by Austin Silvey @SilveyESP

Each Preseason All-Region Team was put together carefully with hours of dedication. There are a multitude of factors considered when making these teams. I don’t take these lightly. When I say that I have spent weeks putting these together, I mean it.

If a certain player is not listed, that is not an indictment in any way of that player. Not everyone can make the team and I also may not know of every player. If you are a player reading this that didn’t make it, don’t be discouraged...instead, go prove I was wrong to leave you off of it this season.

I use the knowledge I already have of players, the film I’ve watched, interviews, grades, what coaches say about them, personal projections, and more to determine who makes it on there. Stats from previous seasons and current college offers play a role in the evaluation process, but more minimal roles compared to the other factors.

The map pictured below is how I break up the four regions.

With that said, here is the 2020 Preseason All-Upstate team for the Class of 2022...

**RISERS = guys who have an opportunity or chance to rise to the occasion this year and make their name known


QB - Ta’trevias Robinson (Gray Collegiate)

QB - DeQuandre Smith (Spring Valley)

RB - Capers Stokes III (Hammond)

RB - Kazarius ‘KZ’ Adams (Gray Collegiate)

WR - Zavier Short (Chapin)

WR - Darius Bowser (Clover)

FLEX - Antonio Williams (Dutch Fork)

OL - Nick Williams (Fox Creek)

OL - Marcus Boston Brinkley (Fort Mill)

OL - Ahmarion McLeod (Indian Land)

OL - Chase Sweigart (Chapin)

OL - Alec Johnson (Gray Collegiate)

ATH - Zan Dunham, QB (Chester) ATH - Zack Chalmers, WR (Newberry)

ATH - Tyler Geter, WR (Camden)

ATH - Chase Smith, WR (Blythewood)

ST - Drew Stevens, K (North Augusta)

*RISERS* - Juelz ‘JuJu’ Hood, RB (Lancaster)

Frank ‘The Tank’ Thompson, RB (York)

Drew Bobo, OL (Hammond)

DL - Chase Tillman (North Augusta)

DL - Antonio ‘Tone’ Gaines (Ridge View)

DL - Rondarius Porter (Heathwood Hall)

DL - Maurice Bonneau Jr (Rock Hill)

LB - Miquel Mason (Ridge View)

LB - Dumkele Idehen (Indian Land)

LB - Myles Cotten (Blythewood)

DB - Quan Peterson (South Pointe)

DB - Ja Stevens (Saluda)

DB - Jacobie Henderson (Catawba Ridge)

DB - Addison Black (Blythewood)

ATH - Drew Hardin (Indian Land)

ATH - David Squires (Spring Valley)

ATH - Tarekio ‘Rico’ Hill (Richland Northeast)

HYBRID - Mike Bethea (Westwood)

HYBRID - Demaurion Ginn (South Aiken)

*RISERS* - Amarion Huskey-Thompson, DB (York)

RJ Ramp, DL (Fox Creek)

Khamani Tobias, CB (Chester)


QB - Andre Washington (Ridge View)

QB - Joey Hylinski (Legion Collegiate)

RB - Julian Milligan (Westwood)

RB - Desmond Boatwright (Blythewood)

WR - Jerrick Foster (Nation Ford)

WR - Austin Harris (White Knoll)

FLEX - Tyree Byrd (Ridge View)

OL - Tyquaz Higgins (Newberry)

OL - Caleb Avery (Catawba Ridge)

OL - Jack Alkhatib (Dutch Fork)

OL - Timothy Speaks (Richland Northeast)

ATH - Jaden Kinard (Dutch Fork)

ATH - Vic Lindsay (Legion Collegiate)

ATH - Montrevious Baker (Saluda)

ST - Toby Willis, LS (Lancaster)

ST - Braedon Stiles, K/P (River Bluff)

*RISERS* - Jadon Johnson, DUAL (Fox Creek)

Nils Viehweger, QB (Ben Lippen)

Jordan Wise, WR (Brookland-Cayce)

DL - TyShaun Glover (Spring Valley)

DL - Lee Davis (Lower Richland)

DL - Sebastian Powell (Dutch Fork)

DL - Ky Tayo (Spring Valley)

LB - Owen Plane (Brookland-Cayce)

LB - Gray Leaphart (Gilbert)

LB - Larry King III (Dutch Fork)

DB - Jeremiah Jennings (Westwood)

DB - Joshua Plush (Ben Lippen)

DB - Jordan Rivers (Airport)

DB - Nicholas Wright (Dutch Fork)

ATH - Chris Whitt (Batesburg-Leesville)

ATH - Chase Rivers (White Knoll)

ATH - Messiah Robinson (Swansea)

FLEX - Gage Gunter, DB/WR (Gilbert)

FLEX - DeAree Rogers, DB/ATH (White Knoll)

*RISERS* - Jaylen Pate, DB (Camden)

Miller Shouse, DL (Fort Mill)

Joe Brehmer, LB (Newberry)


QB - Zaveion McCrorey (South Pointe)

QB - Austin Harrell (North Augusta)

RB - RJ Glasgow (York)

RB - Justin Hedgepath (Mid-Carolina)

WR - Calique Cunningham (Northwestern)

WR - Blease Campbell (Lugoff-Elgin)

FLEX - Luke Bracey (Rock Hill)

OL - Hagan Smith (Clover)

OL - Kurtis Drennon (McCormick)

OL - Donadrian Robinson (Keenan)

OL - Joseph Tolbert (Fairfield-Central)

ATH - Omar Key (McCormick)

ATH - TJ Peebles (White Knoll)

ATH - TJ Hailstock (Nation Ford)

*RISERS* - Zyere Lee, WR (Westwood)

Donaven Pittman, WR (Legion Collegiate)

Izayah Whiteside, DUAL (Gilbert)

DL - Fred Twitty (Lancaster)

DL - Jonathon Chavis (Camden)

DL - Asa Johnson (Catawba Ridge)

DL - Jamari Stroman (Wagener-Salley)

LB - Freedom Flemings (Airport)

LB - Jaquez Fredrick (White Knoll)

LB - Savien Jones (Westwood)

DB - Craig Williams (River Bluff)

DB - JyQuawn Ealey (Andrew Jackson)

DB - Nick Emmanwori (Irmo)

DB - Chancellor Lorick (Blythewood)

ATH - Zytrelle Fuller (Newberry)

ATH - Ashton Latta (Northwestern)

ATH - Elijah Stokes (Spring Valley)

*RISERS* - Kobe Wright, DL (Columbia)

Isiah Simpkins, LB (Brookland-Cayce)

JJ Ogwal, CB (Fort Mill)


(Guys I found little to no film on but have heard about)

  • George Schodowski, WR (Dutch Fork)

  • Hank Tarte, OL (Camden)

  • Hunter Nichols, TE (Clover)

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