QBs Lead the Way at 2013 Atlanta MVP Camp

ATLANTA - The MVP Camp focuses on preparing high school players for collegiate competition. The quarterbacks who participated Saturday said they benefited from facing the southeast's best defenders.

Saturday's camp was hosted at Therrell High where some of the top members of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes were in attendance.

Sandy Creek quarterback Cole Garvin highlighted his positional competitions throughout the day to earn the camp's Top Quarterback award. Garvin is no stranger to success or the MVP Camp. The rising senior led Sandy Creek to a state championship last season and regularly attends this camp. Garvin said he is familiar with his quarterback counterparts, and it's an honor to be placed at the top of the list.

"There were so many top quarterbacks out there today," Garvin said. "I know many of them from past camps, so it really was an honor and a blessing to be the top one out of all these great talents."

Out of all the camps Garvin attends, he said the MVP Camp is at the top of his favorite's list.

"The MVP Camp is the best one," Garvin said. "I love it. I've been going to it since I was in the eighth grade."

2015 quarterback Tyler Queen from North Cobb attended the camp after visiting Georgia's campus on Friday. Queen has received offers from Buffalo, Middle Tennessee and North Carolina, but said he liked the relationships formed during his recent visit to Athens.

"I sat in with coach [Mike] Bobo in their quarterback meetings and got to watch practice and stuff," Queen said. "I've known coach Bobo for a while and we've got a pretty good relationship, so it will be good to see where that goes in the future."

Queen is also scheduled to visit Clemson on Thursday.

Queen was one quarterback out of a few who have ties to Georgia coaches. 2014 quarterback Caleb Wilson, son of Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson, talked about the transition to North Oconee football after leaving his high school in Mississippi.

"I really haven't experienced all of it yet, but exposure is a lot bigger here in Georgia," Wilson said. "There are a lot of big-time players out here."

Quarterbacks hailing from as far as Louisville, Ky. showed up for the session. Quarterback Blake Phillips, a member of the 2015 class, traveled from Kentucky Country Day School to experience Georgia's competition.

"I just wanted to get some exposure down here," Phillips said. "It's organized well for the size of the camp, and the coaches are giving me instruction that I can use back at school. It was definitely worth the trip."

Phillips wasn't the only one to pack his bags and head south for the camp, though. A group of players from the Raw Talent Sports training facility in Ohio stopped by on its annual tour of camps. Mark Harris, a trainer at Raw Talent Sports, said he makes the trip frequently because the south has some of the top talent.

"I'm loving it. These guys are working hard and doing what they've got to do," Harris said. "There's a lot of top talent out here."

Harris said the Raw Talent squad attends camps every weekend, but the MVP Camp has its own unique style.

"We do this type of thing every Saturday," Harris said. "We don't do the two-on-two thing; we go one-on-one so that's a little different for us, but we aren't complaining."

The MVP Camp's Top Overall Performer wasn't complaining after he received his hardware at the conclusion of the day. 2014 Chattahoochee wide receiver Collin Lisa said he wanted to make a big impression at the camp in order to put a few offers on the table.

"I want them as soon as possible," Lisa said. "I've always been the young guy on the team, but now it's my senior year and I've got to be a leader."

The high praise of the MVP Camp may draw more defensive attention to the junior receiver, but Lisa said he's glad to see his work rewarded.

"I don't think it's necessarily pressure," Lisa said. "It just feels good that the hard work is paying off."

Players at the MVP Camp received more than just structural advice on Saturday. Former NFL guard Steve Herndon spoke to players in attendance before position drills commenced. During Herndon's talk, he stressed the importance of decision making for young athletes.

Herndon attended Georgia, but went unselected in the NFL draft upon his graduation. Herndon highlighted the importance of never getting too comfortable with the success one has as a football player.

"Stay humble, stay hungry," Herndon said. "It's a wonderful gift you're given so make the most of it."


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