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Jarrett selected for All State team
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(January 7, 2011) Grady Jarrett’s high school career has ended as successfully as it was played.

Rockdale County High School’s defensive lineman spent his final days of 2010 doing what he does best, making tackles, and picking up more awards in a highly regarded career.

Jarrett participated in the GACA All-Star football game in Columbus on Dec. 29, and shortly after found out he was named an All-State player for the second year in a row.

The 6-foot-2, 280 pound defensive tackle was the lone player from Rockdale selected for the honor, and the only Region 8-AAAA player picked to the defensive squad.

“I was happy about it,” Jarrett said. “It was one of my goals. I feel really good about it.”

The 2010 All-State selection topped a list of honors that included a 2009 selection to the same list, All-Region 8-AAAA second team defensive pick in 2008, first team defense in 2009 and 10 and second team offense in 2009 and 10. Jarrett also participated in the GACA All-Star game and the Maxx Scouts All-American game.

“’m really glad about it,” Jarrett said. “I had a pretty successful high school career. I couldn’t really ask for more. I’m proud of myself.”

The senior lineman helped lead Rockdale to the state semifinals in 2009 and was a key part on a defense that gave up 18 points per game in 2010.

The skills he used with the Bulldogs were on display in Columbus where he continued to show why he was regarded as the state’s best two years in a row.

Against Georgia’s best competition, Jarrett had five tackles, two for loss, two forced fumbles and a sack as his team won 22-0.

Jarrett’s next game will be at Clemson where he committed to play during his junior season, and will sign a letter of intent on national signing day in February.