SUWANEE, Ga.- The state of Georgia is again on the upswing in terms of depth of talent in the 2014 cycle. Taking an early glance at the 2015 and 2016 cycles, that figures to be the case for the foreseeable future as well. At the VTO Prep 100 on Sunday at Peachtree Ridge High outside of Atlanta.
Price Wilson won the quarterback MVP award at the VTO Prep 100 on Sunday at Peachtree Ridge High.
Here’s a look at the top prospects from the event.
Price Wilson, Marietta (Ga.) Walton- Wilson was named the MVP of his position. He threw the ball well most of the time in a tight spiral and has an above average arm. He’s also exceptionally accurate. Marshall, Eastern Kentucky and Louisiana Tech have offered the 6-foot-1, 218-pounder, who currently is the No. 52 pro-style quarterback nationally according to 247Sports.
Taz Wilson, Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee- Wilson has good size (he measured in at 6-foot-2.5, 189 pounds) and proved to be an accurate passer during one-on-ones and position drills. Given his physical attributes, he’s got a chance to emerge on Division I radars in the coming months.
Jonathan Slade, McDonough (Ga.) Union Grove, Class of 2015- Perhaps the most intriguing quarterback prospect at the event was Slade, who measured in at 6-foot-7, 215 pounds. Slade has development to do like most young quarterbacks in terms of mechanics and being consistent, but he does have a big arm. We suspect college programs will offer this summer in camps based on that alone.
Logan Byrd, Kathleen (Ga.) Veterans, Class of 2016- Byrd has good size already, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 219 pounds at the event. He has a good arm and is already getting attention from college programs, including Georgia. He’s one to watch moving forward.
Ruben Garnett, Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas Class of 2015- Garnett has good feet and quickness and was named the running back MVP for the event. The 5-foot-8 playmaker performed well in position drills and in one-on-ones.
Daryl Dunlap worked out as a running back on Sunday, but projects higher at outside linebacker.
Daryl Dunlap, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup- Dunlap, who measured in at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, definitely projects higher as an outside linebacker long-term, but worked out with the running backs Sunday. Athletically, he has a good frame and can move well. We project him to play at the FBS level.
Wide receiver/Tight end
Myron Burton, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge- Burton showed outstanding burst and playmaking ability and was particularly impressive during one-on-ones. The 6-foot-2.5, 180-pounder has excellent size, good hands and is versatile enough to project on either side of the ball in college. He was named co-MVP at wide receiver for the event. Burton is the No. 67 athlete in the 2014 class according to 247Sports.
Terry Googer, Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy- Googer displayed outstanding body control and hands during the one-on-one portion of the event. He made several tightrope catches along the sideline and is a smooth route runner and a plus athlete. Googer, who measured in at 6-foot-3.5, 209 pounds, was the co-MVP at receiver for the event and is collecting quite an impressive offer list, including Notre Dame, South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Florida (Tuesday) and others. The Gamecocks have been the leaders at different points for the nation’s No. 26 wide receiver prospect according to 247Sports.
Collin Lisa, Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee- Lisa was arguably the best route runner in the event and is a crafty receiver with excellent hands with a knack for making ridiculously tough catches on film. A definite talent maximizer, Lisa holds early offers from Cincinnati, Toledo and UAB, among others.
Brandon Walton, Carrollton (Ga.)- Walton measured in at 6-foot-5.5, 221 pounds, looked good in drills and one-on-ones and was named the tight end MVP for the event.
Nate Brown, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett- Brown is a massive receiver prospect at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has excellent hands and a knack for making tough catches. He could grow into a tight end in college, though we aren’t quite ready to totally project him there yet. Vanderbilt has offered. Mississippi State, North Carolina and a host of other programs are showing interest.
Arrington Farrar, Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy, Class of 2015- Farrar may project higher longterm on defense, but showed stellar ability to make catches and separate from defenders during one-on-ones Sunday at receiver. He’s likely the next major prospect at Woodward.
Arrington Farrar was an impressive Class of 2015 prospect at Sunday's VTO Prep 100 in Atlanta.
Isaac Nauta, Buford (Ga.), Class of 2016- Nauta, who has early offers from Clemson and Virginia Tech, measured in at 6-foot-3.5. 236 pounds and looked the part athletically. He’s definitely a prospect to watch moving forward. In the early, early stages of his recruitment, he says the Tigers and Alabama stand out.
Orlando Brown, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge- Brown continues to reshape his body and weighed in at 345 pounds on Sunday. Then, he proceeded to dominate at times during one-on-ones, showing a tenacity and an ability to move his feet that had previously not been as consistent. Brown won the MVP for his position for his performance. The key for Brown is to continue to progress and carry the tenacity and ability he showed in the camp setting to Friday nights in the 2013 season. The son of the late NFL player of the same name, Brown currently has a top seven of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Brown currently is the No. 37 offensive tackle prospect nationally according to 247Sports.
Christian Harris, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill- Harris measured in at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds and is more physically-impressive than he was at last year’s Nike Football Training Camp where he worked out as a defensive end (we felt at that point he projected better as an offensive tackle). Harris won some one-on-one events and lost some as well. We suspect that the state of Georgia’s No. 69 overall prospect will see his offer list increase as coaches eyeball him during the forthcoming spring evaluation period. North Carolina, Georgia State, Ohio and South Alabama are his four current offers.
Kayton Samuels, Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain- Samuels isn’t the tallest defensive tackle prospect in this class, but he’s exceptionally quick and was tough to handle during one-on-one drills, losing very few battles and winning the MVP for his position.. Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and others are showing Samuels attention. He also likes Virginia Tech quite a bit and will head to Nashville to visit the Commodores on March 23. Samuels is the No. 56 defensive tackle prospect nationally in the 247Composite.
D'Andre Walker, Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes, Class of 2015- Walker has a good frame to add weight and borderline elite quickness. He showed he was exceptional at using his hands during one-on-one drills, continuously baffling offensive linemen who attempted to stop him. Walker is a young prospect, so him being on the lean side (he measured in at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds) isn’t an issue for now and it hasn’t stopped the likes of Georgia, Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina, among others, from offering early.
Dylan Jackson, Maryville (Tenn.), Class of 2015- The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has a long frame and a high motor and showed during the course of the event that he uses his high football I.Q. well. Jackson has excellent quickness and strength and in time could develop into a nasty defensive line prospect. Tennessee is the local early favorite. Jackson is waiting on his first scholarship offer.
Class of 2015 defensive end D'Andre Walker showed elite quickness during one-on-ones and already has major scholarship offers.
Benjamin Frazier, Buford (Ga.), Class of 2016- Frazier, a defensive tackle, had moments where he appeared unblockable during one-on-ones. Prior to the camp, he said he liked Alabama early in the process. Expect him to have a double-digit offer list by the time his cycle rolls around given his position value and upside/athleticism.
Bryson Allen-Williams, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove- Allen-Williams measured in at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and worked out at linebacker, the position he likely will play in college. Allen-Williams won the linebacker MVP, was good in space covering running backs during one-on-ones and displayed the type of quickness that makes him the nation’s No. 16 outside linebacker prospect according to 247Sports. On the recruiting end, South Carolina still leads Alabama and Arizona was his most recent offer on Monday.
Roquan Smith, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County, Class of 2015- Smith measured in at 6-foot-1, 188 pounds and has the frame to put on more weight without losing his speed. He was excellent in coverage and analysts from multiple networks knew about him heading into the event based on impressive sophomore film. He's one to watch moving forward.
Wesley Green, CB, Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King- Green is an in-your-face cornerback that is fast and has great hips and performed accordingly during one-on-one drills on Sunday, capturing the defensive back MVP award. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder has a lengthy, double digit offer list and word around the campfire is that Clemson is the leader. Green currently is the No. 10 cornerback prospect in the 2014 class according to 247Sports.
Nick Glass, S, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge- Glass, a Georgia commit, is known more as a run stuffer, but had an excellent day in coverage at the event. The impressive thing about Glass is he never gives up on a play and competes every down. The No. 16 safety prospect in the 2014 class according to 247Sports is deserving of his rating.
Javion Lawson, S, Mableton (Ga.) Pebblebrook, Class of 2015- The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder won the defensive athlete co-MVP award for his showing at the camp and a look at his film shows a physical, hard-hitting safety that is good in coverage. His recruitment should pick up during the coming months.
Running back Michael Lockhart (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain) measured in at 5-foot-9.5, 178 pounds and reports new interest from Tennessee. He has spoken recently with new Vols running backs coach Robert Gillespie and plans to visit Knoxville in the near future. ...His teammate, Demetro Stephens Jr., won the co-MVP defensive athlete award at the event, along with Terrence Montgomery from Atlanta Westlake. ...Class of 2015 athlete Daniel Lindsey (Augusta, Ga./Aquinas) worked out at receiver and displayed excellent route running ability. ...Class of 2015 defensive tackle prospect Brandon Meeks (Alpharetta, Ga.) won a sleeper award and was active during one-on-ones.