Atlanta NFTC All-Camp Team
Over 270 top prospects from Georgia and beyond gathered Saturday for the sixth stop of the Nike Football Training Camp tour in Atlanta. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers that make up the Atlanta All-NFTC team including defensive back MVP Cameron Jackson (pictured).
Note: Selections are based upon camp performance as evaluated by the NFTC staff as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.
QB: Stephen Collier, 6-3, 205, Lee County (Leesburg, Ga.)
Results: 4.47 SH, 34’ PB, 28.9” VJ
Breakdown: Collier may have been amongst the biggest sleepers to emerge throughout the two days of throwing for the QBs in Georgia (Elite 11 Friday and NFTC Saturday). Has a lot in his toolbox as a big, strong signal caller who can make all the throws. Also threw well on the move for a bigger quarterback. Passed for 1,788 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and holds offers from Troy, Marshall, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State.
RB: Nick Chubb, 5-10, 211, Cedartown (Ga.)
Results: 4.58 40, 4.37 SH, 39.5’ PB, 40.4” VJ, 122.43 SPARQ
Breakdown: Chubb stood out in a deep and talented group of running backs with his size and physical style of play. Dominated in pass-blocking drills against the camp’s top ‘backers, showing advanced technique along with strength for his age. Moves well in space and posted some tremendous testing numbers with the 4.58 40 and 40.4” vertical jump. Ran for 2,700 yards and 38 touchdowns in just 10 games last fall. Favors Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn from over 20 offers. Earned an invite to The Opening post-camp.
RB: Eric Swinney (’15), 5-9, 179, Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.)
Results: 4.52 40, 4.18 SH, 35.5’ PB, 35.2” VJ, 105.63 SPARQ
Breakdown: There were several standout underclassmen RBs in attendance Saturday, but none of them flashed as much as Swinney did. Packs some muscle already on his 5-9 frame and is a twitchy athlete with a lightning first step. Easy to forecast him being a major SEC recruit in next year’s cycle after his outing at the NFTC. Was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore.
RB: Maetron Thomas, 5-7 ½, 172, Stockbridge (Forest Park, Ga.)
Results: 4.59 40, 4.44 SH, 33.5’ PB, 35.5” VJ, 88.92 SPARQ
Breakdown: Had a huge day both in testing and in drills, displaying tremendous explosiveness and acceleration on his way to taking home RB MVP honors for the camp. Was excellent in space both with the ball in his hands and out of the backfield. Has all the makings of a versatile scat/slot-back in a spread attack in college. Accounted for 15 total touchdowns as a junior. Still waiting for first FBS offer.
RB: Darrel Williams, 5-11, 203, John Ehret (Marrero, La.)
Results: 4.18 SH, 32.5’ PB, 28.4” VJ
Breakdown: If one back compared favorably to Chubb physically at the Atlanta camp, it was Williams. The Bayou State back displayed tremendous feet and lateral quickness for a bigger back and showed soft hands out of the backfield. A versatile talent, Williams also played some quarterback and defense as a junior, accounting for 17 total touchdowns and over 1,500 yards of total offense. Georgia, Florida and other SEC schools have offered.
WR: Terry Godwin (’15), 5-11, 163, Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.)
Results: 4.66 40, 4.38 SH, 32’ PB, 33.2” VJ, 80.28 SPARQ
Breakdown: Most list Godwin as a DB prospect but he worked out at WR on Saturday and was excellent. Not a blazer but very smooth at the top of his routes and caught the ball well. Didn’t mind contact from defenders and showed a lot of savvy in traffic for a player with limited experience at the position. Had three interceptions and caught four touchdowns as a sophomore and already reports Alabama, Florida and Georgia offers.
WR: Shakenneth Williams, 6-0 ½, 196, Rutland (Macon, Ga.)
Results: 4.47 40, 4.12 SH, 36’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 113.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: Williams should open some eyes in the South with his camp Saturday, both testing off the charts with a 4.47 40 and then performing well in drills and 1on1s. Not a huge name coming in with just one offer from Vanderbilt, but has all the qualities of a potential starting caliber receiver in the SEC, highlighted by his athleticism. Caught 41 passes for 738 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
TE: Jeb Blazevich, 6-4 ½, 228, Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Results: 4.97 40, 4.75 SH, 42.0′ PB, 32.8″ VJ, 94.86 SPARQ
Breakdown: Blazevich came in as a name to watch and backed it up with an outstanding day, becoming the first tight end in the past three years to win WR MVP Honors and also taking home a ticket to The Opening. Isn’t a blazer or athletic freak at the position but runs good routes and knows how to create separation. Has strong hands and can make the tough catches away from his body or at high point. Caught 30 balls for 379 yards and five scores as a junior and has 20+ offers.
OL: Alex Anderson, 6-3, 275, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans)
Results: 5.18 40, 35.5′ PB
Breakdown: Anderson was about the only guy to stop Lorenzo Carter on the day. Anderson is a stud two-way lineman for his O. Perry Walker squad, but he definitely looked comfortable on offense in Atlanta. His athleticism way on display from the time he ran a 5.18 40 to when he was able to hang with Lorenzo Carter coming off the edge in one-on-ones. Expect Anderson to find a nice home at the next level by Signing Day.
OL: Orlando Brown, 6–8, 348, Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.)
Results: 35.0′ PB
Breakdown: It’s hard to miss the 6-8 right tackle, but all we heard during and after the camp was how much “Zeus” had improved since his performance as a sophomore. He came in 25 pounds lighter and with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and by the end of the day he had definitely won over some of his critics. Brown still has work to do, but he showed major flashes of why he has offers from all the top schools around the country.
OL: Austin Chambers, 6-5, 297, West (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Results: 5.89 40, 5.4 Shuttle, 41.0′ PB, 21.1″ VJ, 70.77 SPARQ
Breakdown: The Kansas product made his way to down to Atlanta, and more than held his own against one of the best groups of DL we’ve seen at an NFTC. Chambers moves well and has the type of balance in his set that you don’t see often in high school. Multiple times during the day, Austin was able to change direction and step back up to cut off a defensive-end countering back to the inside.
OL: Terrone Prescod, 6-5.5, 336, Columbia (Decatur, Ga.)
Results: 32.0′ PB, 21.0″ VJ
Breakdown: Prescod looks the part of an SEC guard and did a good job handling the big defensive tackles inside. Showed a knack for keeping a good inside/out position relative to the DL, Prescod looks to be a guy who can slot right in to a college’s offensive line at guard or even right tackle.
OL: Christian Williams, 5-11.5, 315, Wetumpka (Ala.)
Results: 5.59 40, 4.92 Shuttle, 35′ PB, 22.1″ VJ, 67.95 SPARQ
Breakdown: Williams verified everything we saw on tape, a center who’s got the ability to move and who’s low center of gravity gives him a great ability to anchor. Height will always be an issue for the Atlanta OL MVP, but his performance in Atlanta was every bit that of a Division I center.
ATH: Charles Buchannon, 5-8, 181, Pleasant Grove (Ala.)
Results: 4.56 40, 4.15 SH, 41’ PB, 42.0” VJ, 132.21 SPARQ
Breakdown: Buchannon departed the event midway through drills with an ankle injury, but prior to that served notice that he is athletic of a prospect in the South with his testing numbers. The 132.21 SPARQ is second-best in the nation so far this year, and he made plays on the field last year for PGHS as well, rushing for 1,335 yards and 18 scores.
DL: Lorenzo Carter, 6–5, 228, Norcross (Ga.)
Results: 4.60 40, 4.56 SH, 39.0′ PB, 40.0″ VJ, 114.60 SPARQ
Breakdown: Carter is simply a freak. You don’t see many guys who combine a 6-5 frame with a 4.6 40. But that’s not to say Carter is just an athlete, he can play some football. Carter began the day with the top SPARQ Rating for a DL this year, and finished it with an impressive run through one-on-ones, where he showed he isn’t simply a speed rusher. As the multi-sport star gets into a college weight room and reaps the benefits of college training table, he’ll fill out that frame and should be a star. Carter’s DL MVP performance earned him a ticket to The Opening.
DL: Chris Redmond, 5-11, 358, Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.)
Results: 6.07 40, 36.0′ PB, 17.4″ VJ
Breakdown: When you look at Redmond, you don’t exactly think “quickness,” but that is exactly what he showed when the ball was snapped. His quick first two steps, size, and low pad level gave center fits and put him into the final group where he battled with OL MVP Christian Williams in the best matchup of the day. “Bonecrusher,” as coaches and players came to call him, has the looks of a nice SEC nose guard.
DL: Chris Williams, 6–1, 290, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
Results: Did Not Test
Breakdown: Williams worked as a three-technique and impressed with his quickness and ability to keep separation from the offensive linemen. He doesn’t have great length, but his active hands made it seem as though no offensive linemen could touch him in one-on-ones. By the time the offensive lineman was out of his stance, Williams was already by them. Had 85 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior to earn AAAA all-state honors.
DL: Gerald Willis, 6-3, 270, Edna Karr (New Orleans)
Results: Did Not Test
Breakdown: Willis is exactly what you’re looking for in a 3-4 defensive end. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he is as physical as they come. He was virtually unstoppable in one-on-ones, showing the ability to both power through the half-man and bend the corner on tackles. Wiliis plays with the mean streak that you see in all elite defensive linemen and doesn’t try to get fancy with his pass rush, he just gets to the quarterback. For his efforts, Willis earned a ticket to The Opening.
LB: Bryson Allen-Williams, 6-0 ½, 219, Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Results: 4.89 40, 4.46 SH, 36.0’ PB, 27.1” VJ, 78.90 SPARQ
Breakdown: Allen-Williams is a very complete player with all the necessary physical tools for the next level. Changes gears and closes to finish, quick and heavy hands with intimidating reach, and exceptional field awareness. Took a ton of reps Sunday, showing a good amount of hustle to him and a thirst for coaching. First in line every time, this guy only has one speed. Earned LB MVP honors and a trip to The Opening post-event.
LB: Eli Brown (’15), 6-1 ½, 192, Warren East (Bowling Green, Kent.)
Results: 4.52 SH, 34.5’ PB
Breakdown: Underclassman was a surprise in a deep group, showing great ability in all facets Sunday. A high-level competitor who didn’t back down once. Needs to add some weight to his frame, but has all the makings of a big-time kid next year. Was a third-team all-state pick as a sophomore, with 90 tackles and five sacks. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have already offered.
LB: Rashaan Evans, 6-2, 213, Auburn (Ala.)
Results: 4.69 40, 4.50 SH, 33.0’ PB, 37.2” VJ, 95.07 SPARQ
Breakdown: Evans has the prototype frame and build and displayed on Sunday a freakish ability to accelerate. Was awesome in pass rush, where he should thrive with his background as a DE. Improved in half-skelly and other drills that taxed his ability to make plays in space. He is eager to be a big-time player and perfect his game; extremely coachable. Earned Class 6A all-state honors as a junior, collecting 16 tackles for loss and five sacks. Earned an invite to The Opening post-camp.
DB: Lance Austin, 5-9, 178, Lamar County (Barnesville, Ga.)
Results: 4.59 40, 4.45 SH, 34’ PB, 37.0” VJ, 93.60 SPARQ
Breakdown: A do-it-all utility player at Lamar County, Austin played like a veteran cornerback Saturday, displaying patience and an understanding of leverage and positioning typically not seen in high school players. Held up particularly well in red zone drills and press coverage even against receivers much bigger in stature. Very quick in and out of breaks and has good ball skills. South Carolina, Marshall, South Alabama and Kent State have offered.
DB: Wesley Green, Martin Luther King (Lithonia, Ga.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Green arrived late, but once he got loose and acclimated to the settings, showed the natural ability that have some calling him the top cover corner in Georgia. Plays with a lot of confidence and challenge several receivers during 1-on-1s, displaying his strength and good leverage in press coverage. Earned all-region honors as a junior and has 20+ scholarship offers including Georgia, Florida, LSU and many more.
DB: Cameron Jackson, 5-8, 160, Creekside (Fairburn, Ga.)
Results: 4.61 SH, 28.5’ PB, 29.9” VJ
Breakdown: Jackson came out of nowhere to capture DB MVP honors on Saturday. Not big in size, but plays with a big heart. Battled throughout the day, took several reps in 1-on-1’s and competed well, causing several pass break ups and picks. Got beat when he tried to gamble and jump a route looking in the backfield and needs to continue to add strength and speed to his game, but overall a solid player with decent upside.
DB: Khalil Ladler (’16), 5-9 ½, 163, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Results: 4.43 SH, 30’ PB
Breakdown: This freshman has a bright future ahead of him if he continues to improve and work hard. Showed good backpedal and hips when changing direction during individual drills and held his own in 1-on-1s as well. Totaled 45 tackles and five interceptions as a freshman on the Stephenson varsity last year and already has offers from Georgia, Alabama, FSU and South Carolina.