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August 1, 2014

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Welcome to opening day of GHSF Daily's sixth season of covering high school football in e-mail newsletter form. GHSF Daily begins today with a look at 44 of the best senior players in the state in a countdown to the annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 team. In the weeks leading up to the season, we'll have preseason all-state teams and snapshots of some 90 head coaching changes in the offseason.

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Countdown to the Super 11: The top 44

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in conjunction with Georgia High School Football Daily, will announce its annual Super 11 team in two weeks. The Super 11 team has been an AJC feature since 1985.

 

Below are the 44 finalists for this year's honor. Their status as college recruits, reported below using the 247Sports Composite rankings, is taken into account but it is not an overriding factor. Their selections are based primarily on their subjective value and talents as high school players. Only seniors are eligible.

 

*RB/DB Micah Abernathy (Greater Atlanta Christian): Abernathy was the leading rusher with 1,664 yards and 20 touchdowns on 154 carries (10.8 yards per carry) for a team that finished 10-2 and reached the second round of the Class AA playoffs. He also caught seven passes for 60 yards and returned four kickoffs for 279 yards and two TDs. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior won the 400 meters in the Class AA track meet as a sophomore and junior. Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee reportedly have shown the most interest among the 20 or so BCS schools that have made offers. Abernathy is a grandson of the late civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy.

247Sports Composite: No. 19 player in Georgia, No. 20 CB in nation

 

*LB Montavious Atkinson (Hughes): The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior was named a first-team all-region linebacker in 3-AAAAAA last season after finishing with 137 tackles (74 solo), five tackles for losses, four forced fumbles and two interceptions for a team that recorded five shutouts. Hughes went 10-2 and reached the second round of the state playoffs. Atkinson committed to Auburn in March.

247Sports Composite: No. 45 player in Georgia, No. 15 ILB in nation

 

*LB Brian Bell (Lowndes): Bell, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior, was named first-team all-region in 1-AAAAAA last season after recording 55 tackles (37 solo), 10.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks. Lowndes went 9-4 in 2013 and reached the third round of the state playoffs, losing to eventual champion Norcross 28-7. Bell committed to Florida State in February.

247Sports Composite: No. 52 player in Georgia, No. 28 OLB in nation

 

*RB Joshua Bettistea (Allatoona): The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA last season after rushing for 1,938 yards and 27 touchdowns, with averages of 8.2 yards per carry and 176 yards per game, for a team that was 7-4 and reached the first round of the playoffs. Bettistea was a workhorse for the Buccaneers, averaging 21 carries per game, with at least 28 in each of his final three games. He ran for 1,190 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore. Bettistea has reported offers from Georgia State, Old Dominion, Troy and Western Kentucky.

247Sports Composite: No. 123 player in Georgia, No. 103 RB in nation

 

*PK/P Rodrigo Blankenship (Sprayberry): The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior was named the first-team all-state punter in Class AAAAA last season after averaging 42.5 yards on 38 kicks. His longest punt was 71 yards, and he put 14 inside the 20-yard line. Blankenship also made nine of 15 field goals (with a long of 52 yards), made all 28 of his extra-point attempts, and had touchbacks on 87 percent of his kickoffs. Sprayberry finished 2-8 and failed to make the playoffs. Blankenship has an offer from Alabama-Birmingham as well as interest from Cornell, Massachusetts and five SEC schools, according to 247Sports. Blankenship will be the East kicker for the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.

247Sports Composite: Not ranked

 

*LB/DL Mekhi Brown (Carver-Columbus): Brown was named a first-team all-state linebacker in Class AAA last season by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and was an honorable mention selection in 2012, but the recruiting services project him as a defensive end in college. In 2013, he had 56 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, 12 pass break-ups and four forced fumbles for a Carver team that went 11-2 and reached the state quarterfinals. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior committed to Alabama in the spring of his sophomore year.

247Sports Composite: No. 7 player in Georgia, No. 4 WDE in nation

 

*DL Austin Bryant (Thomas County Central): Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior, was named second-team all-region in 1-AAAAA last season after finishing with 58 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Thomas County Central went 8-3 and reached the first round of the playoffs. Bryant committed to Clemson last month.

247Sports Composite: No. 15 player in Georgia, No. 11 WDE in nation

 

*RB Kawon Bryant (North Oconee): Bryant was named the Class AAA offensive player of the year last season after rushing for 2,559 yards on 272 carries (9.4 yards per carry). The 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior ran for a state-leading 41 touchdowns during the regular season and caught 15 passes for 208 yards. He also was named the offensive player of the year in Region 8-AAA and was the Athens Banner-Herald area player of the year. North Oconee finished 7-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The three-star recruit has reported offers from Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia State and Kennesaw State.

247Sports Composite: No. 131 player in Georgia, No. 108 RB in nation

 

*DL Andrew Butcher (Alpharetta): Butcher is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior who was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAAA last season after recording 87 tackles, 16 tackles for losses, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles for a team that went 9-3, won its second region championship and reached the second round of the playoffs. Butcher has offers from about 15 BCS schools but committed to Tennessee the summer before his junior season.

247Sports Composite: No. 24 player in Georgia, No. 19 SDE in nation

 

*Montrell Custis (Lovejoy): The 6-foot, 175-pound senior was named second-team all-state in Class AAAAAA last season by the Georgia Sports Writers Association after finishing with 71 tackles, 25 pass break-ups, four interceptions, four blocked kicks and two defensive touchdowns. Lovejoy went 10-2 and reached the second round of the playoffs. His cousin, former Lovejoy star Travis Custis, was the Class AAAAAA offensive player of the year in 2012. Custis has committed to Alabama after originally pledging to Kentucky.

247Sports Composite: No. 58 player in Georgia, No. 48 CB in nation

 

*OL Chuma Edoga (McEachern): Edoga was the top offensive lineman on a McEachern team that had a 1,200-yard passer (QB Ty Clemons) and two 1,100-yard rushers (Clemons and RB Taj Griffin). The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior is a five-star recruit. He graded at 90 percent with 35 pancake blocks last season and was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAAA. McEachern finished 11-3 and reached the state semifinals. Edoga committed to Southern Cal in April.

247Sports Composite: No. 3 player in Georgia, No. 3 OT in nation

 

*DB/LB Arrington Farrar (Woodward Academy): The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior was named a first-team all-state defensive back in Class AAA last season after finishing with 97 tackles, four pass break-ups, three interceptions, three tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Woodward Academy went 9-3 and reached the second round of the state playoffs. Farrar is a four-star recruit who is rated as the nation's No. 27 outside linebacker by Scout, the No. 19 athlete by 247Sports, and the No. 14 safety by Rivals. He committed to Stanford just before his junior season.

247Sports Composite: No. 26 player in Georgia, No. 22 ATH in nation

 

*RB/LB Ruben Garnett (Aquinas): Garnett was named the Class A offensive player of the year last season after leading Aquinas to its first state championship, defeating Calvary Day 27-7 in the private-school final. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior rushed for 1,928 yards and 22 touchdowns on 263 carries (7.3 yards per carry) and caught 19 passes for 279 yards and five TDs. Garnett also had 58 tackles and an interception on defense from his strong safety position. The school showing the most interest in the three-star recruit has been Duke, but he has at least eight other offers, according to 247Sports.

247Sports Composite: No. 90 player in Georgia, No. 32 all-purpose RB in nation

 

*Terry Godwin (Callaway): The 6-foot, 165-pound senior was a first-team all-state receiver in Class AAA last season after catching 24 passes for 585 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 38 tackles, five interceptions and three pass break-ups for a team that finished 12-2 and reached the state semifinals, losing to champion Buford 24-14 in what was the Wolves' closest game of the season. He picked Georgia in June over at least 13 other offers, primarily from SEC and ACC schools.

247Sports Composite: No. 4 player in Georgia, No. 1 ATH in nation

 

*QB/DB A.J. Gray (Washington County): Gray, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior, made first-team all-state last season as a defensive back, the position he is expected to play in college. But he also put up big numbers on offense, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,913 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushing for 1,324 yards and 18 TDs. Gray also made 75 tackles and had five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Washington County averaged 47.7 points per game last season and finished 13-1, losing to Buford 35-19 in the Class AAA championship game. Gray committed to Georgia Tech in March.

247Sports Composite: No. 68 player in Georgia, No. 42 safety in nation

 

*RB Taj Griffin (McEachern): The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior rushed for 1,225 yards and nine touchdowns on 170 carries for a team that finished 11-3 and third in its region but reached the Class AAAAAA semifinals. He had one of the most memorable plays of the 2013 season, returning a punt 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown with a minute remaining in a 35-32 victory in the quarterfinals against Collins Hill. Griffin missed significant time last season while injured. He committed to Oregon in April. With 4.35 speed in the 40, Griffin is one of Georgia's fastest players.

247Sports Composite: No. 6 player in Georgia, No. 1 all-purpose RB in nation

 

*LB/DL Quintin Hampton (Colquitt County): The 6-foot, 220-pound senior was a first-team all-state linebacker in Class AAAAAA last season, although some recruiting services project his college position to be defensive end, which he also played for the Packers. Hampton finished the 2013 season with 123 tackles, 30 tackles for losses and 19.5 sacks for a team that went 11-3 and reached the state semifinals for the fifth consecutive season. Hampton committed to Central Florida last month.

247Sports Composite: No. 148 player in Georgia, No. 105 OLB in nation

 

*OL Mitch Hyatt (North Gwinnett): The 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior is a five-star recruit who is considered one of the nation's top offensive line prospects, ranked as the No. 1 tackle by Scout and the No. 2 tackle by Rivals and 247Sports. Hyatt was a first-team all-state selection in Class AAAAAA last season and was voted offensive lineman of the year by Gwinnett County coaches. He paved the way for an offense that averaged 229 yards passing and 142 yards rushing. North Gwinnett went 13-2 and lost to Norcross in the state final. Hyatt has offers from more than 15 BCS schools but has committed to Clemson, where his uncle (Dan Benish) played.

247Sports Composite: No. 2 player in Georgia, No. 2 OT in nation

 

*OL Kaleb Kim (Mill Creek): Kim, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior, is a four-star recruit who is rated among the nation's top 30 offensive tackles, including a high of No. 14 by Rivals. He had an overall blocking grade of 88 percent for the season with 37 pancake blocks and led the way for an offense that averaged more than 420 yards and 40 points per game. Kim was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAAA last season. The Hawks finished 6-4 and were likely the best team in the state that failed to reach the playoffs. Kim committed to Auburn in April.

247Sports Composite: No. 25 player in Georgia, No. 25 OT in nation

 

*RB Sihiem King (Colquitt County): The 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior was named second-team all-state as an athlete by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and honorable mention as a running back by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was the leading rusher in Region 1-AAAAAA with 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he caught 34 passes for 369 yards and a TD. Colquitt County was the runner-up in the region and reached the semifinals for the fifth consecutive season, losing to eventual champion Norcross to finish 11-3. King reportedly has scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi and interest from Tennessee.

247Sports Composite: Not ranked

 

*RB Mikell Lands-Davis (Alexander): Lands-Davis was named first-team all-state in Class AAAA last season after leading the Cougars (8-5) to their most victories in 16 years and their first appearance in the state quarterfinals. The 6-foot, 210-pound senior rushed for 2,374 yards (7.68 yards per carry) and 28 touchdowns last season and had three games with more than 300 yards. He also caught 23 passes for 350 yards and three TDs and passed for two touchdowns. Lands-Davis committed to Georgia Tech in June.

247Sports Composite: No. 54 player in Georgia, No. 41 RB in nation

 

*LB Zach Morris (Ringgold): The 6-foot-4, 265-pound senior had 114 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 13 tackles for losses and seven forced fumbles for a Ringgold team that won a school-record 11 games and reached the Class AAA semifinals. Morris and teammate Slade Dale became the first Ringgold players to be named first-team all-state by the AJC since Houston Black in 1955, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Morris committed to Duke last fall.

247Sports Composite: No. 83 player in Georgia, No. 46 SDE in nation

 

*DL Natrez Patrick (Mays): Patrick, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA last season after recording 83 tackles, 27 tackles for losses, 17 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and three defensive touchdowns. Mays went 8-4 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Patrick committed to Georgia in April.

247Sports Composite: No. 11 player in Georgia, No. 7 WDE in nation

 

*QB Tyler Queen (North Cobb): The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior passed for 2,172 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 434 yards and nine TDs last year for a team that went 9-3 and reached the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. He had even better numbers as a sophomore, passing for 2,607 yards and rushing for 925 in leading the Warriors to the state semifinals. Queen is has committed to Auburn. He has been sidelined this summer after injuring the elbow in his throwing arm while pitching in a baseball game in March.

247Sports Composite: No. 28 player in Georgia, No. 9 pro-style QB in nation

 

*WR T.J. Rahming (McEachern): The 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior had 54 receptions for 1,054 yards and 13 touchdowns on a team that also had two 1,000-yard rushers (QB Ty Clemons and RB Taj Griffin). Rahming also scored three touchdowns and averaged 20 yards on 20 punt returns. McEachern finished 11-3 in 2013 and advanced to the Class AAAAAA semifinals. Rahming, projected by some as a cornerback in college, committed to Duke in April.

247Sports Composite: No. 78 player in Georgia, No. 97 WR in nation

 

*DL Chauncey Rivers (Stephenson): The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA last season after recording 108 tackles, 29 tackles for losses and 15 sacks. Stephenson went 9-3 in 2013, reached the second round of the state playoffs and held eight of 12 opponents to seven points or less. Rivers committed to Georgia in February.

247Sports Composite: No. 14 player in Georgia, No. 10 WDE in nation

 

*DB Rashad Roundtree (Lakeside-Evans): The 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety was a first-team all-state selection in Class AAAAA last season and was named the Region 2-AAAAA defensive player of the year. He finished the season with 97 tackles and four interceptions for a Lakeside team that went 6-5 and reached the first round of the state playoffs. Rivals considers him a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 2 prospect at safety. Roundtree reportedly has about 15 scholarship offers, with strong interest from Georgia and Auburn.

247Sports Composite: No. 9 player in Georgia, No. 5 S in nation

 

*LB Quarte Sapp (Milton): The 6-foot-2, 203-pound senior is ranked as high as No. 10 nationally at his position by Rivals. He was named second-team all-state in Class AAAAAA last season by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and honorable mention by the AJC. In 2013, Sapp had 104 tackles (76 solo), 20 tackles for losses, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown on a fumble return. He has offers from about 15 BCS schools, with particular interest from Miami and Tennessee, according to 247Sports.

247Sports Composite: No. 30 player in Georgia, No. 22 OLB in nation

 

*PK/P Ian Shannon (Marietta): Shannon, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior, was named the first-team all-state placekicker in Class AAAAAA last season, but he is also the nation's No. 1 punter prospect in the Prokicker.com rankings. He made 16 of 18 field goals (the misses came from 47 and 58 yards) and 42 of 45 extra points, and 62 of his 73 kickoffs went for touchbacks. His longest field goal was a 49-yarder as time expired in a 24-21 victory against North Cobb, handing the Warriors their only region loss. He punted 37 times for a 40.7-yard average and allowed only 20 return yards all season. Marietta finished 8-3 and reached the first round of the playoffs. He has five reported offers, including one from Virginia.

247Sports Composite: Not ranked

 

*DB/KR Yaquis "Duke" Shelley (Tucker): The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA last season after finishing with 44 tackles and six interceptions. He scored touchdowns on three interception returns, four kickoff returns and one punt return, and he scored three TDs on offense. Rivals considers him a four-star recruit and ranks him No. 21 nationally at cornerback.. Reports that he had committed to Tennessee were labeled by Tigers coach Bryan Lamar as a "miscommunication," and he is still weighing his offers.

247Sports Composite: No. 37 player in Georgia, No. 33 CB in nation

 

*WR/DB Darius Slayton (Greater Atlanta Christian): The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior was named a first-team all-state receiver in Class AA after catching 31 passes for 940 yards and eight touchdowns as GAC went 10-2 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Projected as a defensive player by some recruiting services, Slayton has more than 20 offers, including those from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Slayton is a two-time AA champion in the 200 meters.

247Sports Composite: No. 18 player in Georgia, No. 18 WR in nation

 

*LB/RB Roquan Smith (Macon County): The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior is a four-star recruit who is rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker. He was named first-team all-state in Class AA last season after finishing with 101 tackles, 36 tackles for losses, 12 sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. He also had 106 yards rushing, 609 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on offense. Macon County went 6-5 in 2013 and reached the first round of the playoffs. Smith has offers from more than 20 BCS schools, and Florida and Georgia appear to lead, according to 247Sports.

247Sports Composite: No. 8 player in Georgia, No. 5 OLB in nation

 

*WR Jayson Stanley (Creekside): The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior was the leading receiver for a team that had a 2,500-yard passer (QB Felix Harper) and two backs with more than 1,300 yards rushing (Dexter Knox and Bricen Terry). He finished with 41 receptions for 817 yards and 16 touchdowns in helping the Seminoles to a 15-0 record and the first state championship in school history. Stanley had the longest scoring play from scrimmage, a 77-yard reception from Harper, in a wild 52-28 victory over Tucker in the Class AAAAA final. Georgia and Auburn are said to be his top schools.

247Sports Composite: No. 22 player in Georgia, No. 27 WR in nation

 

*WR/DB Brad Stewart (Benedictine): Stewart, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, was named honorable mention all-state after catching 30 passes for 698 yards and 11 touchdowns for a run-first team that finished 13-1 and set a school record for victories and reached the Class AA semifinals, losing to state runner-up Lamar County 10-7. Stewart also had 32 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back. Stewart has offers from Marshall, Cincinnati and Chattanooga as well as interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Vanderbilt, according to the recruiting services.

247Sports Composite: No. 124 player in Georgia, No. 153 WR in nation

 

*LB/RB Elijah Sullivan (Tucker): Sullivan was one of the most versatile players for a Tucker team that finished 14-1 and reached the Class AAAAA championship game. He had 45 tackles, eight sacks, nine tackles for losses and one fumble recovery from his linebacker position. Offensively, he was the team's second-leading rusher with 694 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught five passes for 132 yards. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior committed to Auburn in February.

247Sports Composite: No. 79 player in Georgia, No. 52 OLB in nation

 

*RB Eric Swinney (Sandy Creek): The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior rushed for 1,289 yards and 24 touchdowns for a team that also had another 1,000-yard rusher (Delvin Weems, now at Tucker) and averaged 183 yards per game passing. Swinney also had 13 receptions for 343 yards and four TDs for the Patriots, who finished 11-1-1 and reached the state quarterfinals. Swinney committed to Ole Miss in May.

247Sports Composite: No. 12 player in Georgia, No. 10 RB in nation

 

*LB/RB Joshua Thomas (Buford): The 6-foot, 202-pound senior was named a first-team all-state linebacker in Class AAA last season. At running back, he rushed for 16 touchdowns and a team-high 1,046 yards last season. On defense, Thomas finished with 56 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns for a Buford team that went 15-0 and won its ninth state championship in 13 years. He has offers from about 13 BCS schools, including Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Ohio State.

247Sports Composite: No. 63 player in Georgia, No. 20 ILB in nation

 

*PK/P Justin Thompson (Aquinas): Thompson is a 5-foot-10, 150-pound senior who was named the first-team all-state placekicker in Class A last season. He made 12 of 13 field goals, including two 48-yarders, was 60-for-63 on extra-point attempts and put 57 of his 88 kickoffs into the end zone (65 percent). He also punted 28 times for an average of 41.4 yards per kick. Aquinas went 14-0 and won its first state championship, beating Calvary Day 27-7 in the private-school final. Thompson finished the year with 96 points, second on the team to Ruben Garnett, who was the state offensive player of the year in Class A.

247Sports Composite: Not ranked

 

*DL Trenton Thompson (Westover): The 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior is the consensus No. 2 prospect in the country. He was named first-team all-state in Class AAAA last season after finishing with 83 tackles, 38 tackles for losses and 12 sacks. Westover won a school-record nine games in 2013, allowed just 12.9 points per game and reached the second round of the state playoffs. Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan State, Penn State and Tennessee are among close to 20 BCS schools that have made scholarship offers.

247Sports Composite: No. 1 player in Georgia, No. 1 DT in nation

 

*DL D'Andre Walker (Hughes): Walker became the first first-team all-state player in school history when he was named to the Class AAAAAA team last season. He was his region's defensive player of the year. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior had 108 tackles (29 for losses), 21 sacks, seven forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown for a team that finished 10-2 and recorded five shutouts. He has received about 25 scholarship offers, with strong interest from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, according to 247Sports.

247Sports Composite: No. 16 player in Georgia, No. 12 WDE in nation

 

*OL Dallas Warmack (Mays): The 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior graded at 83 percent with 31 pancake blocks and was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA. Mays finished 8-4 (second place in powerful Region 6-AAAAA) and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Warmack committed before his junior season to Alabama, where his brother, former Westlake star Chance Warmack, was an All-America offensive lineman.

247Sports Composite: No. 21 player in Georgia, No. 8 OG in nation

 

*WR Preston Williams (Lovejoy): Williams, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior, was named Class AAAAAA offensive player of the year after catching 56 passes for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns for a team that finished 10-2. He had one of the top individual performances of the 2013 season in a 27-23 victory over Marietta in the first round of the playoffs, catching seven passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 47-yard TD reception on the final play of the game. Scout and 247Sports rate Williams as a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 1 receiver. He committed to Tennessee early in his junior season.

247Sports Composite: No. 5 player in Georgia, No. 3 WR in nation

 

*OL Nick Wilson (Milton): The 6-foot-3, 280-pound senior was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAAA last season after grading at 88 percent with 81 knockdowns and 37 pancake blocks and allowing no sacks on 126 passing plays. Milton finished 8-3 and lost to state runner-up North Gwinnett in the first round of the playoffs. Wilson committed to Stanford last month.

247Sports Composite: No. 31 player in Georgia, No. 22 OG in nation

 

*QB Aaron Winchester (Mount Pisgah Christian): Winchester began to gain attention last season when he led the Patriots to a school-record 12 victories - the previous best was seven - and the first region title in the program's 11-year history. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior passed for 2,272 yards and 31 touchdowns with just five interceptions and rushed for a team-leading 982 yards. Mount Pisgah reached the semifinals of the Class A private-school playoffs, losing 17-16 to eventual champion Aquinas. Winchester is committed to Georgia State.

247Sports Composite: No. 163 player in Georgia, No. 78 pro-style QB in nation

 

 

 

 

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Looking back

The 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 team will be announced in two weeks. Here is the Super 11 team from 10 years ago. One is still playing. Chris Scott is a guard for the Carolina Panthers. Tray Blackmon became the all-class player of the year, but he and most of the others did not have outstanding college football careers. In fact, two of the 11 - Tyler Horne (baseball) and Charles Jackson (basketball) - focused on other sports in college.

 

LB Travis Barr, Chattahoochee

LB Tray Blackmon, LaGrange

LB Antonio Clay, Twiggs Co.

LB Darius Dewberry, Peach Co.

RB Matt Dunham, Pacelli

QB Tyler Horne, Newnan

OL Charles Jackson, Tri-County

DL Justin Mincey, Charlton Co.

DL Brandon Perry, Hawkinsville

OL Chris Scott, Lovejoy

RB Tony Wright, Peach Co.

 

 

Trivia

Larry Campbell of Lincoln County retired this offseason as Georgia's all-time leader in coaching victories with 473. Who is the new active Georgia leader in coaching victories? (Answer Monday)

 

 

Four Questions

Heath Webb,

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1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "Arnold Meeks, quarterback coach at Habersham Central [mid '80s-late '90s]. Coach Meeks taught me that you can be excellent at your job, push players hard and still care about them on a personal level."

 

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Timmy Smith, running back at Central Gwinnett ['92-'93]. You couldn't tackle that guy in a phone booth."

 

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach?"2013 Norcross team. You couldn't find a weakness anywhere. Loaded with talent." (GHSFD: Webb was the quarterbacks coach at Peachtree Ridge in 2013.)

 

4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "Twenty-five-second play clock in all stadiums. Different officiating crews operate at different paces. Adding a play clock would make each crew operate more uniformly and provide for consistent play week to week."

 

GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.

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Scrimmages

Here is a schedule of reported scrimmage games, compiled primarily by super fan Steve Slay. If you notice errors or omissions, please report them to ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net.

 

Tuesday

Butler at Jefferson Co.

 

Thursday

Christian Heritage at SE Whitfield

North Murray vs. Notre Dame, Tenn.

Whitefield Academy at Wesleyan

 

Friday

Baconton Charter at Treutlen

Brookstone at Macon Co.

Campbell at Wheeler

Creekview at Lambert

Dade Co. at LaFayette

East Paulding at Walton

Elbert Co. at Washington-Wilkes

Evans at Aquinas

Marietta at Kell

Morgan Co. vs. Apalachee

New Hampstead at Bat. Creek, S.C.

Oconee Co. at North Oconee

Oglethorpe Co. at Mt. Paran Christian

Ringgold at Gilmer

Southwest DeKalb at Whitewater

 

Aug. 9

Dalton at Northwest Whitfield

Lowndes at Norcross

Pinecrest Academy at Mount Vernon

Redan at Irwin Co.

Richmond Academy at Aiken, S.C.

Savannah Country Day at Metter

 

Aug. 12

Gor. Lee vs. Boyd-Buchanan, Tenn.

Heritage, Conyers at Brookwood

 

Aug. 14

Albany at Seminole Co.

Bremen at Central, Carrollton

Bryan Co. at Savannah Country Day

Calvary Day at Benedictine

Colquitt Co. at Coffee

Griffin at East Coweta

Jefferson at West Hall

Lakeside-Evans at Lincoln Co.

McIntosh at Whitewater

New Hampstead vs. Jenkins

N. Cobb Christian at Whitefield Acad.

Ridgeland vs. Signal Mountain, Tenn.

Rutland at Warner Robins

Spalding at Lamar Co.

Taylor Co. at Crawford Co.

 

Aug. 15

Adairsville at Cass

Alcovy at Jackson

Allatoona at Harrison

Americus-Sumter at Marion Co.

Arabia Mtn. at Carver, Atlanta (L)

Athens Christian at Morgan Co.

B.E.S.T. Academy at Chapel Hill

Bacon Co. at Atkinson Co.

Bainbridge vs. Cairo

Banks Co. at Lakeview Academy

Banneker at Shiloh

Bowdon at Mount Zion, Carroll

Bradwell Institute at Toombs Co.

Brooks Co. at Cook

Brunswick at Wayne Co.

Buford at South Gwinnett

Cedar Grove at Pebblebrook

Cedar Shoals at Oconee Co.

Centennial at Milton

Chattahoochee at Duluth

Chattahoochee Co. at Stratford Acd.

Cherokee at Creekview

Christian Heritage at North Murray

Clarkston at Towers

Claxton at Long Co.

Clinch Co. at Brantley Co.

Columbia at Stockbridge

Commerce at Franklin Co.

Coosa at Gordon Central

Cross Keys vs. Loganville Christian

Dacula at Lanier

Dodge Co. at West Laurens

Douglas Co. at Lithia Springs

Druid Hills vs. Lakeside, Atlanta (A)

Dublin at Washington Co.

Dunwoody at North Springs

Eagle's Landing at Woodland-Stock.

ELCA at Prince Avenue Christian

East Jackson at Johnson, Gainesville

Effingham Co. at Screven Co.

Emanuel Co. Institute at Vidalia

First Presby. at Central, Macon (H)

Fitzgerald at Hawkinsville

Forest Park at Therrell

Forsyth Central at North Forsyth

Gainesville at White Co.

Georgia Military at Putnam Co.

Gilmer at North Hall

Glascock Co. vs. Treutlen

Glenn Hills at Elbert Co.

Glynn Academy vs. McIntosh Co. Ac.

GAC at Woodward Academy

Groves vs. Beach

Grovetown at Warren Co.

Hancock Central at Portal

Hardaway at Brookstone

Harris Co. at Manchester

Heard Co. at Alexander

Henry Co. at Luella

Hiram at McEachern

Holy Innocents' at Mt. Pisgah Christ.

Howard at Mount de Sales

Irwin Co. at Bleckley Co.

Islands vs. Windsor Forest (SM)

Jackson Co. at Athens Academy

Jeff Davis at Telfair Co.

Jenkins Co. at Harlem

Jonesboro at Clarke Central

Jordan at Pacelli

Kennesaw Mountain at Pope

LaFayette at Lakeview-Fort Ogle.

LaGrange at Newnan

Lambert at Grayson

Landmark Christian at Walker

Laney at Burke Co.

Lanier Co. at Berrien

Lassiter at North Cobb

Lee Co. at Monroe-Albany

Lithonia at Salem

Lovett at North Atlanta

Lumpkin Co. at Cambridge

Madison Co. at Oglethorpe Co.

McIntosh Co. Acad. at Glynn Acad.

Metter at Tattnall Co.

Mill Creek at Archer

Miller Co. at Turner Co.

Model at Pepperell

Monroe Area at Apalachee

Montgomery Co. at Tattnall Square

Morrow at Fayette Co.

Mount Paran Christian at Darlington

Mount Vernon at Fellowship Christian

Mountain View at Flowery Branch

Newton vs. Eastside (SH)

North Gwinnett at Hughes

North Paulding at Sprayberry

Northview at Peachtree Ridge

Ola at Hampton

Osborne at South Cobb

Our Lady of Mercy at Decatur

Pace Acad. at Providence Christian

Parkview at Collins Hill

Peach Co. at Northside, W. Robins

Pierce Co. at Charlton Co.

Rabun Co. at Franklin, N.C.

Richmond Academy at Hephzibah

Richmond Hill at Camden Co.

River Ridge at Pickens

Riverdale at Dutchtown

Riverside Military at Armuchee

Rockmart at Paulding Co.

Rome at Calhoun

Roswell at John's Creek

Savannah Christian at King's Ridge

Schley Co. at Wilcox Co.

Shaw at Macon Co.

Social Circle at Hebron Christian

South Atlanta at Fannin Co.

South Effingham at Liberty Co.

South Paulding at Hillgrove

St. Francis at Temple

St. Pius at North Oconee

Starr's Mill at Pike Co.

Stephens Co. at Habersham Central

Stone Mountain vs. McNair (PV)

Strong Rock at Locust Grove

Swainsboro at Johnson Co.

Terrell Co. at Early Co.

Thomasville at Mitchell Co.

Thomson at Evans

Treutlen at Glascock Co.

Tri-Cities at Mundy's Mill (TO)

Trion at Chattooga

Troup at Upson-Lee

Tucker vs. Stephenson (HS)

Union Co. at Sonoraville

Union Grove at Central Gwinnett

Valdosta at Ware Co.

Villa Rica at Sandy Creek

Walnut Grove at George Walton Acd.

Washington at Creekside

Washington-Wilkes at Hart Co.

West Forsyth at Carrollton

Westminster at Dawson Co.

Westover at Stewart Co.

Westside, Augusta at Greenbrier

Westside, Macon vs. Northeast (TH)

Wilkinson Co. at Baldwin

Winder-Barrow at South Forsyth

Woodstock at Sequoyah

Worth Co. at Tift Co.

 

Aug. 16

Cedar Grove vs. M.L. King (PV)

Heritage, Ringgold at Coahulla Creek

Lovejoy vs. Drew (TO)

Mays at Grady (G)

SW DeKalb at Carver, Col. (CM)

 

Aug. 21

East Hall at Chestatee

Heritage, Ringgold at Murray Co.

Spencer at Russell Co., Ala.

 

Aug. 22

Appling Co. at Jeff Davis

Bacon Co. at Cairo

Bremen vs. Ranburne, Ala.

Chapel Hill at Westlake

Cross Keys at Meadowcreek

Greenville at Heard Co.

Loganville at Walnut Grove

Marist at Blessed Trinity

North Forsyth at Hart Co.

North Hall at Dawson Co.

Northeast at Dooly Co.

Northgate at Veterans

Northside, Columbus at Taylor Co.

Pelham at Bainbridge

Tattnall Square at Schley Co.

Toombs Co. at Emanuel Co. Institute

Towns Co. at Hayesville, N.C.

Twiggs Co. at Chattahoochee Co.

Wheeler Co. at Southeast Bulloch

Wind. Forest vs. Johnson, Sav.(SM)

Woodland, Cartersville at Cartersville

 

Scrimmage plans unknown

Berkmar

Calhoun Co.

Callaway

Cedartown

Central, Talbotton

Columbus

Crisp County

Cross Creek

Dougherty

Douglass

East Laurens

Etowah

Greene County

Hapeville Charter

Haralson County

Houston County

Jackson (Atlanta)

Jones County

Josey

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate

Kendrick

Lithonia

Mary Persons

Monticello

Mount Zion, Jonesboro

New Manchester

North Clayton

Perry

Randolph-Clay

Riverwood

Rockdale County

Savannah

Southwest

Statesboro

Thomas County Central

Westside, Macon

 

Not playing scrimmage games

Chamblee

Miller Grove

 

Stadium key:

(A) Adams; (CM) Columbus Memorial; (G) Grady; (H) Henderson; (HS) Hallford; (L) Lakewood; (PV) Panthersville; (SH) Sharp; (SM) Savannah Memorial; (TH) Thompson; (TO) Twelve Oaks