The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 29th annual Super 11 team was announced on Friday. Here is a look back at the AJC’s Super 11 team in 2008. In five years, some have made their way to the NFL. Others are out of football.
*Chris Burnette, Troup – Burnette was a first-team all-state player on the offensive line for the Tigers in 2008. He signed with Georgia, where he redshirted as a freshman and is now entering his senior season. The guard, who has started 24 games over the past two seasons, was named second-team All-SEC at the league’s Preseason Media Days and was a second-team selection by Lindy’s and Athlon.
*Jonathan Davis, Tucker – Davis was the Class AAAA defensive player of the year as a linebacker in 2008 and led the Tigers to a 14-1 record and their first state championship. He went on to play four years at Central Florida. Davis was used more often as a running back his first two seasons before focusing more on defense in his final two. As a senior, he recorded 99 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
*Washaun Ealey, Emanuel County Institute – Ealey was the 2008 Class A offensive player of the year for an ECI team that lost in the championship game. He went to Georgia and led the team in rushing for two seasons in a career that was plagued by off-the-field incidents. Ealey transferred to Jacksonville State, where he rushed for 1,809 yards in two seasons.
*Johnnie Farms, Perry – Farms was named a first-team all-state player after his junior and senior seasons at Perry. He originally signed with North Carolina but played the 2009 season at Hargrave Military Academy. Farms is now entering his fourth season at Memphis, where he was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. The defensive lineman has 89 career tackles and 4.5 sacks.
*Eric Fields, Northside (Warner Robins) – Fields was only an honorable mention all-state linebacker/defensive lineman after his junior season in 2007, when Northside went 15-0 and won the Class AAAA championship for the second consecutive season. He made a verbal commitment to Clemson but ended up signing with Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he appeared in three games in the 2009 season.
*Abry Jones, Northside (Warner Robins) – Jones was named the Class AAAAA defensive player of the year in 2008 and was a second-team MaxPreps All-American. The defensive lineman signed with Georgia, where he played in 46 games and made 26 starts over the next four seasons. Jones, who missed the second half of his senior season with an ankle injury, finished with 107 career tackles. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
*Jarvis Jones, Carver (Columbus) - Jones was a first-team all-state player in 2008 for a team that reached the Class AAA semifinals. He played his freshman year of college at Southern Cal before transferring to Georgia, where he was the Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Jones was a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
*Darren Myles, Carver (Atlanta) – Myles was a two-time all-state defensive back for the Panthers, helping the team to a school-record 11 victories as a junior in 2007. He signed with Tennessee and appeared in seven games as a freshman but was dismissed from the team during the following summer after his arrest in connection with a bar fight. He played at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2010.
*Jamal Patterson, Henry County – Patterson was a first-team all-state player for a Henry County team that tied a school record with 10 victories. He went on to a four-year career at Stanford, where he had his best season as a senior, starting seven games and finishing with 16 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
*Greg Reid, Lowndes – Reid was named the all-classification player of the year in Georgia as a senior and signed with Florida State. He led the Football Bowl Subdivision in punt returns (18.4-yard average) as a freshman and then started 23 games at cornerback over the next two seasons. He was dismissed from the team before his senior season after a drug-related arrest and transferred to Valdosta State. Before playing his first game for the Blazers, Reid suffered a torn ACL that has required two surgeries.
*Branden Smith, Washington – Smith was a first-team all-state defensive back and returner for a Washington team that finished 7-4. He signed with Georgia, appearing in 50 games and making 26 starts in four years. He finished his college career with 80 tackles and four interceptions. Smith also played a limited role on offense and returned punts and kickoffs. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on April 29.
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