Here are this year’s Class 4-A All-State selections. Player of the Year voting is down below (only one vote per hour), there are 4 players nominated and voting ends on Friday night at 9 pm. View more All-State teams by clicking HERE. Share your thoughts, leave a comment at the bottom of the page! Editor’s note: I mixed up career stats with season for Jamari Brown and have made changes. Sorry for the mistake everyone!
QB – Kobe Hudson, Troup
RB – Steele Chambers, Blessed Trinity
RB – Tahj Gary, Woodward Acd.
RB – Quen Wilson, Mary Persons
WR – Ze’Vian Capers, Denmark
WR – Davion Ross, Perry
WR – Ryan Davis, Blessed Trinity
TE – Jackson Lowe, Cartersville
OL – Matthew Porter Flowery Branch
OL – Caleb Jones, North Oconee
OL – Luke Byrne, Mary Persons
OL – Noah Davis, Mary Persons
OL – Aidan Sanchez, Pickens
OL – Jonah Gambill, Cartersville
ATH – Jake Smith, Blessed Trinity
K – Noah Jones, Cairo
DL – Jalen Clark, Marist
DL – Dacorrion West, Carver-COL
DL – Bradyn Swinson, Chapel Hill
DL – King Mwikuta, Troup
DL – Bobby Harris, Cartersville
LB – Travon Walker, Upson-Lee
LB – Dexter Fitzpatrick, LaGrange
LB – JD Bertrand, Blessed Trinity
LB – JT Dukes, North Oconee
LB – Jamie Pettway, Westover
DB – Keevan Bailey, Salem
DB – Nic Toomer, Sandy Creek
DB – Desmond Williams, Mary Persons
DB – Zach Ranson, St. Pius
DB – Jamari Brown, Eastside
ATH – Kyle Hamilton, Marist
P – Wesley Kuhn, LaGrange
Troup’s Kobe Hudson was on fire this season, especially during the playoffs where he led his team to the state semifinals before losing to the eventual state champions in Blessed Trinity. Hudson transitioned over to QB this year from WR, and had the Tiger tempo offensive pulse moving at a fast pace. Hudson’s 3386 yards passing and 32 touchdowns through the air was the top of 4-A. He also rushing for 1410 yards and 18 scores, which was also near the top in 4-A. The Troup junior finished the year off with 4796 yards and a total of 50 touchdowns – the only red mark being his 13 interceptions. His clutch play in the month of November gives him the nod over the competition.
Blessed Trinity’s Steele Chambers capped off his HS career with his 2nd state championship, The senior rushed for 1680 yards, a 7.5 yard avg. per carry to go along with 25 touchdowns. The Ohio State signee also had 56 tackles and 9 tackles for loss on defense. Tahj Gary won Region Athlete of the Year for the 2nd time in a row. The versatile offensive playmaker rushed for 1219 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 537 yards receiving and 7 scores. His 19.9 yards per catch is staggering for a RB. The Woodward Academy senior is headed to Virginia Tech. Quen Wilson out of Mary Persons compiled a special offensive season with 1535 yards rushing, 8.7 yards per carry and 25 touchdowns. He also hurt defenses through the air with 443 yards, 17.7 yard per catch avg, and 4 touchdowns. He finished right under 2000 total yards with 1978.
Ze’Vian Capers was snubbed from the Preseason All-State team, and came into 2018 with a chip on his shoulder. The junior out Denmark averaged 118 yard per game, and was near the top with 1182 yards receiving on the year and 11 touchdowns. The junior out of Denmark is hearing a lot from Clemson and Arkansas at the moment. Perry’s explosive wide receiver Davion Ross was named Athlete of the Year in his region after his stellar season. The senior had 70 receptions on the year, which he hauled in for 983 yards receiving, and 10 total touchdowns. Ross is one of the more explosive players in the state. Blessed Trinity’s Ryan Davis had almost 50% of his team’s receiving yards this year with 975 yards on the year. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch and had 10 scores. Davis has some of the best hands in the state of Georgia, and just a great feel for the game. Jackson Lowe had 6 touchdowns, and 469 yards receiving in 2018. The Cartersville tight end averaged right at 13.8 yards per reception, and caught 34 balls on the year.
Flowery Branch’s Matthew Porter dominated his side of the line of scrimmage in 2018. The senior used his good size, and improved quickness to get the edge on most defenders, resulting in a lot of pancakes. Caleb Jones out of North Oconee was a preseason surprise for most, but the senior definitely lived up to the billing. With excellent size at 6’5″ and 285 lbs., Jones can just physically man-handle defenders in both pass-pro and run blockign. Luke Byrne from Mary Persons is a hard working linemen who really emerged in 2018. Not exactly on our radar, but at 6’4″ and 255 lbs. Byrne shows the athletic ability to make tough blocks up at the 2nd level. His teammate Noah Davis recovered from a pretty serious injury a year back, and looked back to 100% in 2018. The Mary Persons senior played left tackle this year, as he is there most versatile and consistent blocker on a team that racked up serious yardage. Pickens finished the regular season ranked in the top 10, and junior offensive linemen Aidan Sanchez was a huge reason why. The Dragons offensive was humming all year, and Sanchez demonstrated an outstanding blend of pass and run blocking during the fall. His name is Jonah Gambill, and at Cartersville, he carried the wheel, at least on the offensive line. The big 6’4″ junior is a deceptively athletic player who paved the way for a +1500 yard rusher and a quarterback who threw just south of 3000 yards.
We are picking two athletes in 4-A, and for the more offensive pick, we chose Jake Smith from Blessed Trinity. The QB was the most efficient player in 4-A with 21 touchdowns and just 1 interception. He threw for 1933 yards and had a total of 25 touchdowns for the Titans. Smith also played defense where he had 36 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns roaming around at safety. Noah Jones out Cairo was the most effective specialist in 4-A. With 53 of his 81 kickoffs going for touchbacks, and knocking in a classification leading 10 field goals, it’s really hard to argue any other kicker getting this spot. The sophomore was also one of the top punters too.
Jalen Clark out of Marist finished the year near the top of 4-A with 16 sacks, while also totaling 27 tackles for loss, and 4 forced fumbles. Clark is a very quick edge rusher who relentless getting into the backfield. The senior still remains a heavily under recruited player despite two great seasons in a row. Dacorrion West out of Carver-Columbus clogged up the middle, and showed an improved motor moving to the football. His ability to get into the backfield at the 300 lbs. is a tough matchup for most 4-A offensive linemen. West signed with Jacksonville State. Bradyn Swinson averaged 7.8 tackles per game, while also securing 25 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. The Chapel Hill junior already has the eye of several FBS schools and holds an early P5 offer from Wake Forest. King Mwikuta has always looked like an elite football player, and this year he produced well, getting into the backfield with regularity. Had several multi-sack games in the playoffs. Mwikuti’s versatility to either rush the quarterback or get out in pass coverage and make plays in space created unique matchups for Troup. Bobby Harris out Cartersville was right at the top of the classification with 25 tackles for loss. The top edge rusher for the state runner-ups saw consistent double teams. He is hearing from D2 programs at the moment.
Travon Walker is a special athlete. It’s really bizarre to see a guy with his size play linebacker and then move across the defensive line, but his agility and hustle after the football is elite. The Upson-Lee senior is one of the best athletes in Georgia and signed with UGA. Dexter Fitzpatrick earned Region Defensive Player of the Year with his classification leading 182 tackles (89 solo tackles). Averaging right at 18 tackles per game, Fitzpatrick also loaded up with 26.5 tackles for loss too. The LaGrange senior is a fully-qualified recruit who is primarily hearing from FCS and D2 programs at the moment. JD Bertrand was the dominating force in the middle of the Blessed Trinity defense for one more season. The 2019 student-athlete started all 4 year and this fall won Region Defensive Player of the Year. The Notre Dame commit totaled 83 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 4 sacks. North Oconee’s JT Dukes earns an All-State spot after his 131 tackle performance this fall. Leading North Oconee to their first top 10 finish, Dukes was voted the Region Defensive Player of the Year. Another Region Defensive Player of the Year (noticing a trend yet?) making the All-State team is Jamie “Demolition Man” Pettway from Westover. The senior linebacker had 91 tackles, 3 INT’s and is well known across the state as one of the biggest hitters.
Salem’s pass defense was on lock this year, and Keevan Bailey was right at the top of the 4-A leaderboard with 7 interceptions. The fleet-footed senior signed with Colorado State. Nic Toomer, a Stanford signee from Sandy Creek, had five interceptions on the season. The outstanding defensive back is one of the best at high-pointing the football on the defensive side in Georgia. Another Mary Persons player made our All-State team in Desmond Williams. The outstanding defensive back capped off the year with 7 interceptions, and earned Region Defensive Player of the Year honors as well. St. Pius senior Zach Ranson is one of the best two-way players in the classification and makes the defensive back slot for this team. The Wake Forest signee has spot on footwork, never seems to take a miss-step, and always around the football. Jamari Brown from Eastside finished the year with 81 tackles, and caused 3 turnovers. Brown led his Eastside team to a top 10 finish in the regular season with excellent pass coverage skills that blanketed wide receivers.
In a classification filled with prolific athletes, Kyle Hamilton might just be at the top. The Marist safety had 50 solo tackles on the year to go along with 7 pass breakups and 6 interceptions. He was also voted specialist of the year in his region. Hamilton signed with Notre Dame – be on the lookout for the 2019 recruit in the coming years. LaGrange’s Wesley Kuhn led the classification with a 41.7 yard per punt average and also led the class with 18 punts planted inside the 20.