Eric Berry, a star quarterback and defensive back for Creekside High in Fairburn, went on to become a two-time consensus All-American at Tennessee and might be the No. 1 player selected in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Zeb McKinzey, a tackle from Parkview who in 2002 became the only lineman ever to be named Georgia’s all-classification player of the year, had an uneventful career at the University of Georgia that was ended by injuries.
Jeff Francoeur, McKinzey’s teammate during Parkview’s state-record 46-game winning streak of the early 2000s, didn’t play college football. He became a Major Leaguer with the Braves and Mets.
Georgia High School Football Daily’s all-classification all-decade team contains them all.
The choices were difficult, especially when weighing high school success with how the players performed at the next levels. Calvin Johnson was an all-state wide receiver at Sandy Creek before becoming an All-American at Georgia Tech and eventually the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. While he had an outstanding high school career, he failed to make this team against receivers who had more catches and yards as seniors than Johnson did in his final two high school seasons combined.
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