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.

150 comments Add your comment

CoffeeC100

August 5th, 2012
12:43 pm

Only one from South Georgia. This proves the point we are always harping on.

We have Super Teams down here. Not Super Individuals. (Read Stephenson.)

Annalise

August 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

“credientials” ?. What’s happened to spell check?

These 33 have the credentials.

GoldenTornado

August 5th, 2012
1:04 pm

If Tech had 25-30 scholarships available like most SEC teams…I doubt the two 5′ 8″ & 5′9″ running backs listed above would be lacking a major offer. Seem to fit the A-back position well in the mold of Roddy Jones. Good luck to each of them this season and in future offers coming forth.

Lownes Pride

August 5th, 2012
1:09 pm

Kelsey Griffin is NOT committed to Auburn.

jim dog

August 5th, 2012
1:36 pm

Jay Woods of jackson should be on the list.

cobb football

August 5th, 2012
2:20 pm

Get your own major metropolitan newspaper and then you can have your bias, too.

Wow

August 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

Not only is Kelsey Griffin not committed Auburn, but Auburn didn’t even make his final two…come on…

Chris

August 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

Where is Cinwon Whitehead DB Washington High Atlanta ? He can ball

g2t

August 5th, 2012
4:32 pm

I know comments not votes but shamire devine gets my vote super player

WarEagle

August 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Greg Taboada of Marist is in the ESPN 150. He may deserve consideration.

3D

August 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

How do to leave the Josh Dobbs who led the state in passing during the regular season last year. I think that was his first year at Alpharetta as a starter. Wasn’t he the only GA QB to be select at the Elite 11 finals.

BamaBornDukie

August 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

Joshua Dobbs out of Alpharetta needs to in the Final 11 and he’s not even nominated among the 33?

-Lead Alpharetta to Region Championship in 2011 and 9-1 Regular Season Record
-Led state of Georgia in passing yards during 2011 Regular Seaon
-Led state of Georgia in passing TDs during 2011 Regular Season
-Was the best QB in the Rising Seniors All-Star Game
-Only QB from the state to be named to the “Final” Elite 11
-Has or will be receiving a bump to a 4 star prospect by all recruiting organizations
-”Icing” on the cake is that he is a great student with offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton & Duke

BamaBornDukie

August 5th, 2012
7:38 pm

Tyren Jones should be the top offensive player under consideration. His 2011 film, statistics, and the improvement in Walton’s record that resulted from his presence is obvious when comparing Walton’s 2009 and 2010 records Pre-Jones with Walton’s 2011 record with Jones in the line-up.

He is a great complement to the skillset of OLineman Brandon Kublanow and QB Parker McCleod as they make each other better. But make no mistake, Jones is the straw that stirs the drink.

I also think Kublanow is deserving of a spot as he is “nasty”. However, I imagine 2 players from the same team isn’t likely.

That Dude Says...

August 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

If your on the list to even be considered for the AJC Super 11 your a flat out player. Of course kids are going to be left off that could be considered. That’s just part of it. I know I certainly would not want to be the one having to pick the Super 11 from all the talent this state has. Tough job.

With that said I’m bias so pick Shaq Wiggins from Sandy Creek!!!!

Love HS Football

August 5th, 2012
10:20 pm

All I know is…I can’t wait for the season to start. I love football. I love everything about football. I love Friday night when you are looking for a win and Saturday morning when you found one.

Love HS Football

August 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

Eddie Printz is a pure passer and field leader. It was his strong leadership that helped to propel Lassiter through the playoffs and almost pull off an upset of Walton in the semi-finals. He has 2 (Juwan Dickey and Ryan Jenkins) very good receivers this year that will be tough for any defense to defend. In addition, the bulk of the Trojans defense returns this year, they will be a team to be reckoned with.

Todd Holcomb

August 5th, 2012
10:35 pm

Readers are correct about Joshua Dobbs. We have inserted him. He was in the Super 11 conversation from the start. That was an oversight.

Also, sorry about the Griffin-Auburn thing. Got that fixed.

Todd Holcomb

August 5th, 2012
10:52 pm

”Only one from South Georgia. This proves the point we are always harping on.

We have Super Teams down here. Not Super Individuals. (Read Stephenson.)”

I think there are four from South Georgia (Ramsey, Green, Adams, Grace). And none from Stephenson.

Point taken, though. I just don’t see that there are that many individual players in South Georgia THIS YEAR that people are rating that highly IN PRESEASON. Let’s take another look after the season is over.

This is not a year like 2010 where you had Ray Drew, Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell, Nick Marshall, Shannon Brown – all very legit Super 11 candidates. It runs in cycles. I expect south Georgia teams to be as strong as ever, but I just don’t see as many Super 11 candidates from South Georgia on Aug. 5. Having a top-33 player is not a requirement to winning region and state championships.

THEHILLISREAL

August 6th, 2012
12:10 am

1) Big Rob
2) DeMarcus Robinson #11
3) Tray Matthews
4) Shaq Wiggins
5) Shamire Devine
6) Montravius Adams
7) Travis Cutis
8) Vonn Bell
9) Taylor Lamb
10) Nigel Bowden
11) Chaz Thornton

valyboy32

August 6th, 2012
12:52 am

yeah north ga has the talent now being from the middle ga area and seeing south ga in the past put up good numbers with talent.I talked a lot of junk on hear about the talent during football season but some fans get out of hand with the talking but the talent has earned my respect along with the coaching but in the end it just make our state stronger!!LETS GO PEACH!!

5-Time

August 6th, 2012
2:50 am

:-( No Lowndes players this year. But that’s alright – we done had our share of TALENT come through Lowndes Co.

Mays Fan

August 6th, 2012
6:09 am

I think Trey Jones, quarterback from Mays High School, should be on the list. 2550 passing yards, 25 TD’s, almost 70% completion rate!!

T-Rob

August 6th, 2012
7:50 am

Be on the Look our for Matthew “Bubba” Frank a great OL/DL out of Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic High School. He has a great Motor and he has something to prove for single A ball players this year.

QB Coach

August 6th, 2012
7:55 am

Eddie Printz is the BEST HS QB in Georgia. Lassiter is ranked 26th in country by Rivals because of his leadership skills and ability. He makes everyone around him better.

HS Football

August 6th, 2012
9:04 am

I agree Eddie Printz deserves to be in this elite group as he will most likely be the leading career passer in Ga’s history by the end of the season. He is by far the best pure QB on this list. There is not a better leader in High School football today. He is committed to UCLA. I am ready for the season to begin!

Real Football

August 6th, 2012
10:09 am

Shaq Wiggins is in Super 11 no doubt the kid had 9 int and is the NUMBER 1 CORNERBACK IN GA. Under Armour All American, and ALLSTATE. That would be disrespectful to not have him in Super 11. And i dont even know the kid.

Fb

August 6th, 2012
10:13 am

Tray Matthews and Shaq wiggins are automatically in it. Best DB’S in the State of GA. And also JJ green maybe.

KeithB

August 6th, 2012
10:28 am

I like Eddie Printz and Tyren Jones. I’ll also be interested to see what kind of season Brice Ramsey has with the new schedule. All great players, good luck to all, and I look forward to kickoff.

CENTBACKER

August 6th, 2012
10:28 am

Robert Nkemdiche
Eddie Printz
Tyren Jones
Shamire Devine
JJ Green
Demarcus Robinson
Shaquille Wiggins
Tray Matthews
Brandon Kublanow
Kelsey Griffin
Brice Ramsey

2 from Walton and Camden — but hard to leave any of them off of this list.

Chuck Clausen

August 6th, 2012
11:05 am

I have watched a High School football game (Gainesville Area) since I retired after 28 seasons coaching football – 4 seasons High School – 3 seasons at William and Mary with Lou Holtz – 5 seasons on Woody’s Staff at Ohio State and 18 seasons in the NFL. At Ohio State I was Woody’s National recruiter – Gainesville High School has a Junior QB named Watson who has started every game since he was a freshman, he’s looks he may have NFL ability. Better athlete than Jaworski, arm strength close, but probably not as strong – I didn’t know Ron until he was in his mid twenties and had already been a back up with the Rams for three seasons. If you get a chance to see Gainesville let me know how Watson ranks with the other QBs you have seen.

indianman

August 6th, 2012
11:16 am

coffee c 100 south carolina player are not as good georgia player just admire it

Walton Dad

August 6th, 2012
11:21 am

As much as I hate playing against the kid I have to say Eddie Printz is the most complete QB we faced last year. Even when he threw an INT against us in last years semi-finals game to Zack Blaylock he tracked him down and dislocated his arm on the tackle. I believe that hurt us in the state championship game.

Eddie printz and Tyren Jones have to be two of the most football savy players in the country.

coach merine

August 6th, 2012
11:53 am

Appreciate the love with Burse and Dobbs. We also have one of the top DE in the state in Naim Mustafa Georgia Commit that is worthy of this list.

seabass

August 6th, 2012
11:56 am

Demarcus Robinson committed to Clemson only because they told him they could get him in. Otherwise he will not get in anywhere.

crediantials?

August 6th, 2012
1:22 pm

todd holcomb is a uga grad and they dont need no damn spel cek.

dawgdad

August 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Seabass, Comments like yours are pathetic. I’m sure you have really good “inside” scoop of DeMarcus and how Clemson recruits, or any school for that matter, recruits. I’m not a Clemson fan but comments like yours about these kids should be banned.

iTiSi

August 6th, 2012
1:34 pm

That third paragraph is so contradictory and almost oxymoronic. How is that even possible? This tells me that either the AJC sports people who are involved with this or the college recruiters are not doing their jobs properly. I would guess the former. Also, the South GA bias is a proven and obvious thing every year so you will just have to live with it, and expect it. It will not change as long as the same people are the ones “running the show”.

border dweller

August 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

Alright!!! HS Football time again!

Thumbody Thed

August 6th, 2012
2:00 pm

I got a kick out of “5 Time’s” comment about Lowndes. First thing that popped in my head was Greg Reid, who just got booted from FSU. Bet he was even in the Top 11 AJC from last year. That brings up another point. Is athletic ability the ONLY aspect taken into consideration? It should not be. The name mentioned above is a good example of that. Academics and character should be made a part of these considerations. Looks at the ones UGA has had to “dump” or suspend this year. Recruiters are not doing a very good job in vetting these athletes and apparently neither is the AJC when these awards are announced.

AVikingFan

August 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

Tiquan Lang is probably the Lowndes Viking with the best chance to earn post season awards. BTW, glad Todd’s column is back!

To Tell the Truth

August 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

WOW, no Lambert players?

5-Time

August 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

By year’s end, Tyquan Lang will definitely have recruits noticing him. This is his year to SHINE!! You can bet that ladies and gentlemen!!

PIERCE COUNTY BEARS FAN

August 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

COFFEE FAN THE STATE IS LOADED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM,JUST HARD TO PICK THEM ALL.JUST LIKE OUR OWN QUAYVON HICKS PIERCE COUNTY,HE WAS UNDER THE RADAR LAST YEAR BUT IS PLAYING FOR GEORGIA THIS YEAR,REAL BIG AND PHYSICAL. THE STATE HAS TALENT FROM NORTH TO SOUTH GEORGIA. HARD TO PICK THEM ALL,JUST BE HAPPY THE STATE IS LOADED WITH ALL THIS TALENT. WE HAVE AS MUCH TALENT AS ANY STATE AROUND,I AM HAPPY TO LIVE IN GEORGIA. THANKS FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE.

Cedar Grove Football

August 6th, 2012
3:51 pm

Johnathon McCrary – ALL TIME LEADING PASSER IN GA HISTORY AFTER THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS ALL LOL

Chad Kanoff

August 6th, 2012
3:59 pm

John Mcrrary is gonna be the best back up in the SEC. It’s not 3A football anymore. LOL

WILDCAT FB

August 6th, 2012
4:07 pm

@ CGF HE LOOKED AVG AT BEST IN ELITE 11. RAMSEY WAS SO MUCH BETTER PLAYS IN WEAKEST REGION IN GEORGIA. WOULDNT START AT A 6AAAAAA PROGRAM. THAT IS ALL LOL

DEE1

August 6th, 2012
4:42 pm

Rashard Fant our lady of mercy- KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM!!!!!

Camden74

August 6th, 2012
8:34 pm

Is there another player in the state that plays at a higher level than J.J. Green on offense, defense and special teams? :-D

Camden74

August 6th, 2012
8:38 pm

@WILDCAT FB…….He’s starting at a 6A program right now! :-D

'94 UGA Alumni

August 6th, 2012
9:12 pm

Where in the world is Reuben Foster? He’s only the 2nd best player in the nation and I think 1st.