Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Super 11 candidates for 2010

Each summer since 1985, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published its Super 11, a list of the top 11 players in high school football for the coming year. The criteria have changed over the years, but recently a Super 11 is a player that is both highly productive on the field and highly recruited off the field. In 2009, GHSF Daily picked the AJC’s Super 11.

Here’s a look at 11 players who are on the radar for 2010:

OL David Andrews, Wesleyan: Andrews has been rated the No. 1 junior center prospect by Scout.com. For Wesleyan, which spent most of 2009 ranked No. 1 in Class A, Andrews started both ways and averaged 70 snaps per game, though he was out by halftime several times because of lopsided scores. He’s 6 feet, 3 inches and 270 pounds.

RB Isaiah Crowell, Carver (Columbus): Crowell, who was first-team all-state in Class AAA as a junior, rushed for 1,907 yards and 22 touchdowns on just 175 carries. He has the potential to be as highly sought as any Georgia running back since the turn of the century.

DE Ray Drew, Thomas County Central: Drew, already a four-star recruit by Scout.com, was the Region 1-AAAA defensive player of the year. He had 72 tackles, 22 of them for sacks or other losses.

LB A.J. Johnson, Gainesville: Johnson had committed to Tennessee but backed off amid the Lane Kiffin ordeal. He averaged more than 10 tackles for Class AAA runner-up Gainesville and made first-team all-state. Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw has called Johnson “unblockable.”

QB Nick Marshall, Wilcox County: The Class A offensive player of 2009, Marshall led Wilcox to a state title. He threw for 2,956 yards and 32 touchdowns. He’s also at least as highly regarded as a basketball player and might choose that sport.

DB Brian Randolph, Kell: We’re surprised he’s not already a four-star recruit by Scout. Randolph is a two-time first-team all-state player in Class AAAAA. In 2009, he made 136 tackles on defense and rushed for 1,303 yards on offense. He also caught 23 passes. He has several SEC offers already.

QB Chris Milton, Charlton County: Super 11 selections must be top recruits and top players. Milton has Part B down to the extreme. He was 166-of-267 passing for 2,664 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,159 yards and scored 17 touchdowns for Charlton, which finished 11-1-1. He’s only 5-10 and 165 pounds, so if he’s a blue-chip prospect, it won’t be at quarterback. Charlton County is dropping to Class A next fall.

TE Jay Rome, Valdosta: Former Valdosta coach Rick Tomberlin predicted Rome would be the No. 1 prospect in Georgia before Rome had started his sophomore season. He might be right. The son of Valdosta legend (and former NBA player) Stan Rome, Jay caught 25 passes last season and was an outstanding blocker. He’s also the best basketball player in Region 1-AAAAA.

DB Damian Swann, Grady: Swann is a two-way player similar to Kell’s Randolph but is a receiver on offense. He caught 48 passes for 824 yards and had 67 tackles and six interceptions on defense for a 10-2 team. He was first-team all-state in Class AAA.

DT Gabe Wright, Carver (Columbus): Wright is another big-time prospect from Carver, joining Crowell, Wright was a run-stopper who played in the middle of Carver’s line and sometimes was overshadowed by Corey Crawford, who signed with Clemson.

WR Zack Walker, Johnson County: Guys like Walker and Milton of Charlton County are going to need a trail of big-time schools chasing them, but Walker, the fourth Class A guy, has the on-field performance with 72 catches for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s 6-1, 175 and not believed to be related to the other famous Walker of Johnson County, that being Herschel.

Look out for: The two most hotly pursued juniors not on the list are probably Tucker linebacker James Vaughters and North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah. If not for injuries that slowed them in 2009, they’d probably be on this list. Another is Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson. He had a monster junior season and is in the running for Super 11. Last week, Chip Towers of the AJC made a list of the top 10 recruits for 2011. He also included wide receiver Chris Conley of North Paulding and lineman Watts Dantzler of Dalton. Those two also easily could be Super 11.

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24 comments Add your comment

Coach

February 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

Why are we talking about High School Football already. You have region tournaments going on in basketball and we can’t even find the results in the AJC. I just dont understand that. AJC’s coverage of high school basketball is horrible. Give the basketball players their due before you start talking about football again. Good Grief!!!!

scoty

February 22nd, 2010
10:09 am

R u stupid vaughters is the best player in the state of Georgia

joke?

February 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

is this a joke? it’s tournament time for the great high school hoops in GA and this is the blog topic? wow, just sad….this paper needs to realize that there are better basketball players in this state than football players…the top hoops players the last few years have easily been rated higher than the top football players….pathetic coverage by the ajc

football

February 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

good report Todd. Basketball and the Olympics are what we watch when there is no football season.

JOCO TROJAN

February 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

I think this is a great list Todd and I like the fact you have taken into consideration several Class A players. I think they get overlooked a majority of the time due to the lack of exposure and smaller team sizes. I think Nick Marshall is an outstanding athlete and will make an some program very happy. It’s nice to see Milton and Walker getting consideration. A lot of times the physical attributes are rated higher than the actual on the field play. These guys are all outstanding football players ,not just athletes.

Blindog

February 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

Basketball is okey but FOOTBALL IS FOOTBALL!!! Whats wrong with you man?You talk football year round.

TommyP

February 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Thanks for the list. Great read.

WISE

February 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

BORINGGG we have a group of juniors and seniors in basketball who are going to big time schools and have a chance to play in the NBA one day but instead were talking about football and its not even spring…..this is stupid AJC im done with you

78 DAWG

February 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

They are all waiting for offers from the DAWGS. We’ll decide who we want and let the vowels, gayturds and yech fight duke and vandy for the leftovers, AS USUAL!

Eagle 1

February 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Why do yall keep posting these doggone football blogs in the heat of the region and state basketball battle!!! Im sick and tired of this!!! Where is Justin Young when you need him…this is outta control!!
Todd Holcomb you are pissin alot of people off!!!!!

JB

February 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

Dawgs to get 6 to 8 of these. already have one. Seven to go. How many will Tech get ?

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George Tallent

February 22nd, 2010
3:08 pm

I watched a middle linebacker (Kendal Parker) at Lakeside Evans that will be a Senior next year that I believe is the best at his position in the state. He can dominate a game like he did against Statesboro in the play-offs last year. He personally accounted for 19 tackles and two forced fumbles in that one game. He is the real deal and to not include him in this list is a joke! Kendal Parker can play at the next level and will be recruited by an out of state D-1 school if Georgia doesn’t do something soon…………

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MSSU COACH

February 22nd, 2010
7:31 pm

Along with these standouts is one of our prospects defensive back Gary Samuel of Forest Park. Due to injuries and lack of playing time last year he didn’t make the Super 11 list. In the games we scouted he held all recievers to 0 catches for 0 yards. If healthy this will be his break out year, and we are expecting big play from him. He has SEC capability.

DA GENERAL

February 22nd, 2010
10:16 pm

GREAT JOB TODD,
but check out TRESHARD BURDETTE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEcWKbl4OpI WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE!

#1 JAGUAR FAN

February 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

It’s not surprising that those Stephenson High School Jaguars are not mentioned. But we know that every year they produce great numbers for colleges from NCAA D1,D2 and NAIA. Stephenson produced 29 scholarships this year. More than probably any school in the country in a single season. And watch them next season. I believe it will be the same. But with more D1a scholarships. Hats off to their entire coaching staff. Thanks Coach Gartrell and Coach Corey. You all spearheaded the hole thing.

pound 4 pound

February 23rd, 2010
9:45 pm

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pound 4 pound

February 23rd, 2010
10:10 pm

I apologize for stephenson fans for sounding like we are bragging but we are so proud of our kids and program.The ajc super 11 always seem to omit our players but i believe that before the season is over we’ll have some players that we will be able to say he should have been on that list. Heres A couple players that names should be mention anytime the top players in the state are mention. WillieDAVIS Jared BOYD Regis Ball .these are unbelievable players and should always be mention among the states best.

Yearling

February 26th, 2010
8:43 pm

Sorry folks, but football is King in the South. This is one place to post out of thousands….and while many of them are posting basketball (go there), there are still many, many people who can not wait for football to start again. For us,this is the “dead time’ of the year…basketball and hockey (yawn).
And, furthermore, AAAAA ball is tougher than A ball.The depth of competition is not even close. There are good players at A level – several of them solid D-1 prospects. But don’t compare 30 TD’s at A level with 30 TD’s at AAAAA level.

Newnan Fan

April 4th, 2010
9:31 pm

Lendell Arnold, QB
Chris Robinson, HB

top passer and rusher in region 5-AAAAA
why arent they on the radar?

We Believe In The Green and The Gold.

July 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Okay, Great list. They’re all probably phenomenal players!
But nothings complete without Corey Moore DB and Xavier Dickson DE & TE:) (Griffin High School) There is not a best without these two players!

Bender's Great!

July 28th, 2010
3:39 am

RB Josh Clemons from Whitewater, he should be under the radar. I think he’s every bit a good as Crowell.

We Believe In The Green and The Gold.

July 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Xzavier Dickson! Super 11:) Knew it.