Here are this year’s Class A Public All-State selections. Player of the Year voting is down below (only one vote per hour), there are 4 players nominated and voting ends on Sunday night at 10 pm. View more All-State teams by clicking HERE. Share your thoughts, leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
QB – Trice McCannon, Marion Co.
RB – DJ Lundy, Irwin Co.
RB – Travon Matthews, Marion Co.
RB – Hagen Willingham, Trion
RB – Eric Dixon, ECI
WR – Josh Rodgers, Marion Co.
WR – Jordan Bennett, Pelham
WR – Reggie Smith Dooly Co.
WR/TE Jeremiah Johnson, Clinch Co.
OL – Kedrick Harvey, Chattahoochee Co.
OL – Levi Pate, Commerce
OL – Archer Hathaway, Schley Co.
OL – Jake Hayes, Trion
OL – Lochlan Cunningham, Irwin Co.
OL – CJ Gwynn, Clinch Co.
ATH – C’Darius Kelley, Greene Co.
K – Jorge Gonzales, Claxton
DL – Rashad Wonnum Taylor Co.
DL – Anton Kilpatrick, Greene Co.
DL – Craig Harris, Clinch Co.
DL – Zykevious Walker, Schley Co.
DL – Daniel Mack, Charlton Co.
LB – Trezman Marshall, Clinch Co.
LB – Desmond Tisdol, Wilcox Co.
LB – Chris Stovall, Miller Co.
LB – Malik Burns, Dooly Co.
LB – Javoris Williams, Pelham
DB – Jay Stanley, Irwin Co.
DB – Tyler Morehead, Clinch Co.
DB – Darique Williams, Montgomery Co.
DB – Caleb Mason, Commerce
DB – Janorris Byrd, Miller Co.
RET – Da’Quan Jackson, Montgomery Co.
P – Jackson Bostick, Baconton Charter
Marion County’s offense was humming this year, and Trice McCannon was the little engine that would do it. The junior signal-caller ended up with 2002 passing yards on the year with a Class A leading 130.4 QBR. His efficiency led to 21 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions, while he also rushing for 1243 yards and 9 touchdowns. With over 3000 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns – very few players had an offensive season like McCannon’s in Class A.
DJ Lundy from Irwin County had right at 1630 yards rushing on the year, and a public leading 28 touchdowns too. The powerful back already has offers from several P5 programs like Auburn and South Carolina, but his recruitment should really heat up in the next few months. Travon Matthews from Marion County was right behind Lundy with 27 touchdowns on the year, finishing #2 in Class A Public. Matthews amounted 1586 yards on the ground, his never-quit running style can just wear down a defense to exhaustion. Trion’s Hagen Willingham finished his high school career with a huge senior season. On just 177 carries, Willingham ended up with 1634 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. His excellent vision and low running style allows the senior to get a lot yards after contact. Eric Dixon is a late add-on, the senior led Class A public with 2005 yards and 26 touchdowns. Dixon is a senior from ECI with outstanding acceleration that can burn a defense in the open field.
Josh Rodgers is another Marion County offensive player who made the list. The athletic receiver led all of Class A Public in receiving with 883 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 39 receptions. Rodgers 14 touchdowns was tied for the lead in Class A with Pelham’s Jordan Bennett. The junior receiver finished 2nd in Public with 725 yards receiving on just 34 receptions. Dooly County’s Reggie Smith was not on our radar to start the season, but the Swiss-army knife football player finished the year with over 1600 all-purpose yards. His 668 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns was near the tops in Class A Public. Clinch’s towering 6’7″ junior pass target Jeremiah Johnson proved why he is one of the best during the state title game with 3 receptions for 100 yards and two scores. He was arguably the the deciding factor in the game. The junior finished the year with 550 yards on just 21 receptions with 6 touchdowns.
Kedrick Harvey paved the way for an 8 win season at Chattahoochee County. The big-time wrestler loves contact, and quickly pancakes his opponent before they know what happens. Levi Pate is pound-for-pound one of the strongest players in the state of Georgia. The 255 lbs. linemen executes all the block necessary in Commerce’s triple option attack. Archer Hathaway from Schley Co. paved the way for a 1000-yard rusher. The big 6’5″ 300 lbs. offensive linemen just drives defenders back almost too easily. Jake Hayes was escorting Hagen Willingham to the endzone all year. The 6’4″ 300 lbs. offensive linemen is a tough customer and will block until the whistle is blown. Lochlan Cunningham is the center who gets it done over at Irwin County. He is tenacious coming out his stance, and keeps after his opponent way down field. CJ Gwynn continues to improve each year, and watch any skill player’s film at Clinch, and you will see big #72 dropping a defender. The senior is a pretty big sleeper playing in Class A Public.
C’Darius Kelley led Greene County to a top 10 finish in the regular season. His 1792 yards passing (60% completion) and 1025 yards rushing had offenses on their toes. Kelley amassed 33 touchdowns on the year. Jorge Gonzales fromm Claxton was 5 of 7 on field goals during the year. His consistency on kickoffs gives him the nod over the competition, as the junior was a touchback machine.
Taylor County senior Rashad Wonnum went out big his senior year with 79 tackles, 28 tackles for loss (led Class A) and 7 sacks. The big 6’4″ 240 lbs lineman was setting the edge and flowing to the football better than ever. Anton Kilpatrick just earned Region Defensive Player of the Year. The huge Green Co. lineman just clogs up the middle making it impossible to get much offense going. Craig Harris from Clinch County is one of two sophomores from Clinch to make the team. The huge defender moves better than you would expect for player who must be 300 lbs., and is just a terror to block. Zykevious Walker led Class A Public with 10.5 sacks and did it in just 9 games. The junior was seemingly always in the backfield totaling 14.5 tackles for loss and 19 QB hurries on the year. Daniel Mack from Charlton County took his game to another level and was a tackle machine for his squad. The 6’5″ 245 edge rusher is an all-out hustle player who is hearing from numerous mid-major colleges at the moment.
The leading tackler at Clinch Co. was once again Trezman Marshall. The senior is not a new name to the All-State team, as this is his 3rd year in a row now making it. Not only did he lead the team in tackles, but the UGA commit also had 796 yards rushing on just 80 carries. Desmond Tisdol from Wilcox County was a turnover machine, who just jumps on the football before the offense can react. The quick defender had several plays where he takes the football straight up from the ball carrier, then scores himself. Miller County senior Chris Stovall had 90 tackles on the year with 11 tackles for loss. He took a pounding on the offensive side of the ball as well, rushing for 1100 yards and 14 touchdowns too. Malik Burns from Dooly is one of the best players in Class A you have not heard of. The senior had 120 tackles, and 24 tackles for loss while also creating 3 fumbles. Burns is an impressive textbook tackler who flat out wallops the ball carrier. Javoris Williams for Pelham ended the year with 150 tackles, 19 tackles for loss while also totaling 1206 all-purpose yards. The “Pelham Ironman” is one of the toughest players in south Georgia, giving it his all on each and every play.
Jay Stanley might have earned Region Offensive Player of the Year, but in our opinion, he is one of the best DB’s in Class A Public too. The senior is always in the right spot, and will lockdown tough matchups. Darique Williams from Montgomery County led Class A Public with 8 interceptions on the year. The swift defensive back does a good job of positioning himself to create turnovers. Caleb Mason from Commerce finished the year with 60 tackles and 4 interceptions – several defensive scores too. The big hitter for Commerce was also a standout on offense at slot back. Janorris Byrd from Miller County ended with 7 interceptions on the year, which gave him the 2nd highest total in Public. Byrd is a good tackler too, quick to step up vs the run and make a hit. Edit: Tyler Morehead was a leader in Public with 6 interceptions, the sophomore is now added to the All-State team. For state champions Clinch Co. he was instrumental as a pass defender, and equally on the offensive side of the ball leading the team in rushing with 1100 yards. Explosive 2021 athlete to watch.
Da’Quan Jackson ended up with 1617 yards of all-purpose yards and 27 total touchdowns on the year. Running, throwing, receiving or returning; the 2019 recruit does it all. He finished with 496 yards on returns with several long scores. Jackson Bostick from Baconton Charter ended the year with a 37 yard per punt average. Knocked in 4 punts inside the 20 yards line.