Atlanta NFTC: Top Underclassmen

With over 350 participants at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp Sunday, some of the best were underclassmen. See who stood out to Scout here...

Chris Barnes, 2016 OT, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County
Another underclassman, Barnes was picked as the first team left tackle by the coaches after the first round of reps. Barnes has good size and agility, and he's confident enough as a sophomore to rise to the challenge. After losing a rep, he quietly pointed back to the line to go again, and won the second time.

Ronnie Blackmon, 2016 CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake
Blackmon just goes out and competes. He plays corner with no fear and he welcomed the best Sunday. He battled with five-star receiver Preston Williams, he mixed it up with wideouts coming off the ball, and he just has a good understanding of the game and position. He showed good short-space quickness.

Derrick Brown, 2016 DT, Sugar Hill (Ga.) Lanier
So much upside here and it was easy to see. He has a great frame, long arms, and he is light on his feet. He has to improve his strength and disengaging, but he flashes quickness and athleticism that not many 6-foot-4, 280 pound sophomores have.

Michail Carter, 2016 DT, Jackson (Ga.)
Carter had a first step that getting him past his blockers, an impressive display for an interior lineman with the bulk to play nose guard. For such a young player he is already adept at using his hands.

Ben Cleveland, 2016 OT, Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens County
Cleveland is just massive. He had definition in his upper body at 6-foot-7, 315 pounds that would make a professional wrestler envious. He is incredibly light on his feet for his size, and he showed well in his reps. Ironically, the weakness he had was that he was susceptible to being pushed backwards. Once he matches technique with his physical ability, the sky is the limit.

Nygel Edmonds, 2016 CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster
Edmonds blazed through the drills early in the day showing very loose hips and footwork. He is a corner with size, good feet, and good ball skills. He has a handful of offers now and that list will grow.

Deangelo Gibbs, 2017 CB, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
Only a freshman. That's right, this young man has three years of high school left. He played physical and he was locking some talented receivers down. He has the size (6-foot-1) schools look for in a corner.

Elijah Holyfield, 2016 RB, College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy
The camp setting is not always a place running backs turn heads, but Holyfield did. He is a physical specimen and he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He was strong through the drills and one of the top five overall running backs there.

Tre Lamar, 2016 OLB, Roswell (Ga.)
Clemson recently offered this sophomore and he showed why Sunday. He has great size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and he is still growing. He closes well and he is physical. He could end up being recruited as a hybrid or defensive wne with two more years of high school to go.

Richard LeCounte, 2017 CB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
LeCounte is one of the top defensive backs in the state of Georgia regardless of class. He was flipping over receivers trying to make plays Sunday and he worked out at corner and safety. He can cover, he breaks on the ball well, and he showed great range. When the coaches worked his hands, he showed receiver-like hands.

Demetris Robertson, 2016 WR, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day
Robertson showed very good quickness off the line of scrimmage and he separated from coverage well across the middle or down the field. He is very fluid in his routes and he showed the ability to adjust to the ball. His hands impressed too.

Julian Rochester, 2016 DL, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern
Rochester was a monster Sunday and he is currently only a sophomore. Some think he could prject highest as an offensive tackle, but he continues to impress Scout on the defensive line. He just overpowers his opponents and he moves very well for his size.

Chandler Tuitt, 2016 OT, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
Tuitt made the move from defensive end to offensive tackle as a sophomore and he has so much upside. He has a great base and nice punch. He was up and down Sunday, but definitely caught Scout's attention.

Jamyest Williams, 2017 CB, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer
Another young defensive back shined at this event. Williams was first in line in the drills and he caught Scout's attention from the beginning. He showed good balance, he got his hands on a lot of passes, and he broke on the ball well. A freshman with offers and it was easy to see why.

Charlie Woerner, 2016 TE/ATH, Tiger (Ga.) Rabun County
Where will this young man play on the next level? He is such a big and versatile athlete. He worked out at tight end Sunday and he can move and he can catch. At 6-foot-5, 221 pounds, he was fluid and he attacked the ball when it came his way. He will likely end up at tight end on the next level.

John Garcia and Scott Kennedy contributed to this feature.

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