*Underrated: Cedartown senior linebacker Eli Barrow isn’t highly recruited, but he has led his team in tackles the past two seasons (127, with 13 for loss in 2021) and was his region’s co-defensive player of the year. He’s also a switch-hitting baseball catcher with a 4.0 GPA.
*What else is new: Class 4A lost one private school, 2020 Class 4A champion Marist, and gained five. The five account for seven preseason all-state players. They come from Trinity Christian (three), Holy Innocents’ (two) and Pace Academy (two). Lovett and Westminster have none, but it’s only preseason.
QB – Owen Brooker, Northwest Whitfield, Sr.
QB – Armar Gordon, Perry, Sr.
RB – Dominic Elder, North Oconee, Sr.
RB – Micah Welch, Baldwin, Jr.
WR – Aaron Gates, Trinity Christian, Sr.
WR – Zach Jackson, Holy Innocents’, Jr.
WR – Vicari Swain, Central (Carrollton), Sr.
OL – Trovon Baugh, Pace Academy, Sr.
OL – Jacob Benjamin, Cherokee Bluff, Jr.
OL – Jycel Mosley, LaGrange, Jr.
OL – Peyton Nikolopoulus, Cedartown, Sr.
OL – Zach Pearson, New Hampstead, Jr.
PK – T.J. Hartley, Whitewater, Sr.
ATH – Za’Quan Bryan, Benedictine, Sr.
DL – Hevin Brown-Shuler, Pace Academy, Jr.
DL – Stephen Johnson, Whitewater, Sr.
DL – Jacobi Murray, Holy Innocents’, Jr.
DL – Cole Semien, Benedictine, Sr.
LB – Popo Aguirre, Whitewater, Sr.
LB – Eli Barrow, Cedartown, Sr.
LB – Jaqualin “Qua” Birdsong, Troup, Jr.
LB – Ryan Earl, Trinity Christian, Sr.
DB – Khalil Barnes, North Oconee, Sr.
DB – Jack Fabris, North Oconee, Sr.
DB – Shelton Lewis, Stockbridge, Sr.
DB – Cam Marshall, Perry, Sr.
P – Josh Taylor, Trinity Christian, Sr.
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