Peach County's Sergio Allen (45) helps bring down Cedar Grove wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (11) during the Class AAA State Championship Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Photo: Jason Getz/For the AJC
Photo: Jason Getz/For the AJC

Preseason all-state: Peach County LB Allen heads team in Class AAA

*Best player: Sergio Allen, Peach County. A linebacker, he has 283 career tackles, 31 for losses, in three seasons for a program that is 37-7 in that time. Allen is committed to Clemson. 

*Best position: Defensive line. All four selected here got all-state recognition as underclassmen, and each is a major Division I recruit. Alvin Williams (Colorado), Akelo Stone (Georgia Tech) and Kaimon Rucker (North Carolina) are committed. Jaden Hardy, a transfer to Islands from Benedictine, is reportedly an Auburn lean. 

*Highly recruited: Myles Hinton, Greater Atlanta Christian. He's a five-star tackle committed to Stanford. 

*That's interesting: Trent Broadnax, listed here in the athlete position, is the son of Horace Broadnax, the men's basketball coach at Savannah State and a member of Georgetown's 1984 national championship basketball team. Trent is a starter on Benedictine's baseball, basketball and football teams. In football, he had 40receptions for 663 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. He'll start at receiver and safety this fall. 

*Snubbed? Calhoun doesn't have a player on the team. The last time Calhoun failed to have a first-team all-state player was in 2003. Calhoun had 10 first-team all-region players in 2018. Only one, PK Eduardo Fajardo, was an underclassman. 

*What else is new? Parks Harber, the AJC's first-team all-state quarterback in 2018, has given up football to focus on baseball. He's committed to Georgia in that sport. The most heavily recruited quarterbacks in AAA are probably Blaine McAllister of Lovett and Victor Dixon of Westside in Macon, both good ones. But the most productive in high school has been Peach County's 5-foot-9, 170-pound Jaydon Gibson, a "baller," according to coach Chad Campbell. Gibson threw for 2,327 yards and ran for nine touchdowns for a state runner-up last season. 

OFFENSE 

QB - Jaydon Gibson, Peach County, Sr. 

RB - Jamarion Walker, Cook, So. 

RB - Paul Weathington, Westminster, Sr. 

WR - Jaylon Barden, Westside (Macon), Sr. 

WR - Jayden Thomas, Pace Academy, Jr. 

TE - Cane Berrong, Hart County, Jr. 

OL - Terrence Ferguson, Peach County, Jr. 

OL - Myles Hinton, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr. 

OL - Avery Jernigan, Pierce County, Sr. 

OL - Octavious King, Peach County, Sr. 

OL - Keon Watson, Cedar Grove, Jr. 

ATH - Trent Broadnax, Benedictine, Jr. 

PK - Caleb Bonesteel, Dawson County, Jr. 

DEFENSE 

DL - Jaden Hardy, Islands, Sr. 

DL - Kaimon Rucker, Hart County, Sr. 

DL - Akelo Stone, Jenkins, Sr. 

DL - Alvin Williams, Cedar Grove, Sr. 

LB - Sergio Allen, Peach County, Sr. 

LB - Choe Bryant-Strother, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr. 

LB - Chris Paul, Crisp County, Jr. 

LB - Isaiah Ratcliff, Cedar Grove, Sr. 

DB - Tyler Bride, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr. 

DB - Tennilius Denson, Cedar Grove, Sr. 

DB - Seth Robertson, Morgan County, Sr. 

DB - Mbiti Williams, Pace Academy, Sr. 

P - Emanuel Lopez, Adairsville, Jr. 

Coming Thursday: Class AA 

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