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Meet the 2016 AJC Super 11



This is the AJC’s 32nd rendition of the Super 11 — the top high school football players in the state.

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Glynn Academy quarterback Deejay Dallas is committed to Miami. (Ryone Horne/AJC)

Glynn Academy quarterback Deejay Dallas is committed to Miami. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

DEEJAY DALLAS, GLYNN ACADEMY

Position: Quarterback

Height, weight: 6-0, 190

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Miami

2015 season wrap-up: Dallas didn’t start at quarterback until the sixth game, but he was 54-of-102 passing for 694 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 1,161 yards and 14 TDs while leading his team to the Class AAAAA final. He also had 10 catches for 131 yards at receiver, his likely college position. After a 2-2 start, Glynn Academy finished 12-3, its most victories since 1936.

School’s first Super 11 since: Dallas is the first.

What’s interesting: Dallas committed to Georgia as a junior, but re-opened his commitment in December, about three weeks after Georgia fired coach Mark Richt. In May, Dallas recommitted to Richt.

JAKE FROMM, HOUSTON COUNTY

Quarterback Jake Fromm is Houston County's first Super 11 selection since Hobie Holiday in 1999. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Quarterback Jake Fromm is Houston County’s first Super 11 selection since Hobie Holiday in 1999. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Position: Quarterback

Height, weight: 6-2, 220

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia

2015 season wrap-up: Fromm was 250-of-424 passing for 4,099 yards and 36 touchdowns for a state quarterfinal team that had a school-record 11 victories. He is 21-5 in two seasons as a starter. Fromm is a top-50 national recruit, who is rated the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country by 247Sports and was named the Gatorade state player of the year as a junior.

School’s first Super 11 since: Hobie Holiday in 1999.

What’s interesting: Fromm played in the 2011 Little League World Series. He hit three home runs and struck out 11 batters. He played on Houston County’s 2014 and 2016 state championship baseball teams, but will enroll early at Georgia and miss his senior baseball season.

DeAngelo Gibbs transferred to Grayson after earning first-team all-state honors at Peachtree Ridge last season. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

DeAngelo Gibbs transferred to Grayson after earning first-team all-state honors at Peachtree Ridge last season. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

DEANGELO GIBBS, GRAYSON

Position: Defensive back/wide receiver

Height, weight: 6-2, 204

Class: Senior

College choices: Georgia and Tennessee are the reported leaders from among 33 offers.

2015 season wrap-up: Gibbs transferred to Grayson after earning first-team all-state honors at Peachtree Ridge last season. He had 32 tackles, five passes broken up, one interception and a fumble recovery on defense, and 24 catches for 457 yards and three TDs on offense. Gibbs is rated the No. 5 defensive back nationally and the No. 3 recruit in Georgia.

School’s first Super 11 since: Robert Nkemdiche in 2012.

What’s interesting: Gibbs is a cousin of Tennessee freshman Nigel Warrior, a former Peachtree Ridge teammate. In June, another of Gibbs’ cousins, Tulsa defensive back J.R. Reed, transferred to Georgia. Tennessee and Georgia are Gibbs’ main suitors.

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Malik Herring is rated the No. 4 strongside defensive end nationally and the No. 98 player overall. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Malik Herring is rated the No. 4 strongside defensive end nationally and the No. 98 player overall. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

MALIK HERRING, MARY PERSONS

Position: Defensive line/tight end

Height, weight: 6-5, 245

Class: Senior

College choices: Alabama, Clemson and Georgia are the reported leaders from 29 offers.

2015 season wrap-up: Herring was named first-team all-state after finishing with 87 tackles, 10 sacks, 24 tackles for losses and four passes broken up for a team that went 11-1. He also starts at tight end and had three catches for 38 yards and two TDs. Herring is rated the No. 4 strongside defensive end nationally and the No. 98 player overall.

School’s first Super 11 since: Andre Zellner in 1999.

What’s interesting: Herring is tight with several players committed to Georgia. He has said he might commit in August, near the birthday of his late aunt Neco Davis, who died during Herring’s sophomore season. Herring has called Davis his best friend.

J.D. KING, FITZGERALD

Fitzgerald running back J.D. King is committed to Oklahoma State. (Ryon Horne)

Fitzgerald running back J.D. King is committed to Oklahoma State. (Ryon Horne)

Position: Running back

Height, weight: 5-11, 205

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Oklahoma State

2015 season wrap-up: King was the state’s leading rusher last season for a team that went 13-2 and was the Class AA runner-up. He rushed for 2,432 yards and 33 touchdowns on 341 carries. He had 1,559 yards rushing as a sophomore. King is the No. 55 running back nationally in 247Sports’ Composite rankings and the No. 90 prospect in Georgia.

School’s first Super 11 since: King is the first.

What’s interesting: King is the only member of the Super 11 not rated among the top 25 recruits in Georgia. But if he matches his junior rushing totals this year, he will finish in the top 10 all-time in career rushing yards in Georgia, ahead of Herschel Walker, among others.

RICHARD LECOUNTE, LIBERTY COUNTY

Richard LeCounte, a two-time all-state selection, is the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit at safety. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Richard LeCounte, a two-time all-state selection, is the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit at safety. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Position: Quarterback/defensive back

Height, weight: 5-11, 175

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia

2015 season wrap-up: LeCounte, a two-time all-state selection, is the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit at safety and the No. 2 prospect in Georgia. He finished with 100 total tackles for the second consecutive season and had two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 10 passes defensed. On offense, LeCounte had 506 yards passing, 865 yards rushing and 564 yards receiving.

School’s first Super 11 since: Raekwon McMillan in 2013.

What’s interesting: LeCounte was a first-team all-state basketball player as a junior, when he averaged 20.5 points and 4.8 assists on Liberty County’s Class AAAA championship team. LeCounte will be a four-year starter in football and basketball.

NATE MCBRIDE, VIDALIA

Vadalia's Nate McBride is one of five Super 11 selections from South Georgia. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Vadalia’s Nate McBride is one of five Super 11 selections from South Georgia. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Position: Linebacker/running back

Height, weight: 6-2, 230

Class: Senior

College choices: Georgia and Alabama appear to be the favorites from among close to 20 offers.

2015 season wrap-up: McBride missed his junior season because of an injury suffered in a car accident. In 2014, he recorded 128 total tackles (five for losses), three sacks and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. On offense, he rushed for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns on 68 carries. McBride is rated the No. 2 inside-linebacker prospect in the country.

School’s first Super 11 since: Eric McClendon in 2003.

What’s interesting: McBride has been timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters, a remarkable time for a player his size. “If it were the ’70s or ’80s, he would be the top running back prospect in the country,” said his Vidalia coach, Lee Chomskis.

DAVIS MILLS, GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN

Position: Quarterback

Height, weight: 6-3, 190

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Stanford

Quarterback Davis Mills, of Greater Atlanta Christian, is committed to Stanford. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Quarterback Davis Mills, of Greater Atlanta Christian, is committed to Stanford. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

2015 season wrap-up: Mills is rated the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the top senior prospect in Georgia in 247Sports’ Composite rankings. He was 169-of-282 passing for 2,821 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior for a team that reached the Class AA semifinals and finished 12-2. He also rushed for 577 yards and 14 touchdowns.

School’s first Super 11 since: Caleb King in 2006.

What’s interesting: Mills is a black belt in Choi Kwon Do. His sisters are tennis players, Alison at South Carolina and Erin, formerly at Tusculum. In February, Mills traveled to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip and helped build two houses.

AUBREY SOLOMON, LEE COUNTY

Aubrey Solomon is the first AJC Super 11 selection from Lee County. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Aubrey Solomon is the first AJC Super 11 selection from Lee County. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Position: Defensive line

Height, weight: 6-3, 305

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Michigan

2015 season wrap-up: Solomon was named second-team all-state last season after finishing with 13 tackles for losses, eight sacks and nine quarterback hurries. He is rated the top defensive tackle in Georgia and sixth nationally. Lee County went 6-4 and missed the playoffs in Region 1-AAAAAA, but the Trojans will play in the second-highest classification this season.

School’s first Super 11 since: Solomon is the first.

What’s interesting: Solomon’s commitment to Michigan in June was a shock. The Wolverines weren’t in Solomon’s top five when he rode to Ann Arbor with teammate Otis Reese and Lee County receivers coach Kevin Pych. Solomon and Reese committed that weekend.

ANDREW THOMAS, PACE ACADEMY

Andrew Thomas was a two-way starter on Pace Academy’s first state-championship team. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Andrew Thomas was a two-way starter on Pace Academy’s first state-championship team. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Position: Offensive line/defensive line

Height, weight: 6-5, 310

Class: Senior

College choices: Committed to Georgia

2015 season wrap-up: Thomas was a first-team all-state selection in 2015 and is the consensus top offensive-lineman recruit in Georgia, the No. 55 prospect overall nationally. He was a two-way starter on Pace Academy’s first state-championship team. Thomas is best known for his pass protection, but he also had 59 total tackles and a sack on defense last season.

School’s first Super 11 since: Thomas is the first.

What’s interesting: Thomas prefers defense, but knows that left tackle is “his ticket,’’ said Pace coach Chris Slade, a former NFL player. On offense, Thomas lines up next to Jamaree Salyer, who is rated the No. 1 guard prospect nationally in the class of 2018.

Grayson running back Jamyest Williams is one of two selections from the Gwinnett school. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

Grayson running back Jamyest Williams is one of two selections from the Gwinnett school. (Ryon Horne/AJC)

JAMYEST WILLIAMS, GRAYSON

Position: Defensive back/running back

Height, weight: 5-9, 170

Class: Senior

College choices: Williams recently announced Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee as his top five out of a reported 49 offers.

2015 season wrap-up: Williams transferred to Grayson after earning first-team all-state honors as an “athlete” at Archer last season. He rushed for 1,339 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense, recorded 20 tackles, eight assists, two interceptions and nine pass break-ups on defense, and had 250 yards on kick returns. Williams is the consensus No. 8 cornerback recruit nationally.

School’s first Super 11 since: Robert Nkemdiche in 2012.

What’s interesting: Williams got his first offer, from Georgia Tech, while a freshman at Dacula. He played his sophomore and junior seasons at Archer. He’s now at Grayson with four other high-profile transfers who have made the Rams perhaps the team to beat in Class AAAAAAA. Williams’ first name is pronounced (ja-MY-est).

» 11 facts about the 2016 AJC Super 11
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