Scout looks at the surprising performances from The Opening Atlanta

BUFORD, Ga. -- Scout looks at head-turning performances from Nike's The Opening Atlanta that caught our staff by surprise.

Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood offensive lineman Casey Holman was not a surprise in general, already a three-star and Duke University commitment heading into the event, but his consistency amid the deepest position at The Opening Atlanta nets him on the list. Holman was willing to compete up and down the offensive line and he seldom lost reps because of his quickness, strong punch and the lateral ability to combat pass-rushing moves. The future Blue Devil showed some power and grit to finish off reps, including on a pair of pancakes Scout saw Sunday.

Athens (Ga.) Christian athlete Richard Jibunor was the talk of The Opening Atlanta and the root of it was a surprise in itself -- the linebacker projection lined up at defensive line for the first time ever -- en route to an MVP performance. Clearly the three-star, who has picked up a Notre Dame offer since the impressive performance, beat blockers with a great first step, surprisingly strong hands and some counter moves to make plays towards the passer underneath. Jibunor is among the most versatile prospects in the South.

Remember C.J. Wright? He was an offerless MVP at the 2016 Charlotte The Opening event and followed it with a big junior season as a defensive lineman as well as a running back. A hair under 6-foot, 300 pounds, The Sylvania (Ga.) Screven County prospect plays with great quickness and leverage on the way to wins against some of the South's top offensive line prospects. Charlotte was one thing, impressing in this version of Atlanta's regional is an entirely different animal and Wright still got it done. Troy, Hampton, Coastal Carolina and Mercer have offered early on.

Alpharetta (Ga.) running back Nolan Edmonds committed to Minnesota a few weeks ago and it looks like Golden Gophers could be a getting steal. Edmonds has added a significant amount of muscle during the offseason and looked great on Sunday. He was fluid in drills and although Edmonds is downhill, physical runner, he showed good quickness throughout the day. Edmonds also impressed during 7-on-7, running good routes and making some nice catches.

Going into the event, everyone knew Christian Turner was good, but in a very deep group of running backs, you would be hard-pressed to find one who had a better day than the Buford (Ga.) standout. He has added some good weight during the offseason and looked very strong. Turner showed tremendous quickness and impressive speed. He was also very instinctive and elusive, and made several defenders miss throughout the event. His performance earned him an invite to The Opening.

Scout's John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report

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