The annual MVP Camp in Atlanta tends to attract a wave of the top talent in and surrounding Georgia, especially in regards to future prospects.
A lot of eyes will be on Jackson (Ga.) DT Jay Woods after he collected a Southern California offer earlier this week.
Among the event award winners last year were Auburn receiver signee JaQuay Williams, coveted ’13 linebacker Reuben Foster, Ole Miss running back signee Mike Hilton, Georgia cornerback commitment Shaq Wiggins, ’13 offensive line target Shamire DeVine and Auburn quarterback signee Jonathan Wallace.
More than 400 prospects are expected to participate in Sunday’s camp at Avalon Park, beginning at 9 a.m.
Plenty of present and projectable prospects are scheduled to be on hand to vie in a series of drills and competitions.
“I started MVP camps just because I started going to these combines and I was seeing 200-300 kids, but I wasn’t seeing them in any football situations,” said 247Sports analyst Rusty Mansell, camp co-owner. “So I wanted to get away from the word combine, and it’s heavily focused on group work and 1-on-1s. I like to see as much as that work as we can.
“I want to see kids compete, and that’s why I’m involved with them. I feel we have a better understanding of how kids compete in a football situation.You can better monitor their footwork, change of direction, ball skills. How do they act when they lose a rep? What’s their body language? You get a better feel for who they are.”
Arguably headlining the group are a pair of Georgia commitments: Wiggins and Camden County (Ga.) quarterback Brice Ramsey. Ramsey is ranked as the state’s No. 8 prospect in Georgia by 247Sports as well as No. 79 nationally. Wiggins (Sandy Creek/Tyrone, Ga.) comes in at No. 11 in-state and No. 135 nationally.
A slew of other ’13 prospects with BCS offers are slated to compete:
Marietta (Ga.) corner Brendan Langley, for whom Alabama is believed the leader
Cinwon Whitehead won top defensive back at the Valdosta MVP Camp this spring.
M.L. King (Ga.) offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw, who holds 14 major offers
Jackson (Ga.) defensive tackle Jay Woods, offered by Southern California this week
Carver (Ga.) offensive tackle Delando Crooks, who holds Georgia, Tennessee, UNC and Georgia Tech offers
M.L. King (Ga.) linebacker Jacarthy Mack, who committed to Louisville on Thursday
Arabia Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Kight Dallas, who collected a South Carolina offer this week
Lassiter (Ga.) receiver Ryan Jenkins, a recent transfer who has excelled on the spring circuit
Booker T. Washington (Ga.) corner Cinwon Whitehead, an undervalued cover guy likely to earn offers
Washington County (Ga.) center Michael Selby, who holds a Mississippi State offer
Ware County (Ga.) receiver Isa Lowe, top performer at the Valdosta MVP Camp
Bleckley County (Ga.) corner Derrick Farrow
There is equivalent star power in the future crop as well, with more than 200 ’14 prospects penciled in for participation.
Chief among them is Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) offensive tackle Orlando Brown, a potential top-100 prospect for the cycle.
George Walton Academy (Ga.) running back Stanley Williams, a Georgia commitment, is also pegged to compete, as is Sandy Creek (Ga.) receiver Demarre Kitt, owner of nearly a dozen significant offers. Add in M.L. King corner Wesley Green, who holds offers from Georgia and Florida, among others.
Check back throughout Sunday and early next week for comprehensive coverage of the Atlanta MVP camp from 247Sports' team of analysts.