McDONOUGH, Ga. – As the whistle blew on Sunday’s MVP Camp Atlanta, offensive linemen were tugging on end David Johnson (Lithonia, Ga.), trying to squeeze in a last one-on-one.
David Johnson lists South Carolina as his leader.
If Johnson continues to perform as he did in earning the most valuable defensive lineman honor, more colleges figure to try pulling him toward their campuses. And 247Sports figures to string him up its rankings.
Johnson perhaps raised his stock as much as anyone, as the 6-foot-1, 253-pounder utilized a size and quickness combo, impressive balance as well as a grab bag of moves to defeat his fare share of the event’s top offensive tackles.
Johnson carries an 89 rating from 247Sports as a three-star prospect and is ranked No. 34 in the state of Georgia.
He recently visited Auburn and has also been to South Carolina, Alabama and Vanderbilt this spring. Alabama is the only one of those which hasn’t offered, while Mississippi State and Southern Miss have tendered as well.
Johnson considers himself an outside linebacker but perhaps projects best as an undersized end/linebacker, a la former South Carolina standout Eric Norwood.
Without coincidence, the Gamecocks are in the strongest shape for Johnson, having added a pair of Lithonia products – offensive lineman Joe Harris and linebacker Cedric Cooper – in consecutive years.
“My top three are South Carolina, Auburn and Vanderbilt,” Johnson said. “But South Carolina is calling me real hard and is going to be tough to turn down.”
Langley a no-fly zone
Brendan Langley has Georgia as his leader ... for now. But he says that could easily change if he sits in meetings at Alabama, as he did in Athens.
Arguably the best prospect among the competitors was cornerback Brendan Langley (Kell/Marietta, Ga.), ranked No. 146 nationally.
Langley shut down our top receiver from the event, Lassiter (Ga.)’s Ryan Jenkins , in their one-on-one rep and showed impressive recovery speed when the slippery Jenkins appeared to gain an initial step on him.
Langley (6-1, 177) visited Georgia on Saturday and proclaimed the Bulldogs his latest leader, but with an asterisk. He is set to visit Alabama next weekend.
“And they haven’t had the chance to give me the attention that Georgia did, so we’ll have to see after that,” Langley said.
Offensive tackle Joshua Outlaw (M.L. King/Lithonia, Ga.) insists he wants to take visits to several schools – Tennessee, Virginia Tech, maybe TCU and Arkansas – before rendering his decision.
The four-star prospect, though, is taking an unofficial to Florida next weekend. And it has become clear the Gators are the distant team to beat.
“They’ve shown me the most love,” Outlaw said. “I just have to get my mom down there and let her see it.”
Shamire Devine's hands got a little high against new Louisville commitment Jacarty Mack. But it was Devine's feet that garnered notice.
Jenkins continued his assault on the spring circuit, making it seem only a matter of time before his offer sheet expands from Clemson and Louisville. The 5-10, 178-pounder – who transferred from Milton to Lassiter last week – is set to visit Auburn on Friday and Alabama for it’s “A Day” on April 14.
While Clemson has offered as a defensive end, Arshad Jackson (Lovejoy, Ga.) exceeded expectations as a tight end, displaying good instincts and nice mobility for a 6-6, 236-pounder. Jackson lists a top three of Ole Miss, Clemson and Vanderbilt and will visit Virginia next weekend, followed by an April 20 trip to Ole Miss.
Lovejoy running back Travis Custis (6-0, 209) will join Jackson on those trips. Custis favors Miami, Clemson and Georgia Tech and has been this spring to Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
East Point (Ga.) offensive linemanShamire Devine exhibited good movement for his size and weight (6-6, 340), to the point he earned overall event MVP. Devine listed a top three of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, with Alabama next. He just added a UNC offer late last week.
Oxford (Ala.) defensive end Ulric Jones (6-6, 254), maybe the best looking 2014 prospect on the hoof, will also visit Auburn next weekend after seeing Alabama last week. His top three remains those two and Mississippi State, with Auburn the leader.
One of the brighter surprises of the day was Central (Ala.) offensive guard Cameron Frazier (6-4, 290), who has played just one year of football. Frazier, the offensive line MVP, plans to visit Auburn, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
M.L. King has a pair of 2014 cornerbacks already generating interest. Jeremy Tyler (6-0, 195) looks like a safety and had the better day of the two and holds offers from South Carolina, Vanderbilt and UCF, with interest from North Carolina and Mississippi State. Wesley Green (5-10, 166) has impressive length and carries offers from Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson. Georgia and Florida are his distant leaders, and Green plans to attend both of their spring games.
Defensive tackle Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga.), whose profile recently ballooned with a Southern California offer, said he has no favorites and will narrow to a top-five this summer. He plans to visit Duke, Vanderbilt, Georgia (again) and Missouri next.
Carver (Ga.) offensive lineman Delando Crooks (6-5, 259) still has Georgia and Georgia Tech atop his board after a weekend visit to Georgia Tech.
Arlington Christian (Ga.)’s Demetrius Monday quietly had a stellar day at corner. Monday (5-11, 187) has an Akron offer but thinks Cincinnati could come next. Tennessee, Clemson and Maryland are also in contact.
A relative new name on the radar is M.L. King receiver Demarquis Polite (6-0, 175), who was named top receiver for his route-running acumen. Polite holds offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest, Louisville, Ball State, Western Kentucky and Akron. Polite has visited Tennessee twice and identified the Vols as his leader.
Keep an eye on Mays (Ga.) receiver Deangelo Yancey. The 6-2, 200-pounder has heard from only N.C. State and Duke, but opposing defensive backs struggled mightily with Yancey’s size and strength.
Another receiver whose profile could grow is Ware County (Ga.)’s Isa Lowe, who won top receiver honors at the MVP Camp Valdosta. Lowe (5-10, 168) is hearing from Alabama State, among others.
Washington County (Ga.) center Michael Selby (6-2, 274) is sitting on a Mississippi State offer but thinks South Carolina could be next. Duke and UCF are also indicating interest.
Sandy Creek’s touted ’14 receiver, Demarre Kitt, was named top underclassman by event coaches. Kitt (6-0.5, 191), who has a top three of Clemson, Georgia and Florida, will visit Tennessee on Monday and Georgia on Thursday.
Another ’14 receiver to watch is Peachtree Ridge’s Myron Burton (6-1, 186), who has early interest from Auburn and Tennessee.
Wheeler (Ga.) 2014 quarterback Elijah Staley (6-6, 203) is a basketball prospect, too, but the lean lefty is hearing from FSU, Oregon and Florida.
Firestone (Ohio)’s Jerome Lane (6-3, 203), son of the former hoops standout by the same name, played safety Sunday but figures to be a linebacker at the next level. Lane is getting letters from Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Westwood South (Ohio) inside linebacker Jordan Rodriguez (6-3, 222) has interest from Wisconsin, Illinois, Syracuse and Toledo.
Charles Power and Gerry Hamilton contributed to this report.