The last MVP Camp for high school football prospects will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Alpharetta High School. Go here for more information and to register for $40.
MVP Camp is owned and operated by Scout.com’s Chad Simmons and 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell.
Mansell on how MVP Camps started: “I was going to other camps/ combines and leaving not seeing players in football situations. I approached Chad Simmons back early in 2010 and we got together and had our first camp in March of that year. We want to see kids compete and put them in more football situations. They are going to run 40’s, do vertical jumps, and other things are all the other camps. At MVP Camps, you are going to get a height/weight and run two 40’s and then you are going to go to work. We have a heavy focus of group work and 1 on 1’s … What you do at MVP Camp is what you are going to do at college camps. We have had numerous kids call us saying that did the exact same thing at camps like Georgia, Alabama, Florida and other college camps. It does allow you to get in that environment a little before you got to a college camp.
Mansell on past players that attended: “That list is a mile long we have had Reuben Foster, Kenyan Drake, Geno Smith, Shamire Devine, Jordan Jenkins, Derrick Henry, Brice Ramsey, Eddie Printz Jr, Shaq Wiggins and the list goes on. We had the Berry twins from Creekside come as eighth graders two years ago and both ran 4.4 back then.”
Mansell on this camp under the lights: “Honestly it was Chad’s idea and we wanted to do one more in Atlanta to get one last look at these prospects before summer camps start all over the place. The feedback on this camp at night has been really good. We have a QB flying down from Pittsburgh, we have what some people consider the No. 1 overall prospect in South Carolina coming over in Donnell Stanley of Latta, South Carolina. He has offers from all over already as a 2014 OL prospect. We are expecting around 25 prospects from South Carolina. There will always be some good talent from Georgia. We have a group of talented kids coming from Tennessee too … We had too many kids at the last camp and we admit it, but I was not going to let players sit in line 5 hours and turn them away. So this time we are cutting it back about 120-125 less spots to allow more players more reps and for us to get a better look at them. It will be important for them to pre register at themvpcamp.com to hold their spot. We will only allow a certain amount of walk ups. Prospects that pre pay will also be in their own line for the first time at MVP Camps. We are looking forward to it and excited about this last one for 2012.”
REFLECTIONS ON FBU
Some of the state’s top prospects attended the recent FBU camp. Here are some of the thoughts of Erik Richards, U.S. Army Bowl Director:
“Had some good talent out at FBU camp this weekend with slew full of UGA committs. Nick Glass, Demarre Kitt, Shaq Wiggins, Kyrin Priester and Josh Cardiello were in attendance along with Chase Alford, Cole Garvin, Taylor Mitchell. and Dante Sawyer — who I see as a better TE than DE.
“However far and away the two biggest surprises were 2014 Myles Autry (Norcross) ran away with offensive MVP honors and the defensive surprise of the camp was Shaun McGee (Brookwood). Where has this guy been? Played out of position last year at 5 technique and some nose guard but would be perfect 3-4 OLB to use like Jarvis Jones. How he doesn’t have more big time D-1 offer is beyond me. He was a monster in camp at DE and at OLB.
“Best QB’s in order: Taylor Mitchell (Buford), Cole Garvin (Sandy Creek), Eman Westmoreland (Central Gwinnett) and Kivon Taylor from Grady. Garvin and Westmoreland only draw backs are height or they would be surefire BCS D-1 quarterbacks.. Garvin is flawless technique wise. Westmoreland has improved drastically from this time last year technique wise to go along with being one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the state. Kivon Taylor will have break out senior season.Taylor Mitchell should benefit heavily on Bufords change in offense to run a similar style to Florida State.
“Priester and Kitt were far and away the best receivers and something tells me that 2013 US Army Bowl commit Brice Ramsey has a big smile on his face down on the coast of St. Marys getting to throw to these two.