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Seven local football standouts receive AJC All-State recognition

December 28, 2023 Charles Wilson /

One of the long-standing All-State rosters in Georgia high school football history is the selections made by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On Thursday, the AJC released its 2023 picks and honored several local players.

Highly successful campaigns by the three local programs that made the state playoffs — Cartersville, Cass, and Adairsville — were rewarded with selections.

In Class 5A, Cass seniors Sacovie White and Devin Henderson were named First Teamers. White, currently involved in practice sessions with the University of Georgia Bulldogs at the Orange Bowl in Miami, was named as a wide receiver. Henderson, who also graduated early to join the Liberty Flames for spring practices, will enroll in Lynchburg on January 10. Henderson was chosen to the defensive First Team as a defensive back.

The Class 5A Honorable Mention list includes Cartersville offensive lineman and recent UGA signee, Malachi Toliver; Cass sophomore offensive lineman Bear McWhorter; and Cartersville senior running back Khristian Lando.

In Class 3A, Adairsville senior offensive lineman Bobby Campbell was a First Team selection. The four-year starter for the Tigers is close to announcing his college selection according to head coach Jon Cudd. Adairsville quarterback, senior Jonathan Gough, was named to the All-State Honorable Mention list. According to his head coach, he is also close to announcing his future school.


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