There was some talent in Athens, Ga. Thursday on the first of four 7on7 tournaments the Dawgs will put on over an eight day period.
Georgia had numerous 2015 targets on their campus and the coaches had their eye on them. Here are the prospects that stood out most to Scout Thursday.
1. Darius Slayton | 2015 CB | Greater Atlanta Christian
From game one early Thursday, Slayton stole the show and he did not let up. He took his team to the final four and he made plays all day on offense and defense. He locked down receivers, he made catches in traffic, and he showed speed to stretch the field vertically. He and his mother received consistent attention from the Bulldog staff.
2. Montavious Atkinson | 2015 OLB | Lanston Hughes
This Auburn commitment was arguably the top performer in the afternoon session, and like Slayton, he made plays on both sides of the ball. He worked at outside linebacker, his natural position, and he also made plays at safety and wide receiver. Langston Hughes won the tournament and Atkinson was a big part of that. He showed very good speed to the ball and he is likely a strong safety on the next level. After all was done, UGA offered the Auburn commit.
3. Justin Young | 2015 DT | Grayson
This Georgia commitment went to work for his future coach, Tracy Rocker Thursday morning, and Rocker had to like what he saw. There is very little body fat (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) on Young and he showed quickness off the ball, very violent hands, and great strength. Only Marshall and Georgia had offered when he committed to Dawgs - many others should have pulled the trigger. Do not sleep on this young man.
4. Micah Abernathy | 2015 CB | Greater Atlanta Christian
Slayton created a buzz early and that kept on going until GAC left Athens, but Abernathy was quite impressive in his own right. He is the more physical of the two and he has very good balance in coverage. Like Slayton, UGA had many eyes on him as well.
5. Ruben Garnett | 2015 RB | Aquinas
Garnett is so dangerous in these type of settings. The 5-10, 170 pound running back is very quick and shifty and it was like watching current Georgia player J.J. Green out there today. He made guys miss in space and showed he could stop and go on a dime. Good hands out of the backfield as well.
6. Roquan Smith | 2015 LB | Macon County
Linebackers do not always excel in events like that, but Smith is not your normal linebacker. He also did not only play linebacker, he made many plays at wide receiver too. His play of the day was a touchdown catch where he stole the ball from a defender for a touchdown in the morning. He also broke up his share of passes and he showed he can cover and get to the ball quickly in coverage. He is a true sideline to sideline player.
7. Chris Martin | 2016 DL | Grayson
Rocker wanted to see a lot of Martin today and Martin did not disappoint. He has great flexibility and he would come off the ball low and make it difficult for offensive linemen to get hands on him at times. He really got low, turned the corner well, and showed a burst to the quarterback dummy. He may not be as tall as some of his teammates, but the 6-2, 255 pound rising-junior is one to watch.
8. Justin Gibbs | 2017 WR | Aquinas
Gibbs was not the only 2017 prospect who made a strong impression today, but he was the one that made the most big plays. He is a 6-2, 188 pound playmaker who will likely be pursued by the Dawgs down the road. He made plays in traffic, he showed strong hands, and he is a player to know for the future.
9. MyKelle McDaniel | 2016 DL | Grayson
McDaniel passed the eye-test immediately, then he won rep after rep, and not long after Jeremy Pruitt walked up, he had an offer from Georgia. He is a big body who covers a lot of ground quickly. He has great length, he works his hands, and at 6-4 plus and close to 265 pounds, he is still growing. A lot of potential here.
10. D'Andre Walker | 2015 OLB | Langston Hughes
Usually Walker is dominating off the edge at rush end, but he worked at outside linebacker Thursday, and he did not disappoint. He is still learning to make drops in coverage and he got lost at times, but he closes so fast and he can make up ground so fast. He may have taken a bad step and let the receiver get a few yards on him, but before you knew it, Walker was back on his hip. This kid is explosive and obviously he has a lot to learn at this position, but showed so much athleticism Thursday.