On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in partnership with Georgia High School Football Daily, will release its 25th Super 11 team, a preseason list of Georgia’s 11 best senior football players.
This week, GHSF Daily has been selecting its Super 11 for each classification. Today we conclude with Class AAAAA. (Note: These selections are not the AJC’s.)
Remember that these are seniors only:
RB Mack Brown, M.L. King: The state’s best running back, according to most observers. Brown, who has committed to Florida, rushed for more than 1,600 yards in 11 games last season. He’s real fast.
OL/DL Ed Christian, Lowndes: Christian made GHSF Daily’s list of the best five offensive linemen in Georgia. That was before Lowndes coach Randy McPherson told us he was moving Christian to defense. Christian, who has committed to Florida State, is a three-year starter for a team that’s won a few games in that time.
QB Hutson Mason, Lassiter: Mason threw for 3,705 yards in 12 games last season. Can he do it without TE Philip Lutzenkirchen? Regardless, he’ll be better as a senior.
S Alec Ogletree, Newnan: Has there been a more highly rated Georgia safety this decade? Remember that Eric Berry was rated as a cornerback.
RB Ean Pemberton, Grayson: Pemberton rushed for 1,949 yards in leading Grayson to the Class AAAAA semifinals in 2008. At 5 feet, 4 inches, Pemberton is not getting major college offers, but he’s the man in Region 8-AAAAA.
RB Charles Perkins, Collins Hill: His early commitment to Georgia Tech keeps him out of the spotlight. Perkins rushed for more than 1,300 yards on an 8-3 team in Region 7-AAAAA.
DT Garrison Smith, Douglass: In the year of the defensive tackle in Georgia, Smith is considered the best of the lot. Coach Kenny Barrow compares him to former Georgia DT Johnathan Sullivan. Smith has committed to Georgia.
DT Michael Thornton, Stephenson: His coach, Ron Gartrell, calls Thornton the best interior lineman to play at Stephenson. Thornton had 95 tackles last season, 15 for losses. He is the top-rated Georgia player who has not committed, unless it’s …
DT Jeffrey Whitaker, Warner Robins: Whitaker is pals with Georgia’s Abry Jones, though the two played for rival schools in Warner Robins. He’s a consensus top 20 prospect in Georgia.
DT Anthony Williams, Union Grove: Williams was his team’s best player in 2008, when he had 76 tackles, 16 for losses, including one for a safety. Williams committed to Georgia Tech this month.
T David Yankey, Centennial: Yankey graded out 95 percent for Centennial, but his 1,300 SAT score is more impressive. Yankey is committed to Stanford.
Georgia High School Football Daily is a free email newsletter. CLICK to join the mailing list