Here are our 2017 All-State selections for Class 7-A! Underneath it we wrote about each player selected, our thoughts and various stats that we found. Honorable mention has now been added. Also, leave a comment down below! Check out additional All-State selections by clicking HERE.
QB – Jarren Williams, Central Gwinnett
RB – Dante Black, Brookwood
RB – Chauncey Williams, Meadowcreek
RB – Tyler Goodson, North Gwinnett
WR – Ramel Keyton, Marietta
WR – Malachi Carter, Mountain View
WR – Rashod Bateman, Tift Co.
WR – Noah Frith, Woodstock
WR – Dominick Blaylock, Walton
OL – Jakai Clark, Grayson
OL – Casey Holman, Brookwood
OL – John Harris, Mill Creek
OL – Jalen Goss, Lowndes
OL – Warren Ericson, North Gwinnett
OL – Blake Watson, Milton
K – Ryan Fitzgerald, Colquitt Co.
ATH – Matthew Hill, Brookwood
DL – Darnell Jeffries, Newton
DL – Will Choloh, Archer
DL – Latrell Bankston, Woodstock
DL – Azeez Olujari, Marietta
DL – Jaylen Parks, North Paulding
LB – Andrew Johnson, Tift Co.
LB – Dante Fleming, McEachern
LB – Marcus Anderson, Colquitt
LB – Terrion Dangerfield, Norcross
LB – Jayden McDonald, North Gwinnett
CB – Warren Burrell, North Gwinnett
CB – Taiyon Palmer, Archer
CB – Myles Sims, Westlake
S – Derrik Allen, Lassiter
S – DJ Turner, North Gwinnett
S – Rashard Revels, Colquitt Co.
P – Jake Camarda, Norcross
RET – Javonni Cunningham, North Gwinnett
Honorable Mention: Michael Barrett, Garrett Bass, Thurman Geathers, Owen Pappoe, JJ Peterson, Peyton Woulard, Andrew Booth, Fred Payton, Griffin Collier, Christian Malloy, K’hmari Thompson, Robert Cooper, Christian Jackson, Dainon Creagh, Justin Mascoll, Trey Pinkney, Tyler Thomas, Justin Blanks, Marcus Chatelain, Aqauntis Sanja, Andy Bickford, Aubrey Payne, Tyneil Hopper, Evan Fields, Justin Hayes, Nasier Currie-Sudler, Jaylen McCollough, Lance Wise, Zach Brooks, Matt Campbell, Ches Jackson, Will Rykard, Frenando Ramirez, Cade Vela, Jackson Leak, Honus Wagner, Griffin Collier, Austin Kirksey, Ryan Taylor, Kenyatta Watson, Jeremy James, Jaelin Humphries, Colby Wooden, Tyler Bird, Chris Cotter, Christian Wright, Jesse Bridgman, Jonah Gibson, DJ Horne, Keyon Brooks, Jordan Yates, Miles Marshall, Josh Downs, Jimmy Urzua, Tucker Wood, Devin Hart, George Coyle, Marquel Broughton, Jack Oesterle, Terrell Belcher, Brice Davis, Cam Singletary, Hunter Cagle, Bryce Christensen, Jeremiah Compton, Jeffery Clark, Ryan Laflamme, Walker Schwab, Quvella Calhoun, Blake Carroll, Payne Walker & Carlos Ayala
Central Gwinnett quarterback Jarren Williams had the 2nd-highest passing yards per game at 301.5. The Miami commit had a remarkable season, throwing for over 3000 yards and having an exceptional 28 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. Williams also totaled right at 500 yards on the ground this season.
Dante Black led his Brookwood team in rushing with 1927 yards and a total of 36 touchdowns. The senior is an absolute workhorse for his squad and had his best rushing performance of the season against Colquitt, totaling over 250 yards of offense and breaking ankles and hurdling over defenders. Chauncey Williams meant everything to his Meadowcreek squad and had a state-leading 211.6 yards rushing per game. The senior averaged 8.4 yards per carry against a very tough schedule and led his team to its second-ever playoff bid in 32 years as a program. His 30 rushing touchdowns led all of Class 7-A. Tyler Goodson was on fire at the end of this season and ran for 802 yards and 10 touchdowns in the 7-A playoffs. Even missing a few games in the middle of the year, the 2019 running back was right at 2000 all-purpose yards. Goodson will be on a lot of colleges’ recruiting boards.
Ramel Keyton from Marietta finished 4th in Class 7-A with 16 touchdowns while also hauling in 1294 receiving yards. The playmaking receiver is one of the most talented in the entire state of Georgia. Mountain View’s Malachi Carter has elite hands and can go up and grab almost any pass. The 2018 Georgia Tech signee finished the year with 1348 yards, and his 19 touchdowns were 3rd in the classification. Rashod Bateman was nothing short of dominant in 2017. The Tift County receiver led everyone in the classification with 1539 yards and 83 receptions. His 21 touchdowns were tied for the lead. Noah Frith shared that touchdown lead, in fact. The Woodstock senior had 1412 yards and 80 receptions on the year. He is a speed demon, and his longest was from 95 yards out. Dominick Blaylock fits more of an all-purpose role in our All-State selections. The Walton phenom was voted Region Player of the Year and ended up with over 1000 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns.
Jakai Clark is a young Grayson lineman who really impressed us on film. He is great in gap control, reading blitzes and picking them. Casey Holman paved the way for one of the leading rushing attacks in 7-A. The senior is a mauler and will be taking his talents to Duke. John Harris has been Mr. Consistent at Mill Creek the last few years. He shows great leg drive and determination to land as many pancakes as possible. Jalen Goss is a long freakish athlete who played in Lowndes’ powerful spread-offense attack. Goss has unbelievable upside at the next level. Warren Ericson has been the linchpin for North Gwinnett in 2017. The UGA signee opened up massive holes for his trio of running backs. Blake Watson finished up his high school career playing a dominating brand of football. The powerful lineman is also a tremendous student-athlete and is hearing from top academic schools.
Ryan Fitzgerald was just announced as USA Today’s top kicker in the country. The 2019 kicker hit 18 field goals on the year with the longest from 60 yards out on a free kick in the team’s playoff win over Archer. Brookwood’s Matthew Hill was an offensive dynamo this year with 2185 all-purpose yards. He did it every way possible with 879 yards receiving, 695 yards rushing, 349 yards on punt returns and 262 on kickoff returns. The tremendously talented athlete will be deciding between Auburn and Clemson.
Darnell Jeffries is fresh off his Region Defensive Player of the Year award. The 2018 Clemson defensive lineman signee is quick as a cat out there and has great instincts at reading the play. Will Choloh had an unbelievable year with 68 tackles, 8 sacks and 49 tackles for loss, which led 7-A from our count. The senior was just recently awarded Gwinnett County Lineman of the Year. Latrell Bankston had 117 tackles on the year which led all defensive tackles in 7-A. He also had 28 tackles for loss and 16 sacks on the year as well. Bankston is a Kennesaw State commit. Azeez Olujari continues to improve his game and this year totaled 118 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. The Marietta standout had a whopping 92 solo tackles. Jaylen Parks from North Paulding totaled 81 tackles on the year, 17 sacks and 32 tackles for loss. The senior has a crazy-high motor and uses his speed to make impact tackles in the backfield.
Tift County senior Andrew Johnson was voted Region Defensive Player of the Year and rightfully so. The attacking linebacker had 125 tackles (75 solo), 2 forced fumbles and 7 sacks. Dante Fleming had 155 total tackles and a Class 7-A-leading 114 solo tackles. The speedy senior had 16 tackles for loss on the year. Colquitt junior Marcus Anderson ended up with 135 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 75 solos. He also tallied 6.5 sacks and 20 hurries. Terrion Dangerfield was voted Gwinnett Linebacker of the Year. The Norcross standout averaged 13.6 tackles per game, which led everyone in Class 7-A. Jayden McDonald was a man on a mission this fall, and he came up big in the playoffs. The Rutgers commit had 86 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss this season. He was a turnover machine with 3 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions.
North Gwinnett’s Warren Burrell is a ballhawking cornerback who snagged 5 interceptions on the year. He was voted to the All-Gwinnett County team recently. Taiyon Palmer picked off 4 passes this year for Archer while also being an important player on the offensive side of the ball. Palmer is one of the top cornerbacks in Georgia. Myles Sims out of Westlake is one of the top cover players in the state of Georgia. He is dominant in man coverage and will be taking his talents to Michigan. Derrik Allen finished off his senior year with 54 solo tackles, 3 interceptions and 7 PBUs even after missing a few games. He also had 488 total return yards on special teams. The senior will play for Notre Dame next fall. DJ Turner is one of the best safety prospects we have seen recently. The North Gwinnett safety always finds himself in the right place and gets his hands on the ball. He ended with over 75 tackles this season. Rashard Revels made the most of his first year starting varsity and led all of Class 7-A with a total of 185 tackles. He had 22 tackles for loss and 96 solo from his strong safety spot.
Jake Camarda had the strongest season of any punter in Georgia averaging 46.2 yards. He had a long of 65 yards and knocked 13 punts inside the 20. The Norcross standout is headed to UGA. Javonni Cunningham had 585 total return yards and two long scores. He is a lightning-quick slot receiver who is a coveted playmaker with the ball in his hands.