Dublin/Marcus Adams, Dublin/Rodney Daniel, Putnam Co./Javin Watley, Rockmart/Lashaun Lester, Chattooga/John Rainwater, Gordon Central/Jonah Daniel, Union Co./Quintavious Lockett, Douglass/Cameron Garnett, Harlem/Deondre Duehart, Northeast/Daylon Gordon, Dodge Co./Jaquez Smith, Hapeville Charter/Demetrius Coleman, Callaway/NaeSaan Dickerson, Hapeville Charter/JaCorey Long, Wasington/Zavier Carter, Hapeville Charter/Berrick Wadley, Dublin/Jeremy Stuckey, Dublin/Carlos Allen, Douglass/Vachon Raye, Washington/Rashad Whitehead BEST/Ty Cunningham, Oglethorpe Co./Hank Steed, Bremen/Makai Terry, Bremen/Chance Gamble, Fitzgerald/Jashawun Thornton, Thomasville/Nathan Coley, Dodge Co./Jamal Mahan, Dodge Co./Jalen Carter, Dublin/J’Shawn Baker, Brooks County/Keilyn Tyus, Lamar County/Jackson Akins, Heard County/Ernest Whitfield, Brooks Co./Chris Hudson, Butler/Jacoby Cottrell, Chattooga/Phillip Roberson, Rabun Co./Marcus Brown, Bleckley Co./Willie Chambers, Bleckley Co./Richard Stavley, Jefferson County/E’shawn Mayes, Hephzibah/DeCalvin Williams, Screven Co./Jaylin Burns, Vidalia/Jaden Wheeler, Berrien/Tray Owens, Heard Co./Qwen Moss, Elbert Co./Carlos Allen, Douglass/Rashad Whitehead, BEST/Jaiden Wofford, Hephzibah/D’Icey Hopkins, Northeast/Diondre Blackmon, Lamar Co./Malachi Morris, Spencer/Cedric Cullars, Harlem/Tyler Liggons, Pepperell/Jacobi Sims, Therrell/Payton Rhodes, Pepperell/Jamaal Thompson, Rockmart/Justin Isler, Temple/Ricardo Johnson, Thomasville/Chandler Lynn, Toombs County/Christian Ray, Jeff Davis/Riyon Adams, Vidalia/James Wood, Jeff Davis/Elijah Dekle, Metter/Elijah Oglesby, Metter/Brett Sterner, Harlem/Devonte Hightower, South Atlanta/Clay Crawford, Pepperell/Isaac Childers, Bremen/Nique Bell, BEST/Zion Wallace, Spencer/CJ Allen, Lamar Co./Armonie Sims, Swainsboro/Kevin Cochran, Thomasville/Jace Bennett, Banks Co./Sawyer Pace, Banks Co./Shamarian Greene, Monticello/Kyle Morlock, Union County/DeQuavion Harper, Fitzgerald/Marlin Dean, Elbert Co./Trey Cloud, Toombs Co./Micaiah Austin, Heard Co./Ja’Orcie Ransom, Harlem/JaCoby Hill, Northeast