During his junior season, Da’Rick Rogers had an outstanding year for Calhoun, catching 47 passes for 832 yards.
His senior year, he doubled those totals.
In leading the Yellowjackets to a 14-1 record and a spot in the Georgia AA championship game, Rogers broke the Georgia state record for receiving yards in a season with 1,647. He topped the mark of Tavarres King of Habersham Central, who had 1,641 yards during the 2007 season.
The remarkable part about Rogers’ record-breaking season is that he got nearly half of his total yardage when Calhoun needed it most, during the playoffs. In five playoff games, Rogers caught 37 passes for 707 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He finished the overall season with 85 catches and 22 receiving touchdowns.
Although Rogers played at a small school, he showed that he had big-time talent and his efforts did not go unnoticed. Besides earning a scholarship to Georgia, Rogers was also named the overall state MVP by both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Georgia Football Report.
As a result, Rogers has also been selected as the MaxPreps Small Schools National Player of the Year.
Rogers beats out some impressive talent, including Greg Dent of Glades Central, Antonio Andrews of Fort Campbell, Traylon Shead of Cayuga and Austin Hinder of Steamboat Springs.
Dent was named the MVP of the South Florida area by one Web site while Andrews was the state player of the year in Kentucky. Shead, meanwhile, became the all-time leading scorer in Texas and the nation’s third all-time leading rusher with over 10,000 yards on the ground. Hinder also had a big season, earning Colorado state player of the year honors.
Players selected for the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Team are picked from teams that played in state divisions comprised of schools with roughly under 1,000 enrollment.
MAXPREPS SMALL SCHOOLS ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, 6-2, 210, Calhoun (Ga.), Senior, Georgia
Rogers set a state record with a whopping 85 receptions and 1,647 receiving yards, but he really made a name for himself in the playoffs, carrying Calhoun to the AA final by catching 37 passes for 707 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games. He finished with 22 receiving TDs.
Greg Dent, WR, 6-0, 175, Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.), Senior, Florida State
One of the most impressive players in the talent-laden area of South Florida, Dent had a monster senior campaign. He finished with 54 catches for 1,387 yards and 14 TDs. He also added two special teams touchdowns.
Eric Thomas, WR, 6-1, 195, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.), Senior
Thomas earned offensive player of the year honors from the Shreveport Times and was also an all-state selection after catching 97 passes for 1,446 yards and 28 touchdowns for the state champions.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, 6-7, 242, Johnsburg (Ill.), Senior
An all-state selection and the player of the year by the Northwest Herald, Fiedorowicz grabbed 44 passes for 889 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Skyhawks.
A.J. Cann, OL, 6-3, 255, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.), Senior
Selected as the Times and Democrat player of the year, Cann was a force in the middle of the line and earned his way onto the North-South Shrine Game and the Under Armour All-American contest. An all-state selection, Cann will play at South Carolina.
Eric Mack, OL, 6-4, 315, Calhoun County (St. Matthews, S.C.), Senior
In a state filled with quality linemen, Mack might be the best. Named to several all-state teams, Mack is also headed to South Carolina.
Kolton Houston, OL, 6-5, 270, Buford (Ga.), Senior
A terror on both sides of the ball for the state champions, Houston was a Class AA all-state selection after recording 33 pancakes on offense and collecting 93 tackles on defense. He’ll play at Georgia next year.
La'el Collins , OL, 6-5, 285, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Collins is excellent in run blocking, making room for fellow all-state selection Jeremy Hill. Also named to the Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro Team.
Chaz Green, OL, 6-6, 295, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), Senior
One of the most highly sought-after linemen in the Tampa area, Green earned a spot on the all-county team.
Antonio Andrews, QB, 6-0, 190, Fort Campbell (Ky.), Senior
Selected as the state MVP for Kentucky, regardless of school size, Andrews led Fort Campbell to a 29-0 record over the past two seasons with two state titles. He ran 140 times for 1,597 yards and 29 touchdowns and completed 90 of 159 passes for 1,667 yards and 28 scores.
Austin Hinder, QB, 6-5, 185, Steamboat Springs (Colo.), Senior
Hinder was named the Colorado offensive player of the year by the Denver Post. Headed for Cal, Hinder completed 170 of 286 passes for 2,205 yards and 25 scores in leading Steamboat Springs to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish.
Dominique Hayden, RB, 5-9, 220, Lexington Christian (Lexington, Ky.), Senior
Hayden set state career records with 138 touchdowns, 120 rushing touchdowns and 837 points scored. As a senior, Hayden rushed 279 times for 2,562 yards and 43 touchdowns in earning first-team all-state honors.
Kenny Hilliard, RB, 6-0, 220, Patterson (La.), Junior
A standout since his freshman year, Hilliard continues to improve, winning 3A MVP honors. He had 278 carries for 2,512 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Traylon Shead, RB, 6-2, 215, Cayuga (Texas), Senior
The Texas-bound running back finished his career as the all-time leading touchdown scorer (146) in Texas and the second-leading rusher (10,291 yards) while leading Cayuga to a 1A state title. For the season, Shead gained 2,696 yards on 290 carries with 39 touchdowns.
Kiehl Frazier, ATH, 6-3, 210, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.), Junior
Frazier led Shiloh Christian to a 4A state title by completing 153 of 236 passes for 2,614 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Dirk Gerhardt, K, 5-9, 150, McGregor (Texas), Senior
The all-state kicker booted 14 field goals on the season and made 49 out of 50 extra points. Had a long field goal of 46 yards and none of his four misses were under 48.
Walker Ashburn, OL, 6-3, 259, Curtis (River Ridge, La.), Senior
The Class 2A defensive player of the year, Ashburn had 95 tackles and 16 sacks to lead the Patriots to the 2A championship game. He also earned All-Metro honors by the Times Picayune.
Jermauria Rasco, DL, 6-4, 230, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.), Junior
Already a two-time all-state pick in just his junior season, Rasco had 86 tackles and 10.5 sacks en route to a 2A state championship with Evangel Christian Academy.
Robert Way, DL, 6-2, 190, Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.), Junior
The small schools county defensive player of the year, Way punished opposing ballcarriers and quarterbacks with 24 sacks and 39 tackles for negative yardage. He finished with 146 tackles on the season.
Ray Nelson, DL, 6-5, 215, Modesto Christian (Modesto, Calif.), Junior
The defensive player of the year by the Modesto Bee, Nelson had 64 tackles and eight sacks for the state champion Crusaders. He was also a handful at tight end, catching 32 passes for 687 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Max Bullough, LB, 6-3, 210, St. Francis (Traverse City, Mich.), Senior, Michigan State
The Division 7-8 Player of the Year, the 6-4 Bullough punished opposing offenses with 137 tackles and four sacks. St. Francis' defense allowed only 82 points in 14 games.
D.J. Welter, LB, 6-1, 220, Notre Dame (Crowley, La.), Senior, LSU
Louisiana's 3A all-state player of the year, Welter helped power the Pioneers to a state title. He broke up five passes, recorded four sacks and finished with 143 tackles.
Tim Patterson, LB, 6-5, 220, Central (Louisville, Ky.), Senior
Considered one of the top prospects in Kentucky, Patterson had 76 solo tackles and 16 assists before a knee injury knocked him out of the playoffs. Played on Central’s state title teams as a sophomore and a junior. A first-team all-state pick.
Brandon Gholston, LB, 6-2, 200, Calhoun County (St. Matthews, S.C.), Senior
Gholston will join Calhoun County teammate Eric Mack at South Carolina after a spectacular season that saw him ring up 30 sacks to go along with 94 tackles. An all-state first-team choice by the Associated Press.
Jessel Curry, LB, 6-2, 215, Buford (Ga.), Senior
The Class AA defensive MVP, Curry had 118 tackles for Buford while also picking off five passes and making one sack. He also ran for 17 touchdowns and had 18 catches for 284 yards and seven scores.
Channing Fugate, DB, 6-2, 225, Breathitt County (Jackson County, Ky.), Senior
Named to the all-state first team, Fugate had 6,358 career yards including 1,332 as a senior. Led the Bobcats in tackles and will play at Tennessee next season.
Jabriel Washington, DB, 6-0, 170, Trinity (Jackson, Tenn.), Junior
From the cornerback position, Washington made 94 tackles and forced four fumbles; he also returned two interceptions to the endzone. He was a Dream Team selection by the Tennessean.
Isaiah Burse, DB, 6-0, 180, Modesto Christian (Modesto, Calif.), Senior
Led the Crusaders to a small schools state championship and was named the offensive player of the year by the Modesto Bee. Ran 195 times for 1,826 yards and 26 touchdowns and completed 78 of 131 passes for 1,771 yards and 27 scores. Also had 90 tackles on defense.
Deon Randall, DB, 5-9, 180, Parker (San Diego), Senior
An all-around standout, Randall completed 100 of 159 passes for 1,481 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed 193 times for 1,983 yards and 26 scores. On defense he intercepted five passes and had 130 tackles for the state runner-up.
Matt Younger, P, 6-3, 175, Cocoa (Fla.), Senior
The Florida Dairy Farmers’ 2A state player of the year, Younger was Cocoa’s quarterback but he also did the punting. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt and did even better in Cocoa’s run through the state finals with a 44.2 average.
Javon Bell, WR, 6-1, 175, Ribault (Jacksonville, Fla.), Senior
The All-First Coast Team offensive MVP, Bell had 48 catches for 1,256 yards and 22 touchdowns for Ribault and helped lead the team to the playoffs.
Roman Wilson, DB, 6-0, 187, Lincoln Christian (Tulsa, Okla.), Senior
Caught 80 passes for 1,191 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping Lincoln Christian win the Class 2A state championship. An all-state selection, he was the second-leading scorer in the state with 189 points.
Thomas Fryer, WR, 6-6, 190, Jones Senior (Trenton, N.C.), Senior
A member of the all-class North Carolina all-state team, Fryer caught 58 passes for 1,339 yards and 21 touchdowns for Jones Senior.
Nick Jacobs, TE, 6-5, 255, Many (La.), Senior
One of the top tight end prospects in the country, Jacobs helped Many to an 11-2 season and earned Class 2A all-state honors.
Catlin Alford, OL, 6-4, 275, Adairsville (Ga.), Senior
A member of the Class 2A all-state team, Alford will take his talents to Georgia Tech next year to play for the Yellowjackets.
Matthew Galas, OL, 6-1, 270, Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.), Senior
The center for Central Catholic, Galas earned a spot on the Modesto Bee all-district team and helped the Raiders reach the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals.
Zach West, OL, 6-5, 305, Lexington Christian (Lexington, Ky.), Junior
An all-state selection by the Journal Courier, West is considered one of the top line prospects in the state in the class of 2011. Helped Lexington Christian capture a state title.
Richard Ash, OL, 6-4, 250, Pahokee (Fla.), Senior
A dominant player on offense and defense, Ash earned all-county honors and has committed to play at Michigan next year.
Luke Charpentier, OL, 6-4, 300, Curtis (River Ridge, La.), Senior
Selected to the 2A all-state team, Charpentier also found a spot on the Times Picayune All-Metro Small Schools team for the Patriots.
Kyle Smith, QB, 6-4, 215, Lancaster Catholic (Lancaster, Pa.), Senior
Smith became the all-time leading passer with 8,545 yards and 118 touchdowns. He was the AA state player of the year after leading Lancaster Catholic to the state championship. He completed 168 of 269 passes for 2,757 yards and 50 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
Nick Marshall, QB, 6-2, 190, Wilcox County (Rochelle, Ga.), Junior
The Class 1A offensive player of the year and the Middle Georgia Player of the Year, Marshall led Wilcox County to a state championship. He threw for 2,956 yards and 31 touchdowns, completing 192 passes on 323 attempts.
Nathan Jeffery, RB, 6-1, 195, Caddo Mills (Texas), Senior
Jeffery finished the season as one of the top rushers in the state with 2,990 yards on 370 carries with 48 touchdowns. For his career, Jeffery ranks ninth in state history with 7,819 career yards.
T.J. Stinde, RB, 5-11, 200, Lexington (Ill.), Senior
The national leader in rushing yardage, Stinde ran 368 times for 3,325 yards and 46 touchdowns for Lexington, earning 1A all-state honors in Illinois.
Kelvin Taylor, RB, 5-11, 208, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.), Freshman
Rushed for 1,198 yards – in the playoffs. Finished the season with 2,597 yards on 295 carries and 49 touchdowns. The son of NFL running back Fred Taylor, Kelvin already has close to 4,000 yards rushing in his career.
Kyle Wenning, AP, 6-4, 222, Coldwater (Ohio), Senior
The state offensive player of the year by Ohio Magazine, Wenning completed 294 of 424 passes for 3,629 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed 193 times for 952 yards and 12 scores.
Matt Wile, K, 6-1, 200, Parker (San Diego), Junior
Wile was a touchback machine, as he had 90 of 103 kickoffs sail into the end zone. He also had 77 extra points and eight field goals and averaged over 40 yards a punt.
Andrew Rodriguez, DL, 6-6, 300, Aurora (Neb.), Senior
An all-state selection in Nebraska, Rodriguez was the lead blocker on offense for a team that went 13-0. He was all-state on the defensive side of the ball, however, and will play next year at the University of Nebraska.
Ryan Alexander, DL, 6-2, 230, Canadian (Texas), Junior
The 1A state defensive player of the year had 102 tackles and 12.5 sacks in helping lead Canadian to the state championship game.
Louis Nix, DL, 6-2, 320, Raines (Jacksonville, Fla.), Senior
Landed on the All-First Coast defensive unit after registering 50 tackles and 10 sacks. Played in the Under Armour All-American game and has committed to Notre Dame.
Tevin Daniels, DL, 6-1, 180, Leonard (Texas), Senior
The Texas Class 2A state defensive player of the year, Daniels had a huge year with 19 sacks, 189 tackles and 45 tackles for loss.
Jay Prosch, LB, 6-2, 245, UMS Wright (Mobile, Ala.), Senior
Made the move from offensive tackle to linebacker and was named the lineman of the year on the Alabama 4A all-state team. Finished the year with 199 tackles, three sacks and a blocked field goal.
Shaquille Roberson, LB, 6-3, 205, Reeltown (Notasulga, Ala.), Junior
Roberson was the 2A Lineman of the Year in Alabama after a spectacular junior season that saw him make 152 tackles and get 12 sacks for the Rebels.
Tacola Seay, LB, 6-0, 195, Trousdale County (Hartsville, Tenn.), Senior
Found a spot on the Tennesseean Dream Team after earning MVP honors on both offense and defense in the state 2A championship game, won by Trousdale County. He had 113 tackles, including 17 for loss, to go with four sacks and three interceptions.
Anthony Joiner, LB, 6-0, 195, Cocoa (Fla.), Senior
Florida Today’s defensive player of the year, Joiner helped lead a Cocoa team that won the 2A state championship. He finished with 115 tackles and five sacks.
Eddie Ball, LB, 5-10, 215, Clairton (Pa.), Senior
Named the Pennsylvania 1A state defensive player of the year after helping Clairton to a 15-1 record and the state 1A championship. The leader on a defense that allowed just 61 points all season.
John Fulton, DB, 6-0, 180, Manning (S.C.), Senior
A participant in the North-South Shrine Game, Fulton is an all-state first-team choice and is one of the top defensive back prospects in the country.
Matt Brown, DB, 6-3, 195, Limon (Colo.), Senior
Brown was the winner of the Golden Helmet award in Colorado and was the 1A state player of the year. He completed 86 of 179 passes for 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,018 yards on 128 carries with 20 scores. On defense he had five interceptions and 79 tackles.
Nickell Robey, DB, 5-8, 165, Frostproof (Fla.), Senior
A shutdown corner, Robey earned defensive player of the year honors by the Lakeland Ledger. He was also a standout on offense with 750 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
Jameion Lewis, DB, 5-10, 175, Tylertown (Miss.), Senior
Lewis earned all-state honors and Class 2A MVP accolades after leading Tylertown to a 15-0 record and a state title. Lewis was 75 of 138 for 1,161 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed 200 times for 1,182 yards and 18 scores
Will Hagerup, P, 6-4, 205, Whitefish Bay (Wis.), Senior
The all-state punter in Wisconsin, Hagerup had a hangtime of 4.34 seconds and gave up just over 3 yards per return. He averaged over 40 yards per punt and will play at Michigan next year.