David Stevenson walked away with the M.V.P. Award and he was one of three juniors from Stephenson High School that walked away with awards on Sunday.
Stevenson had a good overall performance from the testing to the one on one session. He is known more for his coverage in zone on the high school level, but he showed he could man up on Sunday as well. He really turned and ran well with the receivers he was up against and that final showcase late in the day sealed the M.V.P. Award for the corner out of Stone Mountain.
Cook was very dominant from the start. He has really gotten stronger, he showed a very good base, and his initial punch knocked most defensive linemen back. He is the ideal size (6-3/289) for center and he is one of the best in the South. Cook has some early offers, but he said he was not allowed to discuss them with anyone yet.
Strong at Receiver
The group at wide receiver was strong on Sunday. Zach Witchett headlined the group and the playmaker out of Atlanta (GA) Booker T. Washington lived up to his name. He walked away the co-top wide receiver award.
He is a wideout that really knows how to stretch the field. He is a little slow out of his breaks and needs to improve his route running to be a complete receiver. He got great separation deep all afternoon and he chased a couple of passes down that nobody on the field thought anyone could get to. That is his biggest strength. He has offers from Georgia, Toledo, and West Virginia at this time.
Chris Davis out of Powder Springs (GA) McEachern is another receiver that really showed he belongs in the top group. He is more of inside guy while Witchett is on the outside, but Davis is very quick, he really runs good routes, and he showed the best hands on Sunday. He still needs to add weight and get stronger, but he will be a good slot receiver for someone on the next level. He was co-top receiver as well.
Others at this position that performed well on Sunday were Nile Daniel out of Griffin (GA), Tre McBride (third part of co-top receiver) out of McDonough (GA) Ola, Shaquille Lindsey out of Oxford (GA) Newton County, and Christopher Jones out of Jonesboro (GA) Mt. Zion.
Corey Moore surprised many when he showed up to compete since he was already committed to the University of Georgia. There were only two prospects out of over 160 there that were committed and both (other was Amaro Herrera) are headed for Athens.
Moore's decision to compete was a good one. He is known for attacking the line of scrimmage, playing downhill, and being very physical on the football field, but he is not known for his coverage. Well, he is now known for that too.
He really opened up his hips and ran with talented receivers very well all day. It was really 50-50 whether or not the wide receivers were going to get off the line of scrimmage. He knocked three guys down and they never got up until the ball was in the air to another receiver. He showed a much more complete game at safety than expected on Sunday and he was named the top defensive back at the end of the event.
Along with Moore, Kadetrix Marcus shined at safety as well. He created a buzz early on when he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.56 seconds at 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds. He also had a 35 inch vertical and a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump as well.
After testing extremely well, he took it to the field and continued to shine. He likes to use his hands and they were very active as soon as the receivers tried to release off the ball. He knocked many receivers off their routes and he showed good closing speed on the ball as well. He was a little slower out of his breaks than expected and he still needs to work on his drops, but he showed he is much better than a prospect having just one scholarship offer at this time.
Offensive Line Wins
Typically the defense wins in camps and combines when talking the one on one session, but the offensive line got the best of the defensive line here this past Sunday.
Leading the way were Tarik Cook, Kyle Harris, Uneik Crumley, and Clayton Truitt.
Cook was named the top OL for the second consecutive year and he was almost unmovable. He was stoning people left and right, holding them at bay, and even drove a couple to the ground. By the third or fourth rep, he shirt was ripped halfway off because defenders were doing all they could to get past him. Nothing worked.
Harris really showed good feet, a solid base, and good athleticism. Crumley and Truitt were more about power and both really controlled their man instead of letting him control them.
The biggest success on the defensive front was Mason Harris. This defensive end is still a little light at right around 200 pounds, but he used his long length to create space and then his speed got him around the edge to win a number of one on one battles. His plays with a lot of energy too and he is one to watch.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.