MVP Camp Notebook

HAMPTON, Ga. - Even the players who didn't compete at Sunday's MVP Camp in Atlanta noticed the high level of competition at Lovejoy High...

Roquan Smith, a four-star linebacker out of Macon County High, watched as his fellow high school competitors took part in Sunday's drills. The nation's No. 3 linebacker has spent plenty of time paying his dues at the MVP.

"It's some of the top players out here," Smith said. "I had a great time coming out here and competing, getting better - show these scouts what you've got."

Smith currently has offers from, well, a lot of schools, including Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and LSU just to name a few. Before competing in the MVP Camp, that wasn't the case.

"Last year I had zero offers when I came," Smith said. "It must have done something."

Of those schools, Georgia is all over Smith. He talks to the Dawgs four to five times every week through Twitter and other outlets. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound 2015 prospect likes what he's hearing, and speaks to Georgia coach Mike Ekeler the most of anyone on the Bulldogs' staff.

"Great guy, high energy guy," Smith said. "He's a high energy guy (who) loves the game and loves to go out there and wake up with a passion."

Want to talk about passion? First year Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has plenty of it. He's looking to get Georgia's defense on the map, and fast.

"He's trying to bring in some of the top players for the defense," Smith said. "He needs the fast guys like he had at Florida State to get the defense at top tier."

Georgia was a common name among prospects at Lovejoy's MVP Camp. Harland Howell hasn't received an offer from Georgia yet, but he's on the lookout.

The 6-foot-4 wide receiver out of Wheeler High has been to Athens, and knows plenty about the Dawgs.

"I've been staying in contact with Georgia the most," Howell said. "I love Georgia (and) as a kid I was always raised as a Georgia fan."

Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball has made quite the impression on Howell, too.

"He's a great dude," Howell said. "Every time I'm there he goes straight to work."

Howell is a three-star receiver with offers from Arkansas State, Boston College, Charlotte, Georgia Tech, Marshall and Middle Tennessee State.

Antwuan Jackson, a 2016 defensive tackle out of Cedar Grove High, is another prospect taking a close look at Georgia. He obviously wants to get to the next level after college, and thinks Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker may be the guy to get him there.

"He knows a lot about the game and he likes to coach. He knows everything," Jackson said.

He's got a lot of looking around to do, though. He'll spend the next two years on the road.

"Traveling, traveling, traveling and seeing what schools I like and I'll determine it," Jackson said. "I'll be very excited to see different schools. I've seen half the schools now, but I'll be searching for the other ones."

The four-star defender may not go far from home in the end, though.

"It'll most likely be close - close to family," Jackson said.

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