Super 11 countdown update: We’re down to 22

Blog update:

Our Super 11 countdown, which began last week, is now at 22.

Below are the 22 finalists for the annual preseason honor that will be announced Aug. 19. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 team has been selected each preseason since 1985.

Trimmed from the list this week are Nigel Bowden (Central-Macon), Harrison Butker (Westminster), Brendan Douglas (Aquinas), Janier Ferguson (no longer at Pepperell), Makail Grace (Wilcox County), Trey Johnson (Central Gwinnett), Alvin Kamara (Norcross), Kamani Thomas (East Paulding), Chaz Thornton (Stephens County), Dominique Threatt (Tri-Cities) and Shaquille Wiggins (Sandy Creek).

Remember that the Super 11 represents the best 11 high school players in the state. That’s very subjective, needless to say.

It is not a list of the top 11 college prospects in the state. There have been numerous players in the past (Commerce’s Monte Williams, Tucker’s Jonathan Davis to name two) who were Super 11 in every sense of the phrase, except every big-name program was not knocking on their doors.

Here are the 22 finalists:

DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County: First-team all state in 2011 with over 20 sacks. Consensus No. 2 recruit in Georgia.
DB Vonn Bell, Ridgeland: First-team all state in 2011 with over 1,000 total yards, 100 tackles. Consensus No. 4 recruit in Georgia.
WR Carlos Burse, Alpharetta: 52 catches, 857 yards in 2011. Committed to Vanderbilt.
RB Travis Custis, Lovejoy: Rushed for 1,839 yards for AAAA runner-up in 2012. Committed to Georgia Tech.
OL Shamire Devine, Tri-Cities: All-state as a junior with over 80 pancake blocks. Committed to Georgia Tech.
QB Josh Dobbs, Alpharetta: Passed for 3,113 yards in 2011. Committed to Arizona State.
RB Tyshon Dye, Elbert County: Rushed for 1,561 yards in 2011. No. 10 prospect in Georgia (ESPN). Committed to Clemson.
HB/DB J.J. Green, Camden County: First team all-state in 2012, two-way starter, scored 21 touchdowns. Committed to Georgia.
LB Keyante Green, Eagle’s Landing Christian: Over 3,000 yards rushing, 300 tackles for his career. Committed to Purdue.
DL Kelsey Griffin, Mill Creek: First-team all-Gwinnett in 2011 with over 80 tackles. No. 5 consensus recruit in Georgia.
RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Led state with 2,375 yards rushing in 2012. Committed to Alabama.
OL Brandon Kublanow, Walton: First-team all-state in 2011, the only unanimous offensive lineman. Committed to Georgia.
QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Led state with 3,638 yards passing for Class AA championship team in 2012. Committed to South Alabama.
DL Carl Lawson, Milton: All-region and all-area in 2012. Consensus No. 3 recruit in Georgia. Committed to Auburn.
DB Tray Matthews, Newnan: Consensus No. 7 prospect in Georgia, No. 1 cornerback. Committed to Georgia.
QB Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove: Passed for 2,643 yards in 2012, could challenge state record for career yards. No. 7 prospect in Georgia (Rivals). Committed to Vanderbilt.
DL Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson: All-class Georgia player of the year in 2012. Consensus No. 1 recruit in nation. Committed to Clemson.
LB Johnny O’Neal, West Laurens: Second-team all state (AP) and honorable mention (AJC) with over 130 tackles. No. 8 prospect in Georgia (rivals). Committed to Georgia.
QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Passed for 3,350 yards in 2012 for Class AAAAA semifinal team, could challenge state record for career yards. Committed to UCLA.
QB Brice Ramsey, Camden County: Passed for 1,308 yards for a run-oriented team in 2012. Consensus No. 1 quarterback recruit in Georgia. Committed to Georgia.
WR Demarcus Robinson, Peach County: First-team all state in 2011 with 1,027 yards receiving. Consensus No. 1 receiver prospect in Georgia. Committed to Clemson.
OL/DL Isaac Rochell, Eagle’s Landing Christian: First-team all-state in 2011 as offensive lineman, recruited for defensive line. No. 6 prospect in Georgia (Rivals, Scout). Committed to Notre Dame.

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That Dude Says...

August 6th, 2012
9:20 pm

@ 94 UGA Alumni…

Reuben Foster moved to Auburn, Alabama months ago.

Former EPMS Coach

August 6th, 2012
9:22 pm

GATA Kamani Thomas! A healthy senior year will prove he’s the top RB in the state!

RealFootball

August 6th, 2012
9:27 pm

Jay Woods should be in that list he is one of the top d-line in the nation. This man got 31 offers fr

obamaisaloser

August 6th, 2012
9:28 pm

The top five players are going out of state! 4 are committed to Auburn. Richt goes back on the hot seat.

RealHits

August 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

He right Jay Woods should be in there

NCJacket

August 6th, 2012
9:33 pm

There is a surprisingly large amount of relevant conversation going on here. Go Jackets! Bringing in some good Georgia high school talent next year.

RisingSeniors

August 6th, 2012
9:34 pm

Check out majority these players highlights from the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl presented by RisingSeniors.com.
http://vimeopro.com/risingseniors/highlights

WILDCAT FB

August 6th, 2012
9:46 pm

@Camden74 I know that about BR. RESPONDING TO AJC TROLL CGF-(BR Hater)

3A FOOTBALL IS WEAK

smart guy

August 6th, 2012
10:55 pm

HELLO TYREN JONES

Gridiron

August 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

My picks are:

J.J. Green
Robert Nkemdiche
Johnathon McCray
Vonn Bell
Tyren Jones
Isaac Rochell
Eddie Printz
Demarcus Robinson
Travis Curtis
Brandon Kublanow
Trey Johnson

GT

August 6th, 2012
11:04 pm

NGHS 09

August 6th, 2012
11:18 pm

Grayson Dfense led by Nkemdiche will stop ANYONE, super 11 or the #1 player. It really doesn’t make a difference.

NGHS 09

August 6th, 2012
11:19 pm

Just ask Tyren Jones

Jj

August 6th, 2012
11:21 pm

mathews Newnan is the real deal. Maybe doesn’t deliver crushing blows like a ogletree did but has better hands. He will have to play both says this year to help patch holes in a young Newnan offense

Cedar Grove Football

August 6th, 2012
11:26 pm

Lol The “Army All American Game isnt Weak” Neither is Stephenson, MLK, Gainesville, Burke County, Troup County… & all the players in the Country Kno About The Johnathon McCrary We will see what Happens This Year & in the SEC. Anybody Can be a T – Shirt Combine QB with no pressure. ;)

Camden74

August 6th, 2012
11:47 pm

Cedar Grove? Is that some type of AIR FRESHENER? :-)

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
12:17 am

Yea it is an Air Freshener & @ THE TOP OF GEORGIA’S ALL TIME LEADING PASSER BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WILL BE A *FRESH* NAME FROM CEDAR GROVE!!!!! & STATE CHAMPION

Go Pack Go!

August 7th, 2012
5:44 am

There were should be a minimum of 21 Colquitt County players on the list!

Dandy

August 7th, 2012
8:21 am

@CGF What do you mean anyone can be a T-shirt combine guy? Your guy couldn’t.
He didn’t even make the top group at E11. He was average at best in the Rivals challenge.

It’s also the reason Vandy took a real QB in Chad Kanoff. If they thought JM was solid why would they take a 2nd QB with so many other needs on the roster.

I don’t have a dog in your fight but if your going to call out other players at least be honest. Cedar Grove wins are against very weak teams that include Mcnair, Towers, Washington and Arabia Mountain. Looking at your region I believe you will finish 4th at best. Woodward, St Pius and Blessed Trinity will out coach you and out play you on the field.

You should have transfered to MLK when you had the chance. Anyway, good luck this season and when they move JM to Athlete at Vandy good luck there too.

Pew

August 7th, 2012
8:23 am

Cedar Grove Air Fresheners STINK!!!!

THAT IS ALL!!!!!!!!!! LOL

ALW

August 7th, 2012
9:18 am

Shaq Wiggins has shut down every wide receiver he has played against @ Westlake & Sandycreek, & won every combine in America, with that said you must have skills to play football.

Fred

August 7th, 2012
10:59 am

@CoffeeC100 – unless they moved Dooley, Peach and Camden counties, I counted 4.

Ben

August 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

Brendan Douglas of Aquinas is a beast. We played them last year and he was dominate. You have to see this kid play

5AReg6Fan

August 7th, 2012
2:58 pm

I’m sure on Aug 19th when GA super 11 is selected, that each student/athlete will be representing GA’s elite. This is an indication of the level of HS football that is played by the #1 HS football state. Congrates go out to all these young men and the suffices that they and their parents/guardians have made. It will be interesting how these individuals contribute to their teams overall success…I guess we want know that, until the state finals are completed. As a long time fan of GA’s second highest classification, my nomination as one of the super 11 goes to Trey Payne (NSWR). This athlete is something special when you speak of an outside LB and the skills it takes to play at the next level. His play in last year’s Tucker/NSWR semi matchup, honestly, prevented the outcome from being lopsided. Would love to have him play in the maroon and gold of Tucker. (LOL)

@Cedar Grove Football – Looking forward to seeing McCrary do his thing against one of the TOP 5 defenses, annually in the state, and last year’s 4A State Champion. All questions will be answered on Aug 24th at Hallford stadium, about this talented HS athlete.

@obamaisaloser – I suggest you change your post handle, when posting on the AJC HS football blogs. This is a blog centered on GA HS football and the young men who live and work hard for their dreams, many will be experiencing the last time they have an opportunity to be a part of something special, while providing them life memories…this is not a political forum. There are MANY, again MANY blogs where you can vent your political views and I would be happy to debate you in opposite of your handle name. When I show your blog handled, I immediately turn my focus away from your subject matter, and you may have had some very good points around GA HS football. If I was leading the AJC web team, I would have blocked your comments, solely based on your blog handle. LET’S TALK GA HS FOOTALL and leave the politics to other avenues.

HS football fans…it’s about time to get this party started!!!! GOOD LUCK to all GA teams and a special shout out to 5A, because the Tiger Den has birth new cubs on the off season and they are HUNGRY…just a annual tradition passed to them by the brothers who have gone before them. Tucker pre-season prediction…TOP 5 in 5A football.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

rwdekalb

August 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

I hope the Cedar Grove quarterback actually gets to play quarterback in college and dont get moved to receiver or cornerback because if given the chance i think he could really shine in college as a quarterback.

5AReg6Fan

August 7th, 2012
3:35 pm

Meant to say, “When I saw your blog handled”, my bad!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

sportsnut

August 7th, 2012
3:40 pm

@ 5AReg6Fan == well said ! Good luck to you and the Tigers this year. I hope you guys don’t have to much trouble with your new region brotheren. I will try to make it to see a few games this year in Dekalb because all of Lovejoy games are on friday. I;m sure I will be able to catch a few very good ones.

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
4:12 pm

Im laughing so hard @ u guys…. Athlete??? He is going 2 be the all time Leading PASSER IN GEORGIA HISTORY!!!! THAT MEANS EVERY QB THAT HAS PLAYED IN GA. Johnathon McCrary will come first. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa… Chad Kanoff I hope is a great addition 2 Vandy along with this very strong class we have. But the Army All – American & Vandy will produce something the world has not seen b4 In McCrary. Yall Called Cam Newton & RG3 Athletes also. None with #s compared 2 McCrary. ********Witness******

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
4:22 pm

And in the Rivals Challenge out of all 4 QB’s They Said McCrary had the Highest ceiling. Which means he will be the best. The scouts 4 Rivals Know there football So I will take there word 4 it over U haters of McCrary anyday. PS. Good Luck 2 zbrice. & all the Qb’s this year. Yall sure will need it ;)

North Gwinnett Bulldog Club

August 7th, 2012
4:23 pm

Cody Butcher, Top D lineman in the state, hands down. Better go check him out scouts and drool on that 3.7 GPA too. 6′2 220 lbs and moves like a zebra being chased by an croc…..Real deal here.

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

& I have had it with u tucker Fans. Get this understood. We have 0 love 4 u guys @ Cedar Grove. & we are running the score up on yall come kick off. Yall talk entirely 2 much 4 a team that has lost all of those Seniors. & Yall should kno all about McCrary the way He use 2 Run the scores up on yall In park ball & Middle school. Ask all the Players 4 Tucker this year> Lol They Kno the truth about This team @ THE GROVE this year. Keep on talking. Ur words will not score 1 point & U will have 2 put those Fresh Tucker Tigers on the Field VS. OUR FULLY LOADED SQUAD. U guys dont have a clue bout what we have & by the time yall play us & everybody else in the state it will be nothing in ur power but 2 wave a White flag :)

Not too bright

August 7th, 2012
4:36 pm

@Cedar Grove Football – You are laughing at who? You are getting pwned.

You will take “there” word – HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa…

Good luck at Vandy Mr Genius.

5AReg6Fan

August 7th, 2012
4:38 pm

@sportsnut – Thanks for the kudos, but I felt the need to address (obanaisaloser) in the most appropriate way base on the forum that he/she is posting on. I’m looking forward to the new 5A region 6 alignment. Starting in late Sept, Hallford will host DeKalb’s and Fulton’s best, every Friday Night, until the regular season end. Tucker, Stephenson, MLK, & SWD will mix it up and then you throw in Mays, Miller Grove, & Dunwoody, makes for great Friday Night, a excellent get away for us old jocks, from the wife. (LOL) We Tiger fans, are looking forward to this long anticipate competition and until the our other region brethren’s prove that they belong KING of the jungle, THE TIGERS over look high on the mountain top, history has proven that. Hope you can take in a game or two in DeKalb. Good Luck to you and your Wildcats. Do doubt, Lovejoy will open eyes in 6A and if the tradition powers sleep on Lovejoy, then it might be an nightmare about to happen. Will be keeping my eyes on Lovejoy, much talent is being developed on the Southside of the ATL, down I75. Tucker’s youth feeder program plays these teams and it’s EXCELLENT football played in the Southern Crescent. Good Luck to you and the Wildcats in 6A, will miss our chest beating in previous years. (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

RealTalk

August 7th, 2012
4:42 pm

This is what is wrong with HS football these days. You get a clown like this Cedar Grove Guy and he boast and brags about one player. All of the top players in the state let their play on the field do their talking. Cedar Grove didn’t even win a playoff game last year. What a joke.

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
5:23 pm

Well im a Clown 4 stating facts that McCrary had a 69 % completion rating with new recievers last year. He has taken them 2 the playoffs Every year of being a starter. & his stats are Unreal & he is an Army All American with Brains. All the scouts have nothing but good things 2 say bout the kid & yall bash him??? Yea that sounds like a Clown. Yall are 2 funny :)

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
5:29 pm

& yall can think wat yall want. His Best friends Robert Nkemdiche, Reuben Foster, Demarcus Robinson, Carlos Burse, & Arshad Jackson kno wassup. so yall opinions mean nothing.

RealTalk

August 7th, 2012
5:49 pm

If blog opinions “mean nothing” you wouldn’t be defending your 3A player. Everyone knows you keep him up against weak competition. If he was a real player you would have let him compete for the job at MLK. You aren’t fooling anyone. Believe all of the hype if you want but when it comes time to step your game up you will see very clearly that hiding in 3A football was weak. Your long Cedar Grove season will start with a beatdown from Tucker.

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
6:33 pm

Well we are going 2 run the score up on MLK next week. they have no chance of keeping the score close. & then we will beat Tucker very good. Due 2 there offense will not be able 2 keep up. & as 4 everybody else yall know how that will end. ;) but We love all the hate, & keep goin against us & all our players. When people hate. They see ur accomplishments ;)

Camden74

August 7th, 2012
6:51 pm

Cedar Grove Football…….Put the PIPE DOWN!!!! :-)

Cedar Grove Football

August 7th, 2012
7:53 pm

@Camden74 I believe yall dont play Savannah Schools anymore. Thats why yall havent done anything in the playoffs. We will see what yall are about this year in ur new Region. Even though yall have no chance against Gwinett County teams. Sucks I kno that we will do better than yall. Yall are def. the most Overrated team this Year. Goodluck against Lowndes, Colquitt, & Valdosta. U will def. need it. We will send u a postcard from the dome ;) Dnt hurt urself in the Farm 2day or w/e else it is u do down there lol.

topper

August 7th, 2012
8:17 pm

Camden has done nothing in the playoffs? 3 state championships since 03 says different. Smh

A - AAAAAA

August 7th, 2012
8:25 pm

You do understand that the classes are not made up by talent. If a school is playing in 6A that does not mean your one of the best. It means the school is one of the biggest. The classes are based on the schools enrollments.

Camden74

August 7th, 2012
10:18 pm

Cedar Grove Football……..Thanks for the COMIC RELIEF! :-)

Mays Maniac

August 8th, 2012
1:59 pm

R-A-I-D-E-R-S !!!!! The Hill Is Real………….

5AReg6Fan

August 8th, 2012
4:52 pm

Of all the boasting that Cedar Grove Football has done, there is one thing I may agree…”When people hate. They see ur accomplishments”, but should be worded “When people hate…They see you are accomplished”. My question, when will Cedar Grove play MLK this year? I will make time in my schedule to attend that one. (LOL) MLK doesn’t have room on their 2012 schedule to support this matchup…please check your sources before posting. (Thank you) Lastly, if Cedar Grove depends on ONE athlete to make a season, then matching up with powerhouse Tucker may prove to be difficult. The Saints will not be playing (Columbia, Douglass, Redan, Decatur, Towers, McNair, SPX, Woodward Academy, or Blessed Trinity). On Aug 24th, your Saints will match up with DeKalb’s #1 HS football program, possibly #1 pre-season 5A ranked and # 3 ranked in the state, (see the Maxwell ratings), as well as multiple State Championships, with annual deep playoff appearances. Good Luck to you and your Saints in 2012…worry about 3A region 6, that’s where your Saints need your support.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

NGHS 09

August 9th, 2012
1:32 am

@ Cedar Grove Football…Thinking before you post is a valuable skill that I think you should mull over. Blowing up your QB’s profile to all of us is like watching Major League Soccer…no one really cares. I don’t think any WR on Cedar Grove would catch a pass against J.J. Green. Better yet, win a state title before wishing for miracles.

rwdekalb

August 9th, 2012
3:42 pm

@ Cedar Grove Football. Your quarterback is very good, and Cedar Grove may very well win their game against Tucker since on any given night a great team like Tucker could have an off game. However you must realize that Tucker graduates very talented seniors every year and every year the Tucker program puts out a team that can seriously compete for the state title. Tuckers success is not depending on one great player. Cedar Grove has had a good run with Johnathan but it cant compare with the success that Tucker has displayed year after year. And by the way Tucker has a quarterback that may not have the numbers that Johnathan has but he is a big play, big game quarterback that gets the job done as well as any.

rwdekalb

August 9th, 2012
3:47 pm

I actually hope Cedar Grove makes the playoffs and has a deep playoff run. You guys are exciting to watch. Much success to all dekalb teams this year.

RealTalk

August 10th, 2012
8:32 am

@NGwinnettBulldog

Really? Who is that person? Have you heard of a D-lineman named Robert Nkemdiche? smh

RealTalk

August 10th, 2012
8:34 am

A Cedar Grove,

That was not me….this is the real RealTalk, not sure who that copycat is that said that.