Though college football and the NFL season are not yet over, high school seasons across the country have ended. In the state of Georgia, a fertile recruiting ground for programs all across the southeast, the seasons ended recently and high school awards are rolling in for individual players. South Carolina football fans might be more interested in the Georgia High School League than they usually are as a large number of Gamecock signees and targets hail from the Peach State.
This week, RecruitGeorgia.com released their Georgia All-State teams, and the 3A classification is loaded with Gamecocks and potential Gamecocks.
3A Player of the Year was Gamecock signee David Bucey, who also made the All-State squad as a linebacker (though, he is expected to play safety and nickel at the college level). Tight end signee Michael Smith also made the 3A All-State team.
Some juniors made the All-State team, as well, and a couple of South Carolina football recruits were among them. Defensive tackle Elijah Griffin made the All-State team (technically listed as a defensive lineman), and defensive back Jontae Gilbert was selected, as well. Both Griffin and Gilbert have been rated as high as 5-star players during their recruitments.
In Georgia 7A, South Carolina football signee Debron Gatling (wide receiver) made the All-State team. Class of 2025 offensive line targets Cortez Smith and Juan Gaston made the team, too. On the 4A All-State team, running back signee Matthew Fuller made it as an offensive athlete. All four players have been rated as high as 4-star prospects.
Class 1A-DII's All-State group included defensive back signee Jalewis Solomon and class of 2025 target (and Solomon's brother) Zayden Walker, an outside linebacker/EDGE player. Solomon was a 4-star in the class of 2024, and Walker is a 5-star player in the '25 cycle.