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Preseason all-state: Walker, talented receivers lead Class A-public team

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*Best player: Schley County DE Zykeivous Walker, a four-star recruit, had 10.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and 19 QB hurries in 2018. He was his region's co-defensive player of the year.

*Best position: Wide receiver. Jeremiah Johnson of Clinch County and Jordan Bennett of Pelham are Division I prospects. Johnson is committed to Florida. Charlton County's Seaquon Clark, a star on offense, defense and special teams, would've been a great choice.

*Highly recruited: Walker is the No. 14 Georgia prospect and No. 14 defensive end nationally.

*That's interesting: There's no standard size for an all-state player. The most prolific returning offensive players are Trice McCannon, who is 5 feet, 8 inches and 150 pounds, and D.J. Lundy, who is 6-1, 230. Then there's Johnson, the 6-foot-7 wide receiver/tight end from the defending state champions.

*Snubbed? Mitchell County quarterback James Thomas is a three-star prospect who passed for 1,273 yards and rushed for 760 on an 8-3 team. He was runner-up here to McCannon (2,002 passing, 1,242 rushing on a 12-1 team) and Kendrick Patterson (1,168 passing, 738 rushing, 44 tackles on a 12-1 team).

*What else is new? Lundy, a starter since he was a freshman, has a knee injury that could sideline him for several weeks or longer. Otherwise, he might be Class A's best player.

OFFENSE

QB - Trice McCannon, Marion County, Sr.

RB - D.J. Lundy, Irwin County, Sr.

RB - Zamon Ross, Schley County, Jr.

WR - Jordan Bennett, Pelham, Sr.

WR - Demetrius Mitchell, Greene County, Sr.

TE/WR - Jeremiah Johnson, Clinch County, Sr.

OL - Austin Duffey, Marion County, Jr.

OL - Hayward Eady, Telfair County, Sr.

OL - Lance Robinson, Mitchell County, Sr.

OL - Cooper Smith, Bowdon, Sr.

OL - Kameron Wideman, Montgomery County, Sr.

ATH - Kendrick Patterson, Pelham, Sr.

PK - Zack Robbins, Clinch County, Sr.

DEFENSE

DL - Tony Butts, Hancock Central, Sr.

DL - Craig Harris, Clinch County, Jr.

DL - Jeff Felton, Dooly County, Sr.

DL - Zykeivous Walker, Schley County, Sr.

LB - Kendrick Hawkins, Marion County, Sr.

LB - Desmond Tisdol, Wilcox County, Sr.

LB - D'Myron West, Greene County, Sr.

LB - Will Wyatt, Trion, Sr.

DB - Carmichael Allen, Hancock Central, Jr.

DB - Jamorri Colson, Irwin County, Sr.

DB - Tyler Morehead, Clinch County, Jr.

DB - Darrell Starling, Pelham, Sr.

P - Jackson Bostick, Baconton Charter, Sr.

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