Atlanta MVP: Stock Up
Jason Croom
Jason Croom
South Recruiting Manager
Posted Apr 1, 2011
Chad Simmons


HAMPTON, Ga. – A number of prospects had strong performances at the Atlanta MVP Camp last weekend, but five saw their stock go up more than the rest. Find out who they were right here.

Over 350 prospects participated in the Atlanta MVP Camp at Lovejoy High School and stock went up and stock went down for some. A nice number of prospects were impressive and saw their stock go up, but these five prospects saw their stock rise more than anyone else.

Atlanta MVP: Stock Up
Jason Croom – 6-4/227/4.50 – WR – Norcross (GA) Norcross – 2012
Simmons' Thoughts: He was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash at his school just days before the MVP Camp and he was right there at 4.5 flat on Saturday. He showed better speed than expected, he got better separation, and he really ran solid routes. He is an athlete with a big frame and he is versatile. He could be a big receiver on the next level or he could be used in a hybrid role at tight end.
Recruiting: Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss have offered Croom and more will come. He is hearing a lot from schools like Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Oregon among others. He is open right now.
 
Shamire DeVine – 6-6/341/5.6 – OL – East Point (GA) Tri-Cities – 2013
Simmons' Thoughts: Devine is an imposing figure. When he walked up at the camp, he was impressive to the eye because of his size. He was more impressive when going through the drills and competing in the one on ones. What stood out to me the most was how he moved around. He played light on his feet and he has good knee bend as well. He needs to work on his foot placement and overall pass protection, but he will be a top prospect in his class.
Recruiting: No offers yet for Devine, but he has already visited Georgia. The Bulldogs along with Alabama, Auburn, and Oregon are already showing him attention. Look for verbal offers to come in later this fall.
 
Reuben Foster – 6-1/222/4.61 – LB – Lagrange (GA) Troup County – 2013
Simmons' Thoughts: Foster was as impressive as expected, if not more. This kid brings the attitude with his performance on the field and that is very refreshing to watch. He looked very good in pass protection, he was very explosive through the drills, and he can move laterally as well as any top linebacker out there. Foster is the total package at his position and he will be one of the top LBs in the country in 2013.
Recruiting: A long list of schools have already offered and some of those are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He is from Alabama and the Crimson Tide have the slight edge over Georgia early.
 
Kenderious Whitehead – 6-3/212/4.75 – DE – Monroe (GA) Monroe Area – 2012
Simmons' Thoughts: What Whitehead did in this camp was utilize his speed and athleticism. He has a good first step and he used that to get past most offensive linemen he went against during the one on one session. He really turns up the field quickly and he has very good body control too. He looks like an ideal fit for outside linebacker/rush end in a 3-4 defensive front. He is a little lean for an every down defensive end lining up with his hand down.
Recruiting: A number of schools have offered him including Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech. He is right around 10 offers at this time and he is open.
 
Jaquay Williams – 6-3/202 – WR – Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek – 2012
Simmons' Thoughts: Williams can still work on his hands and being a little more consistent catching the football, but he showed great body control and athleticism on this day. He made catches in traffic, over defenders, and he was not slowed down when coming off the ball. His best football is still ahead of him.
Recruiting: Michigan and Ohio State have recently offered Williams and he also has offers from schools like Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Ohio State and Tennessee are high on his list right now.
 
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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