ALPHARETTA, Ga. – With the resounding annual success of their spring day camp, 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell and Scout’s Chad Simmons elected to host a follow-up camp designated as “MVP Camp Under the Lights.”
Demarcus Robinson made his case for top receiver in the state of Georgia.
A cast of returning standouts coupled with a slew of new faces made for an entertaining encore.
Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects from the evening:
1. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Peach County/Fort Valley, Ga.
Robinson hasn’t shown his face often in the spring camp circuit; in fact, we’re not sure he’d made an appearance since the May 2011 Nike camp in Athens, Ga. So when he peeled off hand-clocked 40 times of 4.45 and 4.39 seconds, it elicited the thought Robinson’s star might shine even brighter if he’d have given himself a little more exposure.
While already ranked as the nation’s No. 162 prospect by 247Sports, that sentiment was supported by Robinson’s performance throughout the evening. There are a lot of tools to love – long arms, big and strong hands, uses his body well in one-on-one match-ups. But in displaying the ability to consistently get separation against the event’s best cornerbacks, Robinson exhibited why he may merit consideration for a bump in our state of Georgia rankings.
Robinson visited Florida during the weekend and lists the Gators among his top three, along with Clemson and Notre Dame.
2. Shaun McGee, LB, Brookwood/Snellville, Ga.
McGee caught our eye at last month’s Nike camp as arguably the event’s best player at defensive end. But the 6-2, 236-pounder has a body that better profiles as a big linebacker.
Few in Georgia are seeing their stock rise as much as Brookwood linebacker Shaun McGee.
He was just as impressive working out in drills with the linebackers Friday night, then again wreaked havoc in cameo reps as a defensive end.
Ole Miss, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville and UNC are the early front-runners, but the complexion of his recruitment could easily change if Alabama or Florida offers following upcoming camp showings.
3. Joshua Dobbs, QB, Alpharetta/Alpharetta, Ga.
The more you watch or just talk with Dobbs, the more he grows on you. It’s that way with recruiters apparently, too, as Dobbs’ offer sheet has continued to expand throughout the spring.
He may not have a trait to hang his hat on, but he’s a quarterback of all trades. Dobbs possesses the requisite size (6-3), footwork, arm, accuracy and intangibles – plus his strong academic resume make him a safe, if not attractive, selection.
In a deep quarterback pool, Dobbs owned the room, so to speak. He enjoyed recent visits to Arizona State and Boston College and intends to visit some of his other suitors later this summer after 7-on-7 obligations.
4. D.J. Smith, CB, Walton/Marietta, Ga.
All one had to see was Smith’s recovery speed on a deep ball break-up against Robinson to see why the likes of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina have already offered the 6-foot 2014 cornerback.
Joshua Dobbs recently visited Arizona State, Boston College and a host of Ivy League suitors.
Smith didn’t participate in many reps. But it was easy to discern whom the most talented defensive back on hand was.
5. Terry Googer, WR, Woodward Academy/Atlanta, Ga.
Googer (6-4, 200) primarily played quarterback as a sophomore, so receiver was a relatively new proposition for him entering the spring circuit. In each of the three appearances this writer has evaluated the 2014 prospect, Googer has improved his route-running and ball skills each time – a testament to his apparent ceiling at the position, in our estimation.
South Carolina and Mississippi State headline his first wave of early offers, but it sounds a formality for Georgia and Vanderbilt to offer in upcoming camps. And the Bulldogs likely hold the cards in this recruitment.
6. Elijah Staley, QB, Wheeler/Wheeler, Ga.
The only thing that will deter Staley from voluminous offers is the supposition the 2014 prospect will choose to play college hoops instead. The long, lean 6-6 lefty ranks as a top-50 national hoops prospect by several services and has already gathered more major hoops offers than football ones.
Staley throws an outstanding deep ball and figures to push for four-star status in both sports.
7. Nick Ruffin, ATH, St. Piux X/Atlanta
Schools have begun inquiring about Peach County (Ga.) '14 OL Chavis Dickey.
Like Smith, Ruffin (6-0, 170) participated in limited reps but made the most of the ones he took part in. He’s listed as a receiver in most recruiting circles but worked at defensive back Friday night and fared well. Florida State headlines his early offers, but a lot of SEC schools are interested.
8. Devlin Hodges, QB, Mortimer Jordan/Kimberly, Ala.
No one improved his stock more than this 2014 quarterback. The 6-2, 180-pound Hodges arguably spun it better than any of the recognized names in the field, setting the stage for his name to perhaps hit the radar amid scheduled camp performances at Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn in a two-week span.
9. Chavis Dickey, OL, Peach County/Fort Valley, Ga.
Schools are just now starting to do their research on Robinson’s 2014 teammate, a 6-4, 297-pound offensive tackle. Dickey possesses a desirable long, lean frame and has a few tools to work with, while his next steps include building his upper body strength and working on sinking his hips.
10. Donell Stanley, OL, Latta/Latta, S.C.
A number of players could have nabbed this spot. Bryson Allen-Williams (6-1, 214), a 2014 prospect from Cedar Grove (Ga.), turned heads through his dominance as a quick defensive end in one-on-ones – although he’ll have to project as an outside linebacker. Walton (Ga.) quarterback Parker McLeod, vying for Alabama’s No. 2 quarterback take, wasn’t far behind in a deep pool of passers. Touted defensive lineman Antonio Riles (Archer/Lawrenceville, Ga.) had to call it a night early after aggravating a hamstring. Slender Cedar Shoals (Ga.) receiver Chris Middlebrook nabbed just about everything thrown his way.
But we’ll go with Stanley, who ranks as the nation’s No. 64 prospect in the ’14 class by 247Sports. Stanley appears headed to play guard in college because of his height (6-4) and increasing size; he is up to 327 pounds. It’s affected his change-of-direction abilities a tad, but he still bends and slides awfully well for a rising junior his size – which is why the likes of Alabama, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida are after him.