Here is our 2017 All-State selections for Class 4-A! Underneath we wrote about each player selected, our thoughts and various stats that we found. Be sure to VOTE for our Class 4-A Player of the Year (you can vote only once). Voting will end at 10 PM on Thursday 12/21. Also, leave a comment down below! Check out additional All-State selections by clicking HERE.
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
RB – Kobe Lewis, Americus-Sumter
RB – Colby Wood, Jefferson
RB – Tahj Gary, Woodward
WR – Jamari Thrash, Troup
WR – Luke Grant, Heritage
WR – Jatavious Harris, Baldwin
WR – Ryan Davis, Blessed Trinity
TE – Oscar Gonzalez, SE Whifield
OL – Peter Renkoski, Blessed Trinity
OL – Fred Norman, Ridgeland
OL – Riley Maynard, Cairo
OL – Sam Barczak, Sandy Creek
OL – Lamarius Benson, Eastside
OL – Nick Root, Cartersville
K – Jonathan Cruz, Cartersville
ATH – Steele Chambers, Blessed Trinity
DL – JR Bivens, Blessed Trinity
DL – Daniel Lavelle, Mary Persons
DL – Travon Walker, Upson-Lee
DL – Quentavious Morant, Howard
DL/LB – Jacorey Johns, Cartersville
LB – Paul Stanley, Marist
LB – Jatorian Hansford, Mary Persons
LB – Ben Deal, West Laurens
LB – Caleb Johnson, Northside-Col.
LB – Zaine Burton, Heritage
DB – Damari Kelly, Burke
DB – Christian Tutt, Thomson
DB – Milton Adams, Baldwin
DB – Kyle Hamilton, Marist
DB – Markeith Montgomery, Ridgeland
P – Steven Martinez, Chestatee
RET – Ryan Carter, Heritage
Honorable Mention: Marco Lee, Logan Garner, Conner Middleton, Andrew Ogletree, Luke Johns, Zach Goins, Derayl Helton, Montez Crowe, Jarius Thomas, Josh Taylor, JD Bertrand, Tajh Vicks, TJ Shelton, Miles Richardson, Jordan Hughley, Jake Smith, Jalyn Shelton, Nick Lyles, AJ Payne, Malcolm Mercer, Braelin Williams, Aaron Hall, John Fitzpatrick, TJ Peavy, Marshall Golick, Zach Goss, Robert Davis, Alexander Rivera, Marco Dinkins, King Mwikuta, Trevon Wofford, Cruz Rodriguez, Connor Brown, Elijah Mayes, Doryan Gorham, Tahj Vicks, DeMarcus Mitchell, Nick Lyles, Demetrius Winters, Nyvin Nelson, TJ Horton, Kaleb Crane, John Burnett, Josiah Hastey, Hunter Hermann, Jakhari White, Jamari Brown, Tim Allen, Makari Pruitt, Jaylon Lackey & Ladamion Sands
Cartersville senior Trevor Lawrence played the best season of his high school career despite his team falling out of the playoffs earlier than he would have wanted. The 2-time state champion and all-time Georgia leading passer threw for 40 touchdowns and just one interception, which gave the Clemson commit the highest passer rating in Georgia at 151. Lawrence threw for 3,148 yards and had a career-high completion percentage of 70.9, which was a significant increase from the year before.
Americus-Sumter running Kobe Lewis finished the year with 1,734 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. The talented running back averaged 144 yards per game, which placed him near the top in Class 4-A. Colby Wood had 1,539 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns while also hauling in 270 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. The Wofford commit had a total of 2,053 all-purpose yards this season while also totaling 45 tackles on defense. Tahj Gary is the clear front-runner for top all-purpose back in the class of 2019. The Woodward standout had 1,300 yards rushing and an additional 790 yards receiving. He totaled 30 touchdowns on the season and already holds double-digit FBS offers.
Jamari Thrash from Troup led the classification with 1,410 yards receiving. He is a big-play threat and averaged 23.1 yards per catch while also tallying 18 scores. Heritage’s Luke Grant was near the top in receiving numbers with 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns. His elite hands hauled in 64 catches on the year. Jatavious Harris from Baldwin had right at 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. The playmaking receiver has been a longtime Tennessee commit but opened up his recruitment after the staff change. Blessed Trinity receiver Ryan Davis made the biggest catch of the season in Class 4-A with a late grab against Cartersville to give his team the go-ahead score. The junior with sticky hands had 1,273 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Oscar Gonzales totaled 891 yards receiving on 47 receptions. That’s a 19-yard-per catch average for the Southest Whitfield senior. His 13 touchdowns rank him near the top of the classification as well.
Peter Renkoski paved the way for two 1,300-yard rushers at Blessed Trinity. The road-grading senior is really quick pulling across the line of scrimmage and can deliver explosive blocks downfield. Fred Norman crushed defensive lines with his massive body. The junior from Ridgeland is extremely athletic with his 6’6″, 300-pound frame. Riley Maynard is a senior from Cairo who was extremely effective in the trenches this year. He has good size, a tough demeanor and strong hands. Sam Barczak is one of the most athletic linemen in the state of Georgia. He can get upfield in a hurry and make massive blocks at the next level. Lamarius Benson is a bully in the middle. The powerful Eastside lineman has incredible raw power up top and can send a player flying. He is committed to South Carolina. Nick Root has been a steady cog on the offensive line for 3 years at Cartersville and was once again their top linemen. The senior is a tough player with a true passion for the game.
Jonathan Cruz from Cartersville didn’t get a ton of field-goal opportunities, but when he did, he sent them high and far. The Cartersville kicker has unbelievable leg strength and can consistently kick the ball into the back of the end zone on kickoffs. Steele Chambers led his squad to the state title game rushing for 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns while also collecting 70 tackles on defense. Chambers is one of the best all-around players in the state of Georgia.
Moving over to defense, where another Blessed Trinity player makes the list in JR Bivens. The junior defensive lineman had a whopping 89 tackles, 11 sacks and also 4 forced fumbles. He was moved all around the line, and BT used his speed a lot on stunts. Daniel Lavelle from Mary Persons is a strong young linemen with a really big motor. He ended his junior year with 101 tackles on the season. Travon Walker was dominant playing all across the defensive line, where his size and speed were nearly impossible to stop. The 2019 recruit is one of the best players in his part of the state. Howard defensive tackle Quentavious Morant is one of the biggest defensive linemen sleepers in Georgia. The 6’1″, 260 senior had 76 tackles on the year and was co-defensive player of the year in his region. Jacorey Johns played a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role this year for Carstersville. The Wake Forest commit flies after the football and made a ton of plays in the backfield.
Marist linebacker Paul Stanley led his squad to the state title game and was voted region defensive player of the year. The sure-tackling senior has elite instincts reading the play and attacking it. Jatorian Hansford from Mary Persons had himself a senior year. The lanky linebacker ended up with 107 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. West Laurens’ Ben Deal was a major offensive playmaker on his squad but also contributed 103 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and 3 blocked kicks. Caleb Johnson from Northside-Columbus is an uber-athletic linebacker who ended up with 98 tackles (65 solo). He lived in the backfield with 20 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Heritage senior Zaine Burton led all of Class AAA with 32 tackles for loss. The senior is a big sleeper in terms of college recruiting. He also had 94 tackles on the year and 11 sacks.
Damari Kelly was a versatile playmaker for Burke County who won region player of the year. As a cornerback, he played lockdown defense and shows outstanding coordination going up and playing the football. Christian Tutt just recently earned region athlete of the year for Thomson. The senior has been considered one of the top defensive backs for his class since he played his first varsity game as a freshman, and this year he was an impact player on both sides of the ball. Milton Adams from Baldwin won region defensive player of the year with 130 tackles and 24 tackles for loss. The junior was a turnover magnet with 4 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. Marist junior safety Kyle Hamilton had 83 tackles (60 solo) on the year and 6 interceptions. The lanky athlete has spider-like quickness and is capable of making momentum-swinging plays. Senior safety Markeith Montgomery had 115 tackles on the year, 87 solo. The 2018 Ridgeland star has been a 3-time All-State player. He was one of the most explosive players in the classification with the ball in his hands this year.
Steven Martinez is a senior from Chestatee who takes our All-State punter spot. He averaged right at 38 yards per punt and had 9 inside the 20. Ryan Carter was an open-field maestro this year, making defenders whiff on one juke after another. The Heritage senior averaged 31.9 yards per kick return and totaled 567 total yards.