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 8 PM.
PRO – Jay Kanazawa, Schley Co.
DUAL – Robert McNeal, Bowdon
RB – Germivy Tucker, Johnson Co.
RB – TJ Harvison, Bowdon
RB – Jaylen Lilley, Charlton
WR – BJ Gibson, Wilcox Co.
WR – Jalewis Solomon, Schley Co.
FLEX – Qua Powell, Telfair Co.
OL – Bhrett Wiggins, Bowdon
OL – Ricky Picasso, Greene Co.
OL – Devin McRae, Telfair Co.
OL – Bryce Miller, Wheeler Co.
OL – Darreontae Jackson, Early Co.
OL – Brenston Hearst, Lincoln Co.
K – Levi Ward, GMC
ATH – Abe Stowe, Wilcox Co.
DL – Jordan Jackson, Wilkinson Co.
DL – Kevin Wynn, Greene Co.
DL – Omarion Brown, Manchester
DL – Mason Bailey, Bowdon
LB – Eli Thomason, Christian Heritage
LB – Zayden Walker, Schley Co.
LB – Ja’Tyler Lundy, Dooly Co.
LB – Joshua Taylor, Johnson Co.
LB – Ryshawn Brown, Seminole Co.
DB – Clinton Jackson, Schley Co.
DB – De’Vontae James, Terrell Co.
DB – John Brown, Dooly Co.
DB – Cameron Wallace, Montgomery Co.
DB – Trey Huff, Lincoln Co.
P – Daniel Cruz, Lanier Co.
RET – Desmond Cofer, Washington-Wilkes
Schley’s run to the state title game was largely helped by the arm of junior quarterback Jay Kanazawa. The savvy signal-caller threw for 3266 yards and 35 touchdowns, which led all of Class A DII. Kanazawa was named Region Player of the Year. Robert McNeal has been doing it all for Bowdon since he started as a freshman, and here in 2022, McNeal has led Bowdon to a state title. The elusive passer threw for 1423 yards with a 122 QBR while also finishing 4th in the classification with 1399 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. McNeal even had 4 interceptions on defense and will go down as an all-time great for Bowdon.
Johnson County’s Germivy Tucker rushed for one of the greatest seasons in school history. The senior led the entire state of Georgia with 2916 rushing yards, which ended up being one of the top 5 greatest seasons in state history. Tucker had 38 touchdowns on the year. Even more impressive was the 284 rushing attempts on the year Tucker didn’t fumble the ball once. Even in the semifinals against Schley County, Tucker was fantastic rushing for 218 yards and averaging 10.9 yards per carry. Bowdon’s TJ Harvison became eligible a few games into the season but didn’t waste time. The senior rushed for 2026 yards and 23 touchdowns. He had a crazy run in the playoffs rushing for 841 yards during that stretch. Harvison is a bruising athlete who will be suiting up for Pittsburgh next year. Charlton’s Jaylen Lilley rushed for 1330 yards on the year and was one of the leaders in the classification with 21 touchdowns. The gritty runner added an extra gear to his game over the last year and was breaking off bigger plays than ever. Lilley was named Region Player of the Year.
BJ Gibson out of Wilcox County was one of the state’s leaders in receiving yards and led all of Class A DII in yards and touchdowns. He totaled 1387 yards and 16 touchdowns. Gibson is a top prospect for the class of ’24 both on the football and baseball field. Jalewis Solomon out of Schley County had 1210 receiving yards on the season and also 10 touchdowns. The elusive playmaker has developed a great relationship with his QB, and they will both be back next year to be the most potent tandem in the classification. Qua Powell out of Telfair County had a crazy year amounting 1844 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns. The athletic senior playmaker did most of the damage on the ground going for over 1500 yards but is an equally impressive playmaker at receiver.
Bhrett Wiggins out of Bowdon is a 6’4″ offensive tackle who helped carve out space for the vaunted Bowdon rushing attack. The senior is very explosive, certainly one of the more underrated offensive linemen still available in the class of ’22. Ricky Picasso helped Greene County to a surprise season where they amounted to a lot of yards. The true center is a relentless blocker at the point of attack with consistently excellent leg drive. Devin McRae out of Telfair County is the most athletic of any offensive lineman in this classification. The senior is headed over to Wake Forest next fall. Bryce Miller out of Wheeler County is a devastating run blocker with a mauler’s mindset. Miller has excellent size at 6’3″ 300 lbs. and produces ample pancakes on film. Darreontae Jackson out of Early County is a hard-pulling offensive lineman who can get out in space and deliver some huge blocks. The senior also plays on the defensive line, where he is also a standout. Brenston Hearst out of Lincoln County gets to the 2nd level before you know it and blocks with intensity. The 6’1″ 255 lbs. offensive lineman is one of the most effective blockers in the classification, helping his team to a deep playoff semifinal run.
Levi Ward out of Georgia Military has been a pick as a punter in years past, but in 2022 he makes the K spot. Ward made two field goals from 47 and 42 yards, which are two of the longest all season. The senior also had several long touchbacks and was named Region Special Teams Player of the Year. Abe Stowe takes the spot for our athlete spot. The Wilcox County senior missed a few games and only lined up for 11, but even still, no other player in Class A spread their production like Stowe. The senior threw for 258 passing yards with a class-leading 234 yards per game and 36 touchdowns. He also rushed for 432 yards and 7 touchdowns. Stowe lined up on defense some too, totaling 22 tackles and 1 interception. The senior was even on special teams where he was 3/3 on his field goals, led the classification with 19 touchbacks, and averaged 36.2 yards per punt.
Moving over to defense, where Jordan Jackson was one of the classification leaders with 7 sacks on the year. The class of ’23 edge rusher is explosive, utilizing his quickness and length to get around blockers. Green County sophomore Kevin Wynn was one of the most dominant sophomores in the entire state of Georgia. The powerful defensive tackle had 4 sacks on the year, a slew of tackles for loss, and was named Defensive Player of the Year. Omarion Brown out of Manchester has been a brute up the middle for a few years now. The impressive senior defensive tackle earned Region Defensive Player of the Year and also collected 4 sacks. Mason Bailey was perhaps one of the more dominant defenders that not many in the state know about. The powerfully built lineman is powerful at the point of attack and helped Bowdon to their third-ever state title in school history.
Eli Thomason did it all for Christian Heritage, and that certainly included his efforts on the defensive side of the ball. Thomason had 108 tackles on the year, of which 77 were solo and also 11 tackles for a loss. The senior created 4 fumbles on the year too and was named Region Athlete of the Year. Thomason also had 2256 all-purpose yards on the year and 27 touchdowns. Schley County’s Zayden Walker showed why he is considered among the best in the class of 2025. Despite having some injury issues, Walker produced 120 tackles for 10.9 per game. Walker is absolutely dominant playing both in space or on the edge. Ja’Tyler Lundy was the Class A leader with 141 tackles, and 43 tackles for a loss. His defensive prowess helped his team to a strong playoff push to the quarterfinals. Lundy was a turnover machine creating 6 fumbles and also recovering 3. The senior was named region Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson County’s amazing run to the state semifinals was spearheaded on the defensive side of the football by Joshua Taylor. The smart linebacker who will stick his nose into the action had 105 tackles on the year and was named Region Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts. Seminole County Ryshawn Brown was extremely productive last fall with 116 tackles. He was one of the leaders with 72 solo tackles and 27 tackles for a loss. Brown was named Region Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
Clinton Jackson out of Schley County was once again one of the top two-way players in Class A DII. Jackson with his dynamic skill set was able to grab 6 interceptions on the year. The senior remains unsigned, and that seems like an oversight by the colleges. De’Vontae James out of Terrell County was named Region Player of the Year for the 2nd season in a row. The senior had 92 tackles and 18 tackles for a loss on the year. James is a devastating hitter who primarily lines up at the nickle, keeping him closer to the line of scrimmage. Dooly County’s John Brown shared the Region Defensive Player of the Year award with his teammate, Lundy. The senior hauled in 7 interceptions on the year, which led the classification. He had a total of 64 tackles on the year and 3 defensive touchdowns. Cameron Wallace is perhaps the most dynamic athlete in the entire classification. The explosive Penn State signee saw his recruitment go from 0 to 100 in a matter of months this fall. Wallace finished the year with 92 tackles, 10 for a loss, and 2 interceptions. He also had 1500 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns. His collective production earned him Region Player of the Year. Trey Huff out of Lincoln County has been a dominant two-way force the last 3 years in Class A. Huff once again was among the leaders in tackles with 138 on the year. He once again led the classification in solo tackles 91. Huff just recently earned his first offer from Berry. He is definitely a player under the radar considering his production over the course of his HS career.
Daniel Cruz out of Laner County impressively averages 45 yards per punt, among the best in the entire state regardless of classification. The senior handles pressure well and made some huge punts with excellent hangtime over the course of his senior season. Desmond Cofer out of Washington-Wilkes was another do-it-all player who could honestly fit at a number of positions. His return numbers were crazy though. Cofer averaged 38.3 yards per kick return and 12.4 on his punt returns where he also returned a couple for a touchdown. Cofer had about 1200 all-purpose yards on the season, 20 touchdowns and 3 interceptions too.
Aidan Spradlin, Mt. Zion/CJ McAdoo, Wilcox Co/Arkiyus Wright, Greene Co./Malachi Gordon, Aquinas/Demetrius Magby, Clinch Co./Jareese Campbell, McIntosh Co. Acd./Cemyrian Stapleton, Early Co/Marcus Golphin, Jenkins Co./Jack Clark, Schley Co./Lake Linton, McIntosh Co. Acd./Christian Crite, Lincoln Co./Cecil Young, Marion Co./Darius Wells, Montgomery Co./Asher Christopher, Bowdon/Kumasi Washington, Hancock Central/JeRian Johnson, Treutlen/Tre Turner, Lincoln Co./Ellyiss Williams, Charlton Co./B’Anthony Wade, Early Co./Justus Terry, Manchester/Daniel Geil, Christian Heritage/Luke Forehand, Schley Co./Jack Rhodes, Aquinas/Aiden Nunn, Bowdon/Charlie Allen, Telfair Co./Garrett Landing, Seminole Co./Cameron Parker, Turner Co./Vinson Dresser, Aquinas/Duncan Johnson, Aquinas/Elijah Cobb, Clinch Co./Boppy Hilliard, Wilcox Co./Kevin Douglas, Aquinas/Javaris Harris, Greene Co./Jeremy Bell, Clinch Co./Day Day Lawson, Wilcox Co./Dalton Brantley, Johnson Co./Lorenzo Clayton, Dooly Co./Keegan Clayton, Clinch/Jim Franklin, Aquinas/Steve Miller, Greene Co./Malachi Banks, Schley Co./Zavaad Bynum, Turner Co./Jaylon Calhoun, Lanier Co./Anthony Bartholomew, Manchester/Malik West, Greene Co./Kelby Tymes, Marion Co./Semaj Jenkins, Lincoln Co./Tycavion Stovall, Early Co./Caleb Bush, Georgia Military/Kahari Bogan, Terrell Co./Carson Westbrook, Schley Co./Jakelvis Whitley, Johnson Co./Clark Jackson, Aquinas/Dairion Jones, Charlton Co./Kyler Williams, Charlton Co./Amir Jackson, Portal/Jordan Beasley, Bowdon/Jamir Glenn, Lanier Co./Christian Dorsey, Washington-Wilkes/Ace Rushin, Turner Co./Dontravious Laney, Terrell Co./Aaron Bryan, Clinch Co./Cameron Lawhorne, Taylor Co./Christan Elam, Lincoln Co./Joseph Meyers, Washington-Wilkes/Liam Fordham, Portal/Hilton Newsome, Seminole Co./Quentin Cullars, Washington-Wilkes/Bryan Jones, Lanier Co./Jamauri Evans, Hancock Central/Brian Harris, Macon Co./Quindario Kelley, Chattahoochee Co./Camerson Swanson, Chattahoochee Co./Tamari Curry, Washington-Wlikes/Isiah Carter, Miller Co./Al Childs, Mitchell Co./Twan Gilbert, Mitchell Co./Cedric Hillman, Turner Co./Keonte Nunnally, Randolph-Clay/Charles Williams, Early Co./PJ Farnum, ECI/Cordarius Lee, ECI/Lawson Mercer, ECI/Christian Wilson, Jenkins Co./Rob-Travious Coney, Jenkins Co./TJ Reed, McIntosh Co. Acd./Antonio Scott, Telfair Co./Antwaun Clayton, Dooly Co./Tylon Gorham, Wheeler Co./Ja’Darrian Carswell, Johnson Co./Tony Cannon, Johnson Co./Malachi Ackles, Mt. Zion/Nathan Buchanan, Mt Zion/Dayshawn Copeland, Greene Co./Travon Reeves, Greenville/Wyatt Halstead, Schley Co./Marlon Mitchell, Macon Co./Seth Gillis, Towns Co./Andravious Hall, Chattahoochee Co./Carson Russell, Christian Heritage