Atlanta MVP Camp: Best of the Best

ATLANTA – Close to 300 prospects participated in the MVP Camp over the weekend and Scout named its best of the best right here.

Talent was all over the field in Atlanta and some recognized at the end of the day were in the class of 2014. We will cover those guys later in the week, but here is who walked away with awards at the conclusion of the MVP Camp on Friday.

The Award Winners in Atlanta

Stephon Tuitt - 6-5/260 - DE – Monroe (GA) Monroe Area - 2011

Award: Overall MVP/Top 2011 Performer
Camp Report: Tuitt really came out and performed at a higher level than expected of him. He showed a lot of energy, the ability to be coached up, and he learned things on the fly. He improved his hand placement and footwork throughout the first part of the camp during the teaching session before taking things over during the one on ones. Tuitt is one of the most sought after defensive ends in the South and he dominated the guy in front of him throughout the camp on Friday. He was explosive, very strong, and just raw talent with extremely high upside.

Jarontay Jones - 6-2/202 - DE – Stone Mt. (GA) Stephenson - 2012

Award: Top Underclassman
Camp Report: Jones is a speed rush guy and he really wasn't challenged in the camp until the very end when he had a great battle with top offensive lineman Kyle Harris. Jones' first step is very quick, he really explodes off the ball, and he was able to dip his shoulder and get around the corner in a hurry throughout the camp. He showed a little more versatility in moves than expected as well. He still needs to add weight and get stronger, but he has the frame to support that while keeping his speed, which is his biggest asset.

Bennie Coney - 6-1/205 - QB – Plant City (FL) Plant City - 2012

Award: Top Quarterback
Camp Report: Coney won this award in the final seconds of the event. Ronnie Bell of Sandy Creek was the runner up and Coney's final throws during the showcase session put him over the top. Coney has a live arm and he showed consistent high velocity along with soft touch when needed. His footwork really stood out during the drills and his decision making was good also. In the end, he hit the passes on time with accuracy and that put him on top in this category even though he is only a sophomore.

Others Considered: Ronnie Bell - 2011, Alex Ross - 2011, Brice Ramsey - 2013, Tony Daniel - 2011, Cole Garvin - 2014, and Kevin Byard - 2011.

Akeem Hunt - 5-10/177 - RB – Covington (GA) Newton - 2011

Award: Top Running Back
Camp Report: Hunt showed good consistency throughout the event from his 4.53 second time in the 40 yard dash to his good pocket to take a hand-off to his soft hands out of the backfield to his wiggle in the open field. Hunt was somewhat unknown coming into this event, so his performance should help with his recruitment in the coming months. He has good change of direction and is a real slasher out of the backfield with good speed.

Others Considered: Charles Purnell – 2012, Willie Davis – 2011, Kenyan Drake – 2012, Elliot Berry – 2014, Mario Alford – 2011, Tony Clark – 2012, Kyle Vorster – 2011, and Ralph Abernathy – 2011.

Stephon Brown - 5-9/174 - WR – McDonough (FL) Henry County - 2011

Award: Top Wide Receiver/Tight End
Camp Report: There was some very good wide receivers at this event, but at the end of the day, Brown was named as the best. He did not do any specific thing that wowed people, but he just always got open and always caught the ball when it came his way. He is on the smaller side and he is not a burner, but he is deceptively quick and his hands are about as good as they come. He knows how to get open and his consistency shined as bright as any part of his game.

Others Considered: Carnell Boyd – 2012, Nile Daniel – 2011, Jalen Simmons – 2011, Alex Chisum – 2011, Demarco Robinson – 2012, Samson Baldwin – 2012, Latroy Pittman – 2012, and Kenneth Towns – 2012.

Kyle Harris - 6-3/260 - OL – Lindale (GA) Pepperell - 2011

Award: Top Offensive Lineman
Camp Report: Harris was the best from the beginning of the camp. He was very agile and light-footed throughout the drills, he showed good technique while being coached up, and he was outstanding during the one on one session. He showed a great base, he was very physical, he showed good balance, and he handled speed rushers and physical defensive linemen. He was consistently good and he should see his recruitment pick up in the near future.

Others Considered: Jacob Southerland – 2012, Zedrious Wright-Starks – 2012, Brian Ingram – 2011, Jerry Mathis – 2011, Matt Mills – 2011, Joseph Turner – 2011, Chris Rhodes – 2011, Harrison Davis – 2012, and Robert Roquomore – 2011.

Grady Jarrett - 6-2/275 - DT – Conyers (GA) Rockdale County - 2011

Award: Top Defensive Lineman
Camp Report: Jarrett showed great agility through the drills early on, then showed nice quickness off the ball and usage of hands when it came time to compete in during one on ones. He is a very strong defensive lineman and is definitely capable of playing at the highest level in college. He only has an offer from Western Kentucky at this time, but that should change soon. He is very fluid for a big man, athletic, powerful, and competitive.

Others Considered: Matt Hill – 2011, Ira McCune – 2011, Kent Yarborough – 2011, and James Gelsey – 2012. Tuitt and Jones won other awards or both would have been strong contenders for this one as well.

Amarlo Herrera - 6-2/224 - LB – College Park (GA) North Clayton - 2011

Award: Top Linebacker
Camp Report: This was about as close of a battle as the quarterback race was, but Herrera won out in the end. His size, his leadership, his range, and north-south explosion won him this award. He was not the best in coverage, but was at the top of the list in every other category for linebackers. He is a very physical backer with strength, good feet, and great size. He looked strong in drills, he made solid reads, and he showed why he was targeted by over a dozen schools before committing to Georgia.

Others Considered: Jordan Mincy – 2011, Carson Smith – 2011, Stafon Harper – 2011, Jabari Hunt-Days – 2011, Reuben Foster – 2013, Dallis Joiner – 2011, and Brandon Chubb – 2011.

Kadetrix Marcus - 6-1/192 - S – Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove - 2011

Award: Top Defensive Back
Camp Report: This was an extremely competitive group and about five different prospects could have been named the top defensive back on Friday, but Marcus received the award in the end. His combination of instincts, ball skills, fluidity, size, leadership, and play-making ability put him on top this time. He made a number of great plays throughout the day and was always leading the way in his group. A number of corners and safeties challenged him, but he was up to it and prevailed.

Others Considered: Ronnie Harris – 2011, Jared Boyd – 2011, Corey Moore – 2011, David Stevenson – 2011, Evan Berry – 2014, Chris Tavarez – 2011, Geno Smith – 2012, Chris Johnson – 2011, Tim Hill – 2011, and Ryan Dillard – 2012.

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

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