Home Page Media Group sports editor Sam McGaw has released his 2017 Home Page Preseason All-Area Football Teams.
The team is made up of players from schools inside of Home Page Media Group’s coverage area. These programs include public and private schools in Williamson County, as well as Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin Road Academy and Spring Hill High School.
2017 Home Page Preseason All-Area Team
Quarterback: Gavin Schoenwald (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Enters his first season as BA’s starting QB. Has thrown for 723 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons. Vanderbilt commit.
Running Back: Dontae Smith (Sr.), Spring Hill
Rushed for 2,338 yards and 22 touchdowns on 225 carries in 2016. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns. He’s committed to Georgia Tech.
Running Back: Troy Henderson (Sr.), Independence
Recorded 982 rushing yards, 780 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns last fall.
Wide Receiver: Camron Johnson (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Johnson recorded 47 catches for 796 yards and six touchdowns at wide receiver last season. He was also a stud at safety, registering 24 tackles, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one blocked punt. He returned two interceptions, two fumbles and a blocked punt for touchdowns.
He’s committed to Vanderbilt.
Wide Receiver: TJ Sheffield (Jr.), Independence
Registered 885 receiving yards, 384 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns (1 kickoff return) last season.
Wide Receiver: Kendrell Scurry (Jr.), Independence
Caught 58 passes for 978 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016.
Athlete: Tai Carter (Sr.), Summit
Rushed for 1,376 yards and 14 TDs for the 7-4 Spartans last season. He will also start at cornerback this fall.
OL: Max Wray (Sr.), Franklin
Ohio State commit
OL: Cole Mabry (Sr.), Brentwood
Notre Dame commit
OL: Jordan McCoy (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Returning starter for BA.
OL: Beau Myers (Sr.), Independence
OL: Joe More (Sr.), Christ Presbyterian Academy
Returning starter at tackle.
Kicker: Christopher Miller-Hill (Sr.), Franklin
Made nine field goals and was 57 of 58 on PAT attempts last season.
Punter: Harrison Smith (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Averaged 43 yards per punt in 2016.
DL: Tymon Mitchell (Jr.), Franklin Road Academy
Posted two sacks and two forced fumbles last season. Has offers from Vanderbilt, Louisville, Purdue and Iowa State.
DL: Blake Bixby (Sr.), Independence
Steps in as a starter at the five-technique. He registered 37 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in 2016.
DL: Thomas Gore (Jr.), Brentwood Academy
Jumps into a starting role after posting 25+ tackles and 2.5 sacks during his sophomore campaign.
DL: Christian Moolman (Jr.), Franklin
Posted 55 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery a year ago.
LB: Jack Sirmon (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he registered 61 tackles (6.5 for loss), three interceptions and two sacks. Committed to Washington.
LB: C.J. Grissim (Sr.), Brentwood
Recorded 153 tackles (9 for loss), two fumble recoveries and one interception for the Bruins last season. He was also the Region 7-5A Defensive MVP.
LB: Cane Patterson (Jr.), Christ Presbyterian Academy
Had 75 tackles, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception in 2016. He’s fielding offers from Louisville, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and others.
CB: Daniel Taylor (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Posted 39 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery a year ago. Committed to Navy.
CB: Kel Hawkins (Sr.), Battle Ground Academy
Picked off five passes and recorded 46 tackles.
He was also utilized as an offensive weapon at receiver, accumulating 526 receiving yards, 303 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
S: Jariel Wilson (Jr.), Centennial
Racked up 83 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles last year. Additionally, he racked up 657 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns at running back.
S: Jevon Robertson (Sr.), Independence
Tallied 105 tackles, four interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in 2016.
QB: Carson Shacklett (Sr.), Brentwood
Recorded 1,782 pass yards, 645 rushing yards, 33 touchdowns (14 run) and five interceptions in 12 games last season. He was the Region 7-5A tri-offensive MVP.
RB: Tomario Pleasant (Jr.), Brentwood Academy
Rushed for 776 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016.
RB: Bubba Johnson (So.), Page
Posted 1,027 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago.
WR: Parker Bullion (Sr.), Brentwood
Had 59 catches for 637 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
WR: Justin Oden (Sr.), Spring Hill
Snagged 27 receptions for 477 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
WR: Ollie Reese (Sr.), Battle Ground Academy
Hauled in 37 catches for 616 yards and eight touchdowns.
Athlete: Tavion Fleming (Sr.), Centennial
Registered 380 receiving yards, 208 rushing yards and four touchdowns at slot receiver in 2016.
He also returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. In addition to his work on offense and special teams, Fleming will be a starting cornerback for the Cougars.
OL: Drew Harmon (Sr.), Ravenwood
Returning starter at center for the Raptors.
OL: Tank Starr (Jr.), Brentwood
Returning starter at guard.
OL: Zion Katina (Sr.), Independence
Kennesaw State commit
OL: Chris Moore (Sr.), Brentwood
Returning starter at center.
OL: Kyle Means (Sr.), Franklin
Returning starter at guard.
DL: Jonathan Harris (Sr.), Page
Recorded 34 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery a year ago.
DL: Blake Myers (Sr.), Brentwood
Registered 33 tackles and five sacks in 2016.
DL: Airin Spell (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Returning starter at nose tackle for the Eagles. Posted 38 tackles and three sacks last season.
DL: Michael Hunt (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Steps into a larger role in the trenches for BA.
LB: Josh Rowan (Sr.), Centennial
Amassed 58 tackles and two fumble recoveries last season.
LB: Colby Logan (Jr.), Independence
Racked up 82 tackles, four fumble recoveries, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in 2016.
LB: Jack Victory (Jr.), Brentwood Academy
Registered 36 tackles and five sacks a year ago.
CB: Kenyon Garlington (Sr.), Brentwood Academy
Returning starter. Had 28 tackles and two interceptions last season.
CB: Brooks Howard (Sr.), Independence
Had 28 tackles and an interception last season.
S: Jack Jewell (Sr.), Battle Ground Academy
Recorded 27 tackles and five interceptions in 2016.
S: Jake Huner (Jr.), Independence
Accumulated 75 tackles, two sacks and one interception last season.
Sam McGaw is the sports editor for Brentwood Home Page, Franklin Home Page, Nolensville Home Page and Spring Hill Home Page. Follow him on Twitter @SamMcGaw_ .