Here are this year’s Class 5-A All-State selections. Player of the Year voting is down below (only one vote per hour), there are 3 players nominated and voting ends on Saturday night at 9 pm. View more All-State teams by clicking HERE.
QB – Dylan Fromm, Warner Robins
RB – Jamious Griffin, Rome
RB – Derrien Brown, Buford
RB – Reese White, Riverwood
WR – Marcayll Jones, Warner Robins
WR – Xavier Roberts, Rome
WR – Ashby Cribb, Wayne Co.
FLEX – Nate McCollum, Dutchtown
OL – Harry Miller, Buford
OL – Ty Murray, Carrollton
OL – Quantavious Leslie, Rome
OL – Trey Bonner, Jones Co.
OL – Riley Simonds, Buford
OL – Weston Franklin, Wayne Co.
ATH – Kevah Brantley, Lithonia
K – Michael Lantz, Starr’s Mill
DL – William Anderson, Dutchtown
DL – Michael Webb, Griffin
DL – Steven Esan, Stockbridge
DL – Ja’Darien Boykin, Jones Co.
DL – Roman Harrison, Bainbridge
LB – Joshua Tate, SW Dekalb
LB – Randy Fillingame, Bainbridge
LB – Kevon Glenn, Dutchtown
LB – Logan Braucht, Ware Co.
LB – Derricus Smith, Rome
DB – Dequanteous Watts, Jackson-ATL
DB – Fondren Hollis, Columbia
DB – Jacob Pierce, Veterans
DB – Jamel Starks, SW DeKalb
DB – Javan’n Singletary, Veterans
RET – Caleb McDowell, Bainbridge
P – Parker Lee, Veterans
Settling in with one of the greatest passing seasons in state history is Dylan Fromm from Warner Robins. The senior signal-caller finished up the year with 4374 passing yards, which ranks 4th all-time in Georgia. He posted 46 touchdown passes, a 113.5 QBR and led his team all the way to the state championship game before losing a hear-breaker in overtime. Fromm completed 65% of his passes and averaged 12.9 yards per completion. He signed on to play football at Mercer, and is certainly name to check up on down the road.
Jamious Griffin from Rome had a season for the ages with 2815 rushing yards and averaging right at 9.8 yards per carry. With 38 touchdowns, Griffin was the motor for the Rome offense driving them down field during big games. His season total will go down as one of the greatest single season performances in state history. After splitting carries with two Power 5 backs the prior year, Derrien Brown had to be eager to be the primary back at Buford. Brown was voted Athlete of the Year in his region after rushing for 1897 yards and 28 touchdowns – the elite athlete can accelerate up to top speed in a blink of an eye. He is headed to play ball at Texas. Riverwood’s Reese White seemingly broke all of the school records with his 1771 rushing yards season. The Coastal Carolina signee had 21 touchdown and average a whopping 10.1 yards per carry.
Warner Robins Marcayll Jones had nearly 50% of Dylan Fromm’s passing yards this season, and eclipsed the 2000 yard marker in the state championship game. By our count, Jones had 2035 receiving yards on the year (smashing the state record by 400 yards), averaged 135 yards per game and led the state with over 100 receptions. Xavier Roberts out of Rome is a touchdown machine, churning out 16 scores on the year, which led the classification in receiving TD’s. Just toss the ball out to Roberts, and watch him go to work. Roberts finished the year with 1118 yards receiving. Ashby Cribb led Wayne Co. to their first back-to-back winning seasons in school history. The Region Athlete of the Year had 769 yards receiving, 16 total touchdowns and 63 receptions. He moonlighted as a punter where he averaged 41 yards per kick. The flex option goes to Nate McCollum from Dutchtown. The Region Offensive Player of the Year averaged an amazing 34 yards per reception this year. He compiled 764 yards receiving on just 22 receptions, was just over 1000 total yards of offense, and had 8 total touchdowns on the year.
Harry Miller just signed with Ohio State, and the Buford commit will finish off his HS career an All-Stater for the 2nd time on our website. Miller’s versatility and leadership stands out among this talented offensive line unit. Ty Murray from Carrollton is one of the best centers in the state of Georgia. He gets really good leg drive, and just dominates his opponent up the middle. Quantavious Leslie out of Rome unloads some massive blocks for Jamious Griffin to run through. The junior left tackle is very quick pulling across the line, and sealing/pancaking his assignment. Trey Bonner from Jones County has been Mr. Consistent the last few years. The technically sound linemen does a nice job getting leverage and his wrestling background takes care of the rest. He is signing with Georgia State. Riley Simonds played both offensive guard and center this year for Buford displaying the big man’s versatility. Simonds is an aggressive fundamentally sound blocker who signed with Florida in the 2019 signing period. Sophomore sensation Weston Franklin powered up an offensive attack at Wayne County that led his team to an 10-0 start in the regular season. Franklin just delivers bone-crushing blocks where his impressive size just flat out dominates the competition.
Kevah Brantley is this year’s all-classification athlete selection. The Lithonia senior had 1091 total yards of offense on the year. With 39 receptions, and 839 yards, Brantley’s damage was mostly done through the air, but the Region Offensive Athlete of the Year also rushed ball 10 times for 252 yards. Brantley averaged an amazing 22 yards per touch in the 2018 season, making him one of the most efficient offensive weapons in Georgia. Michael Lantz earns the All-State nomination with his 10 field goals he knocked in for Starr’s Mill. Also, out of 66 kickoffs, Lantz managed to send 57 them into the endzone for a touchback.
William Anderson out of Dutchtown was living in the backfield with right at 30 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. The junior edge-rusher is lightening quick out his stance and very physical at the point of attack. Michael Webb out of Griffin took Region Defensive Player of the Year honors after totaling 107 tackles, 36 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks. That’s right, a traditional defensive tackle had 107 tackles on the year. Webb has an elite ability at reading screen passes, several he’s picked off now during his career. Steven Esan out of Stockbridge plays a tough hard-nosed game that delivers results for his team. He totaled 93 tackles, 19 for a loss, and 5 sacks. The senior also recovered 6 fumbles on the year, one of which he took back for a score. Ja’Darien Boykin constantly warrants double teams and still put together a 13 sack and 22 tackle for loss performance. Watching the senior run from one side of the field to next to make a tackle must have college defensive coordinators salivating at the opportunity to coach him. Roman Harrison had 97 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks on the year for his state champion Bainbridge squad. Harrison earned Region Defensive Player of the Year and blocked what could have been the game-winning field goal as regulation ended against Warner Robins in the state title. Harrison is signed on with Tennessee.
Joshua Tate by our count led the classification with 21 sacks on the year and 38 tackles for loss. The senior forced 6 fumbles this year, 3 of which were returned back by a teammate for a score. Randy Fillingame was the heart of the underdog Bainbridge team this year, but also produced in a big way. The senior had 123 tackles (87 solos) on the year, and 31 tackles for loss. He also was created 4 forced fumbles and 1 interception. Fillingame is an undersized recruit, who will give his team 100%. Kevon Glenn is one of the top inside linebackers in the state of Georgia who just signed with Florida State. Glenn is an elite athlete who is capable of some of the biggest hits in Georgia. He earned Region Defensive Player of the Year after posting a +100 tackle season, 2 interceptions and a touchdown. Logan Braucht out of Ware County took over the top linebacker duties this year with no problem. The Citadel signee who earned Region Defensive Player of the Year is quick to react to the play and fill a hole with a big impact tackle. Derricus Smith from Rome had 111 tackles, some of them so big, well you should just go ahead an watch his Hudl. Smith also earned Region Defensive Player of the Year. His 18.5 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles had a huge impact for the Wolves’ defense.
Maynard Jackson defensive back Dequanteous Watts hardly gave up a reception this year, but teams still kept on trying him. Watts finished the year with 6 interceptions and 14 pass breakup – zero TD’s given up all season. Fondren Hollis out of Columbia led DeKalb County and all of 5-A with 8 interceptions. The quick defensive back is awesome in coverage, but also a big hitter out in space too. Jacob Pierce out of Veterans had a big senior year with 87 tackles, 8 pass breakups, and 6 interceptions. Pierce still is widely under recruited despite his incredible numbers, and his film holds up too. Jamel Stars had 12 tackles for loss coming in from his safety spot – that’s not easy to do. The SW DeKalb senior also created 3 fumbles, and recovered 2 as well. Starks earned Region Defensive Player of the Year due to his efforts. Java’n Singletary missed two games this year, but still had some huge numbers in the secondary with 7 interceptions, 10 pass breakups and a 1 forced fumble. Singletary is an explosive football player who missed his junior season due to injury. He just signed on with Georgia Southern.
The return spot goes to Caleb McDowell, a sophomore out of Bainbridge. With a few long returns for a score, specifically a huge one in their upset win against Buford, McDowell played a pivotal role down the stretch for Bainbridge. He totaled 1700 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. He also had 35 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 FF. Parker Lee out of Veterans has some tough competition to beat out, but with his 21 punts inside the 20 yard line, it’s really tough to argue against. The senior average 45.9 yards per punt on the year.