Atlanta MVP: Simmons' Top 12
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South Recruiting Manager
Posted Mar 27, 2011
Chad Simmons


HAMPTON, Ga. - Lovejoy High School hosted the MVP Camp on Saturday and a lot of talent showed up. Find out who impressed Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons the most here.

Well over 350 prospects participated in the 2011 Atlanta MVP Camp on Saturday March 26. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee were the five states represented and some of the best in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 were on hand.

At the end of the day, here is who impressed the most:

  • Reuben Foster: Linebacker - Lagrange (GA) Troup County - 2013

    You just have to love to the way Foster plays the game. He loves to compete, he always has a smile on his face, and he effortlessly showed why he is considered one of the top linebackers in the 2013 class on Saturday. He showed very good explosion going through the drills, he moves very well laterally, and he has a lot of speed. His frame is ideal and he was one of the best there.

  • Jordan Watkins: Defensive Lineman - College Park (GA) Woodward Academy - 2012

    Watkins had to leave a little early due to a family commitment, but if he had been able to stay through the elite showcase at the end, then he may have walked away with at least one award on Saturday. Watkins is such a fluid athlete for a guy 6-feet 4-inches tall and over 260 pounds. He was very impressive throughout the drills and dominant in the early one on one session.

  • Jaquay Williams: Wide Receiver - Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek - 2012

    Williams has everything you look for in a wide receiver. He has the body, he has the speed, he has the body control, he has the athleticism, and he has the big play ability. If there is one area he can improve on, it is catching the ball with the a little more consistency. He tends to let the ball get into his body and he needs to work on that. Overall on Saturday though, he was very impressive. He had a 40 time in the low 4.5s and he wasn't slowed down in one on ones unless he was interfered with. Williams was named Top Overall Performer by the group of coaches in the end.

  • Shamire DeVine: Offensive Tackle - East Point (GA) Tri-Cities - 2013

    Devine is an imposing figure at 6-foot-6, 340 pounds. And he is only a sophomore right now. What stood out the most about Devine was his movement. He slid side to side nicely in the OL drills, he held those quick defensive ends at bay in the one on one session, and he moves more like a lineman in the 290 pound range, not 340 pounds. Expect early offers for this rising junior.

  • Kenderious Whitehead: Defensive End - Monroe (GA) Monroe Area - 2012

    Whitehead was extremely impressive throughout the day. He is so athletic and he moves so well. He is a lean defensive end at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, so he may end up at outside linebacker on the next level. On Saturday, he worked strictly at defensive end and he was hard to slow down. The defensive line group was one of the best at the camp and he was one of the top three overall performers.

  • Mike Hilton: Running Back - Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek - 2012

    Hilton is an elusive athlete coming out of the backfield. He may had the most impressive one on one rep during the elite showcase at the end when he about broke one of the top linebacker's ankles. He has very good hands, he plays with a lot of speed, and he can move side to side with the best of them.

  • D.J. Park: Offensive Tackle - Dillon (SC) Dillon - 2013

    Park did not get to go through as many reps as he wanted to in the one on one session, but when he did go, he was impressive. He already has a handful of offers and he will add many more in the coming months. He has a very good base, he has a very balanced body with strength and power from top to bottom. Park was one of the best on the OL Saturday.

  • Jason Croom: Wide Receiver - Norcross (GA) Norcross - 2012

    Croom is a very impressive athlete that passes the eye test immediately. He looks like a future tight end on the next level because of his frame and the way he moves. Kellen Winslow comes to mind when watching Croom and just picturing him three years from now. He is very tough to cover one on one and he knows how to go get the football in the air. He can be used as a big wide receiver on the next level or as a hybrid type at tight end.

  • Quinteze Williams: Defensive End/Offensive Tackle - Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek - 2012

    Williams worked most of the day on the defensive side of the ball, but offensive tackle still looks to be the position he has the most upside at. With his size, length, and feet, he projects as a top OL. He is a little stiff and not quite explosive enough off the edge at defensive end. He moves well and he has great flexibility along with a lot of natural athleticism, so that allowed him to perform well in drills Saturday, but in the one on ones, he is still better on the offensive side than the defensive side. Either way, he is a top 20 prospect in Georgia with a lot of versatility.

  • Kelsey Griffin: Defensive Tackle - Hoschton (GA) Mill Creek - 2013

    Griffin is a very strong defensive lineman and he did most of his damage at the point of attack. He comes out of his stance low, he played with good leverage in the one on one session, and he changed direction well also. He was selected to participate in the elite showcase and he showed he could be a top prospect in Georgia in 2013.

  • Kalan Reed: Cornerback - Birmingham (AL) Briarwood Christian - 2012

    If anyone still has questions about Reed's ACL and how he will recover, they should wonder no more. Reed was outstanding in man to man coverage on Saturday. He was one of the top overall defensive performers in Atlanta and is a very good cover guy. He showed nice ability to turn and run with some good wide receiver and his recovery speed stood out as well. He missed more of the 2010 season due to a torn ACL, so recruiting has been slow, but expect it to pick up this spring.

  • Joe Harris: Harris has a new body from this time a year ago. He competed in the Rome MVP Camp where he checked in at around 330 pounds and he is down to 290 pounds now. He still needs to firm up his frame and continue to add muscle, but he really moved well, and the weight loss has helped his quickness tremendously. Harris should grow back into a very good 310 pound offensive guard on the next level.

    Others Under Consideration: Shaquille Wiggins - Atlanta (GA) Westlake/2013 CB, Jonathan Wallace - Phenix City (AL) Central/2012 QB, Trevus Edwards - Fayetteville (GA) Central/2012 CB, Josh Cardiello - Buford (GA) Buford/2013 OG, Michael Summers - Statesboro (GA) Stateboro/2012 WR/S, Breyon DeBerry - Roanoke (AL) Handley/2012 RB, Artimas Samuel - Columbus (GA) Carver/2012 ATH, and Preston Mobley - Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County/2012 OG/C).

    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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