Here is our 2017 All-State selections for Class 2-A! Underneath we wrote about each player selected, our thoughts and various stats that we found. Be sure to VOTE for our Class 2-A Player of the Year (you can vote only once). Voting will end at 9 PM on Sunday 12/17. Also, leave a comment down below! Check out additional All-State selections by clicking HERE.
QB – Bailey Fisher, Rabun Co.
RB – Zabrion Whatley, Rockmart
RB – AJ Brown, Harlem
RB – Keshawn Morgan, Toombs Co.
RB/WR – Travis Blackshear, Benedictine
WR – Ty King, Jefferson Co.
WR – Cole Keener, Rabun Co.
WR – Jaden Moreland, Heard Co.
TE – Katerian Legrone, B.E.S.T. Academy
OL – Jarrett Heath, Early Co.
OL – Keiondre Jones, Callaway
OL – Ousman Traore, Hapeville Charter
OL – Harrison Sheeler, Jeff Davis
OL – Waylin Bell, Harlem
OL – Dustin Pope, Chattooga
K – Carl Blackmore, Thomasville
ATH – Aaron Beasley, Heard Co.
DL – Kingsley Enagbare, Hapeville Charter
DL – CJ Wright, Screven Co.
DL – Kierron Smith, Fitzgerald
DL – Caleb Kelly, Hapeville Charter
DL – Richard Benton, B.E.S.T. Academy
LB – Kendrick Wade, Brooks Co.
LB – Keshawn Robinson, Screven Co.
LB – Randy Green, Southwest-Macon
LB – Jonathan Leonard, Callaway
LB – Andrew Leak, Heard Co.
DB – Tay Huff, Elbert Co.
DB – Christopher Smith, Hapeville Charter
DB – Karey Lee, Thomasville
DB – Courtney Williams, Callaway
DB – Jakeen Harris, Benedictine
P – Peyton Bush, Dodge Co.
RET – Austin Jones, Rabun Co.
Honorable Mention: Malik Fleming, Brent Silvar, Willie Green, Austin Bedsole, Emory Jones, Emannuel Mann, Jadin Johnson, Preston Daniels, Erick Hicks, Cullin Collins, Hajj-Malik Williams, Kevin Cochran, Kirvanta Johnson, Andunte Devereux, Sean Brown, Micah Lawson, Keshawn Cameron, Jalen Thompson, Keshawn Robinson, Rodricus Fitten, Quinton Arnold, Anthony Nesby, Rahjon Holden, Gavyn Jones, Charlie Thomas, Blaine Gibson, Tyleek Collins, JT Rice, Juan Powell, DJ “Flea” Winters, Trevor Thomas, DyQuan Bloodsaw, Daniel Lavender, Kobe Jackson, Evan Hodges, Davonte Webster, Ryan Dove, Tyquan Johnson, Jonah Griffin, Nick Iannone, Jalyn Williams, Ant Daniels, Jaylene Kirby, Travis Byars, Craig Johnson, Lagondric Snell, & Dennis Jackson
The quarterback position in Class AA features a deep group of talented players who are some of the best in Georgia. Bailey Fisher from Rabun County headlines the group and earns All-State honors due to his tremendous season. The senior leads the classification with 3,145 yards passing and is extremely efficient completing 72 percent of his passes, which ranks him third in the state. His 144.2 QBR is tops in Class AA, and his 40 touchdowns and four interceptions are just an astounding stat line. He doesn’t just toss the pigskin, though, and Fisher has accounted for 1,175 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns.
Zabrion Whatley from Rockmart had 1,409 yards on the season, and his 13 yards per carry ranks him at the top of Class AA. The prolific sprinter only had 108 rushes and scored 20 touchdowns – that is a score nearly one out of every five times he touches the football. Harlem’s AJ Brown had himself a special season rushing for 1,570 yards in just 10 games. He averaged nearly a first down every time he carried the football and had 18 rushing scores with a long of 96 yards. Keshawn Morgan led his squad to a 10-2 record on the year and rushed for 1,522 yards, 20 TDs on 193 carries. The senior holds several FBS offers and is a major load with the ball. He can break through multiple tacklers with relative ease. Travis Blackshear had a great season rushing ball for 1,444 yards, 19 touchdowns while also making 26 receptions for 548 yards and seven touchdowns. The ultra-athletic senior was just under 2,000 yards on the season and is hearing from a wide range of colleges at this moment.
Ty King easily takes a spot as an All-State wide receiver. The senior from Jefferson County has moves on top of his moves and can shake a defender inside an elevator. He had 1,305 yards receiving, and his 25 receiving touchdowns led the state of Georgia. Cole Keener from Rabun County played great this year and is currently sitting on 1,000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. The senior has elite hand-eye coordination, catching almost everything thrown at him this year. He is also the Class AA interceptions leader with 10. For our preseason picks, Jaden Moreland was on the defensive side of the ball, but after totaling 1,187 receiving yards on just 39 receptions, it’s easy to slide him over to offense. The Heard County senior led Class AA averaging 30.4 yards per catch and had seven touchdowns. B.E.S.T. senior tight end Katerian Legrone had a little over 800 yards receiving and five touchdowns. The senior is being heavily recruited by Central Florida and Nebraska – he averaged 68 receiving yards per game.
Early County senior offensive lineman Jarrett Heath is a smash-mouth style of lineman. He is currently receiving interest from FCS and D2 schools. Callaway’s dominating junior lineman Keiondre Jones had 39 pancakes on the year and paved the way for two 1000 yard rushers. He has the versatility and athleticism that has every Power 5 school in the country after him. Ousman Traore has really taken his game up a notch and is the cornerstone in Hapeville Charter’s balanced offensive attack. Army, Southern, The Citadel and Howard have all offered the 6’3″, 320-pound offensive lineman. Harrison Sheeler is a 2018 center who is a powerful run-blocking technician. The Jeff Davis senior is extremely strong at the point of attack and shows elite leg drive while engaged with his man. Waylin Bell paved the way for his All-State running back at Harlem. The 6’3″, 300-pound senior was one of the most productive players in Class AA and is a major sleeper, but expect his recruitment to heat up soon. Dustin Pope from Chattooga has been one of the top linemen in Class AA for the last few years. The 6’6″, +300-pound lineman now has double-digit offers led by Indiana State currently.
Thomasville’s senior kicker Carl Blackmore takes the All-State kicker spot. He has a long of 57 yards and scored a total of 92 points this year which ranked him 2nd in the classification. His powerful leg sent 66 of 90 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Heard County’s Aaron Beasley is one of the best players in the class of 2019, and this most recent season proves it. On the offensive side of the ball, he led the entire classification in rushing with 1,749 yards and 29 rushing touchdowns. On defense he totaled 66 tackles, six for a loss, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and a defensive score. He is a natural playing the game.
Hapeville Charter defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare was just recently named Region 6-AA Defensive Player of the Year. The senior is the most dominating lineman on either side of the ball in Class AA and will be heading to South Carolina. CJ Wright from Screven finished the year with 71 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. The versatile big man did this while also rushing for nearly 700 yards. Fitzgerald defensive tackle Kierron Smith had 90 tackles this year and lived in opponents’ backfields with five sacks and 25 tackles for a loss. The senior just re-opened his recruitment after being committed to Navy. Playing alongside Enagbare is his Hapeville Charter teammate Caleb Kelly. The senior is lightning-quick getting out of his stance and is relentless in pursuit of the ball-carrier. Stanford is making a strong push in the month of December. B.E.S.T. Academy junior Richard Benton had another double-digit sack season with 15. His elite pass-rush skills and speed out of his stance are sure to get a lot of colleges interested this offseason.
Brooks County senior Kendrick Wade did a little bit of everything for his squad. He totaled 56 solo tackles, 16 of which were for a loss. The speedy linebacker also had two interceptions and broke up countless passes. Keshawn Robinson from Screven County ended up with 132 tackles. The lanky senior flows to the football with elite acceleration, producing 16.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Class of 2019 linebacker Randy Green has consistently been the best in Class AA for his sophomore and junior seasons. This year, he easily led the classification with 96 solos, 151 total tackles and was near the top with 20 tackles for loss. Green is a heat-seeking missile with elite field awareness. He also had four interceptions and one forced fumble. Jonathan Leonard was a key figure playing in the middle of the Callaway defense, where he contributed 145 tackles, four sacks and 18 TFLs. His play of the year came on a one-handed interception that he returned for a score. Heard County junior Andrew Leak had 139 tackles (45 solo) while also being a turnover magnet for his team. He recovered four fumbles, causing three as well, and picked off three passes. He broke the single-season tackles record this year, which dates back to Jeremiah Hill in 2006.
Elbert County’s Athlete of the Year Tay Huff had five interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. The fleet-footed defensive back can play safety or cornerback and has great anticipation as a ball hawk. Christopher Smith from Hapeville Charter is undoubtedly the best defensive back in Class AA. The senior does not garner too many stats, but that is due to the fact that his opponent cannot get open, ever. He will be suiting up for UGA next fall. Karey Lee was a leader in the classification with eight interceptions. The Thomasville defensive back attacks the football and climbs the ladder when going up for a pick. He earned Region 1-AA Defensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts. Courtney Williams did everything for his Callaway squad whether he was on offense, defense or special teams. He is a devastating hitter with Power 5 size roaming the middle. Benedictine junior defensive back Jakeen Harris had an outstanding season with over 100 tackles and five interceptions. The speedy defensive back was named Region 2-AA Co-Defensive Player of the Year. This will be a big offseason for the 2019 recruit, and we expect a slew of colleges will be in pursuit.
Peyton Bush from Dodge County was the most consistent specialist in Class AA. The junior averaged right at 40 yards per punt and had a long of 58 yards. Rabun County junior Austin Jones had an unbelievable season and produced in all three phases of the game, but on special teams, he is in a league of his own. The class of 2019 athlete totaled 486 punt return yards with three touchdowns and averaged an amazing 24.3 yards per return. He was a classification leader this fall in solo tackles at 73 and had five picks.