Preseason all-state teams: Class AAA

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Region 5 has 10 of Class AAA’s 25 preseason all-state players, and some recent history to back it up.

The region has two reigning state champions – Westminster (AAA) and Pace Academy (AA) – and a semifinalist that could usurp those two as the team to beat. That would be Cedar Grove.

Westminster’s preseason all-state picks are RB Zay Malcome, the school’s all-time leading rusher; DB Ian Ude; and DE Cortez Allen.

Pace’s three are OL Andrew Thomas, OL Jamaree Salyer and WR Trey Blount. Thomas and Blount are committed to Georgia. Salyer is a junior and perhaps the mostly highly recruited of them all.

Cedar Grove’s three are CB Tre Shaw, OL/DL Netori Johnson and OL Justin Shaffer. Johnson and Shaffer are committed to Georgia, Shaw to North Carolina. Cedar Grove QB Jelani Woods, committed to Oklahoma State, is one of the Saints’ four major Division I prospects who did not make the team. Woods was beaten out by Greater Atlanta Christian’s Davis Mills, who some believe is the best senior QB in the country.

The 10th preseason all-state player from the region is Towers DL Devonte Wyatt, who is committed to South Carolina.

Lovett, a perennial playoff program that won a state title of its own in 2013, also is a Region 6 member but did not place a player on the preseason all-state team.

The only other team that had three all-state members is Calhoun. The Yellow Jackets are represented by QB/LB Baylon Spector, OL William Long and RB Olico Dennis.


QB – Davis Mills, Greater Atlanta Christian

RB – Zay Malcome, Westminster

RB – Olico Dennis, Calhoun

WR – Trey Blount, Pace Academy

WR – Markese Jackson, East Hall

WR – Chase Royer, Pierce County

OL – Netori Johnson, Cedar Grove

OL – William Long, Calhoun

OL – Jamaree Salyer, Pace Academy

OL – Justin Shaffer, Cedar Grove

OL – Andrew Thomas, Pace Academy

ATH – Baylon Spector, Calhoun

PK – Brooks Buce, Greater Atlanta Christian


DL – Cortez Alston, Westminster

DL – M.J. Webb, Morgan County

DL – Devonte Wyatt, Towers

DE/LB – Quin Williams, Morgan County

LB – Markaviest Bryant, Crisp County

LB – Jeffery Burley, Jackson

LB – Jamin Davis, Long County

LB – Kyle Nixon, Peach County

DB – Tariq Carpenter, Long County

DB – Richard LeCounte, Liberty County

DB – Tre Shaw, Cedar Grove

DB – Ian Ude, Westminster

P – Omar Cervantes, Peach County

Coming Thursday: Class AAAA

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