ATLANTA – An underclassman out of Florida led the way at quarterback, but it was a very deep and talented group in this camp. Bennie Coney showed why he already has a couple of early offers.
Close to 300 prospects from four different states competed in the MVP Camp in Atlanta over the weekend. It was a very talented field with prospects in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes represented.
Strong Group of Quarterbacks
Plant City High School out of Florida brought up nine of their top football players to participate in the MVP Camp and their class of 2012 quarterback walked away being named the best at his position.
Bennie Coney really threw a nice ball all day in Atlanta. It came out of his hand hot, he made each throw asked of him, and while his velocity stood out a lot, he also threw with nice touch. He has good footwork as well and he is on track to be one of the top quarterbacks in the South in a couple of years.
A couple Peach State quarterbacks in the class of 2011 had strong days as well. Neither have offers, but both Alex Ross (Buford) and Ronnie Bell (Sandy Creek) can play at the Division I level. They have more in common than not having an offer yet too, both are reigning state champions.
Ross showed very good accuracy, he made quick decisions, and he made the most of his day in Atlanta. Bell continues to show one of the strongest arms out there and he can make each throw. What hurts Bell is his height being just 6-feet tall and Ross just doesn't have to throw much for Buford to win, so schools still want to see what he can do under pressure.
Tony Daniel, Kevin Byard, and Brice Ramsey also stood out.
Hunt's a New Name With Offers
Akeem Hunt is a running back to keep an eye on out of Covington (GA) Newton County. He is a new prospect to many, but some schools already know about him including Purdue, Southern Miss, and Wisconsin, all have offered him a scholarship.
He measured in at 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds at the camp and then ran the 40 yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He has good acceleration, he caught the ball well out of the backfield, he showed good wiggle, and he was named the top back at the end of the camp.
He may not be a bigger back, but he is big enough to make an impact on the highest level in college.
Speed On the Offensive Side of the Ball
The fastest time at the Atlanta MVP Camp was a 4.42 and that was ran by 2011 wide receiver B.J. Trimble out of Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek. He is a slot receiver on the next level and he is being recruited by schools like Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. No offers yet, but they will come. He can help teams at receiver and on special teams on the next level.
He had the best time and right behind him were a pair of running backs. Mario Alford of Greenville (GA) and Kenyan Drake of Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove each ran the 40 yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
Alford (5-10/165) plays quarterback in high school, but could play running back, cornerback, or slot on the next level. While Alford is in the class of 2011, Drake (6-1/184) is in the 2012 class. He is a back with great size, good hips, and he could emerge as a top back in Georgia
later this fall.
Others on the offensive side of the ball that turned in sub 4.5 times were Elliot Berry (2014 RB – Creekside), Ralph Abernathy (2011 RB – Westminster), and Nile Daniel (2011 WR – Griffin) at 4.46, then Kevin Byard (2011 ATH – M.L.K.) at 4.47, and Austin Scott (2011 RB/WR – Hardaway) and Marcus Polk (2011 ATH – Woodward Academy) at 4.48.
Harris Helped Himself
The top offensive lineman in Atlanta was clearly Kyle Harris. He showed that during the drills and then the one on ones. Just a couple of hours after the camp, he received big news from Georgia Tech and he added the Yellow Jackets to his offer list.
Harris measured in at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds and he had an outstanding day all around. He has very good feet, he was good against speed and power guys, he has a great base, and showed very good hand placement. He is not a tackle in college and he is still a little light, but he could end up playing guard or center on the next level.
He definitely improved his stock on Scout with a top performance against very good competition.
Tight Ends Good Too
A lot of recognition goes to the wide receivers because they are faster and make guys miss in the open field, but there were three very good tight ends in attendance as well.
Tye Turner out of Griffin was impressive as was Kennard Backman of Whitefield Academy, and Sean Price out of North Marion.
Turner (6-2/240) showed soft hands although he is more in the build of a blocking tight end. He is not one that will stretch the field, but he had a good day catching the ball. Backman measured in at 6-foot-3.5 and 220 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.62 seconds. He still is without an offer, but he should earn come in the coming months. He is a very good athlete that is more of a receiver than blocker at tight end. Price is the most balanced of the three and while the first two are juniors, Price is only a sophomore. He entered the camp at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and he is strong, he has good hands, and he has good speed (ran the 40 in 4.75 seconds).
The position does not get a lot of love typically in camps, but it was a strong position in this MVP Camp.
Young Receivers To Watch
A number of wide receivers in the class of 2012 made strong impressions. Stephon Brown, a junior out of McDonough (GA) Henry County walked away with the top receiver award, but some talented sophomores were on his heels.
Carnell Boyd (2012 – Atlanta (GA) Westlake) likes to compete and he attends camps and combines on a regular basis and he just keeps getting better. He needs to work on getting better separation, but he has very good hands, he showed good routes, and he is a very hard worker.
is out of Westover High School in Albany (GA) and he does not get a lot of publicity down that way, but he is definitely one to keep an eye on. He measured in at 6-foot-2.5 and 197 pounds and he ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds. He made some nice adjustments on balls underthrown and he really attacked the ball well also.
Latroy Pittman out of Citra (FL) North Marion is a physical athlete that could end up as an outside receiver or safety on the next level. He can outmuscle the average high school corner and really knows how to use his size and strength to shield defenders. His speed needs to be improved, but he is a definite Division I recruit.
Samson Baldwin is sneaky quick and he runs routes and catches the ball away from his body like a veteran receiver other than a sophomore in high school. He is out of Greenville (S.C.) J.L. Mann and he had a strong showing.
Demarco Robinson (2012 – M.L.K.), Juwan Dickey (2013 – Lassiter), and Lamarlon Wiggins (2012 – Plant City) also are ones to keep an eye on.
Nobody could keep Nile Daniel quiet. He was the biggest trash talker in Atlanta this day. He backed it up with a nice performance at wideout, but even when he was slowed down by a defensive back, he would still talk a big game. He is one of the top wide receivers in Georgia.
Cole Garvin is only eighth grade now and he will play behind Ronnie Bell at Sandy Creek in 2010, but he will take over for Chip Walker and the Patriots in 2011. Look to hear a lot from Harvin – he has a big league arm at a young age, a very smooth release, and he looks young in stature, but plays more mature than his age.
Centers do not get a lot of recognition, but DeAndre Wise is one to put on the radar. He is a natural center that stated at Westlake as a freshman in 2009 and he is close to 6-foot-3 and he weighs just over 260 pounds. He has good feet, a good base, and he knows how to play the position.
Three 2012 interior guys to watch are Jacob Southerland (6-3.5/245 – Whitefield Academy), Harrison Davis (6-2/237 – Walton), and Zedrious Wright-Starks (6-1/261 – Creekside). All are strong, all have good feet, and all look to have bright futures. Davis and Southerland will be guards and Wright-Starks looks to be a natural center.
Elliot Berry is only in the eighth grade, but the soon to be freshman starter at Creekside measured in at 5-foot-11.5 and 185 pounds before being timed at 4.46 in the 40 yard dash. This kid is a lot like his older brother Eric Berry, just a natural athlete with all the tools you look for. He could end up anywhere on the field, but he will likely start out at running back.
The class of 2013 quarterback group looks to be a very good one in Georgia. Brice Ramsey (6-2/174 – Camden County), Brad Butler (6-2/182 – Darlington), Eddie Printz (6-3/194 – Lassiter), and Cole Seagraves (6-4/192 – White County) all have the size and skills to be very productive on the high school level and they have shown the tools to make Scout believe each could be a top recruit in their class. Ramsey has the arm, Butler is very accurate, Printz makes good reads, and Seagraves has a smooth release. All are on track to being high level Division I recruits.
Two teammates to watch out of M.L.K. in 2013. Josh Outlaw and Julian Williams will be leading the way on the offensive line for the Lions over the next three seasons. Outlaw is a 6-foot-3, 262 pounder that may end up being best at guard while Williams is already 6-foot-4, 288 pounds with long arms like a tackle. Alabama has already verbally offered Williams and both will likely be SEC type recruits when their time comes.
A few 2011 sleeper type receivers to keep an eye on are Jalen Simmons out of Kingsland (GA), David Thomas out of Ocala (FL), Zach Walker out of Wrightsville (GA), and Chris Davis out of Powder Springs (GA). Simmons is very long and has deceptive speed, Thomas really catches the ball well and is fairly quick, Walker is a good athlete that is raw, and Davis has good acceleration off the ball and makes the difficult catches. None have offers yet, but all likely will between now and the kick-off of the 2010 season.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.