Welcome to our 2022 All-State selections! Down below we have our Player of the Year vote. Our first team all-state selections on offense and defense are directly underneath the poll. We are still working on our write-up but should have a quick blurb on every player selected for the first team very soon. At the very bottom of the page, we have our All-State honorable mention selections.
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Editor’s Note: We ran into some technical issues on the website until 1 pm 12/20, and have decided to push back the player of the year vote until 12/21 at 9 PM.
QB – Aaron Philo, Prince Avenue
RB – Quan Moss, Elbert Co.
RB – CJ Allen, Lamar Co.
WR – Jaden Gibson, Rabun Co.
WR – Makael Carter, Mt. Pisgah
WR – Josh Britt, Prince Avenue
WR – Ethan Christian, Prince Avenue
FLEX – Demello Jones, Swainsboro
OL – Aaron Kruse, Mt. Pisgah
OL – Gus Gammage, Darlington
OL – Ezra Adams, Trion
OL – Gatlin Hancock, Darlington
OL – Nic Brooks, St. Francis
OL – Austin Head, Prince Avenue
K – Andy Ramirez, Trion
ATH – Bailey Stockton, Prince Avenue
DL – Caleb Bell, St. Francis
DL – Uriah Howard, Prince Avenue
DL – Michael Joiner, Irwin Co.
DL – Cedrion Stone, Jasper Co.
DL – Ramontei Dardy, Dublin
LB – Caleb LaVallee, Whitefield Acd.
LB – Nic Baloga, Rabun Co.
LB – Jonorian Foots, Swainsboro
LB – Ethan Oglesby, Metter
DB – Ty Adams, Swainsboro
DB – Bo Payne, Irwin Co.
DB – Branden Strozier, St. Francis
DB – Ayden Duncanson, Whitefield Acd.
DB – Cameron Robinson, St. Francis
P – Eli Lawson, Heard Co.
RET – Jamal Sanders, Brooks Co.
Aaron Philo helped Prince Avenue with his stellar performance in the state title game where he set the Swainsboro secondary on fire, but that was just a microcosm of his production in 2022. The junior QB threw for 4598 passing yards and 54 touchdowns on the year, which led the classification. He completed 69% of his passes and had one of the best QBR’s in the state at 139. Philo will be back again next season looking for another state title under his belt.
Elbert County cracked into the top 10 rankings for most of the season, and in large part, their offensive attack was driven by senior Quan Moss. The powerful back was one of the state’s leading rushers with 1888 yards and 30 touchdowns with an average of 157.3 yards per game. Moss was named Region Player of the Year for his efforts. Lamar County’s CJ Allen was a standout defender for most of his high school career, but his senior year he took a jump on the offensive side of the football. The UGA signee had 1628 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on the year. Allen was no slouch on defense either grabbing 84 tackles and was named Region Player of the Year.
Jaden Gibson finished off his career as the most accomplished receiver in the history of the state. The senior receiver out of Rabun County put an exclamation mark on his career grabbing 1950 receiving yards, 29 touchdowns, and 109 receptions in 2022. He easily led the state in all three categories. Gibson averaged a remarkable 150 yards per game and was named Region Player of the Year. Makael Carter out of Mt. Pisgah came seemingly out of nowhere and ended up having one of the best seasons receiving in the state. He totaled 1476 yards and 12 touchdowns. Josh Britt, the speedy Prince senior was dynamic really on either side of the ball. His 1203 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns were among the best in the state. Ethan Christian is another senior receiver out of Prince who had 77 receptions on the year for 1123 yards and 12 touchdowns. Christian has among the best ball skills in DI and is a true playmaker at the position. Domello Jones was the most dynamic player in all of Class A DI. The Swainsboro junior has that ‘it’ factor with the ball in his hands. Jones had 1279 rushing yards with a 10.65 average and 20 touchdowns on top of 384 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. His 27 yards per catch led the entire classification. Jones is widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the class of 2024.
Aaron Kruse helped Mt. Pisgah and their dynamic offensive attack to new heights in 2022. The senior lineman is a balanced blocker with proficiencies whether he is run or pass blocking. Gus Gammage is a hard-nosed senior out of Darlington. Commonly called ‘Gus Bus’ as when Gammage gets his mitts on a defender, they better be ready for a ride. Ezra Adams is a tenacious run blocker from Trion. The junior helped his team to a big year on the ground, another solid run during the state playoffs. Another Darlington senior makes the list in Gatlin Hancock. The Kennesaw State commit was a standout on either side of the ball his senior year. Hancock has excellent leg drive and is a tenacious blocker in space. Nic Brooks is a huge human being standing 6’8″ and well over 300 lbs. The sophomore who played last year at St. Francis paved the way for some huge offensive numbers and his team to a state semifinal finish. Austin Head out of Prince Avenue is a steady blocker who really impressed on film. The junior is really strong at the point of attack and his film is littered with pancakes.
Andy Ramirez was practically perfect in 2022. The Trion kicker went 9/9 on the season and knocked home 47 of his 48 PAT’s too. Hard to argue against that kind of production, and he gets the nod as All-State kicker. Bailey Stockton demobilized the grit and toughness it takes to be a champion. The senior playing with a hurt collarbone was still a standout in the state title game and helped swing momentum for Prince Avenue in the 2nd half. Stockton has legit speed catching 1425 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 79 tackles and 6 tackles for a loss. Stockton was named Region Player of the Year. He finished the season with 1796 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns.
Moving over to defense where young defender Caleb Bell out of St. Francis earns a spot on the All-State team. The 2024 prospect had 17 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks for the state semifinalist. Uriah Howard makes another All-State team for Prince. The senior had 86 tackles on the year and 5 sacks. His energy to the football is hard to match. Michael Joiner out of Irwin County is a tenacious defender who plays low to the ground and is a violent tackler. The junior utilizes his quickness and grit to get into the backfield creating havoc. Cedrion Stone out of Jasper County, or Monticello depending on who you ask, was very impressive his senior year. The athletic 6’3″ prospect had 98 tackles on the year, 13 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He was named defensive player of the year. Ramontei Dardy out of Dublin used his long arms to get off blocks and into backfields in 2022. The 6’3″ edge defender has a lot of upside as a pass-rusher at the next level, and you cannot deny his propensity to make big plays. Dardy was named Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Caleb LaVallee finishes off his incredible high school career at Whitefield Academy with another All-State selection. The 3x recipient was once again amazing with 172 tackles, 113 solos which led the classification, and 24 tackles for a loss. LaVallee was named Region Player of the Year and will be suiting up for UNC. Nic Baloga immediately made an impact at Rabun County with 197 tackles, which led everyone in Class D1. The Region Defensive Player of the Year also had 15 tackles for a loss and a total of 100 solo tackles. Baloga is a torpedo on the field looking to search and destroy. Jonorian Foots has been an uber-physical player for Swainsboro for a few seasons now and his senior year was capped off as the best. The class of ’23 prospect has 123 tackles and 16 tackles for a loss on top of 6 sacks. His Swainsboro squad made it to the state semifinals. Metter’s Ethan Oglesby has been the definition of consistent for years now. The senior was named Region Defensive Player of the Year in 2022. Oglesby has a huge motor and a powerful tackler who can fill the hole like a bucket of water.
Ty Adams out of Swainsboro played both QB and CB for the state runner-ups. Though he didn’t put up 2k yards rushing like in 2021, Adams was still dynamic on both sides of the ball with 30 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 6 PBU’s. The senior also had 033 rushing yards and 517 passing. Adams is signed up with UNC. Bo Payne doesn’t have prototypical size but that doesn’t stop the Irwin County senior from being among the best in DI on either side of the ball. Payne finished off the year with a total of 11 touchdowns and was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. Branden Strozier is one of the top cornerback prospects in the class of 2023. The Clemson signee was named Defensive Player of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. Strozier is absolutely lockdown at the cornerback position. Cameron Robinson out of St. Francis is another two-way star who stood out. The junior had 106 tackles on the year and 4 interceptions. Robinson is a dynamic playmaker and among the best going up and high-pointing the football in the state of Georgia.
Eli Lawson consistently boomed the ball for Heard County with a 40-yard average and nice hang time. The senior is a great student with over a 4.0 GPA and is still uncommitted. Brooks County senior Jamal Sanders has been a dynamic playmaker the last year lining up at QB. He helped them to the state title his junior year and was once again one of the most prolific players with the football in his hand. As a specialist, Sanders and a total of 3 returns for a score, using his quickness and running vision to weave around the coverage. Sanders just recently committed to Fort Valley State.
Navy Curry, Athens Christian/Terrel Ashley, Crawford Co./Joel Lowenberg, Darlington/Wade McCormick, Prince Avenue/Kamari Blankumsee, Brooks Co./Saveon Cason, Brooks Co./Noah Legault, Rabun Co./Tyler Wilcox, Bleckley Co./Christian Harris, Elbert Co./Phillip Baynes, Social Circle/Trey Hall, Metter/Adrian Harris, Elbert Co./Clinton Williamson, Lamar Co./A.J. Vinson, Social Circle/Brayden Jacobs, St. Francis/Jake Atha, Prince Avenue/Marquis Williams, Brooks Co./KB Bonds, Oglethorpe Co./Kavon Coleman, Temple/Cam Vaughn, Temple/Brodie Suggs, Irwin Co./Kevin Maven-Winchester, St. Francis/DJ Rogers, Pepperell/Jaiden Daniels, Commerce/Jack Cendoya, Mt. Pisgah/Keegan Stover, Rabun/Jaiden Jenkins, St. Francis/Logan Cross, Social Circle/Sam Nazarian, Mt. Vernon/Cody Soliday, Irwin Co/Judd Puckett, Crawford Co./Jahvon Butler, Bleckley Co./Logan Eller, Trion/Quindarius Brown, Swainsboro/Antonio Finch, Athens Christian/Ruben Berry, Claxton/Toby Maddux, Trion/Lang, Windham, Rabun Co./Damarkas Lundy, Irwin Co./Shane Marshall, Irwin Co./Brody Cooper, Dade Co./Tyler Hunnicutt, Mt. Pisgah/Jonathan Gallinaro, Mt. Vernon/Mason Moore, Social Circle/Tristen Payne, St. Francis/Mason Snyder, Irwin Co./LJ Green, Heard Co./Roman Stamps, St. Francis/DaShon Hyman, Social Circle/Jude Nelson, Social Circle/Ethan Owens, Rabun Co./Nehemiah Mack, Bleckley Co./Todd Huey, Heard Co./Jakari Nobles, Swainsboro/Tyler Lasseter, Heard Co./Tanner Ennis, Bryan Co./Bo Thompson, Whitefield Acd./Austin Johnson/Lucas Stoker, Trion/Conlon Walker, Whitefield Acd./Joy Chane, Mt. Pisgah/Christian Newbern, Bleckley Co./DJ Raiford, Elbert Co./Merce Relaford, Whitefield Acd./Andre Mincey, Claxyton/Trustin Allen, Elbert County/Ta’Corey Grant, Screven Co./Jamari Taylor, Claxton/Quarry Gibson, Chattooga/Roro Edmondson, Heard Co./Cameron Owens, Prince Avenue/Irvin Fuentes, Athens Christian/Tyrone Atkinson, Claxton/Jeremiah Robbin, Pelham/Den Johnson, Pelham/Jaylin Sparkman, Brooks Co./Jaquarius Evans, Dublin/Desmond Gilbert, Dublin/Tamarien Robertson, Bleckley County/Jaylen Jackson, Athens Christian/Nasir Johnson, Dublin/Quintavious Adolphus, East Laurens/Landon Brown, Jefferson County/Jerrod Steward, Swainsboro/Jake Pollock, Screven County/Kanirion Jenkins, Metter/Adam Lingerfelt, Screven County/Vasquez Lonon, Screven Co./Daniel Long, Temple/Andrew Maurice, Lamar Co./Jacarian Grier, Jasper Co./Jayland Richardson, Oglethorpe Co/Christian Garrett, Prince Avenue/Michael Hardie, Mt. Vernon/Ian Geffrard, Whitefield Acd./Joey Bertrand, Mount Pisgah/Landon Williams, Dade Co./Billy Settlemoir, Chattooga/Jacob Seagraves, Armuchee/Connor Soales, Coosa/Erik Jensen, Pepperell/Jack Fagan, Commerce/Hampton Hutto, Commerce/Willie Goodwyn, Rabun Co./Eli Thompson, Darlington/Talan Shirey, Darlington