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 at 10 PM Thursday night 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 – Trice McCannon, Marion Co.
RB – Kolbi Ferguson, Lincoln Co.
RB – Ja’Rell Jordan, ECI
RB – Tyler Morehead, Clinch Co.
APB – Brandon Thomas, Marion Co.
WR – Shakari Denson, Claxton
WR – Shamon Zanders, Dooly Co.
WR/TE – Rodney Jones, Mitchell Co.
OL – Cooper Smith, Bowdon
OL – Cooper Bell, Seminole Co.
OL – Bryce Houston-Dye, Marion Co.
OL – Lance Robinson, Mitchell Co.
OL – Javon Wynn, Lincoln Co.
OL – Dakota Anthony, Shley Co.
K – Jorge Gonzales, Claxton
ATH – Kendrick Patterson, Pelham
DL – Zykevious Walker, Schley Co.
DL – Justyn Stanford, Warren Co
DL – Craig Harris, Clinch Co.
DL – PJ Wright, Johnson Co.
DL – JyQuez Marshall, Irwin Co.
LB – DJ Lundy, Irwin Co.
LB – Desmond Tisdol, Wilcox Co.
LB – Kendrick Hawkins, Marion Co.
LB – Tylan Hollis, Manchester
LB – David Morris, Turner Co.
DB – Jamorri Colson, Irwin Co.
DB – Gabriel Benyard, Irwin Co.
DB – Ben Fortson, Bowdon
DB – Antaevious Brown, Lincoln County
DB – Darrell Starling, Pelham
P – Jackson Bostick, Baconton Charter
ATH – James Thomas, Mitchell County
Earning his 2nd consecutive bid to the All-State team is Trice McCannon. The 2020 signal-caller for Marion County carried his team all the way to the state title game where they ultimately fell to Irwin County. McCannon had another impressive season with 2277 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 117 QBR. He also carried the pigskin for 1105 yards and 19 touchdowns. He even had 410 returns yards, which gives him over 3500 all-purpose yards on the season. We will be the first to admit that the senior exceeded expectations after the graduation of several key-playmakers from their 2018 squad, but McCannon proved all doubters wrong with a special 50 touchdown season and a runner-up finish.
Speaking of special seasons, Lincoln County senior Kolbi Ferguson had one himself. The powerful athlete rushed for 1681 yards on the year with 33 touchdowns, while also totaling 100 tackles on defense too. Ferguson was at the top of Class A with 140.1 yards per game, and helped control Lincoln County to a top 10 finish in the regular season. Emmanuel County’s Ja’Rell Jordan is one of the oldest sign-ups on our website from this senior class, and after a good high school career the first 3 season, the senior was looking to put an exclamation at the end. Jordan did just that. His 1634 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns ranked him 2nd in public behind Ferguson. Clinch County junior Tyler Morehead was the top dog in the backfield this year and commanded 178 carries for 1543 yards rushing. The 2021 recruit finished off with 19 touchdowns, while also posting 53 tackles on defense too. Morehead already has several P5 offers in hand. Marion County’s Mr. Versatile Brandon Thomas is our all-purpose back on this All-State team. The senior ended up with 991 yards rushing and also 603 yards receiving too. His total of 18 touchdowns makes him one of the more dynamic players in the entire classification.
Leading Class A Public in receiving was Shakari Denson with 751 yards. The Region Athlete of the Year posted 6 touchdowns, but also was near the tops in the classification with 6 interceptions too. Denson is 2021 recruit that we expect to get a healthy amount of college interest this offseason. The next receiver spot was tightly contested, but we zeroed in on Shamon Zanders from Dooly County. Zanders was 3rd in Public with 62.3 yards per game, and his 20.8 yards per catch was the highest of any receiver with 30 or more receptions. The senior was also tied at 2nd place in public with 10 touchdowns, and he did it all in just 10 games. The last receiver spot goes to Mitchell County senior Rodney Jones, who in our opinion is more of a hybrid tight end at the college level. The 6’4″ 220 lbs. pass-target had right at 500 yards on the year and also led the entire classification with 12 touchdowns.
Onto the offensive line where Cooper Smith out of Bowdon paved the way to one of the more productive rushing attacks in Public. The Army commit is strong as an ox and bulldozes thru the defense carving out big running lanes for dynamic sophomore Gage Stephens to accelerate through. Seminole County’s Cooper Bell is one of the more productive players in the classification. The 6’4″ 290 lbs. senior keeps a flat back and drives his legs on each block. Bryce Houston-Dye is another Marion County senior making the list. Houston-Dye is a tough blocker who gets to the 2nd level pretty quickly and delivers some huge blocks. Lance Robinson out of Mitchell County made All-Region as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle – you do not usually see that. The senior is a fluid athlete who keeps a flat back while engaged with an opponent. The 6’4″ 285 lbs. linemen just decommitted from Georgia Southern a few weeks back. Kolbi Ferguson is not rushing for all those yards without some help up front, and carving out the middle is senior Javon Wynn. The wide-bodied linemen has powerful hands that sends defenders flying. Schley County senior Dakota Anthony is sound-blocker that efficiently gets the defender on the turf. He’s been a multi-year starter and is sound fundamentals lead to consistent pancakes on film.
Claxton senior Jorge Gonzales earns All-State for the 2nd year in a row. If anyone is questioning the kickers leg strength then check this out: out of Gonzales’ 53 kickoffs, he has sent 40 into the endzone for a touchback. He also knocked in a classification leading 11 field goals on 14 attempts. Making the All-State athlete spot is Kendrick Patterson, who had a good argument at quarterback honestly. The Pelham senior had 2041 yards passing, 27 touchdowns while also rushing the ball for 692 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 43 total touchdowns (he also had two receiving) ranks him 2nd in the classification but he also had an impact on defense with 5 interceptions too.
Moving over to defense, which is headlined by Zykevious Walker out of Schley County. The top ranked recruit proved the stars were well deserved again in 2019 with a classification leading 11 sacks. He also pulled down 29 tackles for loss, which ranks near the tops as well. Walker was named Region Defensive Player of the Year and just recently committed to Auburn. Now is the time to get familiar with Justyn Stanford out of Warren County. The bone-crushing hitter played both linebacker and defensive line, and was an integral part to their surprise push into the playoffs. Clinch County junior Craig Harris makes the All-State team again this year. The 2021 recruit has quick hands and his shear size/strength combo helps control the line of scrimmage. Johnson County’s PJ Wright could probably have made the OL spot even, but he gets the nod at defensive tackle. The explosive senior gets after the ball carrier in a hurry, and is one of the top uncommitted linemen left in the state. JyQuez Marshall out of Irwin County was one of the leading tacklers for the dominating Irwin County defense that only gave up 70 points on the season. The senior has a nose for the ball. He totaled 10.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and two defensive scores too.
DJ Lundy is definitely a familiar name to our All-State teams. It was just a year ago that he won the Player of the Year vote on our website. Missing the first part of the season due to injury, Lundy made sure to finish strong, and ended up leading his team in tackles with 71. He also had 19 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 3 FF. We would be remiss to say that Lundy was particularly dominant on the offensive side of the ball during the playoffs where he converted single digit carries into the triple digit yard totals. He is down to final group of schools with a decision soon on the horizon. Speaking of players making signing day commitments, how about Desmond Tisdol from Wilcox County? The senior is another ultra-versatile athlete. He finished with 84 total tackles, 17 for a loss, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions (two pick 6’s) and 3 blocked punts. Simply put, Tisdol is an impact player, and even on the offensive side of the ball he rushed for 973 yards and 17 touchdowns too. Leading all of Class A Public in solo tackles with 99 was Kendrick Hawkins out of Marion County. The speedy senior is like a magnet to the ball carrier and just naturally flows over to make a play. Manchester senior Tylan Hollis came up big again for his team and totaled 92 tackles. He was a Public leading 31 tackles for loss and also tallied 8 sacks too. Turner County junior David Morris really exploded onto the scene this year with some healthy stats. The powerful linebacker had right at 11.6 tackles per game and forced 5 fumbles as well. Be on the lookout for this junior to explode onto the recruiting scene the next few months.
Jamorri Colson out of Irwin County could honestly be plugged into any position on this All-State team and put up numbers. The 2020 recruit is one of the best pure athletes in all of Public, and his instincts on the football field is not equally matched. Teaming up with Colson is his teammate Gabriel Benyard. The junior recruit was all over the field like his counterpart, but also did a particularly great job at defensive back in 2019. Benyard just seems to have knack at making huge plays for his team. Lincoln County senior Antaevious Brown is one of the biggest hitters at his position in all of Public. The 2020 sleeper recruit has impressive acceleration to the ball, and should really get some late looks from D1 programs. He earned Region Defensive Player of the Year. Bowdon Senior Ben Fortson was the steady influence as his program emerged as a top 10 caliber team. His 87 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 2 defensive touchdowns was enough to earn him Region Defensive Player of the Year honors. Last defensive back spot goes to Darrell Starling out of Pelham. The 2020 prospect was named Region Player of the Year, and on the defensive side of the ball he had 4 interceptions to round out Pelham’s potent defense. Starling also had 1490 All-Purpose yards playing a multitude of spots on the field.
The punter spot was pretty heated this year, but ultimately we gave the honors to Jackson Bostick. The senior out of Baconton Charter average 38.6 yards per punt and had 7 inside the 20 yard line. He was voted team MVP and even made 2nd team OL in his region too. We decided to go with one more athlete spot in Public, and those honors go to James Thomas out of Mitchell County. The Region Athlete of the Year played QB, WR, RB and LB in 2019. Wherever Mitchell County needed Thomas to be, he was there, and his impact helped them to a region title. The 2020 recruit has a lengthy offer sheet, but remains uncommitted for the time being.
Justin Meyers, Washington-Wilkes/Daniel Wilson, Commerce/ Jacob Crockett, Wilkinson Co./Braylan Jowers, Taylor Co./Kam Ward, Irwin Co./ Kentrel Williams, Mitchell County/Martez Throw, Wilcox Co./Noah Hollingsworth, Wilcox Co./Trey Bass, Telfair Co./Azavon Lawton, McIntosh Co. Academy/Quan Proctor, McIntosh Co. Academy/Logan Buchanan, Mt. Zion/Qunetavious Hunter, Mitchell Co./Tre Blankenship, Telfair Co./Kanstin Brooks, Greenville/Zepha Hill, Dooly Co./Tracy Todd, Wilkinson Co./Carnard Chapman, Hancock Centeral/Carlos Dunovant, Chattahooche Co./TJ Trudnak, Commerce/Zach Robbins, Clinch/Jeremiah Pullens, Emanuel County Institute/Dallas Washington, Pelham/Martin Hernandez, Claxton/AJ Stanford, Warren Co./Dairon Jones, Warren Co./Zach Smith, Irwin Co./Garland Benyard, Irwin Co./Gage Stephens, Bowdon/Donovan Anthony, Washington-Wilkes/Joshua Webb, Crawford Co./Wesley Keith, Manchester/Jamil King, Marion Co./Cameron Bailey, Pelham/Connor Kyle, Commerce/Carson Young, Commerce/Jeff Felton, Dooly Co./Azavion Deans, Wilcox Co./Dominique Mills, Jenkins County/Kevon Carver, Irwin Co./Anelius Dean, Lanier Co./Patrick Tukes, Telfair Co./Michael Walker, Clinch/