Scout runs down the prospects named MVP following The Opening Atlanta

BUFORD, Ga. -- Scout looks at the prospects selected for positional MVP by Student Sports following The Opening Atlanta on Sunday.


2019 four-star Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley signal-caller Bo Nix was the far and away the best quarterback from start to finish. Despite being underclassman and on a field with a strong group of 2018 prospects, Nix left no doubt who was the best quarterback on Sunday. He showed the ability to make all the throws, both in the pocket and on the run.

Running back

There were not many 2020 prospects at the event, but sophomore running back Cartavious Bigsby proved he was capable of competing with anyone. He showed good speed and quickness. Bigsby was also fluid in drills and took countless reps.

Wide Receiver

Gainesville (Ga.) wide receiver Jim Barnett was relatively unknown prior to the event. However, he ran good routes and continued to find ways to get open. He also showed good concentration and good hands.

Offensive line

Five-star Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy offensive guard Jamaree Salyer was arguably the top performer at the entire camp. He took more reps than any other offensive lineman and only lost one. He was strong at the point of attack, patient and fundamentally sound. Throughout the day, he played all five offensive line positions and dominated wherever he lined up.

Defensive line

 Athens (Ga.) Christian standout Richard Jibunor is athlete who can play all over the field. On Sunday, he elected to play defensive end for the first time in his football career, but looked very comfortable with his hand on the ground. He was quick off the ball and showed an array of moves. Although he only weighs about 200 pounds, he did not back down from anyone and got stronger as the event progressed.


Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley outside linebacker Channing Tindall has been one of the hottest players in the South over the past few months and after today, his stock will continue to rise. He showed great athleticism, explosiveness and playmaking ability. Tindall also had the high SPARQ rating of the day with 125.25.

Defensive back

Four-star College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter cornerback  Christopher Smith challenged every receiver he faced. He was fluid in and out of his backpedal and instinctive. Smith was also aggressive and showed strong ball skills.

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