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Five area players named to the preseason all-state team

Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis was recently named to a preseason all-state team. He is considered the No. 58 prospect in the state. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis was recently named to a preseason all-state team. He is considered the No. 58 prospect in the state. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

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Lovejoy senior Preston Williams, the state’s top wide receiver prospect, was recently named to the Class AAAAAA all-state team. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

JONESBORO — Five players from the Southern Crescent made the annual Georgia High School Football Daily’s preseason all-state team for their respective classifications.

Receiving preseason recognition in Class AAAAAA were three players from Lovejoy. Senior wide receiver Preston Williams highlighted the team with defensive back Travis Custis also named to the team. In addition, Wildcats offensive lineman Randy Robinson was named to the online publication’s preseason team.

Henry County players selected were Titus Davis of Stockbridge and Eagle’s Landing Christian’s Nick Dawson. Both are senior defensive ends.

Williams is considered the top wide receiver prospect in the state by several online recruiting services. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is regarded as a five-star prospect.

“This is some good recognition for me and my team, but my main focus is getting ready for the season,” said Williams, who has committed to Tennessee. “You have to put all this behind you and go out on the field and perform to help your team win.”

And perhaps no one did it better in the area in 2013 than Williams, who also was a track and field standout.

He had 56 passes for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns for a team that finished 10-2. He had one of the top individual performances of last season in a 27-23 victory over Marietta in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs, catching seven passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 47-yard TD reception on the final play of the game.

Custis, who has committed to Alabama, is considered the No. 58 prospect in the state. He was named to the second team Class AAAAAA all-state team by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Last season, the 6-foot, 175-pounder had 71 tackles, 25 pass break-ups, four interceptions, four blocked kicks and two defensive touchdowns.

“This is a great honor for me and the team,” Custis said. “We all have to continue to work very hard to accomplish our goal of playing for a state title.”

Earlier this summer, Williams and Custis attended Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Oreg., from July 7-11 at the Nike World Headquarters. They competed with 162 other players from around the country that were invited to the prestigious invitation-only camp.

The camp, which begun in 2011, consisted of four days of competition with the players divided up into teams.

Robinson has several Div. I offers as an offensive lineman. He plays center for the Wildcats, and plays some on the defensive line.

Davis is possibly one of the top defensive ends in the area. He has already committed to Central Florida, but has 26 offers from Div. I schools such as Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Indiana and Charlotte.