Quarterbacks dominate AJC’s Super 11 team

Quarterback long has been the glamour position in high school football. Now, it has become the sport’s most lethal weapon.

Led by Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson, who set the state record for career passing yards as a junior, four Georgia quarterbacks are on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s annual Super 11 team, a recognition of the state’s best high school players. That’s the most quarterbacks in 15 years.

Watson is joined by Malkom Parrish of Brooks County, Donquell Green of Burke County and Adam Choice of Thomas County Central. Each of the four rushed for more than 950 yards last season.

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“It’s a sign of the times,’’ Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said. “I just got through watching “SportsCenter,” and there’s Robert Griffin, Michael Vick and Russell Wilson in the pros. You’re seeing coaches look for that type of quarterback.’’

Watson, who committed to Clemson, is the only player among the four who is projected to play quarterback in college.

Gainesville's Deshaun Watson is one of four quarterbacks on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s annual Super 11 team. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Gainesville's Deshaun Watson is one of four quarterbacks on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s annual Super 11 team. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Choice is an option quarterback who expects to play running back at Clemson. But the other two — Parrish and Green — are effective passers in high school, especially Parrish, who committed to Georgia, probably to play cornerback. Parrish passed for more than 3,000 yards in 2012.

Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman said Parrish would have played running back 30 years ago.

“Back in the day, the most important guys on the team was the tailback,’’ Freeman said. “But at running back, the defense doesn’t drop back in coverage. They’re coming for you. At quarterback, they’ve got to drop back and find receivers. It opens up running lanes. The quarterback can make more plays.’’

Running quarterbacks are nothing new, but their passing skills are better than ever, said Ware County coach Ed Dudley, whose team was shredded by Watson and Gainesville in the Class AAAAA championship game last season. Dudley credits passing camps and seven-on-seven summer leagues for sharpening the skills of passers and receivers.

Against Ware County, Watson was 27-of-36 passing for 317 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-13 victory. Ware had allowed 8.6 points per game.

“Watson gets the ball off so quickly that you just about can’t get pressure on him, even if he didn’t have a line in front of him,’’ Dudley said. “If you’re not getting sacks or hurries, there’s not much you can do about it because he’s so accurate.’’

Watson also managed to rush for 85 yards against Ware County. He had more than 1,400 yards rushing on the season. There were 10 Georgia quarterbacks who passed for more than 1,500 yards and ran for more than 750 last year, two that won state titles.

“Sometimes the best thing that happens to us is when a play breaks down and Deshaun takes off,’’ Miller said. “It’s hard to scheme for that. You can put a spy on him, but hopefully Deshaun is a little faster and maneuvers better than a linebacker. It just gives defenses a different problem that they didn’t encounter 20 years ago.’’

43 comments Add your comment

LEigh

August 16th, 2013
3:45 pm

Why are they all black? Are there not any top people who are white? I can name serveral.

Big Dawg

August 16th, 2013
3:54 pm

RockingR

August 16th, 2013
5:04 pm

@LEigh is that before or after you take your white hood off?

No dawg in the fight

August 16th, 2013
8:10 pm

No evidenceLEigh is racist. Would u say the sme if u swapped the colors?

poof!!!

August 16th, 2013
10:37 pm

LEigh should be asking where are the white tailbacks or cornerbacks.

CoffeeC100

August 17th, 2013
8:18 am

It appears LEigh is ignorantly implying whomever selected the players is biased. (As I lower myself to comment)

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
9:39 am

I’ll give LEigh an answer. It is because these are the players that have earned it by their hard work and dedication to their sport.

@ No dog in fight == Many would say that if the thought of color came to mind, there is something in your head that made you look at things that way. We don’t know LEigh but instead of commenting on the players for the reason they are on this list, this person saw a need to question race. Not talent. Not production. Not what made them worthy of being selected for this exclusive group. I would like to know which school LEigh follows or pulls for.

Just wondering

August 17th, 2013
9:58 am

Enter your comments here

Just wondering

August 17th, 2013
10:03 am

Those guys may be the best players in the state. But, considering the radically liberal slant that pervades all sections of the AJC one always has to consider the paper’s less than stellar record of balancing accurate information against promoting its own political agenda.
and I don’t care whether those players are black, white or green.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

August 17th, 2013
10:25 am

Yo! This is a football blog. High school football at that, ok? There plenty of other places, blogs and forums for politics, race and whatever else folks like to talk about.

Lets try to stay with football here.

Btw, Gainesvilles starters looked solid on both sides of the ball in building a 28-7 lead at the half over Grayson. That was with Mikey Gonzalez taking about half the snaps under center and deshaun not running at all.

D looked good against the run for the most part. We may need some work against a good passing team. Ready for kickoff!!

k

August 17th, 2013
10:30 am

@ No dawg in the fight – Did you really say, ” swapped the colors!” I’m smart enough to know you are not referring to the uniforms. Let’s congratulate the young men for all their hard-work to make the list and not use race to redirect other readers. As for LEigh…did you really have to throw race into the mix? On another note…Congratulations to everyone who made the list and those who continue to strive for success.

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
11:06 am

========================== We lost a player after a scrimmage last night.====

DeAntre Turman, a db. from Creekside died as a result of being injured while making a tackle in the game vs. Banneker. Let us all send our heartfelt condolences to his family, school and community.

Black123456789

August 17th, 2013
11:07 am

Wow I looked at all 11 and did not think about them being all black! Yes I am an AA, but I don’t care what color they are by the way! If I had a white player at my school that I believe was good enough then I would vote for him over any race! This is HS football!!! Let the kids have fun! Being on AJC super 11′dont mean they are the best, I would rather have a super 11, with one player per position! Each position should have one player, one qb, rt, lt, c, rb, etc…..well guess super 22!!!

Black123456789

August 17th, 2013
11:09 am

Sports nut, just read about that. Prayers and blessing to his family, and the Creekside family too! And we one here arguing about race!

DawgFood

August 17th, 2013
11:59 am

Race really???? GET OUT OF HERE! These players are ranked off of skill set and accomplishments to date. Take a look at all of the recruiting sites and you will not find very many white players. So is every recruiting service biased??? The only real crime here is putting Donquell Green and Webster on the top 11 list. Green not in the top 50 in the State and Webster more like 30 – 40 range. (by the way I am a white male…..not that it should matter either)

BurkeCo4Life

August 17th, 2013
12:14 pm

DawgFood have you ever seen Donquell Green play? Probably not. Don’t single this young man out. Before you make uninformed comments, how about calling the coaches at Sandy Creek, Gainesville, Lowndes, Peach Co., Coffee Co., to name a few, and ask them if he is deserving of this honor.

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
12:31 pm

Does anyone know the actual cause of death for the young man from Creekside? :-(

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
12:37 pm

Sportsnut……You’ve been trying to fake us out! I was told yesterday, by a pretty good source, Lovejoy will field a MONSTER TEAM this season. Wanna come clean, NOW? :-)

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
12:45 pm

@ 74 == I am trying to get what I can from acquaintances. It was said that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the tackle. I’m keeping my ears open.

batman7732

August 17th, 2013
12:55 pm

The 1 thing I noticed were all of these young men are great athletes. Being involved in school activities is a good way to stay out of trouble for all the boys and girls.

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
1:04 pm

@ 74 == I am not trying to fake anyone out. I made a statement that I would give my assessment the first week of the season and it is that time. We must first consider losing 16-17 starters. A hard job to do given they were just about all D and the skill positions on offense. I made the trip to Peachtree Ridge last night not knowing what t expect. I came to realize that this is not last year on the first play from scrimmage for the Ridge. Swing pass to the back #3 and he went. In 18 seconds, it was 7-0. I think it was maybe 70, 80 yards. I began to wonder.

Wonder, not worry. There are a few things I can now say. Neely, the transfer, is now our starting Qb. He did a good job. What shook me was the back field. Six backs ran well behind what might be the best offensive line in the state The passing game was decent enough to keep the D honest. If Peachtree Ridge is a contender, and they do have some weapons, then Lovejoy may be looking at another run. No Joke.

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
1:16 pm

Sportsnut….You guys won’t really have a lot of tough competition, other than Colquitt, maybe Alpharetta, until the playoffs. By then, they’ll have a season of experience. Lovejoy’s biggest problem will be the same as last season, maintaining discipline throughout the entire game. You guys will make a run in the playoffs, but still, no State Title! :-)

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
3:24 pm

I love your enthusiasm when it comes to us winning state. As usual. I am cautiously optimistic. Lovejoy takes the attitude that the game is always ours. No complacency though. If that makes any sense. As long as they are able to overcome their mistakes, much like last season, they will be in it.

Colquitt must find a way to stop the Lovejoy defense from getting to Mobley. That 212 lbs. will not do it. Last night, I saw the Lovejoy DE’s give Orlando Brown fits. Boy that’s a BIG kid. All in all, if Lovejoy play’s all season like they did in this scrimmage it will be a long season in the good sense of the word. On last night, Lovejoy marched the field in such convincing fashion, some of the players from the Ridge began to lose their cool. That offensive line was dominant. That’s why all the backs had decent nights. Can you imagine 300, 297 and 295 pulling at full speed around the corner with 5-8 different backs following? It is early but I’m loving it already.

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
4:25 pm

Sportsnut…..Yes, I can imagine 300, 297 and 295 pulling at full speed. It’s part of my life’s experience. I’ll say it again, be careful with believing that just because an offensive line is small, they can’t be effective. I’m sure Probst will have a few tricks up his sleeve. With that being said, most times, small offensive lines have problems blocking the run blitz. What does Lovejoy’s defensive backs look like? They had better be ready! But we’ll know in a few weeks if you guys are ready for another run. Release the…….CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
5:26 pm

74 == We return only one Db., Montrell Custis. Others have some experience but not much. They will be o.k. The front 5 will determine how well they do. If all goes as expected, the opposing Qb. will not have time to throw. I have read some things today relating to Colquitt’s offensive line. They had better get it fixed before we play them.

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
5:56 pm

Sportsnut…..You seem to be forgetting that Lovejoy will be playing at Colquitt! Probst will pull every trick in the book and then some. He’s great at taking the pressure off of his players and frustrating the opposing players and coaches with his tactics. If the game is close at the end, you guys are in trouble! :-)

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
7:01 pm

74 == I really do not expect the game to be close. Even though it is in the “Pen”. There are some things I know will happen. I am more aware this time. Coach can’t play so we are not worried about him. That is for the GHSA. I will come on here and tell everyone what took place, win or lose. Lovejoy is NOT afraid to play at Colquitt. Just another game.

Camden74

August 17th, 2013
7:49 pm

Sportsnut……You mean to tell me Lovejoy doesn’t “FEAR THE PEN”?…..LOL Hopefully, no one does. But, you might want to have a healthy respect for an opposing teams home field! There’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Propst over the years, I don’t like his sideline antics, but the man can coach! Go CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!!! FEAR THE PAW! :-D

The Truth

August 17th, 2013
11:48 pm

Gentlemen, what is with all the bickering? Lets clear up a few things…hopefully LEigh got hit by a dump truck, Gator is legit, nobody cares that Gainesville beat a Grayson team that replaced 20 starters, and Lovejoy football is a watered down replica of Stephenson (D1 players with Park and Rec coaches). Batman7732, are you saying that these young men have to play sports to stay out of trouble? Sounds to me like you are stereotyping young African American males. Do you not think they would be successful without athletics? Maybe you should go play in traffic on 285. One reason Watson has rushed for so many yards is for self preservation. His offensive lines have royally sucked for 3 years! One final thing…maybe Ware Co should go to some 7 on 7 camps so they don’t get shredded again. Their pathetic performance set football back 5 hog hunting seasons in Waycross.

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
1:01 am

@ The Truth == Lovejoy is in no way Stephenson. You know nothing. If you did, you would know that Coach Hughes is a veteran. Who’s your team? If they were P&R, they would be the best coach’s of the best team in the conference.

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
1:16 am

============ “Broken Neck for DeAntre” =============

Camden74

August 18th, 2013
8:57 am

The Truth…….You sound like our old Norcross buddy from last season. Take your meds! :-)

It’s really sad about the young man from Creekside, DeAntre. Hopefully, this won’t happen to any other player. Condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. young man……….. :-(

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
10:05 am

Did “The Cross” retire or is he still floating around in euphoria. I miss him already.

The Truth

August 18th, 2013
10:15 am

Fellows, please. Sportsnut, I said Lovejoy is a watered down version of Stephenson so that means that they can’t be Stephenson. Saying your park and rec team is the best team in the conference is like saying you are the best team in Region 2-AAAAAA. Druid Hills, Morrow and Alcovy? Play in Camden’s region; a region they will not win this year or until they bring back the Savannah schools. What is it with you guys and Colquitt? By the way, Norcross is still holding the belts in the sports that matter. WAR BLUE DEVILS!

Camden74

August 18th, 2013
2:44 pm

The Truth…..Camden has a very young team this year. But I still expect them to do very well. When these kids get a few games under their collective belts, look out! They are fast and physical….They are returning to the days of…….. FEAR THE PAW! Do what? RELEASE THE CATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
8:32 pm

@ The Truth == Lovejoy, if anything, is not watered down . I think you have a comprehension problem. I was referring to your statement about “D1 players with P&R coach’s”. You talk as though Norcross’s region are world beaters. Habersham Central, Mountain View, Duluth, and Meadowcreek are all state powers, right? Oh, I forgot Peachtree Ridge, whom we beat by a total of 57-21 on Friday.

There is nothing with Lovejoy and Colquitt other than winning teams trying to win against one another. We play who is put on the schedule. No need to play in Camden’s region. If both are good enough, they will meet.

68 Viking

August 18th, 2013
9:08 pm

lotta chest thuping going on here, we havent had the first game. The banter will be fun as usual

Camden74

August 18th, 2013
9:36 pm

We haven’t heard much from bk yet, just a couple of post. Are things that bad in Viking Land? :-)

Blowfish

August 19th, 2013
6:42 am

I’m a the Dad of a Grayson starter. Watson had his way with us and that was with NO RUNNING QB paly. Plays were whistled dead if the QBs got into trouble. Having said that, Grayson has historically been weak defending the pass. The reports are correct. He almost does not need a line. He reads well and gets the ball off so quickly that the pressure is not a factor. Add the second element to his game (designed run and running under pressure), and he – Gainsville – looks unstoppable.

Just a Fan

August 19th, 2013
8:31 am

Silly me- I thought the topic was the “Super Eleven”.

FBDad

August 19th, 2013
8:32 am

The fact that not one Offensive Lineman is not on this list is what makes it a joke. NONE of these players would be successful if they didn’t have a least a decent offensive line. I agree with Black123456789 and make it a top 22 players in the state.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

August 19th, 2013
10:41 am

So what are you saying truth? If Watson had a decent offensive line gville would have beaten ware by 60 instead of 30? Put ware co back 10 hog seasons? Teams just aren’t ready for gainesvilles pace on offense. I’m not really talking about speed at the skill positions, rather how fast gville gets to the line ready to snap the ball.

Whether its a 50 yd completion or 5 yd penalty we are lined up and ready to go in about 3-5 seconds. With the other teams coaches complaining and the opposing d line man not even in their stances, the balls being snapped. Tough and most times impossible to stop, especially with a qb as poised and gifted as deshaun. Don’t forget that gville runs a lot out of the spread.

If the defense plays like it did against Grayson and we can stop the pass, look out. Grayson has some players and size. Lets see how they do in the corky.

Deezy

August 20th, 2013
8:45 am

@LEigh They are plenty white top prospects in Georgia also. This is just the AJC’s opinion of their Top 11. Also, pretty much all the players are at the skill positions. I think they had 1 LB, 1 DE, and 1DB. No O-Lineman or guys in the trenches. I see alot of these prospects are interested in Clemson. I wonder how many of these prospects if any will Georgia be able to land.