Welcome to another year of our All-State picks! Please continue to check HERE throughout the next week to see the rest of the classifications. Down below we have our player of the year vote, first-team all-state picks with a writeup, and at the very bottom our honorable mention selections. Feel free to leave a comment down below!
Player of the Year
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– Voting ends 12/29 at 10 PM
QB – David Dallas, Trinity Christian
RB – Johne’ss Davis, Athens Christian
RB – Dominick Cosper, Trinity Christian
WR – Bailey Stockton, Prince Avenue
WR – Joshua Dallas, Trinity Christian
WR – Elijah DeWitt, Prince Avenue
FLEX – Bryce Wilcox, Trinity Christian
TE – Cole Spence, Mt. Pisgah
OL – Wyatt Anderson, The Heritage School
OL – Trey Butts. Mt. De Sales
OL – DJ Chester, ELCA
OL – Zechariah Owens, ELCA
OL – Michael Bennett, Holy Innocents’
OL – Gabe Fortson, North Cobb Christian
ATH – Ethan Joseph, King’s Ridge
K – Bryson Franklin, Prince Avenue
DL – Jacobi Murray, Holy Innocents’
DL – Uriah Howard, Prince Avenue
DL – Johnerio Holt, Athens Acd.
DL – Terry Simmons, Calvary Day
LB – Coleman Cauley, First Presbyterian Day
LB – Caleb LaVallee, Whitefield Acd.
LB – Josh Cole, Fellowship Christian
LB – Christian Hanson, Trinity Christian
LB/DB – Peyton Cromwell, Savannah Christian
DB – Brendan Strozier, St. Francis
DB – Colton Hood, ELCA
DB – Juwan Johnson, Calvary Day
DB – Aaron Gates, Trinity Christian
DB – Patrick Shelley, Darlington
RET – Jack Luttrell, Hebron Christian
P – Brooks Sturgeon, Wesleyan
Trinity Christian motored their way thru Class A Private in route to their first-ever state championship and leading their offensive attack was quarterback David Dallas. Our preseason Class A Player of the Year certainly lived up to the hype leading the classification with 49 passing touchdowns and a 76% completion percentage. His 152 QBR led the entire state of Georgia for any passer with over 200 completions and he only threw 4 interceptions on the year. In total, Dallas threw for 4k passing yards while also rushing for 350, and also had a combined total of 57 touchdowns on the season. The dynamic signal-caller has signed on to play at Georgia Southern.
Johne’ss Davis out of Athens Christian was the leading rusher in Private with 172 yards per game and averaged a whopping 10.9 yards per rush. He was tied for the lead with 27 touchdowns and he was able to amount 1897 rushing yards in just 11 games. Sticking right with Davis, and collecting 27 touchdowns of his own was Trinity Christian senior Dominick Cosper. The senior rushed 1292 yards on the season, and his 9.1 yards per carry was the 2nd best among backs with over 100 carries in all of Private. Cosper was named Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Prince Avenue’s Bailey Stockton had an argument to be listed on either side of the ball, but his 1271 receiving yards and 83 receptions with 16 touchdowns led all of Class A Private in each category. Stockton is a high-IQ football player with a great feel for the game which earned him the title Region Athlete of the Year by the end of the season. Joshua Dallas out of Trinity Christian was 2nd in the classification with 1168 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. The do-it-all athlete for Trinity Christian is a dynamic playmaker, even getting 7 interceptions on defense. Dallas will be joining his twin brother, David, at Georgia Southern next fall. Elijah DeWitt out of Prince Avenue is a big pass-catcher who brought down 1181 receiving yards and finished 2nd in the classification with 77 receptions. DeWitt is a load to bring down in the open field and was able to manage 10 touchdowns on the season. Bryce Wilcox was 4th in the classification in touchdown receptions with 12. The senior was a dangerous option lining up in the slot snagging 42 receptions on the year, while also grabbing 4 interceptions on defense. Cole Spence, the Mt. Pisgah senior TE signed to Vanderbilt, ended up leading all of Class A Private with 106.3 yards per game, which is historically remarkable for his position. The senior had 55 receptions and a whopping 17.4 yards per reception.
Wyatt Anderson out of The Heritage School is a powerful OL standing about 6’3″ 290 lbs. The versatile lineman will be suiting up for Western Kentucky next fall. Trey Butts out of Mt. de Sales ended the year with 63 pancakes. The Kennesaw State commit is a bone-crushing run-blocker who should fit right into their run-heavy scheme. ELCA’s DJ Chester proved to be one of the best OL in all of Class A Private this fall. Chester is just a junior, and we suspect his recruitment to pick up and FBS programs will be recruiting the 6’5″ 300 lbs. OT. Zechariah Owens moved across the LOS for ELCA this fall. Playing both RT and some swinging between the OG spots. Owens already has a handful of FBS offers under his belt, and at 6’7″ +300 lbs., he is one of the biggest athletes in the entire state. Holy Innocents’ Michael Bennett improved more than almost any senior linemen in his recruiting class over the last year and rightfully earns a spot on the All-State team. The 6’5″ blocker was steady as a rock getting to the 2nd level, blocking out in space or getting low while taking on defenders. The senior is signed with Yale. North Cobb Christian’s Gabe Fortson is a tough junior blocker who gets really good leverage and leg drive while engaged. The 2023 blocking specialist earned Region Lineman of the Year this past season.
King’s Ridge Ethan Joesph was one of the leading rushers in Class A private averaging right at 127.8 yards per game and 12 total touchdowns. The senior ended up with a total of 1604 all-purpose yards, but also made an impact on defense where he had 91 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, and 2 force fumbles. Joseph will be playing football at Arkansas next fall. Taking the All-State kicker spot is Bryson Franklin out of Prince Avenue. The senior kicker ended up knocking home 10/13 attempts on the year and was named Region Kicker of the Year.
Moving over to the defensive side of the football where Jacoby Murray out of Holy Innocents’ stands atop the list. The sophomore ended up with about 5 sacks on the year, dominated the line of scrimmage, and was named Region Athlete of the Year. Interestingly, the sophomore also played some FB in their option offense. Prince Avenue’s junior Uriah Howard helped his team all the way to the state title game. The hard-nosed defensive tackle finished the year with 78 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, and also 7 sacks. Howard is certainly a recruit to watch this offseason. Athens Academy’s Johnerio Holt had a dominant senior year and was named Defensive Player of the Year in his region for his efforts. The senior was lining up mostly off the edge this year where he consistently created havoc. Holt still remains uncommitted, and one of the top uncommitted seniors available. Calvary Day junior Terry Simmons was one of the classification leaders with 19 tackles for loss on the year. The defensive tackle is extremely quick to the football, and brutal once he makes contact with the ball carrier. Simmons is another junior we suspect to get a lot of college interest over the course of this offseason.
Linebacker Coleman Cauley didn’t just lead Class A private in tackles, but also the entire state of Georgia. The senior out of First Presbyterian Day totaled 210 tackles, of which 113 were solo and 12 tackles went for a loss. Cauley was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. His recruitment will hopefully gain more traction in the final month here. Whitefield Academy’s Caleb LaVallee finished the year with 118 tackles, 11.8 per game, 16 tackles for a loss, and 6 sacks. That’s a downtick from last year’s +150, but LaVallee also played offense where he led his team in rushing too. The combination earned the junior Region Player of the Year. Watch out for the 2023 on the recruiting trail, he is one of the best linebackers in his recruiting class. Josh Cole helped Fellowship Christian to a strong push to the state semifinals. The Region Player of the Year led his team with 120 tackles on the year, was a classification leader with 18 tackles for a loss, and also had 5 sacks. Cole picked off two passes on the year too. On offense, he found himself in the endzone 9 times. Cole committed to The Citadel earlier in the fall. Christian Hanson out of Trinity Christian had 120 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, and was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Hanson led his team in tackles for the 2nd year in a row and was the key of the Trinity Christian defense in the middle. Hanson is set to play college ball at Mercer. Savannah Christian’s Peyton Cromwell was a torpedo on the field landing 141 tackles on the year and 12 tackles for a loss. The senior lined up at multiple spots, showing his versatility and quickness to get around blocks and attack the offense. Cromwell was named Region Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
Brendan Strozier out of St. Francis had a great season only giving up 2 receptions on the entire season and countless interceptions. The long arms of the law were all over receivers eating up passes and knocking them to the ground. Strozier has offers from Arkansas and Georgia State – we suspect he’ll be one of the more coveted DB’s in the class of 2023. Colton Hood out of ELCA is another ultra-talented 2023 defensive back. Hood ended up with 7 interceptions on the year and was named Defensive Player of the Year. His recruitment has taken off with several P5 offers. Calvary Day’s Juwan Johnson was one of the classification leaders with 5 interceptions and double-digit pass breakups as well. The senior DB is a solid tackler in solo situations, which compliments his good coverage skills. Johnson has recent D1 offers from Samford and Mercer under his belt. Aaron Gates out of Trinity Christian only ended up with 1 interception this year, schools definitely didn’t want to test last year’s interception leader in Class A – that’s for sure. Gates played immaculate lockdown defense while also totaling 1257 all-purpose yards on the season. Patrick Shelley out of Darlington was named Region Athlete of the Year. The lanky 6’4″ athlete ended up with 5 interceptions, two pick-sixes, and also forced several fumbles. The word is that Shelley is more interested in basketball, but as a football player he looks to be one of the top uncommitted safety prospects in this recruiting class.
Hebron Christian’s Jack Luttrell was one of Class A’s leaders in return yardage. He had a punt return for a score and also a kickoff that he housed. The 2023 athlete lines up all over the field for Hebron Christian and is committed to play football at Tennessee. Brooks Sturgeon has been one of the top specialists in the state of Georgia for a few years now. The Wesleyan senior had a classification leading 41.2 yards per punt and had 20 inside the 20-yard line. He also kicked in 13 field goals for good measure with a long of 50 yards. Sturgeon was named a Max Preps All-American and is signed to play football at NC State.
Cameron Matthews, Trinity Christian/Christian White, ELCA/PJ Simmons, ELCA/Austin Taylor, Mount Vernon/Jason Reynolds, ELCA/Kobe Butts, Mt. De Sales/Troy Ford, Calvary Day/Dylan Thornton, Brookstone/Jaquez Johnson, Pacelli/Michael Clark, ELCA/D’Aren Igho-Osagie, First Presbyterian Day/Jakobe Harmon, Holy Innocents’/Ian Geffard, Whitefield Acd./Gus Gammage, Darlington/Web Davidson, Tattnall Square/Joe Traylor, ELCA/Mason Goodyear, Prince Ave/Reed Richards, Mt. Paran/A’khori Jones – Mt. De Sales/George Futch, Savannah Christian/Evan Warren, Mt. Paran Christian/Tre Hawkins, Athens Acd./Brandon Hood, ELCA/Fernando Washington, Mt. De Sales/Aaron Philo, Prince Ave/Jake Merklinger, Calvary Day/Jack Cendoya, Mt. Pisgah/Charlie Gilliam, ELCA/Caleb McMickle, Fellowship Christian/Charlie Bussey, Aquinas/Donovan Johnson, Calvary Day/Malachi Townsend, The Heritage School/Cole Peterson, Whitefield, Acd./Griffin Green, First Presbyterian Day/Nick Persiano, Fellowship Christian/Tre Hawkins, Athens Acd./Solomon Locke, Christian Heritage/Barry Kleinpeter, Savannah Country Day/Ethan Christian, Prince Ave/Jonathan Gallinaro, Mt. Vernon/Josh Milhollin, Fellowship Christian/Tyler Hunnicutt, Mt. Pisgah/Jackson Moore, First Presbyterian Day/Walter Blanchard, Brookstone/Michael Smith, Calvary Day/Clark Jackson, Aquinas/Reed Riley, Providence Christian/Jacob Cruz, North Cobb Christian/Jonah O’Neill, Aquinas/Trent Debow, Wesleyan/Lincoln Broadnax, Mt. Paran Christian/Shawn Braxton, Trinity Christian/Oliver Buckner, Loganville Christian/Zavion Hardy, Tattnall Square/Caleb Perry, Pecelli/Antonio Butts, Calvary Day/Caeden Callahan, North Cobb Christian/Caleb Womble, Savannah Christian/Luke Lanier, Prince Ave/Josh Britt, Prince Avenue/Drew Ball, Wesleyan/Joel Jones, Brookstone/Jordan Green, Mt. De Sales/Remington Adams, Mt. Paran/Barry Young, Calvary Day/Trevor Strowbridge, Calvary Day/Ayden Duncanson, Whitefield Acd./Jimbo Batchelor, Trinity Christian/Elias Jones, Pacelli/Nathan Chapman, Fellowship Christian/Noah Maupin, Trinity Christian/Joshua Taylor, Trinity Christian/Harrison McClure, Walker/Matthew Gunn, Savannah Christian/Trey Stephens, North Cobb Christian/Keondre Glover, Stratford Acd./Caleb Thompson, Darlington/Denzel Alexander, North Cobb Christian/Caden Mathis, Christian Heritage/Gatlin Hanckock, Darlington/Roman Stamps, St. Francis/Josh Flynn, King’s Ridge/Malachi Goodman, Aquinas/Brett Brantley, Tattnall Square/Cody Lee, Landmark Christian/Jalin Scott, Calvary Day/Jep Hudspeth, Savannah Christian/Sincere Bell, Pacelli/Tripp Duncan, Brookstone/Carson Beach, Trinity Christian/Nathan Jones, Trinity Christian/Josiah Johnson, Trinity Christian/Ryan Earl, Trinity Christian/Zach Jackson, Holy Innocents’/Luca Chuecos, Holy Innocents’/King Joseph Edwards, Hebron Christian/Aaron Kruse, Mt. Pisgah/Jackson Kraal, Walker/Eli Thompson, Darlington/Laythan Folgman, George Walton/Navy Curry, Athens Christian/Michael Grandy, Savannah Country Day/Sam Griffith-Tesch, Mt. Paran Christian/Solomon Smith, Pacelli/Garrett Wagner, Fellowship Christian/Jett Miller, Wesleyan/OBie Grimes, Loganville Christian