The 2012 AJC Super 11 team


Montravius Adams, Dooly County

Position: DT

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 285 pounds

Class: Senior

College choices: Has numerous offers, but is uncommitted. Auburn and Clemson appear to be the leaders.

2011 season wrapup: Adams had 44 tackles for losses and more than 20 sacks for a 7-4 playoff team. He was the Region 4-A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state.

School’s first Super 11 since: Adams is the first.

What’s interesting: Adams is the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country, according to Rivals and Scout, and would be the best defensive line recruit from Georgia in decades, if not for Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson.

Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell scored 14 touchdowns last season, including three on fumble recoveries. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell scored 14 touchdowns last season, including three on fumble recoveries. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Vonn Bell, Ridgeland

Position: S

Height, weight: 6-1, 190

Class: Senior

College choices: Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas, Clemson

2011 season wrapup: Bell was a first-team all-state selection for a 7-5 Class AAA playoff team. He finished with more than 100 tackles and 1,000 all-purpose yards. He scored 14 touchdowns, including three on fumble recoveries.

School’s first Super 11 since: Bell is the first.

What’s interesting: Bell’s first sports awards came in swimming. His father, a former football player at Murray State, worked for the YMCA and introduced his son to that sport and several others at a young age.

Shamire DeVine, Tri-Cities

Position: OT

Height, weight: 6-6, 360

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia Tech

2011 season wrapup: DeVine was an honorable mention all-state selection for a Tri-Cities team that set a school record for victories (10-3) and reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals. He finished with 80 pancake blocks and only allowed two sacks.

School’s first Super 11 since: DeVine is the first.

What’s interesting: DeVine is one of three major-college prospects on his high school team’s offensive line. The others are Jeremi Hall, also committed to Tech, and Dominique Threatt, committed to South Florida.

Camden County defensive back J.J. Green is the school's first Super 11 player. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Camden County defensive back J.J. Green is the school's first Super 11 player. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

J.J. Green, Camden County

Position: RB/DB

Height, weight: 5-9, 170

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia

2011 season wrapup: Green was a first-team all-state player for a 12-1 team that reached the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. He had 912 yards rushing and 337 receiving, scored 21 touchdowns and averaged 26.8 yards on punt returns. On defense, he intercepted three passes and blocked three kicks.

School’s first Super 11 since: Green is the first.

What’s interesting: Green’s school has won 125 games and three state titles during the past 10 years, but has never had a classification player of the year or a Super 11 player until now.

Tyren Jones, Walton

Position: RB

Height, weight: 5-9, 200

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Alabama

2011 season wrapup: Jones led the state in rushing with 2,375 yards and was named The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year. He scored 33 touchdowns in leading the Raiders to a 14-1 season and their first trip to the state championship game.

School’s first Super 11 since: Chase Thomas in 2007.

What’s interesting: Atlanta’s entry into the Arena Football League in 2002 brought Jones to metro Atlanta. His father, Tyrone, was a star wide receiver on those early Georgia Force teams.

Brandon Kublanow is one two Walton players in the Super 11. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Brandon Kublanow is one two Walton players in the Super 11. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Brandon Kublanow, Walton

Position: C

Height, weight: 6-3, 290

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia

2011 season wrapup: Kublanow helped pave the way for a Walton offense that averaged 313 yards per game, including 207 rushing. He was first-team all-state in Class AAAAA, the only offensive lineman to be a unanimous selection.

School’s first Super 11 since: Chase Thomas in 2007.

What’s interesting: Kublanow and Tyren Jones are the ninth pair of teammates to make the Super 11 since its inception in 1985, but they are the first who are a running back and an offensive lineman.

Carl Lawson, Milton

Position: DE

Height, weight: 6-3, 245

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Auburn

2011 season wrapup: Lawson was named to the all-area and all-region team in 6-AAAAA. He is considered one of the nation’s top 10 prospects at defensive end. Milton finished 4-7, but reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

School’s first Super 11 since: Sean Bailey in 2002.

What’s interesting: His father, Carl Lawson Sr., was a fullback on Georgia Tech’s 1990 national championship team, but Lawson Jr. never seriously considered Tech or Georgia.

Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove

Position: QB

Height, weight: 6-4, 200

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Vanderbilt

2011 season wrapup: McCrary passed for 2,643 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2011 and could threaten the state record for career passing yardage this season. He led Cedar Grove to a 7-4 record, giving it back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999.

School’s first Super 11 since: Josh Jarboe in 2007.

What’s interesting: McCrary gets up at 5 a.m. every day and listens to motivational speakers and works out. He prays five times a day. He checks the house each night to make sure lights are off and doors are locked and his father is OK before going to bed.

Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson

Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson. (Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com)

Position: DE

Height, weight: 6-5, 275

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Clemson

2011 season wrapup: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification player of the year had 18 sacks and 36 tackles for losses for a Class AAAAA championship team that allowed only 38 yards rushing per game. Nkemdiche, considered the nation’s top senior, also rushed for 528 yards and 17 touchdowns.

School’s first Super 11 since: Lorenzo Washington in 2003.

What’s interesting: Nkemdiche is the only Super 11 player this season, if ever, with a Wikipedia bio while in high school. He has 8,867 followers on Twitter. A recent post: “It’s not what I’ve done. It’s what I’m fixing to do.’’

Eddie Printz, Lassiter

Position: QB

Height, weight: 6-4, 200

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to UCLA

2011 season wrapup: Printz completed 277 of 442 passes for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns and led Lassiter to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. He was a second-team all-state player in Class AAAAA and could challenge the state record for career passing yards.

School’s first Super 11 since: Printz is the first.

What’s interesting: Printz is a member of Lassiter’s DECA Club for students with a career interest in business. He was a finalist in the Georgia competition last year and earned a trip to nationals in Salt Lake City.

Demarcus Robinson, Peach County

Position: WR

Height, weight: 6-3, 200

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Clemson

2011 season wrapup: Robinson, the consensus No. 1 receiver prospect in Georgia, had 52 receptions for 1,027 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named first-team all-state in Class AAA. Peach County finished 13-2 and reached the state championship game.

School’s first Super 11 since: Chris Slaughter in 2005.

What’s interesting: Robinson is Peach County’s fifth Super 11 player in the past 10 years, the most of any Georgia school. The others were A.J. Bryant, Darius Dewberry, Tony Wright and Chris Slaughter.

176 comments Add your comment

bucket

August 18th, 2012
2:36 pm

Interesting list. I’m not going to pick it apart because in a state like Georgia a case could be made for alot of players to be on that list.

Lassiter Trojan

August 18th, 2012
2:41 pm

Congratulations Eddie Printz!!! Lassiter High School is very proud of you.

Good luck this season!

Northside Dawg

August 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

DeMarcus Robinson (Peach wideout and Clemson commit) smoked Northside for 8-9 catches and approximately 180 yards in last night’s preseason game. Northside won 42-31, and led 28-3 at the half, then used 2nd and 3rd stringers the remainder of the game as Peach continued to play the first string offense. Northside did leave some starting DBs in because of Robinson, but for some reason, they seldom double covered him.

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dm

August 18th, 2012
2:51 pm

This list isn’t complete without Reuben Foster. Most people think Auburn is in GA.

Stanley

August 18th, 2012
2:53 pm

Congrats to all these guys.
Interesting that Anthony Jennings is not on this list.

Keepin' It Real

August 18th, 2012
3:11 pm

Camden County’s first… Are you kidding me? Though I live in the so-called power-house area known as Gwinnett County, it appears that these experts do not do a good job on evaluating talent below the gnat line. IJS

WildcatGuy

August 18th, 2012
3:11 pm

JJ Green is an amazing young talent!

BigDawg

August 18th, 2012
3:12 pm

It’s not to late to switch to UGA, in the Classic City!

Don Abernethy

August 18th, 2012
3:26 pm

Georgia is only getting two??? Why is Clemson getting so many??? Not a very good return on Georgia taxpayers money that was used to train these guys.Do Georgia high school coaches promote Georgia schools??

Curious George

August 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

Wow, a great bunch of prospects that will hopefully make a contribution in some way. Really looking forward to the same recognition given to our students who have excelled in math and science and will be continuing their education for careers that will be longer than athletics.

True Story

August 18th, 2012
3:38 pm

Kamani Thomas from East Paulding is by far the best running back in Georgia. Not to take anything away from the other kids on the list, but it is an absolute joke that he isn’t on the list. Write it down now, his senior year will separate him from every other back in the state, and it won’t even be close. GATA Kamani!!!

Spike 80DF

August 18th, 2012
3:38 pm

No Brice Ramsey in the Super 11? smh……

Eddie Murphy

August 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Its a joke!!! Eddie Printz should be the only player on this list. No one else is close.

Follow the Course

August 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

I have been reading about the “diversity” issue with the ASO and choir participation in their upcoming seasonal events. All groups are supposed to be selected NOT on performance or ability BUT the ethnic and social economics within the perfoemance group.

Please tell me HOW the AJC is showing their “diversity” with these selections?

DAMMN! DAMN! DAMMMMMMN!

August 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

@ Eddie Murphy… no the joke is, Eddie Printz is on this list.

Reality Check

August 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Follow the Course:

Good Point!!!! What ever happened to being recognized based on MERIT? Screw the libs…hard work pays off.

Charles

August 18th, 2012
4:30 pm

Very poor list. Matthews, Kamara and Ramsey are all absolute no-brainers. Eddie Printz? LOL

Alan

August 18th, 2012
4:32 pm

Wounder if they have there lawyers picked out yet .
After all who knew you can get hurt playing football?

Kim Zolciak

August 18th, 2012
4:39 pm

Eddie Printz over Blake Ramsey?

tide roll

August 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

You know it’s got to be tough being a DAWG FAN. I wake up to read about Shamire Devine losing 20 lbs and gaining it back as muscle. What is he, 6′5″ 360, and Richt DOESN”T EVEN OFFER!. Yet he gets a commitment from Alden Bynum from a scholastic school league in Valdosta. Then, Richt is quoted as saying 5′11″ 270 lb. David Andrews is starting center for the Dawgs because that’s “WHAT’S BEST FOR UGA.” When Richt has a future All- SEC center, Michael Thornton, as Richt’s 3rd team Nose Tackle! And Just when I’m digesting all of this insanity, I read the FSU site where they moved a defensive tackle, Cameron Hughes, to Right Tackle and he’s now considered their best offensive lineman. And get this: the kid’s from Colquitt Co. High! That’s Moultrie Georgia! These are just a few of the reasons UGA will NEVER GET THERE under Richt. What a screwball!

TommyP

August 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Brice Ramsey in Elite 11 but not AJC Super 11???????

PEACH COUNTY TROJAN FAN

August 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

Peach County high school baby…. GATA Demarcus and commit to UGA already!!

Football Fan

August 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

@True Story- Saw Thomas play last night at McEachern. Good talent but far from best RB in GA…not close. Jones, Kamara and Dye at a different level.

Also agree that it is amazing that Kamara and Trey Matthews not on this list.

tide roll

August 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

Anthony Jennings is the man. He’ll prove it this fall. Another one that Richt ignored! LSU bound and the kid’s father played for UGA! It’s unbeleivable. They need to drug test the whole UGA staff, including the other screwball up there (besides Richt). None other than the “L’il General”, AD Greg McGarity. 32 years since a National Title, and, I guess if you count the Winter games, 28 OLYMPIADS!

Fred ™

August 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

I think it’s both sad AND pathetic that you are doing this so called ranking on CHILDREN before a game has even been played.

So Johnny Joe was man grown when he was 12. Billy bob grew 4 inches and 50 pounds this summer. He’s a kick ass football player but he’s not “ranked” because he wasn’t man grown at 12.

What a crock of sht.

Follow the Course

August 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

Grades, extra-curriclar activities (other than football) … OK they are big, strong and fast … SO … what really makes the AJC 11? … other than ability, why are they nominated/selected? Nothing in their bios makes them special …

Do What???

August 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

Once again the AJC Super 11 is a JOKE! This is a “Politically Correct” group, not the BEST 11 instate players.

No Tray Matthews, but Vonn Bell? Really. Matthews is ranked higher by every analyst, but not the AJC. Printz and McCrary but no Brice Ramsey? Ramsey is regarded as one of the top QB talents in the nation, ahead of both the AJC choices. No Alvin Kamara? Shamire Devine but no Kelsey Griffin?

Once again the AJC offers its Super 11 which is a politically correct grouping meant to appease Metro school systems, readers, supporters of various colleges, area coaches but certainly is not representative of the Top 11 prospects from across the entire state.

What a joke

camdenfan2013

August 18th, 2012
4:58 pm

Where’s Brice Ramsey? How could he have National Recognition, but no state recognition? But we don’t buy Atlanta papers down here. I could get more information about Camden, Lowndes, and Valdosta from the FLORIDA Times Union.

Wildcat Fan

August 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

Terrible list, I don’t care who this offends but the kid from Grayson is so overrated.,

BobDog

August 18th, 2012
5:09 pm

I totally agree with Fred ™.

The way to get on these lists and get a lot of stars is to be an early-maturer. The kids who are late bloomers get overlooked, but later surprise.

Dawgs247

August 18th, 2012
5:11 pm

@DoWhat???? I love it when people complain about this list. Picking the top 11 players from such a talent rich state is almost impossible. Sure there are some obvious choices but making a distinction between a guy like Vonn Bell and Tray Matthews is difficult.

I also think this list does a good job of representing the entire state. Camden/South Ridgeland/North Dooly County/Central…sorry you’re not happy. And did you ever think about why the Metro Area generally receives more attention than other parts of the state? Maybe because the majority of the people that live in this great state happen to live there

Thumbody Thed

August 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

What a shame! Two committed to Georgia, one to Ga Tech. What’s wrong with this picture?
Also, AJC why can’t you put something identifying where these schools are located, such as the county seat where you show only the county, or vice-versa. Even though from GA, I don’t know where several of these schools are, and bet lots of people don’t either. Like some others, was amazed that Brice Ramsey does not appear here. I know, I know, probably got edged out by a North GA player.

Amen Brotha

August 18th, 2012
5:17 pm

@TommyP you said “Brice Ramsey in Elite 11 but not AJC Super 11???????” Well, Joshua Dobbs IS an Elite 11 but, I don’t think AJC knows it!!!!!

Brown Dog

August 18th, 2012
5:24 pm

Interesting choices when you try to boil it down to only 11. But it still raises the larger question: is UGA’s class more about numbers than quality. Add Matthews and BR and you still end up with the flagship school getting a third of the top kids. As it stands now, UGA was never in the running for Foster, Nkemdiche, Adams, Tyren Jones, Lawson, Devine, Robinson et al — all during a year when depth is a visible issue up and down the roster. I don’t get it. I’m not a UGA fan, but I wish those who are would explain.

Cobb Football Fan

August 18th, 2012
5:24 pm

Cobb represented well. Way to go Eddie!!! Not only can you play this great game called football, you are a wonderfull young man. God has plans for you! Stay focused and continue to give Him the glory!

A Parent

August 18th, 2012
5:25 pm

WOW!!! All Black except two!!! Unreal!!!

Camden74

August 18th, 2012
5:26 pm

It’s really hard to believe that J.J. Green is the first Super 11 player from Camden! :-D

Hmmmmmm

August 18th, 2012
5:35 pm

I think this is sad and pathetic to rank these high school kids… It’s not like their heads are not already big enough…

tide roll

August 18th, 2012
5:36 pm

My bad. Devine is 6′6″ 350! Damn Richt. What the heck’s wrong with you man !!??

Camden74

August 18th, 2012
5:39 pm

A Parent….REALLY? :-)

Hmmmmmm

August 18th, 2012
5:39 pm

How about class ranking…. Something tells me that not many would rank in the top 10 in their class… I could be wrong… Doubt it….

Colquitt Fan

August 18th, 2012
5:42 pm

Ramsey is a wing T QB. He is not a guy that’s gonna put up numbers like Printz. He shows out at camps is why he gets his recognition. Woulda liked to see John Grey on there, you’d have to show me a better ILB

oakwood dawg

August 18th, 2012
5:43 pm

It will interesting to see how these 11 players pan out in college. With exception to grades and CHARACTER UGA should always get at least 7 or 8 of the 11. Why in the world would any georgia football player choose Clemson over UGA? Is Dabo a better recruiter than Richt? CMR didn’t deserve a raise let alone a contract extension until after this year and then only if he wins at least 11 games this year (including playoffs and bowl) We certainly have the talent but I’m betting,even with the easy schedule, we win no more than 9 games. I hope I’m wrong.

Dear hmmmm

August 18th, 2012
5:44 pm

Dear hmmmm,
JJ Green has never gotten below a B in his entire highschool career. He has exceptional grades, I know, I taught him. Shouldnt your mother have taught you about assumptions?

Brown Dog

August 18th, 2012
5:50 pm

Dear hmmmmm, if what you say is true, thanks for posting it.

A parent: A throwback.

Follow the Course

August 18th, 2012
5:50 pm

Dear hmmmmm … hopefully I got enough “m’s” in there … so this academic preformance does not merit publication … should have been noted … sad … basically what type of classes … passed along … given grades because athletic ability … ?

Camden accepts a lot of transfers.

AthensTiger

August 18th, 2012
6:02 pm

Thank you Georgia for another group of fine recruits to send to Clemson. We still need some O-linemen, ant suggestions?

Trojan Man

August 18th, 2012
6:04 pm

Let the haters hate!!!! Congratulations Eddie. Jealousy will push people to write hateful comments. You are on the list and their little camper isn’t. Keep winning, it’s shuts em up.