AJC ‘Super 11s’ standing out in GHSA playoffs
Greetings everybody. Sorry just getting a blog out to you this week but I’ve been out of the loop until now.
What a weekend it was, what with the Georgia high school playoffs deciding the 10 finalists that will play in the Georgia Dome this week, the SEC Championship Game deciding Alabama will play in the BCS title game and Georgia Tech beating Clemson in the ACC Championship to land a major bowl berth for the first time since 1967.
Meanwhile, on the recruiting front, the Bulldogs stepped up and offered Newnan linebacker Zander Ogletree. He accepted on the spot to become Georgia’s 19th verbal commitment and join twin brother Alec Ogletree in the Class of 2010.
Alec Ogletree was, of course, an AJC Super 11 selection heading into this season. And he certainly lived up to the billing. Primarily a free safety, the Cougars depended on him increasingly on the offensive side of the ball and he had eight catches for 125 yards in the semifinal loss to Northside-Warner Robins.
With the Cougars and Ogletree going down, that left four members of the AJC Super 11 still alive for the state championship round — two of them on the same team. Here’s an update:
- Blake Sims, QB, Gainesville: The Alabama commitment basically willed his team past Flowery Branch in one of the most dramatic games of the semfinals. After throwing three interceptions and falling behind 14-0 in the first half, Sims returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Tyson Smith with 18 seconds remaining in the 29-21 victory. He also had 123 yards rushing.
- Tai-ler Jones, WR, Gainesville: The Notre Dame commitment was double-covered all night by Flowery Branch but had a big first-down catch on the final scoring drive. He finished with 22 yards on three catches but has 1,240 yards receiving and 20 TDs heading into the championship game.
- Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Calhoun: The five-star prospect and UGA commitment continued what has been a dominating perforance in the playoffs. He had 10 receptions for 217 yards amd three touchdowns and blocked a punt as the Yellow Jackets knocked off Lovett. In my opinion it’s between Rogers and Sims for all-classification player of the year in the state.
- Kolton Houston, OL, Buford: This big Georgia commitment has been playing both ways for the Wolves on their run to the championship game. He and Du’Von Millsap (South Carolina) have proved a devastating blocking combination that Buford can count on to run behind. The Wolves converted on five fourth downs — including twice for touchdowns — in the 38-28 win over Fitzgerald.
Other standout performances from committed prospects included:
- Georgia Tech’s Isaiah Johnson: The Sandy Creek defensive back looked like the best player on a field crowded with prospects. He had two interceptions, one he returned 95 yards for a TD and another he returned 40 yards.
- South Carolina’s Connor Shaw: The Gamecocks appear to have a real winner in this quarterback from Flowery Branch. He he was 17-of-25 for 278 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more in the Falcons semifinal loss to Gainesville.
- Auburn’s Jessel Curry: His future is probably as a linebacker on the next level but he has proven an unstoppable force near the goal line for Buford, collecting three more TDs this past Friday.
Like I said, getting a little bit of a late start this week so let me know what you want to read about going forward and I’ll do my best to track it down. C-ya.