All-State Teams: 6A, 5A Squads Laden With Local Talent
Sat. January 05, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By BILL KEMP
LEDGER MEDIA GROUP
The 2012 Florida Class 5A and 6A All-State football teams were released Friday with 18 Polk County players receiving honors, including 10 in Class 6A.
Lake Gibson landed five players on the Class 6A team, including first-team selection Kennard Swanson on the defensive line. The 6-foot, 250-pound senior recorded 61 tackles with 11 sacks while helping the Braves to the District 10 championship and a 10-1 season.
Bartow defensive standouts Freddie Stevenson and Vontarius West were also first-team selections. Stevenson has already signed with Florida State and West has several offers including USF, Florida International, Minnesota and Iowa State.
Stevenson, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior, rolled up 133 tackles on the year. West, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, recorded 70 tackles with six interceptions for Bartow.
Rounding out Class 6A selections were: Lake Gibson wide receiver Eric Carter and defensive back Kendall Gant, both on second team. Winter Haven running back Adam Lane and defensive back Kendrick Holland were third-team honorees along with Kathleen utility player Ja'Von Harrison.
Lane, who led the county in rushing with 1,624 yards, is verbally committed to Florida and Harrison has made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech.
Lake Gibson quarterback Trey Congdon and running back Tyler Brown made honorable mention.
Congdon, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior, led the county with 2,092 yards passing while Brown was third in the county in rushing with 1,181 yards.
In Class 5A, Auburndale and Lake Wales had three players on the team along with two from Mulberry, however, there were no first-team selections.
Mulberry offensive lineman Kyle Jones made second-team along with Highlanders' placekicker Tate Mathewson and defensive lineman Bobby Leath. Lake Wales coach Rod Shafer said Leath has 27 full-ride scholarship offers he is considering and Mathewson is uncommitted at this time.
Third-team selections include: Lake Wales offensive lineman Luke Hiers, Mulberry placekicker Noe Guillen and Auburndale defensive lineman Lucien Minard.
Auburndale utility player Derwin James and defensive lineman Wilshonn Jefferson received honorable mentions.
The Class 5A and 6A teams were chosen by newspaper editors and reporters from across the state.
The 7A and 8A teams will be released today. Class 1A and 2A were released Wednesday and Class 3A and 4A were released Thursday.