AJC Super 11 candidate: North Paulding WR Chris Conley

WR Chris Conley (Special)

WR Chris Conley (Special)

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.

What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, North Paulding WR Chris Conley? Please post below.

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)
The AJC Super 11 candidate: Wilcox County QB-DB Nick Marshall
The skinny: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Marshall is considered the state’s No. 1 QB prospect but is going to UGA to play DB. Last year as a junior, Marshall led Wilcox County to the Class A championship, passing for 2,956 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named as the AJC’s Class A Offensive Player of Year.
Colleges: Marshall, who has drawn comparisons to 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, committed to UGA on a football scholarship in June after reportedly being a “silent commitment” to archrival Georgia Tech. Marshall agreed to play defensive back at Georgia, which will allow him to also play basketball for the Bulldogs. He had dozen of major-college scholarships offers in both football and basketball — without having to agree to play the other sport.
They said it: “[Marshall] is something special. He’s the best I’ve ever seen, simply the best we’ve ever played.” — Savannah Christian coach Donald Chumley to MaxPreps.
The lowdown: Last year, the state of Georgia had its best QB crop in more than a decade, led by Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw (signed with South Carolina) and Lassiter’s Hutson Mason (UGA). But it was the junior from Wilcox County who had the strongest arm. He wasn’t as polished as Shaw and others, but wow does he have a rocket-launcher for an arm. Nick makes throws, especially on famously tough “deep-out pattern” passes, that are the envy of college quarterbacks. Have you ever seen Nick throw deep? His coach says he can chuck it 80 yards in the air, and he does it with a simple flick of the wrist. Nick still has a lot to learn about fundamentals and technique at the QB position, if he were to play it in college. He is able to get away with it now because he makes smart decisions and is almost always the best athlete on the field. Nick’s No. 1 quality is a gifted arm. No. 2 is his competitiveness. He always wants to be on the field, and has a talent for making big plays, even on defense after playing all those downs on offense.
If it was completely my vote: Yes. Nick may be the state’s best overall two-sport athlete, and already led his team to a state championship with one season left to play. With Marshall at QB, Wilcox County is the heavy favorite to repeat as Class A state champions. For me personally, it’s a bummer that Marshall won’t be playing QB at the college level. I can understand his reasons for switching to DB, but I’d still like to see what he could do at QB on Saturdays.
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.
What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall? Please post below.
Video of Nick Marshall playing DB, and returning an interception 95 yards for a TD ….
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22 comments Add your comment

braveman

July 16th, 2010
1:18 pm

rocky redwood

July 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

Am I the only one concerned that he has been playing JV ball?

jasont13

July 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

rocky redwood- I’m a UGA Alum and honestly I am not worried one bit. He has been participating in elite camps since he was a sophmore and has stood out in everyone of them. You have to understand that Alabama, UGA, Tennessee, Stanford, Florida and Florida State wanted this kid. That should tell you something.

destin dawg

July 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

Super young man with great skills…. proud to have him with the Dawgs !!!!

dawgster

July 16th, 2010
5:00 pm

No way, the gators couldn’t have wanted this guy…they get everyone they target….just a little humor here…jason13, agree with what you said he has been in the elite camps so his skills are well known…we should know a little more on the young man after this football season…

The Ole Ball Coach

July 16th, 2010
5:13 pm

I looked at their schedule last year and they played some very good teams… Don’t know where JV comes from MR. Tech

Will Jones

July 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

Even if a team plays JV schedule its because they don’t have a senior class. So he was standing out among his peers. In Georgia kids can play JV up to 11 grade. Go Forest Park Panthers

Mecca Tech

July 16th, 2010
6:37 pm

pj whiffs again

SEC fan

July 16th, 2010
9:31 pm

Please don’t do a Da’Rick on us.

NPDawg

July 17th, 2010
7:10 am

First of all I’ve seen Chris and his team mates grow since the 9th grade. When they were in the 9th grade they played a JV schedule. In 2008 and 2009 they were forced to play a non-region VARSITY schedule. Last year 6 of the 9 teams we played made the GHSA state playoffs in various classifications. This weekend as well as last year we competed at camp at the Univ. of West Georgia against North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Camden County, etc. Also there are a lot of players from our opponents who are playing on Saturdays now.

Paddy

July 17th, 2010
7:32 am

rocky redwood …..it didn’t bother Saben and CMR, why should it bother you? Sounds like the kid is a real football player with good grades. Go Dawgs

destin dawg

July 17th, 2010
8:16 am

Chris, we’re adding to a great recruiting class this weekend.. you’ll be proud to a DWAG !!!

destin dawg

July 17th, 2010
8:16 am

Sorry DAWG !!!!

been there seen him

July 17th, 2010
8:48 am

Was on an opposing sideline coaching a team that has multiple state titles. We are definitely not a j.v team. Just in a lower classification. He has legit speed size and hands. He has the unfortunate task of playing on a brand new schools first team and is by far the best athlete on the field which causes him ti be bracketed and doubled most of the time. Kid will be fine. Probably a redshirt year would help.

DC Braves Fan

July 17th, 2010
12:49 pm

Had the good fortune of running into Mr. Conley and his mother in the DC area recently, and whatever comes of his athletic endeavors, UGA appears to be getting a good kid. Very polite and well-spoken. I can see why his coach thinks he’s a Mark Richt kind of kid.

Duluth Dawg

July 17th, 2010
5:38 pm

As usual, another misinformed AJC writer. I bet if he was going to GTU, he would be labeld as “all world.” Carvell, please get your act together.

Michael Carvell

July 17th, 2010
6:18 pm

@Duluth Dawg, thanks for your comments and go watch the film

bitter hersall talker

July 18th, 2010
3:38 am

this kid has game, they said the same about me when i played in class “A” ball in high school at johnson county, state champs next year national champs, its all about put up or shut up when the game starts, moma said do 300000 push ups a day and eat your grits and next thing a week latter and 2000000000 million sit ups and #1 running back in the country, so get started criss ps somebody ask momma when i can stop these here push ups im almost 50 years old!!

Hunker Down

July 19th, 2010
12:10 am

What I absolutely love about Chris is the fact that he has such maturity for someone still in hs. The fact that he is so commited and loyal to UGA speaks volumes about him. By that, wether you a UGA commit or another university/competitor I feel that once you commit you should stick to your word and the checking out another school once you commit is lacking in judgement. I look forward to watching Chris play between the hedges and like his passion for wearing the G. Thanks for choosing the Dawgs! Sic’em!

Fan of all High School Football Kids

July 20th, 2010
12:04 am

NHS-Cougar Watch: Newnan have a trio of LB’s to keep an eye on this year 2010.Trevor Tanner #32: 6′ 185 lbs 4.5 40 yard Denzel Smith # 36: 5′10″ 200 lbs 4.6 40 yard,& Alberry Melson #7: 6′1″ 4.7 40 yard could be the best trio of LB’s in the State that’s on one team.

High School Football Fan

Poor Journalism

July 20th, 2010
1:39 pm

Michael, Disappointed in your work here. I looked at their schedule and they played 9 varsity teams. They may have been A, AA or AAA but they are varsity teams (5 of which made the playoffs). Are you calling the lower classifications JV? Careful, friend.

Northpauldinkid

September 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

hey i play with chris he is amazing, one of our best WR, were in the 5A now and we are BEAST!