The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in conjunction with Georgia High School Football Daily, will announce its annual Super 11 team on the weekend of Aug. 17-18.
The Super 11 team has been picked each season since 1985.
Below are the 44 finalists for this year’s honor. Their status as a college recruit, which is reported below using 247sports Composite rankings, is taken into account but it is not an overriding factor. Their selections are based primarily on their subjective value as high school players.
*OLB/DE Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove: Really more of a defensive end last season, Allen-Williams is being recruited as an outside linebacker. He had 22 tackles for losses in 2012. Allen-Williams (6 feet 1 inch, 215 pounds) has committed to South Carolina. 247 Composite – No. 15 OLB, No. 15 Georgia.
*DB Allen Artis, Wheeler: Artis’ 109 solo tackles led Cobb County last season. He helped lead Wheeler to its first playoff appearance since 2006. Artis (6-1, 195) was first-team AAAAAA all-state (AP) last season. “One of the most physical players I have ever coached, a big reason for our turnaround” from 1-9 to 6-5 in two seasons, says his coach, Michael Collins. Artis has committed to North Carolina. 247 Composite – No. 43 Safety, No. 44 Georgia.
*WR Myles Autry, Norcross: Autry plays many roles for Norcross but is most commonly lined up at slot receiver. In 2012, when Norcross won its first state title, Autry (5-9, 175) had 45 catches for 632 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had more than 500 yards rushing and 500 returning. Autry could play any of several positions in college. Autry is coming off ACL/MCL surgery. Florida State, Georgia Tech and Auburn appear to be his leaders. 247 Composite – No. 15 ATH, No. 17 Georgia.
*QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden led Cartersville to a 13-1 finish (best since the 1999 state championship team) while passing for 2,872 yards (189 of 304) and 39 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Barden (6-3, 200) has committed to Charlotte. 247 Composite – No. 55 Pro Style QB, No. 105 Georgia.
*DB/HB Kalvarez Bessent, Camden County: A cornerback, Bessent had 41 tackles and six interceptions for an 11-2 team last season. He also had 13 receptions for 244 yards and rushed for 481 yards and four touchdowns. Bessent will play a role similar to that of 2012 Super 11 player J.J. Green, now a freshman at Georgia. Bessent (6-0, 170) has committed to Alabama. 247 Composite – No. 9 CB, No. 7 Georgia.
*RB Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area: Brooks rushed for 1,916 yards and 18 touchdowns for a 12-2 team in 2012. It was Monroe Area’s first trip to the state semifinals. Brooks had seven touchdown runs of longer than 50 yards. Brooks (5-9, 165) has only one reported offer (Troy), but that will change if he improves his academic credentials. 247 Composite – Not rated RB, Not rated Georgia.
*DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: A first-team all-state player in 2012, Carter led Gwinnett County in sacks with 18 and made 136 tackles for a Class AAAAAA championship team. Florida leads Alabama and Georgia, according to the AJC’s Michael Carvell. 247 Composite – No. 1 WDE, No. 1 Georgia.
*RB Esaias Chapman, Harris County: Chapman rushed for 2,124 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for a team that finished 8-5 and lost to eventual champion Gainesville in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. He was the chief reason that the team won eight consecutive games after an 0-4 start. Chapman (5-9, 190) is being recruited by East Carolina and Pittsburgh, although neither has offered. 247 Composite – No. 147 RB, No. 167 Georgia.
*QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central: Recruited as a running back, Choice (5-9, 205) has been one of the state’s better high school quarterbacks for the past two seasons. In 2012, he rushed for 1,656 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 12 games. He passed for more than 600 yards. He’ll also start at cornerback this season. Choice has committed to Clemson. 247 Composite – No. 19 ATH, No. 19 Georgia.
*RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: A consensus Top 100 recruit nationally, Chubb (5-11, 217) rushed for 2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns on 312 carries in his record-setting junior season. He did it in 10 games, as Cedartown failed to make the playoffs. It’s the best regular season for rushing yards in state history. Only two Georgia running backs have hit 3,000 yards rushing in a season. They are Daccus Turman and Herschel Walker. Chubb has committed to Georgia. 247 Composite – No. 7 RB, No. 4 Georgia.
*LB Detric Dukes, Tucker: Dukes (6-0, 220) had 78 tackles, 11 for losses, and three sacks last season for a 10-3 team. He was runner-up for defensive player of the year in Region 6-AAAAA. Dukes, who originally committed to Louisville, switched to Georgia last month. 247 Composite – No. 23 ILB, No. 50 Georgia.
*OL Jake Edwards, Heard County: A first-team Class AA all-state pick last season, Edwards was credited with 51 pancake blocks on an 11-1 team. Edwards (6-4, 285) has committed to Georgia. 247 Composite – No. 38 OG, No. 71 Georgia.
*DE/LB KeShun Freeman, Callaway: Freeman had 96 tackles, 17 of them for losses, last season for Callaway in 12 games. Freeman (6-2, 225) could’ve gone to Harvard. He has chosen Georgia Tech. 247 Composite – No. 53 OLB, No. 60 Georgia.
*QB Cole Garvin, Sandy Creek: Garvin led his team to a Class AAAA championship last season as a junior. He was 147-of-227 passing (64.8 percent) for 2,491 yards and 20 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Garvin (6-1, 195) has committed to Marshall. 247 Composite – No. 68 Pro Style QB, No. 120 Georgia.
*QB Donquell “Gator” Green, Burke County: Green was 86-of-132 passing for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions last season, but he’s better known for his running skills. He rushed for 1,827 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on 177 attempts. Burke was 11-2 and lost to eventual champion Sandy Creek in the AAAA quarterfinals. Green (5-8, 160) has committed to North Carolina. 247 Composite – No. 83 ATH, No. 84 Georgia.
*DB/RB Grant Haley, Lovett: Haley again will be the best player on a Top 10 team in Class AA. In 2012, he had seven interceptions. His coach guessed that fewer than 20 balls were thrown to his side of the field when he was in the game. Haley also rushed for 536 yards, caught 18 passes and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. Haley (5-10, 170) has committed to Vanderbilt. 247 Composite – No. 49 CB, No. 58 Georgia.
*QB Tyler Harris, Pierce County: Generally regarded as Georgia’s top pro-style QB prospect, Harris (6-3, 205) passed for more than 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, when Pierce went 10-2. It was the Bears’ first 10-win season since 1982. Harris committed to SMU on Wednesday. 247 Composite – No. 26 Pro Style QB, No. 45 Georgia.
*LB Tre Jackson, Lowndes: Jackson is the best player on a Top 10 program that could have Region 1-AAAAAA’s best defense in 2013. Jackson led Lowndes with 45 total tackles last season (unlike some, Lowndes doesn’t award tackles for falling on the pile). Jackson (5-10, 230) has committed to Georgia Tech. 247 Composite – No. 56 ILB, No. 121 Georgia.
*OL Tyler Jones, Stephenson: Jones is one of two top prospects on Stephenson’s offensive line. The other is Jordan Harris. Jones (6-4, 285) had perhaps slightly the better year as a junior, grading out at 93 percent. (Harris was 92 percent, so that’s nit-picking.) Jones has committed to Mississippi State. 247 Composite – No. 36 OG, No. 67 Georgia.
*RB Jeremiah Kirkland, Lovejoy: Kirkland rushed for 2,007 yards and scored 26 touchdowns on 263 carries (more than 20 per game) last season for Landmark Christian, which made the Class A private-school semifinals. Now he’s at Class AAAAAA runner-up Lovejoy, where he’ll help fill the graduation void of Travis Custis (Georgia Tech). 247 Composite – Not rated RB, Not rated Georgia.
*WR Demarre Kitt, Sandy Creek: Kitt is generally considered the state’s best WR prospect. He caught 74 passes for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns for Sandy Creek’s AAAA championship team last year. Kitt (6-1, 182) has committed to Clemson. 247 Composite – No. 14 WR, No. 8 Georgia.
*OL Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth: Marshall’s coaches graded their center 100 percent seven times last season on an offense that averaged 40.3 points. Marshall made second-team all-state (AP). 247 projects that Marshall (6-4, 265) will sign with Auburn, but the Tigers have not made a firm offer. 247 Composite – No. 14 OC, No. 93 Georgia.
*DB/WR Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove: The best player on a 6-4 team last season, McDowell had 42 solo tackles (second on the team), three for losses, and two interceptions. He was a two-way starter who had 29 receptions for 679 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 209 yards and three scores. McDowell (6-4, 205) is the top-rated safety prospect in Georgia. He has committed to Tennessee. 247 Composite – No. 13 safety, No. 16 Georgia.
*LB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan (6-2, 240) is the most highly recruited linebacker in the state. He had 22 tackles for losses and forced five fumbles in 2012 for a 6-4 team. He also rushed for 316 yards and scored nine touchdowns. Ohio State and Alabama are his leaders, but he also will visit Clemson, Florida and Georgia. 247 Composite – No. 1 ILB, No. 2 Georgia.
*LB Kevin Mouhon, Norcross: Mohoun (6-2, 225) averaged 11.7 tackles per game on the Class AAAAAA championship team. He has committed to Tennessee. 247 Composite – No. 13 ILB, No. 28 Georgia.
*QB Malkom Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish threw for 3,001 yards with 24 touchdowns and rushed for right at 1,000 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on a Class AA team that stunned Valdosta early in the season and went 10-0 for the first time in school history. Recruited as a cornerback, Parrish (5-10, 185) has committed to Georgia. 247 Composite – No. 8 CB, No. 6 Georgia.
*DL Jamiyus Pittman, Colquitt County: The best defensive lineman in South Georgia, Pittman (6-2, 280) had six sacks and forced two fumbles last season for Colquitt’s Class AAAAAA semifinal team. He has committed to Ole Miss. 247 Composite – No. 44 DT, No. 59 Georgia.
*LB Korie Rogers, Buford: The Class AAA defensive player of the year in 2012, Rogers (6-1, 210) had 91 tackles (12 for losses and seven others for sacks), intercepted four passed (returned one for a TD) and forced two fumbles for a state championship team in 2012. Rogers has committed to Clemson. 247 Composite – No. 10 OLB, No. 11 Georgia.
*DB/RB Nick Ruffin, St. Pius: Ruffin (6-1, 190) had 63 tackles and intercepted three passes for the Class AAA runner-up team in 2012. He also had five tackles for losses. Expect him to get more rushing attempts in 2013. Ruffin has committed to Auburn. 247 Composite – No. 18 CB, No. 14 Georgia.
*WR Christian Robinson, Centennial: Robinson is coming off his second consecutive season of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He had 72 catches for 1,053 yards last season with 11 touchdowns in 10 games. At 5-11, 190, he’s not getting the recruiting attention that he deserves. 247 Composite – Not rated WR, Not rated Georgia.
*DE Dante Sawyer, North Gwinnett: Sawyer (6-3, 240) had 96 tackles and seven sacks in 2012, when he was his team’s best underclassman. Sawyer’s recruitment appears wide open among South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee and others. 247 Composite – No. 6 Weakside DE, No. 10 Georgia.
*DB/WR Qua Searcy, Lamar County: Searcy had 53 solo tackles and three interceptions and forced four fumbles for a 12-1-1 team in 2012. He also was the leading receiver (18 catches, 419 yards) on a team that rarely passed. Searcy (5-11, 165) has committed to Georgia Tech with teammates Lawrence Austin and Lance Austin. 247 Composite – No. 69 CB, No. 77 Georgia.
*OL Dyshon Sims, Lowndes: The only underclassman to make all-Region 1-AAAAAA last season was Dye, a 6-4, 270-pound tackle. He transferred from Valdosta in the offseason. Called the top OL prospect in the state by AJC recruiting guru Michael Carvell, Sims has committed to Georgia. 247 Composite – No. 65 OT, No. 69 Georgia.
*CB D.J. Smith, Walton: One of the top two-way players in AAAAAA, Smith (6-0, 185) was a shut-down cornerback with 42 tackles, eight passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. He also rushed for 356 yards and had 27 catches for 368 yards in 11 games. Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee appear to be his leaders. 247 Composite – No. 13 CB, No. 9 Georgia.
*RB Rodney Smith, Mundy’s Mill: Smith tore an ACL in the first half of the ninth game last season. He already had 196 yards on seven carries in the game. He finished with 1,575 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season, averaging 9.2 yards per carry. His team finished 4-6, which helps keep Smith (5-11, 185) under the radar. He has one offer – South Alabama. 247 Composite – Not rated RB, Not rated Georgia.
*QB Charles Stafford, Monroe: The best player in the Albany area, Stafford passed for 3,022 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and led his team to an 8-4 finish. He was 221-of-319 passing. He also rushed for 342 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s 6-2, 195, but is still waiting on top college programs to take a more keen interest. 247 Composite – Not rated QB, Not rated Georgia.
*LB Ray Tillman, Miller Grove: Tillman (6-0, 195) was the Region 6-AAAAA defensive player of the year last season, beating out several Division I signees. He averaged more than 10 tackles per game. Tennessee and Georgia are taking a close look. 247 Composite – No. 43 ILB, No. 104 Georgia.
*LB Tyrell Tomlin, Marietta: The top defensive player on a turnaround 8-4 team, Tomlin (6-0, 230) had 128 tackles (96 solo), 19 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2012. He had 10 tackles, 3.5 for losses, a sack and an interception (returned for 43 years) in Marietta’s 30-27 upset of Lowndes in the state playoffs. Tomlin has committed to North Carolina. 247 Composite – No. 43 OLB, No. 43 Georgia.
*QB Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area: Truitt led Monroe Area to its first state semifinal as a junior in 2012. He missed four games with an ankle injury, but in the 10 that he played, Truitt rushed for 1,438 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He passed for 764 yards and eight touchdowns. Truitt (5-9, 185) has committed to Auburn. 247 Composite – No. 38 ATH, No. 35 Georgia.
*QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson already is the state’s all-time leader in passing yards. In 2012, he was 305-of-434 passing for 4,011 yards and 50 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,430 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. Rivals.com rates him the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the nation. Watson (6-3, 200) has committed to Clemson. 247 Composite – No. 1 Dual Threat QB, No. 3 Georgia.
*CB Kendarius Webster, Stockbridge: Ole Miss, Florida State and Georgia apparently lead for one of the Southeast’s fastest cornerbacks. Webster (6-0, 185) is a lockdown corner for a team that went a school-best 11-2 in Class AAAA and never allowed more than three touchdowns in a game. 247 Composite – No. 43 CB, No. 49 Georgia.
*DL Andrew Williams, Eagle’s Landing Christian: Williams (6-4, 251) had 17 tackles for losses and six sacks for the Class A private-school champions in 2012. His brother, Anthony Williams, plays at Georgia Tech. Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson and Georgia also are recruiting him. 247 Composite – No. 13 Weakside DE, No. 18 Georgia.
*DL Chris Williams, Sandy Creek: Williams had 17 tackles for losses and 11 sacks for the Class AAAA championship team. Williams (6-0, 285) committed to Ole Miss on Friday. 247 Composite – No. 35 DT, No. 38 Georgia.
*RB Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy: Williams rushed for 1,948 yards and 24 touchdowns on 182 carries (more than 10 yards per carry) in 2012 as George Walton advanced to the Class A private-school semifinals. He had the fastest 100-meter time in the state this year at 10.92 seconds. Williams (5-8, 185) is committed to Kentucky. 247 Composite – No. 6 All-Purpose RB, No. 20 Georgia.
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