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! Officially done with the Class 3-A Player of the year poll. Whoever wrote a script on the site to affect how people vote created a disaster, and I simply do not have the technical no-how to stop it. The Player of the Year vote is something that I have done every year with no problem, especially since I have moved to this new voting software. Every other classification has had no problem voting. Public, Private and 2-A all had over 10 k votes with zero issues. I have decided to make Malachi Thomas and Ladd McConkey Co-Players of the Year. I apologize for all of the issues. MORE ALL-STATE TEAMS
Pro – Jackson Hardy, GAC
Dual – Colby Clark, Jefferson
RB – Malachi Thomas, Hart Co.
RB – Chavon Wright, Cedar Grove
RB – Damozzio Harris, Jenkins
FLEX – Noah Whittington, Peach Co.
WR – Jaylon Barden, Westside-Macon
WR – Za’tarious Anderson, Monroe
TE – Cane Berrong, Hart Co.
OL – Luke Barlow, Benedictine
OL – Colton Oliver, Crisp Co.
OL – Keon Watson, Cedar Grove
OL – Avery Jernigan, Pierce Co.
OL – Terrance Ferguson, Peach Co.
OL – Myles Hinton, GAC
K – Caleb Bonesteel, Dawson Co.
ATH – Ladd McConkey, North Murray
DL – Spencer Helms, GAC
DL – Taurus Simmons, Jenkins
DL – Charlie Jackson, Monroe Area
DL – Kaimon Rucker, Hart Co.
DL/LB – Alvin Williams, Cedar Grove
LB – Isaiah Ratcliff, Cedar Grove
LB – Christopher Paul, Crisp Co.
LB – Jayren Fox, Crisp Co.
LB – Sergio Allen, Peach Co.
LB – Quavien Bell, Pierce Co.
DB – Anthony Henderson, Jackson
DB – Tee Denson, Cedar Grove
DB – Ronald Cooper, Jenkins
DB – Luke Volle, North Hall
DB – Riley Herndon, Dawson Co.
P – Tyler Curland, GAC
ATH – Markel Johnson, Liberty Co.
Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Jackson Hardy earns the pro-style spot on the All-State team. There were several candidates close in contention, but the senior’s play down the stretch solidified his position on this 3-A squad. During the playoffs, Hardy averaged 216.5 yards per game with a 104 QBR, leading his team to the semifinals where they ultimately loss to Cedar Grove 28-18. The Richmond signee finished off the year with a class leading 2701 yards passing and his 117.7 QBR was the highest of any QB with over 200 attempts. Our dual threat quarterback selection goes to Colby Clark from Jefferson. The Region Player of the Year was 3rd in the Class with 24 rushing touchdowns and amounted a total of 1646 yards of offense on the year. Clark did not throw the ball much, but executed his offense with excellence, and his 119.4 QBR was near the tops of any QB in 3-A. The 2020 student-athlete had a total of 33 touchdowns on the season.
Hart County junior Malachi Thomas took the classification by storm rushing for 1942 yards, 638 receiving yards and 282 in returns. All told the 2021 recruit ended up with 2862 all-purpose yards on the year and a gaudy 36 total touchdowns. Expect Thomas to be a coveted athlete in this next recruiting cycle. Taking the load this year at running back for Cedar Grove was Chavon Wright. His 1876 rushing yards was 2nd in the classification. The senior back had 140 yards in the state title game and multiple scores too. He averaged right at 8 yards per carry and had 22 touchdowns. Wright is uncommitted. Another junior makes the running back group with Damozzio Harris from Jenkins. The super-elusive back averaged 127.4 yards per game and 9.6 yards per carry which was 2nd in both categories in the classification. His 26 rushing touchdowns was also 2nd in 3-A. Taking the flex position is Noah Whittington for Peach County. The electric senior was a big play waiting to happen and averaged 10.3 yards per carry and 23.3 yards per reception. He averaged a total of 143.9 yards per game. The Western Kentucky signee totaled 1151 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019.
Headlining our receiver group is Jaylon Barden from Westside-Macon. Barden is a big time playmaker and led the classification with 1234 receiving yards, averaging 112.2 yards per game and 15 touchdowns on 68 receptions. The Pittsburgh signee accounted for literally 50% of the receiving yards on his team. Speaking of receivers who was targeted a lot, how about Za’Tarious Anderson from Monroe? The classification’s 2nd leading receiver had 1011 yards, which made up for over 60% of the passing yards on his team. He also hauled 11 touchdowns. Anderson was a big play waiting to happen and had 18.2 yards per catch. Making the tight end spot is Cane Berrong from Hart County. The junior Notre Dame commit had 486 yards receiving and led all tight ends in the class with 43 receptions. Berrong had 4 touchdowns on the year and was outstanding as a run blocker.
Benedictine senior Luke Barlow is the first in our offensive line group. The senior center really solidified his spot with his excellent play against Cedar Grove in the playoffs. He is a relentless blocker who moves well at the 2nd level and making key blocks out on the perimeter too. Colton Oliver is a mauling offensive linemen for Crisp County. The senior is a stout 300 lbs. and can flat out drill a defender when pulling across the line of scrimmage. Junior Keon Watson helped pave the for Cedar Groves’ dynamic rushing attack this year. Watson is a powerfully built junior prospect who should see a lot of interest from FBS programs this offseason. Avery Jernigan is a tough as nails offensive linemen out of Pierce County. The senior guided his team to an undefeated regular season and just signed his letter of intent with Auburn. Peach County offensive linemen Terrance Ferguson is a repeat All-State selection. The powerful left tackle was instrumental to Peach’s offensive output. Expect the junior prospect to field offers from some of the top programs in the country during this next recruiting cycle. Stanford commit Myles Hinton won Region Linemen of the Year in 2019. The ultra-athletic blocker is equally great as a run blocker as he is as a pass blocker.
Making the All-State spot at kicker is Caleb Bonesteel from Dawson County. The junior ended the year knocking in 13 of 17 attempts with a long of 52 yards. He had 26 touchbacks and a total of 88 points on the year. The first athlete spot goes to Ladd McConkey from North Murray. McConkey is one of the most elusive players in the entire state, and that helped him amount 924 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground while also throwing for 1771 yards and 20 touchdowns. McConkey won Region Athlete of the Year, but also made All-Region DB where he had 4 interceptions to which he brought back 3 for a score. McConkey was efficient returning kicks with 3 for 160 yards and a score, while also taking back 2 of his 4 punts for touchdowns. The senior ended up with 36 total touchdowns and helped North Murray win their first region title in school history.
Moving over to the defensive side of the ball where Spencer Helms from GAC makes the first linemen spot. The 6’4″ senior led his team in solo tackles with 63 and was a classification leader with 12 sacks on the year. Helms’ recruitment is wide open at this juncture. Taurus Simmons had a huge season with 24.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. The explosive Jenkins senior amounted a total of 81 tackles on the year – he won Region Defensive Player of the Year. Charlie Jackson clogged up the middle all season long against opposing offenses. The senior from Monroe area had 11 tackles for loss, but his ability to control the A gap had conventional run offenses vexed during region play. Jackson won Region Defensive Player of the Year. Kaimon Rucker was not completely healthy this year and missed 5 games, but still ended up with 10 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He was huge in the playoffs too, helping his Hart County team beat an undefeated Pierce County. Rucker will be suiting up for North Carolina next year. Colorado commit Alvin Williams had 14.5 sacks this season, which by our count led Class 3-A. He also totaled a whopping 29 tackles for loss. Williams is an explosive athlete who should have an early impact for Colorado.
Cedar Grove has been one of the most dominating teams in 3-A the last few years, and one big reason has been linebacker Isaiah Ratcliff. The senior once again led the classification in tackles with 162 total going into the state title game, and his 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks ranks him near the tops in both categories. The speedy linebacker remains unsigned but has a handful of P5 offers to choose from. Christopher Paul from Crisp was 2nd in 3-A in tackles with 157 on the year. He caused 4.5 sacks and had 1 forced fumble too. The junior recruit is hearing from a lot of P5 programs at the moment including Michigan State and Nebraska. His teammate Jayren Fox has been heavily slept on over the last year. The 6’2″ linebacker showed up big in 2019 with 146 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks. Sergio Allen earns his spot on the All-State team for the 2nd year in a row. The Clemson signee is a destructive presence out there on the field, leading his team in tackles while also scoring a defensive touchdown too. Last linebacker spot goes to Quavien Bell from Pierce County. The senior was voted Region Athlete of the Year, and rightfully so. He totaled 23 tackles for loss which ranks him near the tops in 3-A and also scored a defensive touchdown too. Bell suffered an injury as a junior, so 2019 was a redemption year for the class of 2020 athlete.
Taking the classification lead with 8 interceptions was Jackson defensive back Anthony Henderson. The quick corner has a very light backpedal and does a very good job of flipping his hips sticking with the receiver. Henderson also had right at 600 yards receiving. Cedar Grove defensive back Tee Denson totaled 3 interceptions this year. The 2020 prospect is very good in coverage but equally stepping up in the flat and lowering the boom on the ball carrier. Denson signed with Kansas State. Jenkins senior Ronald Cooper had 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2019, which got him the nod on our All-State team. The explosive prospect was voted Region Player of the Year. North Hall’s Luke Volle slid over to safety this year, so was not tested as much in the passing game like in 2018 when he play CB, but still hauled in 4 interceptions. Volle is a rangy defensive back prospect with excellent quickness and instincts at reading the play. Dawson County senior Riley Herndon had a huge season with 103 tackles and 7 interceptions. He was seemingly always in the right spot both in the run or passing game. Herndon also won Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Tyler Curland boomed out punts at a 38.3 average for Greater Atlanta Christian. The senior was equally good on kickoffs sending the ball deep into the endzone. The 2nd athlete spot goes to Markel Johnson out of Liberty County. The senior has made All-State on our site since he was a sophomore, usually due to his defensive efforts but in 2019 he went hog-wild on both sides. Johnson had 804 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns, while also hauling in 328 receiving yards at 23.6 yards per catch. On defense, he had 106 tackles averaging 11.8 per game which was the 3rd best in 3-A. Johnson also had 18 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 2 FF. His impact on both sides of the football was huge for Liberty County, and will go down as one of the school’s greatest players.
Jaqualin McGhee, Peach/Vic Dixon, Westside-Macon/Choe Bryant Strother, GAC/Sirad Bryant, Crisp Co./Gauge Stanley, Murray Co./Jake Reese, Benedictine/Emon Seay, Monroe/Beau Chaffin, Haralson Co./Micah Holman, North Hall/Treylyn Owensby, Fannin Co./Marquise Palmer, Crisp Co./Christian Thomas, GAC/Jacquez Williams, Jenkins/Donelius Johnson, Pierce Co./Mbiti Williams, Pace Acd./Tyrell Gibson, Appling County/Malachi Starks, Jefferson/Clete Cooper, East Hall/Zach Holtzclaw, Dawson Co./Patrick Blake, Jenkins,/Jaydon Gibson, Peach Co./Blaine McAllister, Lovett/Will Hallmark, Westminster/JT Fair, North Hall/Alexander Patrick, Jackson/Jalik Thomas, Central/AJ Lofton, Crisp/Nino Brown, East Jackson/Tyler Bride, GAC/Todd Thornburg, Lakeview-Oglethorpe/DJ Mitchell, Dawson Co./Mason Byron, Monroe Area/Quentel Jones, Peach Co./Austin Jernigan, Pierce Co./Malachi Thomas, Hart Co./Nick Mercer, Crisp Co./Darris Smith, Appling Co./Micah O’Neal, Fannin Co./Taurus Simmons, Jenkins/Clay Hyatt, Haralson Co./Preston Lavant, Crisp Co./ Kamron Moate, Crisp Co./John Dodd, Benedictine/Hunter Lanier, Coahulla Creek/Monte Maxwell, Hart Co./Malaki Starks, Jefferson/Kahlil Watkins, East Jackson/Dabarius Partee, Monroe Area/Dakohta Sonnichsen, Dawson Co./Trent Broadnax, Benedictine/Dorrian Smith, Peach Co./Danarius “DD” Hendricks, Monroe Area/Luke Holloway, Fannin Co./Gavin Stewart, Benedictine/Jessie Phelps, Rutland/Jerrian Hames, Calhoun/Trace Shumans, Appling Co./Brock Pavo, Liberty Co./Chris Stinson, Cedar Grove/Jordan Holmes, Beach/Anthonie Lattany, Brantley Co./Dylan Flood, North Murray/Jayland Parker, Westside-Macon/Daelan Smith, Peach Co./Justin Harris, Peach Co./Akelo Stone, Jenkins/Tyler Bride, GAC/Kenneth Mathis, Cook Co./Donsay Brown, Stone Mountain/Shaheim Bailey, Stone Mountain/D’Ante Tidwell, North Murray/Blade Bryant, Sonoraville/Dawson Hamby, Calhoun/J’Kobe Harris, Crisp/Malachi Gardner, Adairsville/Miles Johnson, Fannin County/Mason Bundy, Fannin County/Addison Nichols, GAC/Nate Nixon, North Hall/Jayden Thomas, Pace, Jaquez Williams, Redan/Janiran Bonner, Cedar Grove/Brandon Hall, Cedar Grove/Jeremiah Smith, Cedar Grove/Demarius Jackson, Cedar Grove/Antonio Taylor, Cedar Grove/Cooper Jensen, Monroe Area/Corbin Burton, Hart Co./Andrew King, Jackson Co./Dionte Bowens, Liberty Co./Treyon David, Long Co./Thorne Bryant, Appling Co./James Shellman IV, Islands/Zykeem Dumpson, Beach/Jaylen Wells, Beach/Jamario Blige, Windsor Forest/Michael Dixon, SE Bulloch/Seth Robertson, Morgan Co./Criston Foster, Morgan Co./Kade McNally, Jefferson/Aaron Hopkins, Lumpkin Co./Jehlen Cannady, Westside-Macon/Jarrett Pursley, East Jackson/Chris Brown, Islands/Trevon Locke, Benedictine/Joah Cash, Jenkins/Antavious Fish, Jackson/Christen Miller, Cedar Grove/Tyler Scott, Jackson/Michael Foster, Cook/Jamal McMillian, Cook/Landon Burrell, North Murray/Tiran Street, Monroe