Atlanta MVP: Under the Radar

HAMPTON, Ga. – Many big names that recruiting fans recognize attended this event, but many that most do not know a lot about did too. Here are some names to keep an eye on.

Alabama commitment Justin Taylor was one of the headliners at the Atlanta MVP Camp held at Lovejoy over the weekend and he is a prospect many know by name throughout the South. Taylor had a solid day, but he did not leave with an award. Jonathan Wallace did.

Who is Jonathan Wallace? He is a quarterback out of Central High School in Phenix City, Ala. He has one offer from Arkansas State, but he should get more in the coming months.

He checked into the camp at 6-feet 1-inch tall and he weighed 204 pounds. He showed good arm strength, he got rid of the ball at a high point, and he hit many of his targets throughout the event. Not only can he throw, but he can use his legs as another weapon. He was timed in the 40 yard dash as 4.66 seconds.

At the end of the day, Wallace was named the top quarterback at this event.

He is one that may be flying under the radar as we head into the spring evaluation period.

There were others on the Lovejoy that campus as well and here are some that fall in that same category:

  • Koty Allen: Defensive End – 6-1/210 – Marietta (GA) Walton
    Quick Hitter: Allen plays with a lot of energy and he could be a speed rush end or linebacker on the next level.

  • John Atkins: Defensive Lineman - 6-3/310 - Thomson (GA) Thomson
    Quick Hitter: Atkins is a very athletic big man. He has the ideal size to play the nose guard position, but could also play offensive guard on the next level. He has good feet and he ran a 5.16 second 40 yard ash at the MVP Camp.

  • Steven Bench: Quarterback – 6-1/193 – Bainbridge (GA) Bainbridge
    Quick Hitter: Bench was one of the most consistent passers at this camp. The summer could be big for him as he hits one day camps.

  • Torry Bowen: Running Back – 5-9/168 – Atlanta (GA) Mays
    Quick Hitter: Bowen is a back with good agility, good quickness, and good hands out of the backfield. He ran the 40 yard dash in sub 4.5 seconds.

  • Dushunta Broughton: Cornerback – 5-11/155 – Lovejoy (GA) Lovejoy
    Quick Hitter: Broughton is a natural athlete and he has long arms, good feet, and he had a number of interceptions at the MVP Camp.

  • Freddie Burden: Offensive Lineman – 6-3/291 – Statesboro (GA) Statesboro
    Quick Hitter: Burden is a big OL that will play inside on the next level. He showed a great base and strong hands at the MVP Camp.

  • Trevus Edwards: Cornerback – 5-9/159 – Fayetteville (GA) Fayette County
    Quick Hitter: Edwards is on the smaller side, but he likes to play physical and he has good man-to-man cover skills.

  • Charlie Hegedus: Wide Receiver – 6-1/191 – Marietta (GA) Lassiter
    Quick Hitter: Hegedus keeps going out and doing well at camps/combines and his first offer will come soon. He turned in one of the fastest times in the 40 yard dash – 4.42 seconds.

  • Khalid Henderson: Linebacker - 6-2/199 - Mabelton (GA) Pebblebrook
    Quick Hitter: Henderson is a prospect that is well put-together and he looks like a future inside linebacker. He plays with aggression and he moves best north-south.

  • Mike Hilton: Athlete – 5-9/174 – Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek
    Quick Hitter: Hilton walked away with the Top Running Back award at this event, but he can do more than that. He may be on the small side, but he is very quick, he ins an instinctive football player, and he is tough.

  • Willie Holloway: Linebacker – 6-1/242 – Sharpsburg (GA) East Coweta
    Quick Hitter: Holloway plays defensive end in high school and he chases the ball well, but will likely end up at middle linebacker in college.

  • Patrick Maddox: Wide Receiver – 6-1/177 – Pace (FL) Pace High
    Quick Hitter: Maddox gets off the line quickly, he runs pretty crisp routes, and he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds at this MVP Camp.

  • Henry McClendon: Defensive End – 6-2/259 – Cleveland (TN) Cleveland
    Quick Hitter: McClendon was tough to slow down in the one on ones because of his strength and the way he dipped his shoulder to get around the OLs trying to block him.

  • Preston Mobley: Offensive Guard/Center – 6-2/301 – Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County
    Quick Hitter: Mobley's very strong, great base, and a driving blocker.

  • James Newson: Athlete – 5-9/170 – Lagrange (GA) Troup County
    Quick Hitter: Newson has good straight-line speed and it doesn't take him long to get to full speed. He could play running back or cornerback.

  • Kalan Reed: Cornerback – 5-10/183 – Birmingham (AL) Briarwood Christian
    Quick Hitter: Reed is a smooth corner who can play well out on an island. He's coming off an ACL injury, but is coming back strong.

  • John Silas: Linebacker – 5-11/224 – Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove
    Quick Hitter: Silas was regarded as one of the top three linebackers in this camp and he looks like a good fit in the middle on the next level.

  • Jacob Southerland: Offensive Guard – 6-3/260 – Mableton (GA) Whitefield Academy
    Quick Hitter: Southerland is an intelligent OL that just needs to continue to add weight and strength.

  • Khalil Stinson: Wide Receiver – 6-1/183 – Atlanta (GA) Westlake
    Quick Hitter: Stinson is not a burner in the speed department, but he is a physical receiver who plays big.

  • Micheal Summers: Athlete – 6-1/185 – Statesboro (GA) Statesboro
    Quick Hitter: Summers is an athlete that could play wide receiver or defensive back on the next level because of his size, speed, and skill set.

  • Marshall Taylor: Safety – 6-3/182 – Cordele (GA) Crisp County
    Quick Hitter: Taylor is a raw athlete with good length, good range, and the ability to be a good free safety in college.

  • Blake Tibbs: Wide Receiver – 6-0/175 – Lithonia (GA) M.L.K.
    Quick Hitter: He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 speed and whoed good hands at the MVP Camp.

  • Cole Trolinger: Tight End – 6-5/231 – Sharpsburg (GA) East Coweta
    Quick Hitter: Trolinger's a traditional tight end with good size that knows how to block and can catch.

  • Marteze Waller: Running Back – 5-10/200 – Eatonton (GA) Putnam County
    Quick Hitter: Waller ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds flat at this camp and he showed good ability to makes quick cuts.

  • Jonathan Williams: Wide Receiver – 6-3/171 – Atlanta (GA) Mays
    Quick Hitter: Williams needs to add strength, but he is a long striding receiver with good body control and nice down field speed.

  • Rokeem Williams: Wide Receiver – 6-0/191 – Williston (SC) Williston-Elko
    Quick Hitter: Williams has a nice burst off the line of scrimmage and he could be a very good inside receiver on the next level.

    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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