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 8 PM
PRO – Abe Stowe, Wilcox Co.
DUAL – Dalen Cobb, Washington-Wilkes
RB – Rob Brown, Trion
RB – Omari Arnold, Brooks Co.
FLEX – Elijah Stephens, Turner Co.
WR – Willie Brown, Brooks Co.
WR – Xavier Brantley, Montgomery Co.
WR – Marcus Sanders, Macon Co.
WR – Brandon Smallwood, Wheeler Co.
OL – Noah Brown, Irwin Co.
OL – Mason Gaddis, Commerce
OL – Christian Martinez, Metter
OL – Garrett Gordon, Mt. Zion-Carroll
OL – William Johnson, Irwin County
OL – Devin McRae, Telfair Co.
K – Cooper Yanzetich, Irwin Co.
ATH – Brandon Denmark, Montgomery Co.
DL – Kenwan Felton, Macon Co.
DL – Colin Jackson, Miller Co.
DL – Pier Barron, Macon Co.
DL – Isaiah Turner, Wilcox Co.
DL – Treyveon Jackson, Brooks Co.
LB – Jakedrian Wright, Chattahoochee Co.
LB – Nehemiah McCoy, Irwin Co.
LB – Jovares Harden, Washington-Wilkes
LB – CJ Zellars, Lincoln Co.
LB – Sidney Blackwell, Schley Co.
DB – JaLewis Solomon, Schley Co.
DB – Nick Cull, Seminole Co.
DB – Artellious Edmond, Chattahoochee Co.
DB – Trey Huff, Lincoln Co.
P – Levi Ward, GMC
RET – Elijah Tiller, Clinch Co.
Wilcox County shocked a lot of Class A Public with their run to the state semifinals in 2021. Abe Stowe, the junior quarterback, was at the helm of their late-season surge. Stowe ended up leading Class A Public in passing yards with 2575 yards and 32 touchdowns. Stowe was named Region Player of the Year for his efforts. The junior throws an impressive deep ball and has improved each season since starting at Wilcox County, so we expect his recruitment to be worth watching this offseason. Senior Dalen Cobb out of Washington-Wilkes was the yardage leader in Class A Public combining for 3k yards. Cobb threw for 1630 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and an efficient 108 QBR. The dual-threat QB was also #5 in the classification in rushing yards with 1437 yards and 21 touchdowns as well. Cobb is one of the fastest players in the state of Georgia (last year’s 100m champion in Public) and will be suiting up for Georgia Southern at the next level.
Trion’s Rob Brown ended up leading the entire state of Georgia with a 218 yard per game average. He totaled 2621 rushing yards on the season with an insane 10.3 yards per carry and 40 touchdowns. Brown went into the season as a relative unknown with few media outlets covering the 2022 recruit but by season end he was the talk of the state. Ultimately, Brown ended up signing up with Kennesaw State, where his hard-nosed running style should be a perfect fit for the Owl’s offense. Brooks County has been riding the legs of Omari Arnold ever since his sophomore year where he rushed for just under 2k yards and followed up his junior year with another strong showing. Both years he helped the Trojans to the state title game but ultimately lost both times, but finally, in 2021, Arnold helped lead the Trojans to their first state title since the 1990s. Arnold had a season for the ages rushing for 2544 yards, a class-leading 11.7 yards per carry, and 42 touchdowns on the season. His 320-yard rushing performance in the state title game against Irwin County ended up breaking the state rushing yard record for a state title game. Arnold will be taking his quick feet over to Georgia Southern next fall. Turner County’s Elijah Stephens was just recently named Region Offensive Player of the Year. The class of 2022 all-purpose back ended the season with 1387 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 329 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns as well. Stephens has been one of the more productive offensive threats over the last 4 years at Turner County and is always a blink away from a touchdown.
Brooks County offensive attack wasn’t all on the ground, and making up for nearly 50% of the receiving yards on the team was senior Willie Brown. The reliable class of 2022 receiver ended the year 1146 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns, and an impressive 22.9 yards per reception. Montgomery County’s Xavier Brantley was one of the classification leaders with 43 receptions on the season and ranked near the tops with 702 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. The explosive senior with excellent ball skills is set to play at Mercer at the next level. Marcus Sanders out of Macon County finished #2 in Public with 12 receiving touchdowns. The uber-athletic 6’3″ receiver who has immense upside at the next level ended up with 708 receiving yards and will be suiting up for Georgia Southern a year from now. (Editor’s note: we are adding Brandon Smallwood to first team All-State after publishing) Brandon Smallwood out of Wheeler County is one of the more underrated receivers in the state of Georgia who was the regular-season leader in Class A Public with 942 yards receiving yards, which ranked him 7th in the state at that time. Smallwood is an explosive 6’1″ athlete and one of the more underrated senior receivers still uncommitted in this recruiting class.
Irwin County’s Noah Brown has been a multi-year starter getting his team to the state title each season. Brown who lines up at the center spot is one of the more productive blockers in the classification. Mason Gaddis out of Commerce helped power their option offensive attack that came on really strong halfway through the season. A two-time All-State selection, Gaddis gets very low when blocking and has excellent leg drive. Metter’s Christian Martinez is one of the strongest seniors in the entire state of Georgia. The o-lineman was absolutely devastating as a blocker planting defenders into the ground. Garrett Gordon out of Mt. Zion-Carroll has been one of the most consistent blockers in the state of Georgia the last few years. The Charleston Southern commit is a violent blocker with excellent body control while engaged and a big-time motor blocking until the final whistle. William Johnson from Irwin County is a senior blocker who does an excellent job getting to his assignment. Once there, Johnson shows strong hands at the point of attack and is efficient at getting pancakes, especially at the 2nd level. Devin McRae out of Telfair County graded out with an 88% grade as a blocker this fall. McRae, a 6’4″ athletic two-way junior, is really just starting to scratch the surface of his potential and should see his recruitment really heat up this offseason. McRae also had 9 tackles for loss and 3 sacks playing defense for the first time.
Irwin County’s Cooper Yanzetich is our All-State pick at kicker. The 6’1.5″ 185 lbs. class of ’22 kicker has the strongest leg in the entire classification and was named Region 3 Specialist of the Year. Our All-State athlete goes to Brandon Denmark out of Montgomery County. The 4-year starter does basically everything for his squad. On offense, he amounted 1397 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named Region Offensive Player of the Year. Flipping over to the defensive side, and Denmark ended up with 92 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, and 3 interceptions to go along with 2 forced fumbles. Denmark’s impact doesn’t stop there though. He impacts the game on special teams, where he is one of the classification’s leaders with a 39-yard punt average.
Moving over to the defensive side of the football where Kenwan Felton gets the nod as All-State for the 2nd year in a row. Felton led the classification again in sacks. This year he totaled 22 on the season while also collecting 32 tackles for a loss. The speedy senior edge-rusher was named Region Player of the Year. Colin Jackson out of Miller County is an imposing 6’4″ 240 lbs. defender who popped off his senior year with 20 sacks and 36 tackles for a loss. The 2022 defender was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. Pier Barron also had a great season on the Macon County defensive line. The senior ended up with 73 tackles on the year, 20.5 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks. What is even more impressive is the big 300 lbs. defensive tackle also had 3 blocked punts on the year. Wilcox County’s run defense was huge on their playoff push where they faced off against the state’s top rushers. Isaiah Turner, the 6’2″ 300 lbs. senior defensive tackle, was pivotal in clogging up the middle and stifling other teams’ gameplans. He was awarded for his efforts at the end of the season being named Region Defensive Player of the Year. The last defense line spot was very close, but ultimately senior Treyveon Jackson out of Brooks County gets the nod. The super-speedy edge rusher was a classification leader with 12.5 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss. Jackson is certainly undersized at about 6′, but his speed and quickness were too much for opposing offensive tackles throughout the year, and his speed cleaning up tackles from the backside led to nearly 90 on the season.
Jakedrian Wright got more work this year as a linebacker than a defensive lineman and ended up with 70 tackles on the year. The versatile senior out of Chattahoochee County was one of the classification’s leaders with 20 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks on the year. Nehemiah McCoy out of Irwin County was the heart and soul of their defense. The senior used his excellent speed to motor across the field to be the team’s leading tackler. McCoy was named Region Defensive Player of the Year and is one of the more underrated, albeit undersized, linebackers still uncommitted in the state of Georgia. Jovares Harden out of Washington-Wilkes was the classification leader in solo tackles with 87 on the season. The smart-savvy senior backer who sports a 3.5 GPA was able to snuff out the play, allowing him to collect 125 tackles on the year. Lincoln County’s CJ Zellars is definitely the smallest of the linebackers to make the All-State team, but the 5’8″ defender packs a punch when making a tackle. He ended up with 106 tackles on the year and was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. Schley County’s emergence this fall was a bit of a surprise, and Sidney Blackwell stepping up after the graduation of the team’s leading tacklers from the year prior was certainly a welcome sight. Blackwell totaled 115 tackles on the year, of which 13.5 of those were for a loss and he was named Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Moving over to defensive back, and another Schley County athlete makes our All-State list in JaLewis Solomon. The class of 2024 athlete could have been named on the offensive side of the ball or even athlete for that matter. Solomon finished the year with 5 interceptions and 8 pass breakups and 22 tackles while also placing 2nd in the classification with 989 receiving yards and leading all of Public with 13 receiving touchdowns. Solomon is already a name to know in the recruiting world. Seminole County’s Nick Cull was playing all over the field this season but had his biggest impact once again at CB. The 2022 athlete used his elite instincts and athleticism to jump passes and create turnovers. Cull is signed to play with Ole Miss. Artellious Edmond took a jump with his coverage skills in 2021, amounting 3 interceptions while still establishing himself as a devastating tackler down the middle of the field. Edmond remains uncommitted, and one to keep an eye on the final month of his recruitment. Lincoln County’s Trey Huff is a football machine on the field. The sheer amount of production the class of ’23 athlete amasses over the course of the season is eye-raising, to say the least. Huff had a classification leading 135 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception to go along with 9 pass breakups. His offensive output was nearly as good with 1300 total yards and 18 touchdowns and was named Athlete of the Year in his region.
Levi Ward once again makes the All-State punter spot. The Georgia Military College junior has been one of the most consistent punters over the last few years in the state averaging right at 40 yards per punt. Ward was named Region Specialist of the Year. Elijah Tiller out of Clinch County gets the nod at All-State returner. He had a long punt return for a touchdown, several long kickoffs (one that would have been a touchdown if not for an erroneous blocking penalty) and in general, was one of the more dynamic playmakers in the entire classification.
Desmeyan Daniels, Mitchell Co./Tyree Rainey, Seminole Co./Cole McCranie, Metter/Will Jones, McIntosh Co./Brantley Willbanks, Trion/Johnofer Carter, Claxton/Qua Ashley, Dublin/Malachi Ackles, Mt. Zion/Amazi Williams, Clinch County/Montgomery Kephart, Gordon Lee/KJ Reid, Social Circle/Andrew Hopson, Bowdon/Saveon Cason, Brooks Co./Malachi Hadden, Irwin Co./Danny Cheley, Metter/Amar Thomas, Brooks Co./Bo Payne, Irwin Co./Jalen Brooks, Terrell Co./Christian Edgerton, Brooks Co./CJ Donaldson, Metter/Shelquavious Byse, Macon Co./Jaylen Lilley, Charlton Co./Eli Roberts, Irwin Co./Jace McLendon, Macon Co./Bryce Clements, Irwin Co./Michael Boyd, Screven Co./Bryce Miller, Wheeler Co./Micola Walker, Warren Co./Kaleb Park, Trion/Carson Landing, Pelham/O’Marion Jackson, Warren Co./Omarion Brown, Manchester/Kaliq Jordan, Metter/Kris Jackson, ECI/Robert McNeal, Bowdon/Jamal Sanders, Brooks Co./Jay Kanazawa, Schley Co./De’Vontae James, Terrell Co./Darius Wells, Montgomery Co./Logan Cross, Social Circle/Zane Touchton, Pelham/Hayden Morris, Claxton/Jacob Faircloth, Lanier Co./Cody Soliday, Irwin Co./Kyle Oakes, Towns County/Amarion Blanks, Turner Co./Landon Austin, Macon Co./Marlon Mitchell, Macon Co./Damarkas Lundy, Irwin County/Tevin Gartrell, Lincoln Co./Travis Moss, Warren Co./Jamarquez Tyson, Washington-Wilkes/JT Wright, Dublin/Jordan Andrews, Crawford Co./Zayden Walker, Schley Co.//Germivy Tucker, Johnson Co./Rashad Myers, Warren Co./Jessie Washington, GMC/Trey Woods, GMC/Kejun Williams, Claxton/Jadarius Robinson, Greenville/Terrel Ashley, Crawford County/JB Breedlove, Miller Co./Quinzaibian Jackson, Washington-Wilkes/Tramain Demps, Brooks Co./ Azaria Smith, Turner Co./Mason Moore, Social Circle/Clinton Jackson, Schley Co./EJ Brown, Lanier Co./Kish Wright, Lanier Co./Tanner Langley, Bowdon/Ja’Myez Thompson, Mitchell Co./Tucker Cleary, Social Circle/Lake Linton, McIntosh Co. Acd./Charlie Prater, Bowdon/Penn Askew, Gordon Lee/Vasquez Lonon, Screven Co./Joseph Meyers, Washington-Wilkes/Jayden Parker, Pelham/Kenneth Russell, BEST/Detravious Laney, Terrell Co./Nathan Patterson, Taylor Co./Cameron Wallace, Montgomery Co./Luke Forehand, Schley Co./Dy’Quavion Floyd, Taylor Co./Quan Proctor, McIntosh Co. Acd./Jaylon Calhoun, Lanier Co./MonQuarik Taylor, Turner Co./Cason Westbrook, Schley Co./Trace Hodges, Crawford Co./Tanner Ennis, Bryan Co./Twan Gilber, Mitchell Co./Traveon Clayton, Pelham/Legend Hallman, Brooks Co./Allen Ventura, Claxton/Cameron Miller, Lincoln Co./Danny Thompson, Screven Co./Lavorris Hines, Pelham/Elijah Williams, Miller Co./Camron Ray, Seminole Co./Marquis Williams, Brooks Co./Kamri Blankumsee, Brooks County/Ethan Oglesby, Metter/Kanirion Jenkins, Metter/Jacquez Kincy, Wheeler Co./Samari Madison, Montgomery Co./Jailen Smith, Telfair Co./Antonio Sanders, Hawkinsville/Ja’Tyler Lundy, Dooly Co./Willie Butts, Wilcox Co./Kassidy Deans, Wilcox Co./Jaimon Hilliard, Wilcox Co./Joshua Sirmans, Lanier Co./AJ Harris, Manchester/Javier Favors, Central-Talbotton/Dontavious Harris, Chattahoochee County/Regis Bellamy, Chattahoochee County/Chandler Brown, Gordon Lee/Kumasi Washington, Hancock Central/Jordan Jackson, Wilkinson Co./Justin Verdier, ACE Charter/Jaiden Daniels, Commerce/Hampton Hutto, Commerce/Levi Brock, Washington-Wilkes/Ricky Picasso, Greene Co./Jerian Johnson, Treutlen/Kyler Williams, Charlton Co./Jalen Hall, Dooly Co/Zach Sharp, Trion/Jahkari Golff, Jenkins Co./Tarris Bivins, Randolph Clay/Cam Long, Manchester