Atlanta MVP Camp: Defensive Notebook

ATLANTA – Reuben Foster is only in the ninth grade, but he does not play like it. He started for Troup County in 2009 and he has already picked up a handful of verbal offers. He showed why at the MVP Camp last week.

Atlanta MVP Camp: Defensive Notebook Close to 300 prospects in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes participated in the MVP Camp last weekend in Atlanta and many of the stars were on the defensive side of the ball.

Foster's Only a Freshman

Reuben Foster tallied over 100 tackles in 2009 and he was only a freshman. He made plays in the backfield against five-star running back Isaiah Crowell when Troup County played Carver and he was playing in a cast that game. Foster is that good.

In Atlanta, Foster measured in at just over 6-feet tall, he weighed 205 pounds, and he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.74 seconds. Put those things with his natural skills, very good instincts, and his ability to listen to coaches, and you have one of the top linebackers in Georgia right now.

He really reads plays about as fast as they can be read from his position. He recognizes things very quickly, he gets to the ball in a hurry, and he takes a very good first step that most of the time seems to be the right one. Another key thing he showed in drills at this event that he does well is take good angles. He does not over-pursue or run more than he has to.

Stephon Tuitt
All of the natural tools are there and schools like Alabama and Georgia have already recognized that and verbally offered him at a very young age. He is no track to record around 500 tackles in his high school career and become a nation recruit at linebacker in the class of 2013.

Tuitt Took Control

The biggest name in recruiting entering this event was Stephon Tuitt and he was it leaving as well.

He measured in at 6-foot-6 and close to 260 pounds and he lit it up between the lines. He showed good feet through the drills and he took all the coaching in before turning it up a notch when the one on ones got going.

Tuitt was unstoppable there and he wasn't even slowed down by any of the offensive linemen he paired up with. He showed a burst off the ball and he really dropped his hips well to turn the corner.

The junior out of Monroe (GA) Monroe Area was named top overall prospect at the camp and he showed why he has been offered by the likes of Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and South Carolina among others.

Deep at Linebacker

There were a list of names thrown out by coaches and scouts towards the end of the camp when we were getting ready to name the top linebacker of this event.

Carson Smith
Amarlo Herrera walked away with the award, but many others could have walked away with the trophy because of the depth of talent at that position. Carson Smith, Jordan Mincy, David Dupaty, Reuben Foster, Jabari Hunt-Days, Dallis Joiner, and Brandon Chubb all turned in good performances.

Herrera is already committed to the University of Georgia and Foster is only a freshman, but the others are still looking to impress to earn scholarship offers.

Smith traveled down from South Carolina to participate in this event and he could have walked as the best linebacker in camp. He really showed good instincts, he reacted quickly, and he competed hard throughout the day.

Hunt-Days still only has a couple of offers on the table and he is one of the most talented athletes in Georgia. He could play outside linebacker, fullback, or H-Back in college.

Dupaty is versatile like Hunt-Days. He is a 6-foot-2.5, 216 pound athlete that ran the 40 yard dash in 4.67 seconds. He could play linebacker across the board as well as fullback.

Mincy, Chubb, and Joiner all shined as well and the depth at this position was very good.

Marcus and Moore At It Again

This duo is about as competitive as they come and they are also two of the top defensive back prospects in the state of Georgia.

Corey Moore
Kadetrix Marcus and Corey Moore both play safety and they competed at NUC in Atlanta last month and then at the MVP Camp on April 2. They are always two of the best at any event, they both work hard, they both love competition, and they both step up and make plays where they are challenged.

Moore was the top performer at NUC and Marcus edged him out this time. Marcus made an outstanding diving play to break up a pass late in the event and that put him over the top for not only the top safety, but the top overall defensive back.

Marcus has an offer from Auburn, Connecticut, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, and Western Kentucky and Moore has already committed to Georgia. Marcus measured in at 6-foot-1.5 and 192 pounds and decided not to run the 40 yard dash while Moore ran a 4.45 in the 40 yard dash at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds.

You will be hearing a lot more out of these two in the future as they make plays on the college level.

Young Corners

Ronnie Harris and Jared Boyd were the top two corners there, but they were followed by a group of young guys that know how to cover.

Geno Smith (2012 – St. Pius), Joshua Holsey (2012 – Creekside), Ryan Dillard (2012 – Buford), Evan Berry (2014 – Creekside), Ezra Robinson (2012 – Booker), and Tim Hill (2012 – Mill Creek) are all underclassmen and they are all on track to becoming top Division I prospects at their position.

Smith is long, he breaks on the ball well, and he already has an offer from Auburn. He has very good length and footwork at corner.

Evan Berry
Dillard locked up the number one player in the state last year in Da'Rick Rogers in the state championship game and as long as continues to grow, he will be will be a big recruit in two years. He is smart and he reads quarterbacks extremely well.

Hill is very fluid, he back peddles well, and he has nice ball skills also. Holsey could be a safety or corner on the next level because of his ability to tackle and play physical, but he will likely be pursued as a corner. Robinson is right at 6-feet tall and he needs to improve his quickness and footwork, but he is a natural athlete with skills. Berry is only a rising freshman, but he already has it – the younger brother of Eric Berry ran the 40 yard dash in 4.46 seconds and he has hips and ball skills like a top 2011 recruit.

Jarrett's Better Than Offer List

What is the real concern with Grady Jarrett? When you see him compete live or on film, you see his explosive first step, you see him keep his hands active, you see him play with a low pad level, and you see him win a lot more battles than he loses.

Is it his size? He measured in exactly 6-feet, 2-inches tall and he weighed again right at 275 pounds. In the 40 yard dash, he was timed at 5.33 seconds. Those initial 10 yards, he moves exceptionally well.

Jarrett only has an offer from Western Kentucky and he is much better than that. He can play a one gap defensive tackle in a 3-4 scheme or be used as speed guy that closes the pocket at defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. He is very strong at the point of attack and he is a much better player than his offer list would lead those on the outside to think.

Grady Jarrett
This could be a big spring for Jarrett because he along with teammates Jerry Mathis and Neville Hewitt are on a lot of recruiting boards across the country, so coaches will be out to see those guys compete.

At the MVP Camp, Jarrett competed and he walked away being named the top defensive lineman of the event. Look for more offers to come his way in the coming months.

Quick Hitters

  • Quinteze Williams is a 6-foot-5.5, 254 pound sophomore that plays defensive line now, but he may end up at offensive tackle when all is said and done. He has good feet and great length, but while he good be a solid recruit at defensive tackle down the road, he could become a top offensive tackle. He has the perfect build for that position, so while he is featured in a defensive notebook today, he very well may be featured in an offensive notebook down the road.

  • Evan Berry is only in the eighth grade, but he had the fastest 40 time of any defensive prospect at this event. He ran a 4.46, but he was outdone by his twin brother Elliot Berry because he ran the 40 in 4.43 seconds.

  • Camden County has won back to back state titles in Georgia's biggest classification and they do not look like they are going to be slowing things down any time soon. We mentioned quarterback Brice Ramsey in the offensive notebook on Tuesday and J.J. Green is a freshman corner that could be that same type of recruit. He has very good feet, he changes direction well, and he has good speed.

    Xavier Walker
  • None of the safety prospects including Marcus and Moore look more ready to play college football physically than Xavier Walker from Duluth. He checked in the camp at 6-foot-3, 188 pounds, and he then ran the 40 in 4.6 seconds flat. He needs to work on his recovery speed and dropping back into coverage, but he definitely has the size and speed to play on the next level. He may end up at outside linebacker instead of safety.

  • Chris Tavarez lined up next to Florida signee Michael Taylor at Westlake in 2009, but do not be surprised if he does not make the move to safety in college. He is good inside the box on the high school level, but he is built more like a college safety. He has the speed to play there, the instincts, and the speed as well. He is currently 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds.

    Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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