Preseason all-state: Bigsby, Mims the big-name stars on Class AA team

Running back Tank Bigsby of Callaway High School in LaGrange, Ga., is a target of several schools for the Class of 2020. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Running back Tank Bigsby of Callaway High School in LaGrange, Ga., is a target of several schools for the Class of 2020. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Credit: Jeff Sentell/DawgNation

Credit: Jeff Sentell/DawgNation

*Best player: Tank Bigsby, Callaway. He rushed for 2,221 yards in 2018. Now, he's 15-20 pounds of muscle bigger and stronger. And faster.

*Best position: Defensive line. The Class AA fearsome foursome consists of Dublin's Romello Height (committed to Miami), Hapeville Charter's Zavier Carter (junior four-star recruit), B.E.S.T. Academy's Rashad Whitehead (senior three-star recruit) and Heard County's Tray Owens (defending champion's best player). Each was an all-region performer in 2018.

*Highly recruited: Bigsby is the consensus No. 31 senior prospect in the nation. He will announce his commitment on Friday, and it's expected to be Auburn. But next year, it will be Amarius Mims, a Bleckley County tackle who is 6 feet, 7.5 inches. He's rated the consensus No. 14 player overall among juniors nationally.

*That's interesting: Gunner Stockton passed for 2,917 yards as a Rabun County freshman. Trevor Lawrence passed for 3,053 yards as a Cartersville freshman. Lawrence passed for 13,902 yards in his Cartersville career, a state record.

*Snubbed? Jacob Freeman was caught in a jam of talent at wide receiver, a position he'll play full-time this season after serving most of 2018 as Callaway's quarterback. A Division I recruit, Freeman helped the Cavaliers to the Class AA semifinals last season and was the Region 5 athlete/specialist of the year. Also hard to go without were Chattooga's Luis Medina on the defensive line and Berrien's Ja'Marquis Johnson at receiver. Both are D-I players.

*What else is new? Rico Powers, a four-star recruit, has transferred to Hapeville Charter from Benedictine. He was a 1,000-yard rusher as a junior but will focus on his wide-receiving skills at Hapeville. He had 560 yards receiving last season.


QB - Gunner Stockton, Rabun County, So.

RB - Tank Bigsby, Callaway, Sr.

RB - Gary Hawkins, Screven County, Sr.

WR - Juke Boozer, Rockmart, Sr.

WR - Braxton Hicks, Rabun County, Sr.

TE - Payten Singletary, Thomasville, Sr.

OL - Deacon Allen, Rockmart, Sr.

OL - Jabari Brooks, Washington County, Sr.

OL - Tate Johnson, Callaway, Sr.

OL - Amarius Mims, Bleckley County, Jr.

OL - Jay Price, Fitzgerald, Sr.

ATH - Rico Powers, Hapeville Charter, Sr.

PK/P - Evan Fuller, Bremen, Sr.


DL - Zavier Carter, Hapeville Charter, Jr.

DL - Romello Height, Dublin, Sr.

DL - Tray Owens, Heard County, Sr.

DL - Rashad Whitehead, B.E.S.T. Academy, Sr.

LB - JaQues Evans, Dublin, Sr.

LB - Kydran "K.J." Jenkins, Jefferson County, Sr.

LB - Kieron Roberts, Rockmart, Jr.

LB - Elisha Williams, Dodge County, Sr.

DB - Enoch Howard, Hephzibah, Sr.

DB - Armani Maddox, Hapeville Charter, Sr.

DB - Jalin Sheppard, Callaway, Jr.

DB - K.J. Starnes, Swainsboro, Sr.

P - Joseph Weiers, Hapeville Charter, Sr.

Coming Friday: Class A (Private)

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