AJC Super 11 candidate: South Gwinnett QB Kent Rollins

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released next month before the kickoff of the 2010 season.

South Gwinnett's No. 16 Kent Rollins (AJC)

South Gwinnett's No. 16 Kent Rollins (AJC)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: South Gwinnett QB Kent Rollins

The skinny: The 6-foot, 175-pounder might be the best quarterback that no one has really heard about outside of Gwinnett County. Rollins quietly put up monster numbers in arguably the state’s toughest region (8-AAAAA) last year. He completed 141 of 242 passes for 2,212 yards and 23 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also surprised many defenses with his scrambling and running skills, rushing for 542 yards and 8 touchdowns on 90 carries. Rollins sat out the second half of four games.

Colleges: Rollins has generated interest from major colleges but has yet to receive his first offer. Some scouts have expressed concern over his height. “Something is going to happen before it’s over — He’s just too good of a quarterback,” South Gwinnett coach John Small said.

They said it: “He’s the best quarterback I’ve been around. He’s dynamic and a difference-maker. He can make things happen with his arm. He can make things happen with his feet.” — Small.

The lowdown: Why didn’t you hear much about Rollins last year? Because last year’s QB crop was one of the best in Georgia history. It was led by Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw, who may play for South Carolina as a freshman this fall. Gainesville High’s Blake Sims (signed with Alabama) and Calhoun’s Nash Nance (Tennessee) led their respective teams to runner-up finishes for state championships, while Lassiter’s Hutson Mason (UGA) rewrote the state’s record book with Nintendo-like passing numbers. Don’t forget about Hillgrove dual-threat QB Synjyn Days (Georgia Tech). What about this year? Not nearly the star power, but respectable. Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall (committed to UGA) is the headliner, with Rollins and North Gwinnett’s C.J. Uzomah among the top five.

If it was completely my vote: Rollins will be a long shot, but merits consideration for posting stellar stats in perhaps the state’s toughest region. He is a joy to watch because of his unpredictability when dropping back to pass. For starters, Rollins is not afraid to take a hit and will wait until the last second for his wide receivers to break, even if it means getting creamed. However, the fun with Rollins begins when the play breaks down and he starts scrambling. He has the rare ability to make something out of nothing. His best plays are broken plays. He has above-average foot quickness, allowing him to buy valuable time while his pass targets break free. What really separates him from most high school quarterbacks is his field awareness while scrambling. He keeps his head up, looking for wide receivers, while eluding would-be tacklers. He’s a nightmare for defensive backs that have the natural inclination to charge the line of scrimmage when the play breaks down because Rollins will quickly pivot and rifle a pass. He is extremely accurate with his short to mid-range passes. In summary, he is an outstanding high school quarterback. What about the colleges? I think a Div. I school will come around late and get a steal.

NoteThe AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, South Gwinnett QB Kent Rollins? Please post below.

45 comments Add your comment

raymond

July 13th, 2010
8:10 am

The states toughest region is 1AAAAA

saw it first hand

July 13th, 2010
9:34 am

I’m not a Tech fan but if I was Johnson I would on this guys door step everyday……Can run, scramble…….and low and behold, can complete the forward pass. I hope he looks elsewhere, but a guy like this could finally make Tech down right scary…..If you had to defend that running game and sit back and actually cover folks…….

Some Sense

July 13th, 2010
11:55 am

Watch this video and you see that the star of the show is this kid’s team’s OL coach.

will50

July 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

The OL Coach and his OL may the stars, but this kikd is the engine that makes this team go. Outstanding talent, worthy of playing on any collegiate football team.

Sports Review

July 13th, 2010
12:42 pm

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LET'S GO

July 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

He is good! BUT, the comets first two games are going to be EXTREMELY TOUGH!! They open up the season at LOWNDES then they face a Dekalb Powerhouse MLK!! The comets better come to play because LOWNDES AND MLK surely will! And if we don’t step up we can easily start off 0-2! But hey, out of the Dekalb poerhouses we got MLK..Parkview opens the season facing STEPHENSON!! Damn.. Good Luck to Everyone

Jamie

July 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Take a look at the QB from Redan High, Akil Dan-Fodio. He is an Elite 11 QB who is sharp on and off the field, being recruited by Harvard among other SEC and ACC schools. He should definitely be considered for the AJC “Super 11″

K.I.N.G

July 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

MLK’S FIRST GAME AGAINST SOUTH GWINNETT. WE COME TO CONQUER OUR OPPONENTS. WE WILL SHOW THAT ON SEPTEMBER 3…LETS GO!!!

Waycross Dawg

July 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

Not overly impressed with his arm strength from what I see as much as I am with his accuracy. Looks a bit slippery and could fit in nicely with an option attack like that of Ga Tech or Ga Southern.

Army Ranger Dawg

July 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

How in the world did he EVER get away from Brookwood????

BrokeBackJacket

July 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

Not saying the kid is not a good player. BUT, “elete 11? You have to be kidding…..top 25 in the state would still be one hell of a stretch!

Bohgey

July 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

I agree raymond. “Arguably” is such a loose word in this article the spell check function quit working after Carvell typed it.

To get back to planet reality for this article, the Rollins kid seems to be a great find. Seems to fit the spread-option to a tee. I don’t look for Georgia to offer, but the gold dunce caps will make him an offer to be a tackling dummy for the ACC.

If I were him, I’d lean towards Auburn if they offer. Close to home and as long as Chizik is there, the spread will be. If they do, I wish him well. He has a nice arm and would be nice to have in red and black, but until I watch him take snaps under center, his skills would be better used in Aubie’s or Tech’s offense.

Bohgey

July 13th, 2010
4:15 pm

Let’s Go, I had not realized they were opening the season down here. The south Georgia sun is keeping my seats mighty warm at the Palace.

Should be fun to see this kid work.

Butter Milk Buscuits here we go.

July 13th, 2010
4:20 pm

Reminds me of Toad Williams for the Comets back in 96′.

Southside High School Observor

July 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

Looks pretty good, but he is surrounded with some real athletes at South Gwinnett too! He can scramble, though. I like the Carson Barnett kid also. He’s been getting some good looks at QB. He has an great arm and brains to match. Look at his throws to Robert Trotter in Trotter’s highlight tape. Barnett’s been offered by Elon (Southern Conference with Georgia Southern, Furman, and App State). I expect Barnett will have several more offers, just like Kent Rollins will get offers. Trotter’s video actually has more coverage than Barnett’s. Also, I like the way Trotter’s video is put together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt0rpxW3rYM

Phil Rizutto

July 13th, 2010
5:41 pm

I agree on Carson Barnett. He’s a great passer! Heck, I like the receiver, Robert Trotter! He’s an athlete and appears to be able to do it all! I googled him and saw that his overall SPARQ score at the NIKE Combine in Atlanta in March of this year was pretty high — about the top 15% of so for all the athletes attending (and some from out of state). Has Trotter had any offers yet? I will definitely keep up with him at McIntosh High this year. Both he and Barnett ought to have good senior years.

Big Doug

July 13th, 2010
6:21 pm

Thanks Carson’s Daddy. He is not in the same class as Rollins. Good grief!

Phil Rizutto

July 13th, 2010
6:28 pm

I am no kin to Carson, but I too am impressed with him. Has Rollins received any offers? If not, then why does Chip have him in the Super 11? Big Doug, YOU are the one who must be Kent’s father. There’s no reason to be sore at anyone. I think that Kent is indeed a good prospect. But, I believe that the Barnett kid has some skills also. He’s about the same size as Kent. Has perhaps a stronger arm, but may not be able to scramble as well. This is not just my thoughts on Barnett. I googled him too. Other folks feel like me. Carson Barnett, like Kent Rollins, is a true prospect. Kent happens to play at a larger school. A kid can’t really determine the school and its size. Both kids are great prospects!

His team mate

July 13th, 2010
7:03 pm

I go to school with Kent and he is a terrific quarterback. He could go either way because he is just as good at baseball.

Big Doug

July 13th, 2010
9:12 pm

Wrong Mr B. Frankly, neither are anywhere close to Super 11 players. I wouldn’t categorize them in the top 25 in Georgia at the QB position. Ross, Tarver, Daniel, Dan-Fodio, Harris or Hardison should be considered before Rollins or your write in candidate.

Delbert D.

July 13th, 2010
9:38 pm

Not a single sentence fragment on his grades.

Phil Rizutto

July 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

Didn’t David Greene come from South Gwinnett — or was that Pollock? One from Shiloh and one from South Gwinnett. How was Greene rated coming out of high school?

Southside High School Observor

July 13th, 2010
10:00 pm

Keep an eye on Landmark Christian’s Cantrell Frazier. Just a junior. Great speed. Receiver. Athlete.

The Sham

July 13th, 2010
10:52 pm

Man that offense looks a lot more prolific than the ol’wing-T that Coach William use to run… I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just different.

@ Phil Rizzuto: David Greene went to South Gwinnett. Pollack went to Shiloh. They did both play rec. league together for the Shiloh Generals until Greene moved into the SGHS school district. Greene was a 4 star prospect if I remember right.

Glad to hear my alma matter in the headlines… I hope he get’s selected

SGHS Class of ‘97

THE BLUE & GOLD HOUSE

July 14th, 2010
1:04 am

AHHHH…..NO! Nice athlete but not QB. UZOMAH, MADDOX, CAUSEY… hell Van Brunt.
SHSO… Are you kiddin me! Who get a hardship to go MCINTRASH? His parent should have thought outta box..Newnan, Sandy Creek,Westlake,Creekside. That just football talking.. as far as academia McIntosh all day any day. 3 school to send child for academic/ Mays, McIntosh,Walton.

Southside High School Observor

July 14th, 2010
8:57 am

B & G: I think it has something to do with where a kid lives. But, you’re right about Newnan, Sandy Creek, Creekside, and Westlake. They are powerhouses with great athletes, many of whom make it to the top levels. Mays on academics? Have you been there lately? It’s really gone down hill. At one time, it was a shining light on the hill, but not anymore. I hear that some of the star athletes don’t even go to class. I have friends who teach there and really bemoan the poor leadership at the school.

Alabama Fan

July 14th, 2010
9:41 am

I think you have made a great pick. This kid is the real deal. Watched him play 2 games last year and is one of if not the best high school quarterbacks I’ve seen. Size may be an issue for some but look at Colt McCoy and I think an undersized QB won the Super Bowl this year. Some one better grab this kid quick or set back and let him beat their eyes out playing against them.

ECB

July 14th, 2010
10:27 am

The kid is a nutt job. His daddy is why he has been bounced all over Gwinnett Co. From Parkview to Grayson to South to Brookwood and back to South!

a friend

July 14th, 2010
11:36 am

ECB,
You obviously don’t know the rollins family or what kent has had to go through. I’ve known the rollins family for a while and the first move from grayson to south was out of his control. It had nothing to do with kent. And you’re telling me you would have allowed your child to stay at south gwinnett when they were having all the problems they were with gangs?! I don’t think so. Brookwood was academically a better school, where all the kids he’s grown up with plays. And you can go to Brookwood and ask about Kent, and I gaurentee everyone of the players will tell you Kent got screwed in the quarterback spot. They play daddy ball and watching Kent go through that, he didn’t even want to play football. So you can take that comment and sit on it.

a friend

July 14th, 2010
11:37 am

And by the way, he never played in any type of parkview program.

OMG

July 14th, 2010
11:38 am

ECB…YOU ARE OFFICIALLY AN IDIOT

MAYS fan

July 14th, 2010
12:35 pm

Causey n Maddox should be at the top of the list due to the fact Marshall/WilcoxCnty will play db in college

Wilt100

July 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

get everybodys tape send it n and vote

THE BLUE & GOLD HOUSE

July 14th, 2010
1:43 pm

SHSO, Mays Academy is totally different from the general high school. There is still 20/25 going IVY league every year. Just recently a couple of ‘06 class are Fulbright scholars and Rhodes , not to many school can say that. Yes the administration sucks… so do some of the
TEACHERS there.

Brian

July 14th, 2010
1:56 pm

I don’t care how “not” tall this kid is, he makes some great throws in this highlight video. He will make some college team, whether D1, D2, wherever, very proud and happy to have him playing under center. And as for this ‘concerned with his height’ crap, tell me how tall the QB who just won the Super Bowl is again??? That’s right, 6′0″! Get over the height label already, can the kid play or not, and based on this highlight video the kid can play.

Southside High School Observor

July 14th, 2010
1:59 pm

B & G: I take your word about Mays.

other sports

July 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Word has it that he has started getting offers in baseball. I am happy for him that he has options.

also a friend and witness

July 15th, 2010
10:41 am

Totally agree with the daddy ball comment about Brookwood, he was clearly the better QB
but was never going to be allowed to show it. Happens a lot over there and kills a lot of kids dreams.

sideline watcher

July 15th, 2010
9:30 pm

i have witnessed the daddy ball at brookwood, and if you ask the players, they will tell you that kent was the better quarter back. unfortunately, brookwoods qb is also a coach’s kid and was GIVEN the starting job even as a freshman. every year there seems to be a mass exodus because so many athletes can play elsewhere. i watched a jv quarterback for brookwood last year named dj brown who has moved to shiloh this year and this kid is an athlete. not real tall but accurate and if he would have had the opportunity to play with the better crop of athletes he could have been dangerous. real athlete and may help turn shiloh’s fortunes. let’s watch and see.

SouthGARules

July 16th, 2010
10:35 am

It seems like at this time last year Hutson Mason was not that highly thought of. UGA did not enter into the picture until late. Rollins was NEVER going to start @ Brookwood. With all of this said, the key to South’s fortunes this year is their defense. It definitely needs to step up. They could not get Grayson’s ball control offense off the field & Mason passed them silly in the playoffs. The key to the Lowndes game is to somehow figure out how to stop the Wing-T-easier said than done. As long as Lowndes controls the ball & clock, South can’t score with Rollins on the sidelines.

KING

July 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

This kid is good, no doubt. BUT, we will see what he is made of when KING comes to town! The mighty Lions of MLK will be ready!!! South Gwinnett.. we will see you guys September 3, 2010!

karate kidd

July 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

I don’t know if anyone has seen the M.L.K. lions at one of these passing leagues. These guys are forreal. They have about 7 receivers and they use them. And an accurate QB. The new coaching staff is doing a great job. I heard they went to FSU and went up against two of Floridas powerhouse schools. And it was basically a they cant stop us and we cant stop them game. People please beware.

GA football Historian

August 3rd, 2010
10:59 pm

I’ve followed AJC Super 11 since it started. For Georgia standards, we require a better type of QB for this distinction. Google that kid Akil Dan-Fodio, Redan HS. He’s a pure QB, 6′4″, 210, with the strongest and most accurate arm in GA. Great feet and escapability. Hey, at Redan he has to play under adversity and have big gohunas. He’s smart, Harvard has already offered him, along with 5 other D1 schools. As a sophomore, he set Dekalb County single game passing record with 422 yds, 4 TDs, 0 Int, 15 of 21 (71%) 28 yds/comp. See for yourself. Jr. Yr. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB01UAHP_u0

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August 12th, 2010
10:20 am

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no way

September 17th, 2010
10:38 am

well i was around when when Dan-Fodio was playing on the same team as Rollins and there was then and still remains no comparison between the two. Rollins is smarter, faster, and more competitive than Akil. I believe they kept him on deffense cause he did not want to get hit or remember the plays. He is a good QB for his team but lets quit trying to sell us a package that dont work. This is Rollins’ article. If you want to promote your son go to another pay site.