Atlanta MVP Camp: Top Underclassmen

OL Chris Barnes

Over 300 football players competed at the Atlanta MVP Camp Sunday and many were underclassmen. We take a look at our top prospects here...

Chris Barnes, 2016 OL, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County
Expect there to be some activity at Lee County High School this spring. Barnes is a sophomore now with an Old Dominion offer - he is not going there. This young man will have ACC/SEC offers sooner than later. He is a 6-foot-4, 270 pound offensive lineman with feet and length. Natural bender as well.

D.J. Brown, 2017 CB, Fairburn (Ga.) Landmark Christian
Brown checked in Sunday at 5-11, 157, so he is still on the lean side, but he is long. He is a corner with good size and he could grow into a free safety. Not elite speed, but good short area quickness. He plays older than he is. Only a freshman.

Ben Cleveland, 2016 OL, Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens County
Most already know this name because of his size and offer list. Cleveland passes the eye-test immediately, but he has great strength and he competes. He has some stiffness, but he can overpower the man in front of him and he is a devastating head-on blocker.

Zerrick Cooper, 2016 QB, Jonesboro (Ga.)
It was tough for quarterbacks to look great Sunday due to the rain the first half of the day, but Cooper is one to know. He has a quick release, the ball comes out of his hand hot, and he has good mobility in the pocket. He showed up in a Kentucky hat, the Wildcats have offered.

Cole Copeland, 2017 QB, Cleveland (Tenn.) Bradley Central
A freshman quarterback that caught my eye is Copeland. We have had stars out of the Cleveland, Tenn. area at our camp before including Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik. Copeland could be next in line out of that part of the state. He is a 6-2.5, 171 pound and he throws a good ball. He has a good feel for the position at a young age and he is a freshman to put on your list.

Breon Dixon, 2017 LB, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
Dixon was among the top linebackers Sunday and he is only a freshman. He is athletic and showed good lateral quickness in the drills. Peachtree Ridge has a good class in 2017 and he projects as one of their top prospects. When his number was called in the Showcase, he rose to the occasion and performers.

Nygel Edmonds, 2016 CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster
Edmonds was slowed down a little bit late in the day due to a tight hamstring, but he could be one of the top defensive prospects in Georgia's next class. The 2016 defensive back has good size and good awareness. He is not flashy, but he gets his hands on balls and he can play on and off the ball. He is closing in on double-digit offers.

Jordan Griffin, 2016 CB, Jonesboro (Ga.)
Size is what schools are looking for in cornerbacks now and Griffin is just under 6-1. He weighs 172 pounds and he is fluid. He still needs to improve his footwork, but he has will be a prospect we are talking about in the coming months. He has good reaction quickness and he likes to play physical.

Mecole Hardman, 2016 ATH, Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County
It has been a great week for Hardman already. He was in the discussion for Top Underclassman at the MVP Camp after working out at corner and a little at wide receiver. Just over 24 hours after the camp came to an end, Wisconsin offered him. Then on Tuesday, Kentucky offered. He is both quick and fast at corner with good size (5-11) and ball skills. More will offer soon.

Jaden Hunter, 2017 OLB, Atlanta (Ga.) Riverwood
Hunter played end as a freshman last season, but he is likely an outside linebacker down the road. He is an athlete first off. Hunter checked in Sunday at 6-2, 194 pounds and was clocked at 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He is a kid who can move with the frame to add good weight. Expect to hear more about him in the coming years.

Antwuan Jackson, 2016 DL, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Most know Jackson, not just because he is the younger brother of 2014 South Carolina signee Bryson Allen-Williams. Jackson has made a name for himself. At 6-3, 273 pounds, he is versatile on the defensive line. He could be recruited as a big end or as a quick tackle. He has very good feet and long arms to help disengage.

Tobias Little, 2016 LB, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays
If anyone stood out more than this underclassman Sunday, tell me about him. Little is a 6-1, 236 pound linebacker with offers from Clemson and Georgia Tech, but that number will grow soon. He looks like a college linebacker now and he is definitely best going north-south, but the way he ran with the smaller running backs stood out a lot. One to know for sure.

B.J. Sharpe, 2017 DE, Macon (Ga.) Rutland
Sharpe had to leave early in the day due to a family emergency, but for the second year in a row, he caught my eye. The 6-4, 218 pounder now is a freshman and he has huge hands, very long arms, and a frame to add a lot of weight too. He still has over three years of high school remaining and he is one to watch. He weighed 189 pounds a year ago at the MVP Camp, so he has gained almost 30 pounds.

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