GHSF Daily’s preseason AAA all-state team was announced Wednesday and features three Bartow County players, all on offense, including: Brooks Barden, Cartersville; T.L. Ford, Cartersville; Dakota Hines, Adairsville.
Barden is the lone quarterback on the team and receives the honor after recently committing to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He threw for 2,870 yards and 39 touchdowns while rushing for 417 yards on 54 attempts in 2012.
This isn’t the first accolade for Barden, who was one of two juniors who represented Bartow County in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl. He also was named Region 5-AAA’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“And Class AAA is deep at quarterback. The nod went to Cartersville QB Brooks Barden ahead of several highly recruited players that include Tyler Harris of Pierce County, Tez Parks of Callaway and Greg Williams of Peach County,” GHSF Daily’s press release said.
Barden’s top target, Ford, was an honorable mention on the 2012 Daily Tribune News all-county team. He recently committed to Kansas State, reigning Big 12 champions, and is joined by Xavier Harper of Jackson County as the only receivers listed on the team.
Hines, a senior from Adairsville, is one of two special teams players on the team and is listed as the place kicker. He was an all-county selection last year serving as the Tigers’ kicker and punter. He kicked a 37-yard game winning field goal against Ringold and has hit field goals from distances of up to 60 and 63 yards in practice.
Buford, who defeated Cartersville in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs a year ago, has three players who made the team. Hunter Holland, an offensive lineman, is the team’s only offensive player. Defensive back Thomas Wilson also made it from Buford along with linebacker Korie Rogers.