Welcome to another year of our All-State teams! Down below we have our team for Class A Public with a complete writeup and at the bottom of the page is a list of honorable mentions. We also have Player of the Year voting directly down below. There is no limit on voting – it will be a free-for-all and let’s hope this website can hold up. Voting will end Friday 1/15 at 8 pm.
Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page and stay tuned for more classifications upcoming! – MORE ALL-STATE TEAMS
QB – Nitavion Burrus, Brooks Co.
RB – Cade Peterson, Gordon Lee
RB – Omari Arnold, Brooks Co.
RB – Trenton Johnson, McIntosh Co. Acd.
WR – Gabriel Benyard, Irwin Co.
WR – Tray Wyatt, Bowdon
WR – Keonvay Clark, Turner Co.
WR – Willie Williams, Mitchell Co.
OL – Caleal Burroughs, Charlton Co.
OL – Jalen Billingsley, Irwin Co.
OL – Ashton Grable, Wilkinson Co.
OL – Zach Brown, Turner Co.
OL – Jared Morrow, Mt. Zion-Carrollton
OL – Mason Gaddis, Commerce
K – Eyrck Diaz, Commerce
ATH – Kam Ward, Irwin Co.
DL – Kenwan Felton, Macon Co.
DL – J’Shawn Baker, Brooks Co.
DL – Amari Hodges, Clinch Co.
DL – Justyn Stanford, Warren Co.
DL/LB – Garland Benyard, Irwin Co.
LB – Johnny Wise, Lincoln Co.
LB – Camron Priest, Brooks Co.
LB – Martez Thrower, Wilcox Co.
LB – CJ Donaldson, Metter
DB – Shakari Denson, Claxton
DB – Carlos Dunovant, Chattahoochee Co.
DB – Derrick Taylor, Irwin Co.
DB – Jamal Taylor, Hancock Central
DB – Gabe Guyton, Dublin
P – Bo Childers, Commerce
RET – Matt McAdoo, Wilcox Co.
Brooks County star quarterback Nitavian Burrus led his team all the way to the state title game again in 2020 and was the most efficient signal-caller in the classification with a 132.6 QBR. He threw for 22 touchdowns, 1857 yards, and only 6 interceptions while also showing off his electric feet running for 508 yards too. Burrus led his team to back-to-back state title games and will go down as one of Brooks County’s all-time greats at the school.
Cade Peterson went on a tear this year, and Gordon Lee jumped out as one of the hot teams in Class A Public in the first half of the fall. Peterson ran for 150 yards per game with a 10 yard per carry average and a total of 1806 yards. The senior has good open-field speed, and in many cases, Peterson just outran the competition. Omari Arnold has been one of the most dynamic athletes in south Georgia the last few years and junior season was definitely another great one. Arnold ended the season with 1553 rushing yards, 119 yards per game, and 25 touchdowns. He was actually one of the top 15 receivers in the class with 487 yards too. The speedy Arnold will be certainly a 2022 recruit to watch closely this offseason. McIntosh County Academy’s Trenton Johnson had 1547 yards in just 9 games and 22 touchdowns. The powerful back had a class-leading 171.9 yards per game. Johnson is still uncommitted and has recent offers from Savannah State and Albany State.
Irwin County’s Gabriel Benyard is one of the absolute best players in the classification playing all over the field, but on this All-State team, he slides in at receiver. Benyard has 834 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns while also rushing 522 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s absolutely a dynamic player who will be suiting up for Kennesaw State next fall. Keonvay Clark out of Turner County is one of the more explosive players in the classification. His 9 touchdowns give him a tie with the classification lead and one of the few in Public to eclipse 750 yards receiving on the season. Willie Williams out of Mitchell County looks almost like a RB lined up at receiver dragging defensive back sometimes +10 yards down the field. Williams was one of the classification’s leaders averaging 78 yards per game, a 19.5 yards per catch average, and 8 touchdowns on the year. The 2022 recruit is an intriguing prospect with his size in tandem with his big play ability. Bowdon’s Tray Wyatt stretched opponents’ defenses with his speed for 819 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year. The quick slot receiver is dynamic when changing directions, and very effective at getting around defenders in tight spaces.
Charlton County’s Caleal Burroughs is a 6’2″ 320 lbs. offensive linemen with a mauler’s mindset. The senior is well under the radar at the moment, but a strong blocker who has improved a lot over the last year. Jalen Billingsley out of Irwin County has to be a lineman you root for. The senior might just be around 240 lbs., but he plays much heavier moving athletes out of the way and doing a terrific job of getting downfield and making huge blocks. Ashton Grable is another lineman who made a lot of progress over the last year and is one of the top o-linemen in all of Class A. Grable is both skilled as a run or pass blocker. The senior is mostly hearing from D1 programs. Zach Brown out of Turner County is another big 300 lbs. linemen to make this 2020 All-State team. Brown is an earth-moving lineman who is physical at the point of attack and outside of the gridiron a very good student. Jared Morrow is the lone FBS signee of this bunch heading his way to Coastal Carolina. The huge 6’5″ offensive lineman is exceptional at driving his legs through the defender. His film is littered with Mr. Morrow sending defenders backtracking 5-10 yards downfield and eventually pancaking their opponents to the ground. Commerce’s Mason Gaddis is a terrific option-blocking lineman who gets incredibly low and just explodes out his stance off the snap. The 6’2″ 250 lbs. lineman is surprisingly quick getting to the 2nd level and making key blocks.
Eryck Diaz is another Commerce athlete to make this 2020 list. The senior kicker converted on 51 xtra points and had a long of 44 yards on the season, which led Class A Public. Diaz had 54 touchbacks on the season. Irwin County’s Kam Ward makes our All-State athlete spot. Ward rushed for 1183 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year, but over 500 of those yards came during the playoffs alone. Helping Irwin County to their 2nd consecutive state championship, Ward was an instrumental two-way player who also lined up at linebacker, earning first team All-Region honors at that position.
Kenwan Felton out of Macon County was one of the classification leaders with 115 tackles, and that’s on the defensive line. Felton was 2nd in the classification with 16 sacks, and 23 tackles for a loss. At 6’2″ and 215 lbs., Felton is a junior that colleges will have on their radar as an edge rusher. J’Shawn Baker out of Brooks County was the sack-master of Class A with 20.5 sacks. His 35 tackles for loss also led the classification and he had 70 tackles to boot. Baker is a 6’1″ 200 lbs. twitchy athlete who is still unsigned. Amari Hodges out of Clinch County clogged up the middle of the opposing team’s rushing attack with his near 340 lbs. frame. Hodges led his DL in tackles with 40; showing a lot of hustle cleaning up tackles from the backside. The big man was also a starter on the other side of the ball on the OL. The hard-hitting Warren County defensive stalwart Justyn Stanford is back again on our All-State team. Stanford might be a shade under 6′ but he hits with authority and plays with a relentless motor. Stanford was named his region’s Defensive Player of the Year. At our hybrid spot is Garland Benyard out of Irwin County. The multi-talented Benyard led his team with 11 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. He also had 2 interceptions and two blocks on special teams as well while also getting some reps on offense too. Benyard will be joining his twin brother, Gabe, to play football at Kennesaw State.
Lincoln County’s Johnny Wise totaled 99 tackles on the year and was named Defensive Player of the Year in his region. Wise is a solid middle linebacker with good instincts pursuing the ball carrier. Navy offered back in December. Brooks County’s leading tackler Camron Priest finished the year with 99 tackles, 71 of which are solo, and also 27.5 tackles for loss. Priest had one pick-six on the year. The Brooks senior has a beastly motor getting after the ball carrier. Martez Thrower out of Wilcox County led his team with 72 solos and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. He had 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and on the offensive end had 7 rushing touchdowns. Thrower will play football next fall at Kentucky. CJ Donaldson is an uber-athletic sophomore who ended up being the Defensive Player of the Year in his region. He is a destructive tackler in the open field. The Metter 2023 linebacker will end up being a national recruit and looks to be a regular on All-State teams to come.
Shakari Denson out of Claxton makes the DB spot on our All-State team. Denson has been selected now two years in a row. He was a classification leader with 6 interceptions and earned Region Player of the Year honors in 2020. Denson will be suiting up for Michigan State next fall. Carlos Dunovant is another defensive back who also earned Region Athlete of the Year. Dunovant had 50 tackles and 7 interceptions. The Louisiana Tech signee was also named the Bi-City Player of the Year earning him the city of Columbus’ top athlete honors. Dunovant finishes his HS career with 16 interceptions. Derrick Taylor out of Irwin County had a dominating presence on the defensive side of the football making momentum-shifting interceptions, including in the state title game against Brooks County. Taylor finished the year with 6 interceptions, 3 of which were returned for a touchdown, and one of the leaders of his team with 50 tackles. Taylor stands 6′ and 160 lbs., and despite his slighter frame is an excellent tackler in the open field. Hancock Central’s Jamal Taylor looks like a waterbug on the field changing directions in a blink of an eye. The senior is dynamic and makes perfect sense he earned Region Athlete of the Year, but on our team, his 5 interceptions give him the nod at the DB spot. Another dynamic player of the year winner was Gabe Guyton out of Dublin. Guyton ended the year with 4 interceptions and just showed excellent instincts reading the pass and breaking it up. Guyton was dynamic all year for the Irish, and personally think he is one of the biggest sleeper defensive backs still uncommitted in the state of Georgia.
Commerce continues to their special team’s dominance with Bo Childers making the list. The senior led the classification with 43 yards per punt and a long of 51 yards, making a very consistent weapon for Commerce. Childers is a fantastic athlete for a punter. Wilcox County’s Matt McAdoo earns the return spot on this All-State team. The dynamic defensive back is one of the more lockdown CB’s in the state, but he also was a leader returning kicks with 2 touchdowns on kickoffs and 2 on punts as well. McAdoo has heard from D1’s throughout his recruitment most notable Austin-Peay.
Zavian Solomon, Schley Co./Branson Owens, Wilcox Co./Cameron Bailey, Pelham/Tra’Vonte Williams, Atkinson Co./Noah Brown, Irwin Co./Austin Duffy, Marion Co./AJ Wooddell, Marion Co./Curt LeFlore, Wilcox Co/Zamon Ross, Schley Co./Braylan Jowers, Taylor Co/Eric Ivory, Dooly Co./Jolan Hannor, Macon Co./Brandon Denmark, Montgomery County/Desmeyan Daniels, Mitchell Co./Kris Jackson, ECI/Michael Boyd, Screven Co/Jamari Jones, Terrell Co./Davion Rhodes, Pelham/Pier Barron, Macon/Craig Harris, Clinch Co./Shelquavius Byse, Macon Co./Jake Frates, Commerce/Sammy Brown, Commerce/William Suber, Commerce/Dalen Cobb, Washington-Wilkes/Corey Danner, Washington-Wilkes/Amarion Blanks, Turner Co./Cody Soliday, Irwin Co./Logan Cross, Social Circle/Quen Hunter, Mitchell Co./Jabin Ford, Taylor Co./Keveon Robbins, Hancock Central/Elijah Stephens, Turner Co./Dakota Browning, Mt. Zion/Malcolm Jones, Mitchell Co./Jaden Hayes, Macon Co./Xavier Brantley, Montgomery Co./KJ Reid, Social Circle/Karon Taylor, Claxton/Jacob Neal, Gordon Lee/ Eric Taylor, Social Circle/Detravious Laney, Terrell Co./Marquavious Jones, Wilkinson Co./Derontae Stewart, Crawford Co./Tylik Grantling, Crawford Co./Marquavious Lawrence, Hancock Central/Amari Benson, Hancock Central/Taj Hobbs, Metter, Aaron Collins, Metter/Jakestal Lee, Jenkins Co./Will Jones, McIntosh Co. Acd./Domoniqu Mills, Jenkins Co./Ethan Oglesby, Metter/Miles Parks, Lincoln County/Keenon Lampkin, Lincoln County/Justin Myers, Washington-Wilkes/Jo’Vares Harden, Washington-Wilkes/AJ Harris, Manchester/Derrick Woods, Brooks Co./Champ Kyles, Miller Co./Monquarik Taylor, Turner Co./Chris Cohen, Mt. Zion/Kahmarian Wade, Lanier Co./Nique Bell, BEST/Kevien Zachary, BEST/Caleb Willis, Lincoln Co./Germivy Tucker, Johnnson Co./Abe Stowe, Wilcox Co./Isaiah Turner, Wilcox Co./Markel Mitchell, Dublin/Casson Clark, Hawkinsville/Antonio Sanders, Hawkinsville/Aiden Greenway, Johnson Co./Nadaniel Ford, Dublin/Jailen Clemons, Telfair Co./Jaleel Green, Terrell Co./Donivon Thomas, Irwin Co./Aaron Bazemore, Screven Co./Jacob Long, Schley Co./Jarrett Long, Schley Co./Brandan Davis, Taylor Co./Sylvester Bassey, Armuchee/Jarrett Anderson, Bowdon/Tanner Langley, Bowdon/Michael Akins, Gordon Lee/Garrett Gordon, Mt. Zion-Carrollton/Ryan Burkhart, McIntosh Co. Acd./Dontavius Brown, Seminole Co./Layton Cowart, Seminole Co./Tony Cobb, Charlton Co./Jordan Payne, Irwin Co./Nehemiah McCoy, Irwin Co./Rashod Brockington, Lanier Co./Kish Wright, Lanier Co./David Morris, Turner Co./Chase Whitehead, ECI/Bryce Clements, Irwin Co./Deonte Newsome, Atkinson Co./Jailen Smith, Telfair Co./Kahleel Latimer, Chattahoochee Co./Artavon Edmond, Chattahoochee Co./Jakedrian Wright, Chattahoochee County/Trey Huff, Commerce/Nathan Patterson, Taylor Co./Sylvester Bassey, Armuchee/Grant Taylor, Armuchee/Robert McNeal, Bowdon/Brantley Willbanks, Trion/Rob Brown, Trion/Kyree Evans, Warren Co./Marquavious Grady, Clinch Co./Tyler Morehead, Clinch Co./Darian Williams, Mitchell Co./Samari Madison, Montgomery Co./Levi Ward, Georgia Military/Cooper Yanzetich, Claxton/Rashaun Cutts, Randolph Clay/Tarris Bivins, Randolph Clay/Elijah Tiller, Clinch Co.