Atlanta NFTC: Offense Preview

Some talent from all over the south will be in Georgia Saturday competing in the Nike Football Training Camp. Scout previews the offensive prospects here...

Buford High School will host the Nike Football Training Camp in Georgia for the second year in a row and there will be plenty of talent there.

Scout takes a look at some of the top offensive prospects expected.


In the 2014 class, a quartet of quarterbacks jump out on this roster and they are Deshaun Watson, D.J. Gillins, Tyler Harris, and Brandon Dawkins. Those four all have big-time offers and all ranked high on Scout.

Watson, a Clemson commitment is a dual-threat signal caller out of Gainesville, Ga. that led his school to a state title in 2012. Harris is another Peach State signal caller with a big arm, size to see the field, and he recently picked up offers from Alabama and Mississippi State. Gillins is out of Jacksonville, Fla. and he shined on this stage a year ago. He committed to Texas Tech early on, but he has since opened things back up. Dawkins will travel all the way from California to compete in this event and the big signal caller has been offered by Notre Dame and others.

Cole Garvin is a two-time state championship and he picked up an offer from Southern Miss on Thursday. He has the tools you look for at this position, but some question his size. He is right around 6-feet, 1-inches tall.

Other 2014 QBs to watch are Devlin Hodges out of Alabama, Marvin Zanders out of Florida, Brooks Barden out of Georgia, Price Wilson out of Georgia, and Austin Herink out of Tennessee. All have offers already other than Barden and Herink.

Tez Parks is an athlete that will work out at quarterback, but Scout likes this junior as a safety. He will play quarterback this season for Callaway in Hoganville, Ga.

Some talented sophomores will be in attendance too. Tyler Queen, Kevin Johnson, Lorenzo Nunez, Jonathan Slade, and Caleb Wilson are all out of Georgia and each has a chance to be big-time prospects.

Queen and Johnson already have offers. Wilson just moved to Georgia from Mississippi earlier this year when his father (Chris Wilson) took over at the University of Georgia as the defensive line coach. He is a real athlete.

Running Back

Five-star Racean Thomas will be back at Buford to compete for the second year in a row. He shined in 2012 and Scout expects the same out of Thomas in 2013.

He is an elite back that can run inside or outside and he can catch the ball well too. He is quick with great top end speed as well. He has all the offers including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Oregon.

Nick Chubb is ready to showcase his talents too. The Cedartown, Ga. native is a member of the Scout 300 and he has quickly piled up over 20 scholarship offers. Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina are some that are targeting this top Peach State back.

Coming over to Georgia from Louisiana is Darrel Williams. He is a bigger back with good power and he recently visited Florida. He has an offer from the Gators as well as Georgia among others.

Another power back that is leaving his state to compete in this event is Jonathan Vickers. The Tallahassee, Fla. native is a downhill runner with a good feel for the game. He runs well behind his pads and he has double-digit offers.

Vanderbilt commitment Dallas Rivers is ready to showcase his ability at running back. He has played both sides of the ball in high school, but he is set to play offense in Nashville for the Commodores.

Stanley Williams is a speedy back that is shifty and quick. He was committed to Georgia, but is now looking around. Kentucky is a school that has come on strong here.

Other 2014 backs to keep an eye on are Maetron Thomas and Sedrick Palmer. Thomas is about speed and he is very elusive. Palmer is about breaking tackles and using his strength.

Taj Griffin is a 2015 running back that could be one of the top prospects in Georgia when his cycle rolls around. He has already been offered from Georgia, North Carolina, UCLA, and others. He is very explosive and a big play waiting to happen.

Traveon Samuel and Nick Gibson are both sophomores from Alabama and each has at least one offer. Samuel is a speed back and Gibson has size and power.

Kawon Bryant, Lotravius Minter, Justin Curry, and Eric Swinney are four other 2015 backs out of Georgia that are considered Division 1 prospects. Swinney is drawing a lot of interest already and he recently visited Georgia for their spring game.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Who will be the top wide receiver at this event? There is no current four or five star on the roster, so will someone emerge as a star before leaving Saturday afternoon?

There are plenty of talented wideouts expected.

From Georgia, two talented sophomores are planning to showcase their talented. Terry Godwin has already been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Georgia. He is labeled as an athlete, but Scout projects him as a corner. Preston Williams is a natural wideout. He is close to 6-feet, 4-inches tall, he is fluid, and he is one that Scout expects to appear on many radars in the coming months.

T.L. Ford, Shakenneth Williams, Caleb Scott, Coray Keel, Bingon Morton, and Myron Burton are 2014 wide receiver prospects out of Georgia that have talent. Most already have at least one offer.

Demarcus Bingham is one to watch out of Alabama and Lawrence Lee is coming up from Florida. Bingham has good size and Lee is more known for his speed.

There is some talent at tight end and a trio stands out to Scout right away.

Scout 300 member Jeb Blazevich is the top guy at this position. He has slimmed down some from a year ago, he is still very strong, and he is a great pass receiver. He has well over two dozen offers and he recenlty visited Ole Miss, a school in his top six where he has family members.

Harrison Moon is a 2015 tight end to watch out of Tennessee and Isaac Nauta is a 2016 tight end that has offers out of Georgia. Nauta has already been offered by Clemson, Florida, Michigan, and others.

Offensive Line

You can build a starting five out of this offensive line group. Lets start with the center position. Dennis Edwards is a true center and he is out of South Gwinnett in Georgia. He bends well, he is smart, and he works his hands well.

At guard, Justin Brown, Jermaine Abron, Terrone Prescod, Jake Sanders, and Trey Derouen are the guys. Sanders plays some right tackle and he is already committed to Duke, but Scout projects him as a guard. He is very big and very strong. Prescod has good mobility and he has close to 10 scholarship offers. Derouen could be one of the top 2015 prospects in the state of Georgia. He plays both sides of the ball at Parkview, but Scout likes him as a guard on the next level.

At tackle, you like those big OLs with long arms and guys like Kwamelle Barnes, Christian Harris, and Tyler Carr have those. Barnes likes defensive line, but the Saluda, S.C. star is best suited for offensive tackle. Harris picked up his first SEC offer from Mississippi State this week and he will add more. He is raw, but he has a lot of potential. Carr is only a sophomore, but he looks like a prime candidate for right tackle on the next level. He too plays both sides of the ball in high school at Southside in Alabama, but OT is where Scout likes him.

Jordan Harris, Jake Edwards, Chuma Edoga, and Orlando Brown are four more offensive tackles.

Harris added an offer from Mississippi State this week and Florida State among others have offered as well. Edwards picked up an offer from Marshall recently and that was his first offer. Brown has offers from all over and he is a high three-star on Scout. McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. is known for offensive linemen and Edoga is a 2015 tackle to keep an eye on.

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