Bo Nix (Photo by Jason Caldwell)

Scout examines the top underclassmen prospects from The Opening Atlanta

BUFORD, Ga. -- A host of class of 2019 and 2020 prospects turned heads over the weekend at The Opening Atlanta, where Scout digs into its top underclassmen performers.

Prospects are selected based solely on Sunday's workout and are listed alphabetically:

It is scary to think 2019 LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County defensive end King Mwikuta has two years of high school left to play. The 6-4, 225-pound Mwikuta actually lined up at linebacker for most of the day and looked very comfortable. He reacted quickly and changed directions fluidly. Mwikuta was very physical and showed great athleticism. The Troup County standout was also great in pursuit and closed quickly on the ball. Many in the SEC are after his verbal commitment.

Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix rose above all other quarterbacks in attendance to take home positional MVP honors and Scout was in agreement. His mechanics, footwork and accuracy were very impressive. Regardless if he was in the pocket or on the move, Nix made all the throws. The Auburn legacy holds an offer from the Tigers, as well as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State among others.

Already committed to hometown LSUKardell Thomas was simply the most physically imposing lineman of the day Sunday. The Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab standout ended reps once he got his hands on defenders with an elite punch combined with the power and will to not only win reps, but bury opponents. In the instances Scout caught on tape (video below), Thomas got his opponent to the ground more times than not and it often looked like an easy task for the interior talent.

Another prospect already pledged to a big time program, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson standout Tru Thompson proved powerful all afternoon long as an interior pass rusher. The Florida State verbal commitment isn't the tallest defensive lineman but he uses his naturally low center of gravity as an advantage against taller blockers to gain leverage fairly quickly. Thompson also showcased a strong motor and overall desire to compete on a day where even getting in for a rep demanded attention and reaction skill.

Last year at The Opening Atlanta, Clay Webb was the surprise of the event. Much was expected a year later and the Oxford (Ala.) High School star did not disappoint. An early four-star prospect and among the best in the state of Alabama, he looked like one of the top trench talents regardless of class or position considering he worked at all five offensive line spots. Webb showcases his wrestling background with his patience, hand placement and ability to defeat counter moves all on a strong base. The sophomore is well put together without much bad weight relative to his position. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and others have offered early on.

Scout's Michael Clark contributed to this report. 

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