Preseason all-state teams: Class AA

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Fitzgerald was the Class AA runner-up in 2015. With champion Pace Academy and almost every other private school leaving AA this season, the Purple Hurricane is probably the favorite to win the championship that would be Fitzgerald’s first since 1948.

Four Fitzgerald players are on the AA preseason all-state team. Those include J.D. King, an Oklahoma State commit who rushed for 2,432 yards last season. Others are QB James Graham, also a 1,000-yard rusher who is listed as athlete; TE Lecitus Smith; and DB Josh Reliford.

The classification’s most highly recruited player didn’t play a down last year. That would be Vidalia LB/FB Nathan McBride. He lost his junior season to injury but recorded 128 tackles and 697 yards rushing as a sophomore. He is rated the No. 2 inside-linebacker prospect nationally.

Also rated among the top 100 senior prospects in Georgia are Hapeville Charter CB William Poole (committed to Georgia), Callaway WR Callaway Sanders, Laney DT Tyrone Truesdell, Southwest DL B.J. Sharpe, Fitzgerald TE Smith (committed to Virginia) and RB King, and Spencer LB Giovonnia Moore.

And what could turn out to be the best player in AA, QB Emory Jones of Heard County, wasn’t picked, as Rabun County’s Bailey Fisher has had a more productive career to this point. Jones, a junior, committed to Ohio State on Friday.


QB – Bailey Fisher, Rabun County

RB – J.D. King, Fitzgerald

RB – Isaiah Foster, Chattooga

WR/RB – John Wesley Kennedy, Benedictine

WR – Braylon Sanders, Callaway

TE – Lecitus Smith, Fitzgerald

OL – Mike Adams, Chattooga

OL – Samuel Collins, Vidalia

OL – Theron Cooper, Dodge County

OL – Cole Hart, Elbert County

OL – Ye’Majesty Sanders, Spencer

ATH – James Graham, Fitzgerald

PK – Peyton Bush, Dodge County


DL – Melton Brown, Jefferson County

DL – B.J. Sharpe, Southwest

DL – Tyrone Truesdell, Laney

DL – C.J. Wright, Screven County

LB – Kyler Eldridge, Model

LB – Chris Harris, Benedictine

LB – Nate McBride, Vidalia

LB – Giovonnia Moore, Spencer

DB – Chris Dublin, Model

DB – Geronda Hall, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate

DB – William Poole, Hapeville Charter

DB – Josh Reliford, Fitzgerald

P – Noah Cannon, Rabun County

Coming Wednesday: Class AAA

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