One in four Super 11 players go on to NFL

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 preseason team has been selected each season since 1985. The latest edition was released on Saturday.

Although the Super 11 does not represent the top 11 college or NFL prospects in the state, but rather the best high school players, it is interesting to note that about one in four go on to play in the NFL. That’s based on data from 1985 to 2006, the last year that gives every player enough time to progress through college.

Below are the 70 former Super 11s (out of 265 through 2006) who have played in NFL regular-season games.

The most was the seven from the class of 2006. The fewest was in 1992, when none of the Super 11 made the NFL.

1985 – Randy Baldwin (Griffin), Huey Richardson (Lakeside-DeKalb)

1986 – John Kasay (Clarke Central), David Rocker (Fulton), John Johnson (LaGrange), Eddie Miller (Southwest DeKalb)

1987 – Chris Gardocki (Redan), Shawn Jones (Thomasville)

1988 – Robert O’Neal (Clarkston), Ricky Sutton (Tucker)

1989 – Garrison Hearst (Lincoln County), Andre Hastings (Morrow), Omar Ellison (Griffin)

1990 – Eric Zeier (Marietta)

1991 – Dusty Zeigler (Effingham County), Randall Godfrey (Lowndes), Adam Meadows (McEachern)

1992 – None

1993 – Hines Ward (Forest Park), Larry Brown (Crim), Antonio Cochran (Macon County)

1994 – Ryan Taylor (Dublin), Emarlos Leroy (Monroe), Matt Stinchcomb (Parkview), Rodney Williams (Southwest DeKalb), Steve Herndon (Troup)

1995 – Champ Bailey (Charlton County), Marcus Stroud (Brooks County), Jeff Backus (Norcross), Quincy Carter (Southwest DeKalb), Patrick Pass (Tucker)

1996 – Jamal Lewis (Douglass), Deon Grant (Josey), Cosey Coleman (Southwest DeKalb), Jabari Holloway (Sandy Creek)

1997 – Charles Grant (Miller County), Boss Bailey (Charlton County), Nate Hybl (Jeff Davis), Jon Stinchcomb (Parkview), Joe Burns (Thomas County Central), Terrence Edwards (Washington County)

1998 – Reggie Brown (Carrollton), Johnathan Sullivan (Griffin), Bruce Thornton (LaGrange)

1999 – Kelvin Kight (Lithonia), Jay Ratliff (Lowndes), Andre Zellner (Mary Persons)

*2000 – Greg Blue (Banneker), P.K. Sam (Buford), Ahmad Carroll (Douglass), Willie Reid (Warner Robins)

*2001 – Leonard Pope (Americus), Marcus McNeil (Cedar Grove), Chansi Stuckey (Northside-Warner Robins), Kedric Golston (Sandy Creek), Julian Jenkins (Woodward Academy)

2002 – Paul Oliver (Harrison), Kregg Lumpkin (Stephenson)

2003 – Calvin Johnson (Sandy Creek), Darius Walker (Buford), Charles Johnson (Hawkinsville)

2004 – Chris Scott (Lovejoy)

2005 – Asher Allen (Tucker), Reshad Jones (Washington)

2006 – Eric Berry (Creekside), Rennie Curran (Brookwood), Jonathan Dwyer (Kell), Morgan Burnett (North Clayton), Caleb King (GAC), Allen Bailey (McIntosh County Academy), Cameron Heyward (Peachtree Ridge)

*The AJC selected two Super 11 teams – one for metro Atlanta, the other for the rest of the state.

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32 comments Add your comment

DeKalb County

August 20th, 2012
9:59 am

Who made up the Super 11 Team in 92?

That Dude Says...

August 20th, 2012
10:09 am

Left out 1996 AJC Super 11 pick Jabari Holloway from Sandy Creek who also played in the NFL.

Sandy Creeks 1st graduating class was in 1994. Since then the school has had a handful of players play in the NFL and a whole bunch play D1. Calvin Johnson is the biggest name to have come out of Sandy Creek. Trust me at the high school level nobody was better in a Sandy Creek uniform than Jabari Holloway.


August 20th, 2012
11:03 am

Yep Jabari was a “Tight End” went to Notre Dame”. He played for NE,. KC and Houston.

Mr. Dawg

August 20th, 2012
11:10 am

As a Bulldog fan what impresses me is how heavily weighted this list is with UGA players. Now, admittedly that should be expected. But I would present this list to the naysayers who question UGA’s ability to keep players in state.


August 20th, 2012
11:11 am

I question the talent evaluators. Is 25% hit ratio good?


August 20th, 2012
11:30 am

“Trust me at the high school level nobody was better in a Sandy Creek uniform than Jabari Holloway.”

Well the pressing issue of the day has now been addressed, I am so grateful.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 20th, 2012
11:36 am

The other article on looking back 10 years ago and just posting names was just a Waste of typing.
This is what should have been posted before.
Good to see what the Super 11 actually did in college & in the NFL.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 20th, 2012
11:39 am

Still should add the College and NFL teams these guys played with.


August 20th, 2012
11:43 am

where’s reggie brown? What is he doing now?

Stanford fan

August 20th, 2012
11:47 am

Julian Jenkins (2001) played 1 year in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs


August 20th, 2012
12:00 pm

The last few years of this list don’t have a lot of Dawgs. Too many went other places. Probably helps explain ‘09 and ‘10.

pbt dawg fan

August 20th, 2012
12:02 pm

Mike bobo, Derrick Steagal and C.J Williams were three names i remeber from the 92 list


August 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

The article is good discussion fodder, but mostly irrelevant. The Super 11 are for the best high school players. The NFL is light years from these kids- both in production, talent, maturity, environment etc;.
Talent is crucial, but not the only working part. Behavior, opportunity, system fit, injuries etc all play relevant parts.
For discussions sake, 25% seems high considering the attrition rates and how hard it is to get to the NFL.
We all know NFL caliber athletes as high schoolers, but this, just like the silly “star ranking” system, can’t account for everything.


August 20th, 2012
1:19 pm

DeKalb County,

Dynamite comment. Laughed pretty hard on that one.

NFL Ready

August 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

Just surprised how few of them became All Pro’s. Sadly, most appear to have played for UGA which I guess explains the lack or Pro Bowl quality players. Happily, most of the top Georgia talent seems to have recognized this lack of player development and are now headed to BAMA babe!!!!

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2012
1:26 pm

”I question the talent evaluators. Is 25% hit ratio good?”

Fair question, Hitman. But I think it’s more telling of how difficult it is to project where these players will be in 5-10 years. Remember that the Super 11 is picked before the player’s senior season.

Mr. Dawg

August 20th, 2012
1:27 pm

For those who either can’t do math or don’t know which among these playerd for UGA 33 out of 68 were Bulldogs. That rounds out to 49%. May as well call it 50% Considering the major universities there are in close proximtiy to the Georgia Border and there by get a following within our boundaries (Auburn, FSU, Clemson), the fact that GT is just down the road and how many players simply want to go out of state to get away for the sake of getting away, that’s an incredibly high number. Of couse this number also doesn’t include the likes of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Mareno, AJ Green and others who were Super 11’s in other states but came to UGA and went pro. As far as the “last few years”, between ‘04 and ‘06, the Bulldogs got 4 out of 10. A little bit of a dropoff. But still respectable when you consider the relentess competion from top ranked schools that pound away at GHSA recruits. When all is said is what this list really shows just how talented the high school players in this state are. .

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2012
1:28 pm

”The article is good discussion fodder, but mostly irrelevant. The Super 11 are for the best high school players. The NFL is light years from these kids- both in production, talent, maturity, environment etc;”

Can’t disagree. It’s just interesting, no more, no less. The Super 11 isn’t designed to project NFL success. Perhaps it’s just a reminder that, on one hand, a lot of these guys are going to make the big show. But on the other, many will not even enjoy successful college careers. In fact, every couple of years, one of the Super 11 won’t even make the post-season all-state team.

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2012
1:31 pm

”For those who either can’t do math or don’t know which among these playerd for UGA 33 out of 68 were Bulldogs.”

Georgia has signed about one in three of the Super 11’s through history. So the fact that nearly half of the NFL guys are from Georgia might be significant.

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2012
1:35 pm

1992 Super 11

Mike Bobo, T’ville
Byron Capers, Wheeler
Jimmy Clements, McEachern
Mercedes Hamilton, Burke Co.
Amel Jackson, Marietta
TJ Johnson, Lakeside-DeK
Stacy Patterson, Jones County
Paul Pickett, LaGrange
Harrie Robinson, Cedar Shoals
Derrick Steagal, Newnan
CJ Williams, Woodward Academy

Steagal might’ve made an NFL roster. He never played in an NFL game, however, as best I can tell. Have to use that definition because that’s what NFL encyclopedias use.

Todd Holcomb

August 20th, 2012
1:36 pm

Added Julian Jenkins and Jabari Holloway. Good catches.

Fetus Breath

August 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

So it is OK for grown men to discuss high school boys?


August 20th, 2012
2:05 pm

Emmanuel McDaniel of Jonesboro should have made the list in 91, he went to Eastern Carolina and then to the NFL for a 7 year carrer.

Dalton's 50+ years of questionable history

August 20th, 2012
2:28 pm

better column…what are they doing now? how many businessmen? how many in prison? how many standing on a corner somewhere? how many are good citizens? the nfl doesn’t necessarily equate good citizenship…see vick for details…

good to see some of the old names

August 20th, 2012
2:38 pm

Go to UGA…..Good chance of making it to the pros…..suck on that haters.

Bham Dawg

August 20th, 2012
2:39 pm

What NFL game did Caleb King play in? I thought he was released by Vikings after being arrested…

good to see some of the old names

August 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

Think of all the UGA players that made it to the pros that weren’t on an AJC Super 11 list…..even more impressive.


August 20th, 2012
2:42 pm

Andre Zellner (Mary Persons) was never in the NFL. Confused with his cousin Peppi Zellner out of Fort Valley State drafted 4th round to the cowboys…


August 20th, 2012
4:48 pm

The Super 11 list should not be a list to predict one’s success in the NFL. With that said the numbers are decent. Most of these guys had decent to great college careers.

class of 10

August 20th, 2012
5:04 pm

why wasnt cam newton on that super 11 2006 team he broke alot of passing yards in his team went 8-2 I want A answer

class of 10

August 20th, 2012
5:06 pm

I also want to know other then cam newton what are some player that made it to the nfl but didnt make it on the super 11

Braves Fan

August 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

A 25% rate seems phenomenal to me. To pick the top 11 players in ga. before their senior year in HS and have 25% make it to the pros is pretty impressive.