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 Sunday at 2 PM for Player of the Year and you can only vote once per hour. – NOTE: we will blacklist IP address who choose to use a VPN to create fraudulent votes. Also, be sure to leave a comment down at the bottom of the page and share your thoughts! MORE ALL-STATE TEAMS
Pro – Matthew Williams, Sandy Creek
Dual – Michael Wright, Woodward Acd.
RB – Khiari McCoy, Carver-Columbus
RB – Elijah Green, Blessed Trinity
RB – Kobe Pryor, Cedartown
WR – Brent Carr, West Laurens
WR – Ze’Vian Capers, Denmark
WR – Seth Pressley, Chestatee
TE – Jake Johnson, Oconee Co.
OL – Jonah Gambill, Cartersville
OL – Jackson Filipowicz, Blessed Trinity
OL – Ty Furnish, Blessed Trinity
OL – Kobe McAllister, Heritage-Ringgold
OL – Travin Jones, Carver-Columbus
OL – Carsen Stocklinski, Oconee County
K – Aaron Werkheiser, Blessed Trinity
ATH – Brian Branch, Sandy Creek
DL – Justin Beadles, Sandy Creek
DL – Bradyn Swinson, Chapel Hill
DL – Spencer Dacus, West Laurens
DL – Mykel Williams, Hardaway
DL – Wesley Bently, Upson-Lee
LB – Aaron Washington, Woodward Acd.
LB – Deryk Jackson, West Laurens
LB – Adam Weynand, North Oconee
LB – Tyler Hare, Marist
LB/DB – Shane Bruce, Central-Carrollton
DB – Da’Shawn Elder, Oconee Co.
DB – Quinton Reese, Blessed Trinity
DB – Evan Slocum, Cartersville
DB – Chase Dial-Watson, Flowery Branch
DB – P.J. Larry, Americus-Sumter
P – Noah Jones, Cairo
SPEC – Terrance Roberts, Ridgeland
The trend of having two QB’s on our All-State team continues into 4-A, and leading off is Sandy Creek’s Matthew Williams. Earning the pro-style spot, the senior was the states 2nd leading passer with 3880 yards, and 40 touchdowns on the year. His 132 QBR led the classification and his average of 277.1 passing yards per game was 5th in the state. Williams came up big in important rivalry games, and made the biggest jump of any QB in the state over the last year with a 2000 yard increase in his passing totals. Williams was accurate too, completing right at 64% of his passes on a wopping 335 attempts. Woodward’s Michael Wright had some pretty staggering numbers himself. The senior do-it-all quarterback had a grand total of 50 touchdowns, which led the entire classification – by a good margin too. He threw for 2653 yards and 37 touchdowns with a 121.7 QBR. Wright also rushed the ball for 716 yards and 13 more scores. He led his team to a remarkable come from behind victory against Cartersville in the playoffs when they were down 28-14 in the 2nd half, but rallied back and ended up winning 31-28. The 2020 student-athlete will be taking his Wright-moves to Vanderbilt, where he signed this week.
Carver-Columbus cracked the top 10 for the first time in our site’s history, and Khiari McCoy was the main reason why. The senior led the classification with 1883 yards rushing (171 yards per game). His 10.8 yards per carry was tops in 4-A too. The ultra-quick back has incredible balance, which helped in route to 22 touchdowns on the year. Blessed Trinity’s Elijah Green was injured for part of the year, and even split snaps with freshman phenom Justice Haynes who was one of 4-A’s leading rushers too, but it is hard to argue against the North Carolina signee’s spot on this team. Green rushed for 149.6 yards per game for a grand total of 1646 yards. He had a great season, which was capitalized by his incredible playoff performance where he took over. Green rushed for a grand total of 884 yards and 11 touchdown during the postseason, and was flat out dominant in the state title with 200 yards rushing. The last running back to make the list is Kobe Pryor from Cedartown. The Clemson signee was Region Player of the Year, and with good reason. He rushed the ball for 1471 yards on 211 carries while also snagging 25 receptions for 358 yards too. The senior ended up with 1829 total yards from the line of scrimmage and a grand total of 16 touchdowns.
Leading the classification in receiving yards was West Laurens’ Brent Carr. The widely slept on receiver had 1387 yards on the year and 84 receptions, which led the classification. Don’t believe the hype yet? During the playoffs, Carr had 112 yards receiving and 6 receptions against the eventual state champions in Blessed Trinity. Auburn signee Ze’Vian Capers led Denmark in receiving and averaged 20.5 yards per catch, which was near the best in Georgia. Capers finished the year with 955 yards on 45 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He is definitely a player to watchout for on Saturdays. Chestatee senior Seth Pressley was Mr. Reliable again with a class leading 111.5 yards per game, but unlike last year, some of Pressley’s biggest games came against Chestatee’s toughest competition. Pressley was 2nd in the classification with 75 receptions on the year, and his deceptive quickness led to 8 touchdowns. Oconee County’s Jake Johnson lines up all over the place in their passing attack and he led the team 795 yards receiving. His 14 touchdowns tied Johnson for the most in Class 4-A. The 6’6″ pass-target is only a sophomore, but is already getting heavy P5 interest.
Cartersville’s Jonah Gambill is making the All-State team for the 2nd year in a row. The 2020 offensive linemen is very versatile and is a good blocker out in space. Jackson Filipowicz is one of the best pure blockers in the state, and helped paved the way for almost 4000 yards rushing in 2019. The senior will be suiting up for Army next year. Another Blessed Trinity linemen to make the list is Ty Furnish. The junior offensive linemen has excellent size at 6’4″ and an impressive motor, which creates open lanes for the dynamic backs to run through. Kobe McAllister was Co-Linemen of the Year in his region. The 6’6″ offensive tackle showed off his athleticism getting to the 2nd level and destroying defenseless defenders. He is signing on with Cincinnati. Travin Jones created some of those open holes for Khiari McCoy to run through, and gets the nod for All-State. The senior for Carver-Columbus is a big 6’4″ +300 lbs. linemen who craves pancakes. Carsen Stocklinksi is the 2nd junior to make the All-State o-line. The 6’3″ 265 lbs. two-way player was particularly impressive down the stretch, and helped Oconee get all the way to the state title game. Expect the junior to recruit to garner some college interest during this upcoming cycle.
Blessed Trinity’s Aaron Werkheiser was also extremely clutch, especially down the stretch in the playoffs. He went 12/17 on the season with a long of 46, but was 6/8 from November on. The 2020 recruit had a total of 81 points on the year. Sandy Creek’s Brian Branch easily wins the All-State athlete spot. His 1712 all-purpose yards, of which 1107 came in the passing game, indicates the Alabama commit will be an elite play-maker at the next level. Branch was tied for the lead with 14 touchdown receptions. On defense, he had 41 tackles and was a turnover machine with 6 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
Moving over to defense, and Justin Beadles makes the All-State team. It was just a few years ago that Beadles came across as a raw talent, but it all really came together senior year where he had 13 tackles for loss and 9 sacks on the year. Chapel Hill senior Bradyn Swinson makes his return to the All-State team. The powerful defensive linemen was named Region Defensive Player of the Year and signed on to Oregon. Spencer Dacus out of West Laurens had a total of 18 tackles for loss and was one of the classification leaders with 13 sacks. Dacus, who is also a big time wrestler, has a huge motor and makes tackles from sideline to sideline. He won Region Defensive Player of the Year and still unsigned. Fire the alarm, we have a sophomore making the All-State team, and it’s Hardway’s Mykel Williams. The 2022 recruit was near the tops in 4-A with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Watchout for the powerful 6’4″ defensive linemen, he already shows very good hands getting off blocks and should become a coveted P5 recruit this offseason. Wesley Bently is an explosive pass-rusher from Upson-Lee who ended up with 15 tackles for loss and 9 sacks too. At 6’3″ and nice acceleration, the junior does a very nice job of getting off his block and creating havoc in the backfield.
Aaron Washington earns the All-State linebacker spot. The 2020 defender was named Region Player of the Year, and with good reason. Washington laid the boom to the tune of 110 tackles, 81 of which were solo, and 15 tackles for loss. Washington signed on with Bowling Green. Deryk Jackson from West laurens was one of the classification leaders with 129 tackles on the year, 12 of which were for a loss. He was also a sack leader with 9. Jackson has averaged over hundred tackles since his sophomore year and signed with Kentucky this week. Adam Weynand just earned a chance to play on the Nevada football team earlier this week, and now makes the All-State team. The 2020 linebacker was named Region Defensive Player of the Year and totaled 116 tackles, 20 hurries and a few sacks, while also getting a lot of reps at running back. Tyler Hare out of Marist is a really impressive junior who won Region Defensive Player of the Year. At the time of writing this, we could not unearth the linebacker’s 2019 stats, but just take a moment and watch his film. The junior fills a hole like a bucket of water! Making the last spot, and this one is more of a hybrid role at that, is Shane Bruce out of Central-Carrollton. His squad had a sneaky-good defense in 2019, and Bruce had a huge impact even getting 3 defensive scores. The senior just signed on with Coastal Carolina, and earned Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Swinson out of Chapel Hill.
Oconee’s defense was very good in 2019, and Da’Shawn Elder patrolling the sideline certainly helped. He ended up with 6 interceptions on the year, and maybe even more impressive was his 8 tackles for loss at the cornerback spot – not typical of that position. Elder is unsigned and heavily slept on. Quinton Reese from Blessed Trinity locked down some of the best receivers in 4-A this year. He ended up with 3 interceptions and came up clutch during the state title with 3 pass break-ups. Reese is also unsigned. Evan Slocum from Cartersville really did everything for the purple Hurricanes, including his stellar play at safety. He had several interceptions in the redzone while also performing textbook tackles in the open field. The junior is one of the better recruits in the class of 2021. Chase Dial-Watson out of Flowery Branch was one of the leaders in interceptions in 4-A with 7. The senior, who is a big-hitter, had 60 tackles and also a forced fumble. He is unsigned. P.J. Larry from Americus-Sumter was a surprise initially when making this list, as most did not expect the senior to emerge as the Region Defensive Player of the Year at the start of 2019. The powerful defensive back ended up with 4 interceptions, and also laid the boom on unsuspecting receivers. Consider Larry a pretty big sleeper that is still uncommitted in this class.
Noah Jones from Cairo wins a hotly contested punter spot that was almost two tight to call. The senior average 43.7 yards per punt with a long of 71 yards, which led Class 4-A. His 79% touchback rate is also extremely impressive. Terrance Roberts makes the special teams spot, which admittedly, is a unique position for our All-State team. Roberts returned two kicks back and also had several blocks punt/kicks on the year. Also returnmen beware – Roberts is a headhunter in special teams coverage. His role was not relegated to just special teams either, in fact, Roberts was Region Player of the Year, where he also carried the ball, and played linebacker. The tough 2020 prospect is still unsigned.
Mark Anthony Dixon, Troup/Lilvasco Winfrey, Thomson/Enrico Harden, Mary Persons/Ezra King, Eastside/Hunter Sellers, Woodward Acd./Javon Bullard, Baldwin/Colby Smith, Madison Co./Daniel Dorsey, West Laurens/Tyren Mobley, Perry/Joshua Moore, Marist/Henry Vassell, SE Whitfield/Alan Wright, Woodward Acd./Justin Bradford, Denamrk/Ryan Dupont, Blessed Trinity/West Weeks, Oconee/Nolan Johnson, Sandy Creek/Ta’Darious Davis, Richmond Academy/Jordan Mitchell, Sandy Creek/Lane Phillips, Heritage-Ringgold/Clayton Walczuk, Flowery Branch/Jordan Wall, Baldwin/CJ Ford, Denmark/Dayne Shor, Denmark/Matthew Surrett, Cartersville/Ahmad Jackson, Sandy Creek/Kobe Hudson, Troup/Rashad Amos, Sandy Creek/Markell Ware, Cross Creek/Ty Glenn, Cairo/Eric Aldridge, Americus-Sumter/Ben Noland, Oconee Co./Carson Harof, Blessed Trinity/Zaahir Salahuddin, Baldwin/Connor Cigelski, Marist/Lincoln Parker, Marist/Justice Haynes, Blessed Trinity/Tee Webb, Cartersville/AJ Mathis, West Laurens/Max Johnson, Oconee Co./Aaron McLaughlin, Denmark/CJ Streicher, Pickens/Hudson Spurlock, Stephens Co./Amir Harper, Shaw/Trey Williams, Troup/Devonte Ross, Cartersville/Jacyais Credle, Carver/Jordyn Williams, Westover/Ambe Caldwell, Woodward/Colby Smith, Madison Co./Kobe Pryor, Cedartown/Jakeveon Upshaw, Hardaway/Maddox Jackson, Upson Lee/Robbie James, Chestatee/Jordan McCamish, NW Whitfield/Max Brown, Oconee/Daniel Lindo, West Laurens/Shane Bruce, Central-Carrollton/Kevin Maben, Shaw/Andre Jackson, Mary Persons/Thomas Warren, Mary Persons, Errington Truesdell, Woodward/Ja’Maian Stokes, Perry/Reginald Lanier, Hardaway/Skyler Lewis, Thomson/ Creek/CJ Demicco, Perry/Jackson Hamilton, Blessed Trinity/Dennard Flowers, Hampton/Ozzie Hoffler, Woodward Academy/Harrison Halder, Denmark/Derrius Hayes, Upson Lee/Nick Martin, Central Carrollton/Charles Miller, Lagrange/Tucker Lowe, Pickens/Cody Jones, Sandy Creek/JaQuan Jackson, Howard/Jason Parham, Howard/James Mayfield, Woodward Acd./Davis Golick, Woodward/Orri Roberts, McDonough/Kooper Pardee, NW Whitfield/Matthew Peters, Cairo/Ethan Brown, Thomason/Richard Bowen, Marist/Grayson Gilder, Blessed Trinity/Arthur Marsdan, Denmark/Nick Carozza, Denmark/Chandler Watson, Flowery Branch/J.Ben Haynes, White Co./Royce White, Troup/Ross Helton, Central-Carrollton/Amarai Orr, Cartersville/Qua Bowles, LaGrange/CJ Washington, Cedartown/Aiden Sanchez, Pickens/Bailey Cannady, Pickens/Jamario Clements, Lafayette/Jordan Blackwell, Ridgeland/La’Kwayme Jupiter, Cartersville/Eric Gardiner, Sandy Creek/Kyle Perry, Hampton/Zaire Flournoy, Chapel Hill/Bryson Lofton, Southeast Whitfield/Conner Middleton, Ridgeland/Win Davidson, Howard/Nate Howard, Mary Persons/Jacorrei Turner, Woodward Academy/Jeffery Haynes, Eastside/Xavier Eutsey, Salem/Miles Norris-Nobles, Druid Hills/Bryant Byrd, Eastside/Cab Bennett, Woodward Academy/Jamel Goulbourne, Salem/Terry Essex, North Clayton/Joseph Miller, St. Pius/Nick Saunders, Oconee County/Will Albright, North Oconee/Casey Ver Meulen, St. Pius/AJ Stokes, Americus-Sumter/Tre Peterson, Columbus/Ja’Corey Harper, Carver/Deion Lacy, Shaw/Cameron Bergeron, Westover/Trevian Thomas, Americus-Sumter/Isaiah Donaldson, Dougherty/Devin Riles, Carver/Donald Casey, Thomson/Rodney Lazenby, Thomson/Leon McGee, Burke Co./Jamon Fanning, Thomson/Khari Gee, Woodward/James Bryant, Blessed Trinity/Justin Coleman, Oconee Co./Noah Mallard, Denmark/Connor Mayfield, Flowery Branch/Zach Burchfield, Denmark/Colby Brookshire, Flowery Branch/Tay Solomon, Cairo/Sam Randolph, Heritage-Ringgold