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: Kell FS-RB Brian Randolph
The skinny: The 6-foot, 180-pound Randolph is the state’s No. 1 safety, when healthy. Last year as a junior, despite playing with a damaged shoulder, Randolph still put up big numbers both ways for the Class AAAAA school. At safety, he had 136 tackles, 5 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 caused fumble. On offense, Randolph carried 164 times for 1,303 yards and 10 TDs, while catching 23 passes for 160 yards and 2 TDs.
Colleges: Made the surprising decision last month to commit to Tennessee over Georgia Tech, among others, including Florida and Stanford, saying “they [the Volunteers] just seem like they really care about their players up there.” Randolph said calling Tech’s coaches to inform them of his decision was one of the toughest parts of the recruiting process. His older brother, Justin Randolph, was a walk-on at Tech last year. Once upon a time, he was UGA’s No. 1 target at safety before the Bulldogs filled up a the position after the commitments of Tucker’s Chris Sanders and Griffin’s Corey Moore.
They said it: “I thought Brian was the best sophomore safety in the state [in 2008]. Then his shoulder got messed up with a torn labrum and he played hurt his entire junior year. He couldn’t hit as he did as a sophomore because that shoulder joint kept sliding in and out.” — Kell coach Derek Cook.
The lowdown: Randolph is Mr. Dependable, not letting a painful shoulder injury prevent him from playing nearly every down last year. He wasn’t able to deliver as many “big hits” with the injury but still was sure tackler and leader of the defense. Randolph is extremely physical, and not afraid to sacrifice his body to make a game-changing hit. He plays the run as well as any high school safety, charging hard into the seam to fill the hole. He gambles a lot with his gut instincts but is usually right. Will have to play more disciplined in college. Also known for tackling high in order to make a big hit or strip the ball. Strong enough to get away with it in high school.
If it was completely my vote: I like Randolph a lot. He was one of the best sophomores I’ve ever seen, and backed it up with a solid junior year despite the injury. I expect nothing short of greatness out of Randolph as a senior.
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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