Welcome to the Recruit Georgia 2019 All-State selections! We will be staggering out our selections throughout the week, so please stay tuned to see our teams for each classification. Down below you will find the Player of the Year vote, the All-State team with a write-up underneath and lastly our honorable mention picks! Voting will end Thursday night at 8 PM for Player of the Year and you can only vote once per hour. Also, be sure to leave a comment down at the bottom of the page and share your thoughts! MORE ALL-STATE TEAMS
QB – Brock Vandagriff, Prince Avenue
RB – Keaton Mitchell, ELCA
RB – Michael Cox, Holy Innocents’
RB – Marquell Brown, Savannah Christian
WR – Deion Colzie, Athens Academy
WR – Logan Johnson, Prince Avenue
WR – Donovan Moorer, Hebron Christian
WR – Justin Robinson, ELCA
OL – Charlie Patterson, Fellowship Christian
OL – Tate Ratledge, Darlington
OL – Tanner Bivins, Wesleyan
OL – Trey Bedosky, Landmark
OL – Bryson Estes, ELCA
OL – Sherick Rhodes, ELCA
K – Joe Dixon, Christian Heritage
ATH – Niko Vangarelli, Mount Paran
DL – Nicholas Jackson, Mt. Pisgah
DL – Marquise Black, ELCA
DL – Fuches Lewis, Calvary Day
DL – Kenneth Reedy, Savannah Country Day
DL – Jonathan Hammond, Mt Vernon
LB – Hunter Hawk, Holy Innocents’
LB – Josiah Cotton, Mt. de Sales
LB – Jaquez Dew, Whitefield Academy
LB – Kurt Knisely, Athens Academy
LB – Jordan van den Berg, Providence Christian
DB – Micah Smith, Wesleyan
DB – Shad Dabney, Riverside Military
DB – Isaiah Wadsworth, St. Francis
DB – Trent Bartlett, Wesleyan
DB – Jack Felton, Holy Innocents’
P – Marshall Nichols, Holy Innocents’
RET – Cooper Blauser, Wesleyan
Well here we are again with our All-State write-up and kicking things off just like last year is Prince Avenue’s Brock Vandagriff. Yeah, he only played a handful of region games, but the 2021 signal-caller finished strong, and took the eventual champions in ELCA to a chaotic 57-62 finish in the playoffs. His 308.9 yards per game, 144.2 QBR and 71.6% completion percentage was tops in Class A, and he was tied for the lead in touchdowns with Wesleyan’s JC French with 31. He only threw 3 interceptions on the year too. Simply put, the Oklahoma commit is one of the best passers in the state.
Keaton Mitchell out of ELCA led the entire state with 288 total points on the year. Going into the state title game he had 2030 rushing yards, 9.6 yards per carry, and a state leading 43 touchdowns. These stats sound very familiar to last season, but the Region Athlete of the Year one-upped himself by leading Class A in return yards with 684 on the season. The dynamic back is committed to ECU. Michael Cox out of Holy Innocents’ smashed the school record books with 1986 yards rushing, which ranked him 2nd in Class A. He had 262 carries, and 32 touchdowns – both of which were school records too. The senior back did not fumble the ball once on the year, and led his team to the top ranking during the regular season after they upset ELCA. Savannah Christian senior back Marquell Brown average 160.25 yards per game and totaled 1923 all-purpose yards on the season. The shifty back averaged 8.9 yards per carry and totaled 15 touchdowns as well. Brown earned Region Offensive Player of the Year due to his impressive season and Savannah Christian made a surprise surge deep into the playoffs.
Deion Colzie out of Athens Academy average right at 21.8 yards per catch and 13 touchdowns on the season while also playing on defense too. The Notre Dame commit won Region Athlete of the Year. He put up 875 yards receiving in an offense attack that typically runs the football more times than not. Logan Johnson out of Prince Avenue was slow out of the gates but finished strong with a Class A leading 15 touchdowns receiving. He totaled 1621 all-purpose yards, but what really cemented his stellar season was his playoff performance against ELCA. The junior slot receiver had 244 yards on 13 receptions and a staggering 5 touchdowns against the eventual champions. Keeping the slot receiver theme going here with Hebron Christian senior Donovan Moorer. No doubt, this was a competitive year for receivers in Private, but Moorer totaled over 1350 all-purpose yards and his 20.3 yards per catch was near the tops in all of Private. The senior finished the year with 11 touchdowns. Big Justin Robinson out of ELCA repeats as All-State after totaling 903 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. He was the big play threat that ELCA needed all year to extend the defense and he finished averaging 18.8 yards per catch. The 6’4″ senior is a very good route runner and committed to UGA.
Fellowship Christian’s Charlie Patterson paved the way for one of the leading rushers in honorable mention pick Murphy Reeves. The huge 6’6″ junior offensive tackle was a road grader pulling out to the perimeter and shows the upside that should garner heavy interest from FBS programs. Tate Ratledge out of Darlington earns his 3rd All-State selection on the website. The long time UGA commit is one of the more physical players at his position in the entire state and tries to impose his will on every snap. Tanner Bivins showed off his versatility in 2019 playing all over the place for Wesleyan. The stout junior offensive linemen drives his legs through on his block and is relentless at getting his man down. Landmark Christian had a tough season, but offensive tackle Trey Bedosky certainly produced at a high-level. The long 6’6″ OT is impressive in both pass-protection and run blocking. He is committed to UAB. Bryson Estes out of ELCA trampled over defenders for one of the top offensive attacks in all of Private. The 2021 linemen is quick and powerful at the point of attack – his film is loaded with pancakes. Sherick Rhodes is his counterpart at ELCA who also makes first team. The 2020 tackle is agile and explosive out his stance so he can make tough perimeter blocks to seal off huge plays. Rhodes is one of the top uncommitted seniors still in the state.
Taking the tightly contested kicker spot was Joe Dixon out of Christian Heritage. The senior went 7/9 on the year with a long of 47 yards and had a total 56 points on the year too. He was also their full time punter. For All-State athlete we selected Niko Vangarelli from Mount Paran. The 2020 student-athlete was 3rd in Private with 1974 yards rushing on the year and 20 touchdowns, while also throwing the ball for 1558 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Princeton commit also had 56 tackles and 1 interception. Vangarelli played arguably his football of his career down the stretch during the playoffs where they upset multiple teams all the way to the quarterfinals, and was virtually unstoppable in the process.
Moving over to the defensive side of the ball where Nicholas Jackson out of Mt. Pisgah gets his named call. The junior won Lineman of the Year in his region and finished the season with 70 tackles, 3 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. ELCA’s Marquise Black makes All-State for the 2nd year in a row. The Nebraska commit dominated in the trenches to the tune of 73 tackles, 4 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. Fuches Lewis out of Calvary Day is a brutish junior defensive tackle who totaled 82 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Lewis is a junior whose recruitment is just beginning to take off, so stay tuned, we will certainly have more to report on Lewis in the coming months. Kenneth Reedy was region Defensive Player of the year after his strong senior campaign. The Savannah Country Day athlete had 55 tackles, of which 15 were for a loss. He also had 4 sacks, and even an interception. Reedy is a smaller defensive tackle at 6′ 255 and uses his quickness to blow up plays. Winning Region player of the year is Jonathan Hammond out of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian. The senior has a never-ending motor that could power an 18-wheeler. He finished the year with 95 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Right now, Hammond is uncommitted, but would be a welcomed addition to any college.
Hunter Hawk out of Holy Innocents’ broke the school record with 124 tackles on the season. The senior linebacker is always alert and shows textbook tackling form meeting the ball carrier in the gaps. Hawk earned Region Defensive Player of the Year. Josiah Cotton got full-time reps at linebacker for the first this season and made the most of it earning Region Defensive Player of the Year honors. The powerful Mount de Sales senior is explosive to the football and unloads big tackles, while also carrying the rushing load still on the offensive side of the ball. Leading all linebackers on this All-State team in tackles for loss is Jaquez Dew with an amazing 31. The senior linebacker won Region Defensive Player of the year, and rightfully so as he totaled 147 tackles on the season, which ranked him near the tops in all of Class A. Kurt Knisely led his Athens Academy team in tackles this year with 65. Bare in mind he also rushed for 17 touchdowns and was voted Region Athlete of the Year. Knisely is another uncommitted senior that deserves heavy looks from D1 programs.. Jordan van den Berg out of Providence Christian led the entire classification with 157 tackles, and he did it in just 10 games. The South African native who stands 6’3″ 220 lbs. earned Region Defensive player of the year. Right now, he is heavily under recruited, but we expect more colleges to start recruiting once they take a look at his film.
Wesleyan’s Micah Smith was very close to making All-State receiver getting just over 1000 yards receiving, but continue to go thru his senior film, and you will find yourself a very good cornerback prospect. Smith has a light backpedal and does an excellent job of raking the pass out of the receiver’s hands. Shad Dabney did everything this year for Riverside Military playing QB, WR and DB. Dabney’s 2100 all-purpose yards in many years that would earn him athlete honors, but competition is tough in 2019. The lockdown junior cornerback is rarely thrown to, but ended up with 2 interceptions on the year and 5 PBU’s. Isaiah Wadsworth out of St. Francis is another versatile player who ended up with 80 tackles, 11 PBU’s and 4 forced fumbles. The senior out of St. Francis has impressive speed, which also helps on the offensive side of the ball where he eclipsed 1000 yards receiving too. Another Wesleyan athlete making the defensive back group is Trent Bartlett. The 2020 recruit was an interception machine with 6 on the year for the state runner-ups, and over the last two seasons he now has 15 picks. Last on the DB list is Jack Felton out of Holy Innocents’. The senior safety finished off the year with 100 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles too. He is another textbook tackler from this Holy Innocents’ squad.
Marshal Nichols is the last Holy Innocents’ senior to make the list. The 2020 punter average a classification best 46.6 yards per punt and had 11 inside the 20 yard line. For the returnman spot sophomore Cooper Blauser gets the nod. The 2022 receiver had both a kick and punt return for a touchdown, and was 2nd in Private with 417 total returns yards. Blauser is a dynamic athlete and definitely a recruit to know going forward.
Winston Gassant, Hebron Christian/Joey Kiernan, Pincecrest Academy/Hunter Lawrence, Strong Rock Christian/Thomas Carver, Calvary Day/JC French, Wesleyan/Griffin Brewster, Darlington/Colten Gauthier, Hebron Christian/Gabe Wright, ELCA/David Wingfield, ELCA/Barry Kleinpeter, Savannah Country Day/Blake Kytle, Mt. Vernon/Dexter Williams, Mt De Sales/David Dallas, Trinity Christian/Conor Swennumson, Holy Innocents’/Peyton Mahon, Mt Paran/Andre Miller, Savannah Country Day/AJ Williams, Aquinas/Antonio Wilder, Aquinas/Kolin Rogers, Darlington/Evan Lester, Christian Heritage/Gage Leonard, Christian Heritage/Ryan Pruitt, North Cobb Christian/Jordan Wall, Aquinas/Johne’ss Davis, Athens Christian/Deion Fisher, ELCA/Davis Ridings, Prince/Cade Brock, Darlington/James Williams, Athens Academy/Jackson Manning, Mt. Paran/Hall O’Neal, Holy Innocents’/Murphy Reeves, Fellowship/Adriel Clark, Riverside Military/Andrew Douglas, Mt. Vernon/Colby Quinney, Savannah Christian/Tysen Dougherty, Darlington/David Dallas, Trinity Christian/Devon Dorsey, ELCA/Sharmari Reed, Trinity Christian/John Ferguson, Athens Academy/Payton Broadus, Mount Pisgah Christian/Wes Pahl, Brookstone/Chase Beard, Savannah Christian/Harrison Aulds, First Presbyterian