MVP Camp to feature some of state’s top prospects

ATLANTA MVP CAMP, SATURDAY, LOVEJOY HIGH

Washington running back Justin Taylor, an Alabama commitment, will be among the elite prospects in attendance at Saturday's MVP Camp at Lovejoy High. (Photo by Chad Simmons of FoxSports/Scout.com)

Washington running back Justin Taylor, an Alabama commitment, will be among the elite prospects in attendance at Saturday's MVP Camp at Lovejoy High. (Photo by Chad Simmons of FoxSports/Scout.com)

Chad Simmons of FoxSports/Scout.com and Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com are organizing their second annual Atlanta MVP Camp, which will be conducted this Saturday down at Lovejoy High (registration opens at 8 a.m. and the competition and instruction goes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

They have cordially invited me to cover this event and I’m looking forward to doing just that. In the meantime, I asked Chad, one of the most respected recruiting analysts in the South, to give me an idea who will be some of the top prospects in attendance. As is Chad’s style, he did way more than that and provided a comprehensive list with a comment on every kid.

So rather than try to hash out a story based on his analysis, I thought it would be more practical and informative to simply pass along the information to my readers. So I’ve done that below.

In the meantime, keep in mind, there are many other talented prospects who will be participating in this event, some of them of the “still-not-discovered” variety. In fact, if I heard right there may be more than 400 football players showing up on Saturday, so many that they’ll have to decline walk-ups, which they don’t like to do.

The other important point, it’s the concept of Chad and Rusty to put these kids through the paces of real football work, not just physical fitness tests such as they do with all these combines and the like. So you get to see a lot of one-on-one competition and positional drills, which they believe is a better for determining players’ inherent football abilities.

“The exposure is great and of course it helps them in recruiting, but a big thing for me is that I want to see the kids leave as better football players,” Simmons said. “That’s why we work them through positional drills and bring in top coaches to coach them up and and make them better. My whole goal is for a kid to tell me afterward, ‘I learned a lot today.’ Not all these kids will end up with college offers, but they’ll all play football this fall. I want them to be a better player and to make their team better because of this. That’s the most important thing.”

Like I said, I’m looking forward to getting a first-hand glimpse of the MVP Camp. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the better-known talent that will be in attendance (listed alphabetically and by class):

2012

Beniquez Brown – LB – Florence, Ala. – He is one of my top OLBs in the South and a lock for me to be in our Scout300. He is a top 10 player for me in Alabama. Numerous offers including Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia.

Jontavious Carter – WR – Crisp County, Ga. - Carter is already committed to Miami, but he has made it a point that he wants to showcase his skills and prove that he is one of the top wide receivers in Georgia at the MVP Camp. He is a long and slender wideout that grew up playing basketball. He is an athlete with great body control.

“Columbia Crew” – Decatur, Ga. – Kenno Loyal, Jhaustin Thomas, and Keithon Redding are three prospects from Columbia planning to attend and their head coach Mario Allen will be one of our QB coaches. He has coached guys like former NFL QB Jeff Blake in the past. Loyal is a physical back that runs with great balance, Thomas is an outstanding athlete that has a lot of upside at defensive end, and Redding is a big wide receiver that catches the ball well.

Jonathan Curry – TE – Phenix City, Ala. – Curry is an athletic tight end that can move in the open field. He is very athletic, he is a threat down the field, and he has already been offered by Louisville and Stanford among others.

Joe Harris – OL – Lithonia, Ga. – Harris is one of the top offensive linemen in Georgia and he made the elite group last year at the MVP Camp in Rome, Ga. and he is shooting to the best overall this time. He has really changed his body, he moves better this year, and he is on his way to taking his game to the next level.

Mike Hilton – ATH – Sandy Creek, Ga. - There is no telling where Hilton will workout at on Saturday. He is such a versatile athlete that could play running back, slot receiver, or defensive back on the next level. He is a competitor and that is what I love most about him.

Greyson Lambert – QB – Wayne County, Ga. – Lambert is my top QB in the state of Georgia and one of my top three in the South. He has a live arm, great size, and a lot of upside.

Kendric Salley – RB – Williston-Elko, S.C. - Salley is already committed to South Carolina, but this kid loves to compete. He attended the Simmons Showcase in January and he is set to return to Atlanta this weekend. He is a strong back who runs well behind his pads.

Justin Taylor – RB – Washington – Taylor is already well known in recruiting and he is currently committed to the University of Alabama. Taylor is a power back that runs well behind his pads and he is good at getting yards after contact. He has displayed soft hands coming out of the backfield as a receive too.

Dalvin Tomlinson – DL – Henry County, Ga. – Tomlinson has over a dozen scholarship offers at this time and he is a versatile defensive lineman that could see time inside and outside on the next level. He shined at the MVP Camp at Georgia Tech last April and he plans to do his thing again this weekend at Lovejoy.

Chad Voytik – QB – Cleveland, Tn. – Voytik was just offered by Pittsburgh on Tuesday after he visited the Panthers and he is fighting for that top signal caller spot in Tennessee. He and Will Gross are my top two QBs in Tennessee right now. Voytik was named the Top QB at the MVP Camp in Rome, Ga. last spring.

2013

Brad Butler – QB – Darlington, Ga. – Not many have worked harder than Butler over the past year. He had an impressive day at the Simmons Showcase in January and he has improved his feet, mobility, and strength.

Josh Cardiello – OL – Buford, Ga. - He is next top OL to come out of Buford. The Wolves have a great coaching staff that really teaches their kids on the OL. Cardiello has great feet, nice punch, and could play guard or center on the next level.

Shamire Devine – OL – Tri-Cities – I am very impressed with Devine because of the way he moves at 6-6/330. He plays light on his feet, he carries his weight very well, and I expect big things down the road from this sophomore.

Tyshon Dye – LB/RB – Elbert County – Dye is an elite athlete that plays a lot like Reuben Foster out of Troup County. Dye can move well side to side, he is explosive, and he is someone I expect to be on a lot of recruiting boards in the near future.

Reuben Foster – LB – Troup County, Ga. - Foster is special. He may be the top linebacker in the state right now and he is only a sophomore. He has great instincts, he attacks the football, and he plays sideline to sideline.

Marqui Hawkins – WR – Carver-Columbus, Ga. – Hawkins is in line to be another top recruit to come out of the Carver program. He is an athlete that came up as a quarterback but has made the move to wide receiver. He is a fluid athlete with good body control and a lot of athleticism.

Uriah LeMay – WR – Butler, N.C. – Uriah is the younger brother of UGA signee Christian LeMay and he already has an impressive offer list. LeMay is a fluid wide receiver that takes long strides, and he knows how to use his long frame to his advantage on the edge.

Johnathon McCrary – QB – Cedar Grove – McCrary has been one of the most talked about 2013 prospects in Georgia over the past couple of months.  Mark Richt, Nick Saban, and other top coaches stopped by Cedar Grove to check on him in January and he is an athletic QB with great size, good mobility, and the arm to make any throw.

Johnny O’Neal – LB – West Laurens, Ga. - O’Neal already has a handful of offers from schools like Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee. He is an inside backer on the next level. He loves contact and he plays downhill.

D.J. Park – OL – Dillon, S.C. – Park is already high on my list in South Carolina for the class of 2013. He is very nimble on his feet for a big guy and he is drawing a lot of early attention. Clemson and N.C. State have already offered him.

Brice Ramsey – QB – Camden County, Ga. – Ramsey walked away as the Top QB after competing in the Orlando MVP Camp and he will return to compete again this weekend. He has a laser arm, his footwork has improved, and his upside may be as high as anyone competing this weekend.

Brian Whitaker – DE – Westside-Macon, Ga. – Brian is the younger brother of Auburn freshman Jeffrey Whitaker who was a star at Warner Robins High School a couple of years ago. Brian is not as wide and strong as Jeffrey was, but he is quicker, just as tough, and on the same path to being a top recruit in 2013.

2014

E.J. Moss – QB – Ashville, Ala. – Moss is already drawing attention his way and he is only a freshman. He is on the Alabama and Auburn radar very early on and he is projected to be one of the top signal callers in his class.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

55 comments Add your comment

james roebuck

March 23rd, 2011
12:24 pm

Well said

March 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Well said

March 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Shoot, second.

Dawg Consultant

March 23rd, 2011
12:41 pm

I guess I shouldnt have taken that conference call….now I am Third…lol. Anyway great overview of the camp. Thanks.

ClinchCountyDawg

March 23rd, 2011
1:26 pm

My nephew is an offensive guard on his pee wee football team. How can I get him signed up for the Atlanta MVP Camp. Saban already calling weekly.

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
1:28 pm

Thanks for passing the info along Chip

juvenal

March 23rd, 2011
1:28 pm

you signing autographs?

anijahsdad

March 23rd, 2011
1:36 pm

Finley Dawg

March 23rd, 2011
1:51 pm

Any thoughts on the freshman QB from Gainesville, Deshaun Watson? Started as a freshman and contributed, as well.

private plan watching

March 23rd, 2011
2:04 pm

Dream Team!!!

Chip Towers

March 23rd, 2011
2:13 pm

Finley Dawg: I saw Deshaun Watson last year when Gainesville played at North Hall. Of course, that was the game the Red Elephants unleashed their “Wild Elephant” package with A.J. Johnson assuming the QB position most of the second half. But he looks to me to be a super athlete and a fine quarterback. He’ll have a chance to better display his talents this season.

Chip Towers

March 23rd, 2011
2:14 pm

QUESTION FOR THE BLOGOSPHERE . . .

I’m looking ahead for some good high school games to cover this fall. Anybody out there have any strong recommendations for the Sept. 16 or Oct. 28? Lemme know if you do.

Axlrodes

March 23rd, 2011
2:51 pm

Dalvin Tomlinson is about the 3rd ‘big prospect’ to come out of the Henry County program the last few years. Believe it or not, when i went to school there (class of 97), the team may have won a dozen games the entire time.

For those of you not familiar with the Henry County Warhawks of McDonough, it is also the alma mater of Jason Heyward of your Atlanta Braves.

Come to think of it, i graduated form UGA in summer of 2002, and we won SEC titles in fall of 2002 and 2005. I think i see a trend forming

RRTDawgs

March 23rd, 2011
2:55 pm

Hey chip are the dawgs looking at other prospects on that board i know we offered Uriah LeMay , Greyson Lambert , and Brice Ramsey i think the dawgs are good shape with LeMay and Ramsey .

Chad Simmons

March 23rd, 2011
2:58 pm

Finley Dawg: D Watson will be there working out at QB and I excited to see him compete. I saw him in 8th grade and he is one of the top young athletes in Georgia. Gainesville will be well represented at Lovejoy on Saturday.

Chip Towers

March 23rd, 2011
3:28 pm

RRTDawgs: Here’s the thing about Georgia’s recruiting this year: It’s going to be a pretty small class, maybe no more than 18 kids, and therefore they are being very selective. So I think they’re still making a lot of decisions on 2012 kids. You’ll see a few more offers go out after this camp and their junior day in Athens this weekend and a bit more activity after that but I expect it to be a bit more of a slow-go for UGA this year.

RRTDawgs

March 23rd, 2011
3:38 pm

Hey chip thanks for info i kind of had a feeling this class was not going to be a huge class after the big one we just had probably get a RB and WR with WR is are biggest need on offense most likely commits for the dawgs Lenard Floyd, John Theus , Geno Smith , i think Josh Dawson .

Monroe Dawg

March 23rd, 2011
4:50 pm

where are geno smith josh dawson and the stephenson kids are they going to be there?

ClinchCountyDawg

March 23rd, 2011
5:01 pm

I can’t believe that Jeremy “Dozer” Daniels the dominating 6′6″ 360 lbs lineman from Lanier County will not be attending.

1DREAM

March 23rd, 2011
5:26 pm

Chip…What do you think of Chaz Thornton outta Stephens Co and Austin Allen out of Habersham Central. I know Stephens Co doesnt turn in stats so know one knows about Chaz but his sophomore stats were 1,669 yards rushing 25 TDs

1DREAM

March 23rd, 2011
5:27 pm

Tyshon Dye will make alot of LBs look bad Good Luck to the ones matched up against him!!!!!!!

1DREAM

March 23rd, 2011
6:20 pm

How can the states leading rusher Marteze Waller not make this list

JONES

March 23rd, 2011
7:03 pm

Chip I will see you there, I will be bringing Michael Robinson who has started the past 3 years on defense as an outstanding Linebacker, D-Line and Fullback from B.T. Washington High Atlanta and Justin Taylor a highly talented RB Committed to Alabama. I look forward to seeing all the talent being showcased on saturday…

Chad Simmons

March 23rd, 2011
7:56 pm

1DREAM: Waller is a top RB and he is still working to improve his stock at a top recruit. There are plenty of guys not on that list that have multiple offers, are being recruited by numerous DI schools…etc. It is not Chip’s list, so don’t blame him, it is my list and my opinions beside the names. Just wanted to make that clear so nobody blamed the messenger. : )

dawggone

March 23rd, 2011
8:52 pm

looks like Georgia Tech is in the running for all these kids. lol

RRTDawgs

March 23rd, 2011
9:01 pm

Its going to be a slow recruiting year for the dawgs we will get some good recruits 2012 will be a small class about 18 recruits .

GAfootball

March 23rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Lassiters Charlie Hegedus, Niles Clarke, and Juwan Dickey will be there. Clarke is committed to NC State, Hegedus is getting looks from all around, and Dickey will be a top WR prospect for 2013

grantparkgator

March 23rd, 2011
10:10 pm

Geno Smith visit Athens this weekend. No solid info on the Stephenson’s camp atp. They could camp or visited UGA/Aub this weekend.

Confused

March 23rd, 2011
10:13 pm

Isn’t the real elite football camp Football University? This has to be a new startup or something. When does Football University come to town for their camp, Chip?

grantparkgator

March 23rd, 2011
10:19 pm

A name to remember is James Brooks(ATH/South Lake Fl)…kid will move up the boards this summer…. Top 100 talent.

RRTDawgs

March 23rd, 2011
10:55 pm

Grantparkgator thanks for that info i knew about Geno Smith coming to Athens we going hard after him it looks like dawgs still looking at Nelson Agolor but we are recruiting him as a RB .

grantparkgator

March 24th, 2011
12:12 am

Nelson is visiting Auburn this weekend but has said he will make it to Athens sometime this spring. UGA/Richt should have some in-roads with the staff at Berkley Prep bc the OC was at Plant when Murray/Charles were there….UGA giving him a look at RB/WR will play a factor bc he seems himself as a “play maker”. “I just want to play really, but I think offense might be my ticket,”

Paddy

March 24th, 2011
6:55 am

CMR knows how to recruit. With a small class he had better go slow on making offers. Don’t pull the trigger unless you are positive you have a real good Dawg. No more thugs, please.

nwga

March 24th, 2011
7:20 am

How about that big fast monster of a defensive player, Ladarius Banks from East Paulding and that kid that gained 1900 yards this year as a sophomore, Kamani Thomas? are they gonna be there…or Andre Suttles, receiver, leaning toward Wake Forest and GaTech?

JB

March 24th, 2011
7:50 am

Lot’s could happen in Athens the next 12 months. Wins over Boise and SC will set the tone for good things. Lose those two and you will slowly see a transition in Athens take place. A new regime.

COACH MARK RICHT

March 24th, 2011
9:21 am

Paddy:
THANKS FOR TELLING ME HOW TO DO MY JOB….I COULDN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU…THANKS FOR ALL THAT GREAT ADVICE…..

STEINER

March 24th, 2011
9:26 am

Guess there is a MVP camp and competition every weekend….Are these things approved by the GHSA??? Georgia is known as the place now that if you want to run a camp or All Star Game that you just come and do it, and there is no oversight…..All of this needs to be supervised by the GHSA as well as all of the new All-Star Games….These dudes running these All-Star games are exploiting the Georgia players to put money in their pockets….

STEINER

March 24th, 2011
9:29 am

Chip, there are so many of these MVP Camps now that you need to give us a list of them as well as the new All-Star Games….All Star Games now even include juniors……That is a big risk for a kid to play in an All-Star Game as a Junior….just saying….

Top QBs

March 24th, 2011
9:47 am

Chip, Do you know if Eddie Printz, Will Gardner or Cole Seagraves gonna be at MVP Camp?

Stockbridge

March 24th, 2011
11:27 am

Theer are a few kids that are getting some looks that will be participating at MVP from Stockbridge High. Watch for Jr. Leon Prunty 6′2 220lb Qb. made top 100 for NUC, made top gun in 2010 and 2nd round Dreammakers in 2010…didnt test well at Scout.com combine on a bad ankle from BBALL…but he is a athlete, 3 yr starter in baseball, 3 yr starter in football and a starter in basketball.

Stockbridge

March 24th, 2011
11:28 am

sorry for typo

Carroll James

March 24th, 2011
3:55 pm

Watch out for those Sandy Creek Patriots. These boys from uprising seniors to freshmen are stacked. i saw this one young man Maceo Brown who is very strong and fast. He started on the Kick off Team in the State Playoffs and Championship Game. I saw him hit three guys in the Peach County game. Greatest play I had seen in a while. I taped it and had to replay it at home. Watch this kid do work in the next couple of years.

Number 1 dawg fan

March 24th, 2011
5:20 pm

I think these scouts concentrate to much on these 40xs,lets put some pads on and see who is the top athletes are.

devildawg

March 25th, 2011
11:12 am

Chip, there are lots of games out there that people want to publicize, but I just want you to go to one. Warner Robins vs. Northside down in at McConnell-Talbert stadium. The game draws between 14000 and 20000 each year and is one of the biggest rivalries in the south. Check it out, you wont be disappointed.

RRTDawgs

March 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

There could a commit or 2 this weekend at Junior day look for Q . Hicks , Ty Smith or Ricky Parks to possibly commit .

grantparkgator

March 25th, 2011
3:02 pm

SIAP but Jafar Mann (SHS) committed to UF today per 247…also, hearing that Kirby may pull the trigger today/wkn.

panther

March 26th, 2011
9:55 am

Rashad Grant, ATH, Clinch County Panthers, Homerville, Georgia ran a 4.35 at MVP Camp Orlando. May be the fastest kid in the state of Georgia period and he’s only a junior

jaguar #1

March 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

i really liked the owens kid from spalding high.(#663) but noone knows about him because his former coaches didn’t get him out there. you really need to see this one at wide receiver. there was none there today any better.

Dekalbs Finest

March 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Anybody know this kid out of MLK high school. He’s a receiver. I overheard someone call him DJ. and he’s a sophmore. He ran a 4.5 40 and was in the top 5 of receivers at the combine. Someone needs to take a look at him FAST.

Spinner

March 27th, 2011
2:52 pm

Someone at GHSA better take a hard look at Sandy Creek and their Undue Influencing kids to go to school there. We down in Henry County have known for a while that Walker boys do a lot of recruitin’ along with their boosters.