Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: The GHSF Daily chooses its Class AAAAA Super 11

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.

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15 comments Add your comment

Kurt

August 14th, 2009
10:18 pm

Mason???????? Are you serious?

Doesn’t have the offensive line he had last year. Doesn’t have the receivers he had last year. Lutzenkirchen was only a part of the great athletic players on the team last year.

jamal

August 15th, 2009
7:35 am

this is a great line no doubt!!!!! but believe or not a junior in region 5-AAAA is an awsome defensive athlete. #9 Gary Samuel of Forest Park, yes Forest Park is a playmaker, i watched this kid play and man!!!! I just hope he stays healthy so the rest of the state can see him.

will jones

August 15th, 2009
8:40 am

I don’t know who you heard talk about that FOREST PARK line but you guys are right . We finally got some young big with some size and agility . They certainly will surprise some 4-AAAA region teams. I wish I had a roster list , I could give you a list of some guys in skills position to look out for this year. Keep coaching them up Coach Perrymond and staff ! ! !

66GT

August 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

David Yankey is the perfect role model for all future STUDENT Athletes! Good for you David. Congrats.

Steven MIckens

August 16th, 2009
2:45 pm

How does Jawuan James left tackle out of North Gwinnett High School ranked # 8 in the nation by scout.com, rated # 1 left tackle in the state of GA, selected to play in the Under Amour All American Game in Jan 2010. Not make the GA Supper 11. How does that happen? While Buford left tackle made it and he not rank as high or plays in 5A. How was that decision made? Why cause he committed to go to UGA? Please somebody help me How and why could this happen

Steven

August 16th, 2009
2:48 pm

What is and was the criteria for selecting the Super 11? Someone missed it.

GoBucs76

August 16th, 2009
5:12 pm

Not only Jawuan James but Austin Shephard. I guess because they committed to Alabama (and NOT Georgia)….they must be no good….AJC needs to look at their criteria again.

Camden Mark

August 16th, 2009
5:37 pm

We will be getting a little warmup with Hoover Al on Sept 11 down here in Camden.After that,make a nice little run through 5A in Georgia and be sitting atop the pile again at the end,all 200 of our boys that were dressing this year.

Steven

August 17th, 2009
8:05 am

Yeah I guess not staying in the state has its price. But I thought we were being fair. Yeah Jawuan James All America, # 8 in the nation ranked # 1 left tackle Alabama commit and Austin Shephard Alabama commit does not mean too much unless they committed to UGA.. Wow.. they missed the boat. GHSF daily got it wrong and there is no justification as to why these young men were left off unless you dig deeper

Soopy

August 17th, 2009
8:05 am

Yeah I guess not staying in the state has its price. But I thought we were being fair. Yeah Jawuan James All America, # 8 in the nation ranked # 1 left tackle Alabama commit and Austin Shephard Alabama commit does not mean too much unless they committed to UGA.. Wow.. they missed the boat. GHSF daily got it wrong and there is no justification as to why these young men were left off unless you dig deeper

wildcat fan

August 17th, 2009
7:48 pm

You guys take all the SUPER 11’s. We at Camden are trying to win a state championship. South Ga gets no respect at all. Look at the number of AAAAA teams in South Ga compared to the number of teams in North Ga. And since 2003 the south has 5 of ther last 6 state championships.Fewer school more Champioships. You take the SUPER 11 and we will take the championships

football fan in decatur

August 18th, 2009
11:15 am

Of course you’ll have more championships in Camden or South Georgia! You’re supposed to with all the athletes you have in one area, besides there’s nothing to do in Kingsland anyway except go to Jacksonville and play football. In Decatur where I stay, there’s about 5 high schools within miles of each other. What happens to south Georgia during basketball season?

gatorheavy

August 18th, 2009
8:27 pm

yea why didnt mr. james make it hes a heck of a ball player. i guess the guys in the gwinnett and the whole ga dosnt like this guy(From there own Town). wouldnt know why though cause the whole country wants and loves him. i know you guys wished he came to uga and i sure heck wished he came to the swamp. but gosh you guys gotta show him some love. thats terrible. not knocking the other guys on the list but come on

gatorheavy

August 18th, 2009
8:31 pm

come on guys just think, if your number 8 in the country at o line and your not top 11 n your state, By your state!!?? well i tell you what ga must be flooded with linemen then

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2009
10:10 pm

The criteria for selection is a combination of on-field performance and college potential, with a heavier lean toward the on-field performance. The North Gwinnett linemen are great, but they did not make the all-Gwinnett County team last season. They might be the best pair of tackles on any one team in Georgia, but we believe that the 11 players we selected have been better high school football players to this point.