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 on Aug. 15)
The AJC Super 11 candidate: North Paulding WR Chris Conley
The skinny: The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Conley has averaged about 50 catches per year since he was a freshman while playing for North Paulding in a non-region schedule (basically against JV-like teams). North Paulding, a 4-year-old school, only now has a senior class this year. Conley caught 81 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns for as a junior and ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at a recruiting combine in January. He is also an “A” student who will enroll early at UGA.
Colleges: Conley committed to UGA over Alabama in April, and was also considering offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Stanford, and Clemson. He picked the Bulldogs because “he’s a Coach Richt kind of kid,” according to his high school coach.
They said it: “All the mail that comes in now either to my house or the school that’s not from UGA is thrown away. If it’s a questionnaire or something like that it goes to my coach so he can give it to another player so he can get recruited. I’m sticking with UGA.” — Conley
The lowdown: Conley looks like a man vs. boys in his high school video. That’s because it is against boys, with North Paulding playing a non-region schedule over the past three years against inferior competition. North Paulding went 5-5 last year. CC gets mad respect, such as 20-yard cushions and everybody on defense looking like they are scared to death of tackling him. It reminds me of Marlon Brown (sophomore WR at UGA) playing in Tennessee’s league for private-school football. But hey, that’s not Conley’s fault. He didn’t make out the schedule. There is no doubt he has raw athletic potential — good size and ridiculous speed. According to his coach, he also didn’t drop a single pass last year, which says a lot about his hands. We will learn a lot about Mr. Conley this year, as North Paulding finally jumps into the real competition of region play.
If it was completely my vote: Leaning toward yes, although I wish I could delay the Super 11 until after seeing Conley play in a few senior games against some good competition.
Note: The 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.
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