Atlanta NFTC Recap

Preston Williams and Terry Godwin-two of the eight from the Atlanta NFTC invited to The Opening

The Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp held Sunday at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. saw another strong crop of talent from all over the South work out with eight being invited to The Opening this summer including Preston Williams and Terry Godwin (pictured above).

Here’s a look at those elite eight as well as those who earned MVP positional honors…

The Opening 2014 Invites

RB – Taj Griffin – McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Griffin opened eyes last year when he ran a 4.43 in the 40 and jumped 40 inches in the vertical at the Atlanta Nike Combine. He is ranked as the No. 1 All-Purpose Back by 247 Sports and the No. 28 rated prospect in the 2015 class after he rushed for 1,253 yards and 13 scores as a junior. He has over 20 offers including several favorites such as Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State.

Taj Griffin, rated as the No. APB by 247 Sports, shined in the position drills.

Taj Griffin, rated as the No. APB by 247 Sports, shined in the position drills.

OL – Chuma Edoga – McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Edoga had possibly the top OL performance at a Nike Camp in years and was the unquestioned MVP in a great group.  Edoga started off the day with a 99.48 SPARQ Rating, anchored by a 4.86 40 and 4.46 shuttle at 277 pounds.  Edoga is listed as the No. 5 overall tackle in the 247 Rankings, but he figured to shoot up the charts after Sunday.

OL – Dallas Warmack – Mays (Atlanta, Ga.)
Warmack is the younger brother of Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack and like his older brother will play his college ball at Alabama.  A Class 6A All-State pick as a junior, he is rated as the No. 10 guard in the nation by 247 Sports and locked down the first guard spot at the 2014 edition of The Opening.

WR – Terry Godwin – Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.)
Godwin will stay in-state to play for Georgia in the SEC.  The No 2 rated Athlete in the class by 247 Sports, he’s also listed as the No. 39 overall prospect and won Wide Receiver MVP honors at the Atlanta Nike Camp.

WR – Preston Williams – Lovejoy (Hampton, Ga.)
Williams is considered as the top receiver in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports and is rated as the No. 26 overall prospect overall by the recruiting service.  He caught 52 passes for 1,234 yards and 13 TDs in 2013 to earn MaxPreps Jr. All-American honors and selection to the Class 6A All-State team.  The tall receiver was the 6A Offensive Player of the Year and has committed to Tennessee.

LB – Roquan Smith – Macon County (Montezuma, Ga.)
Roquan was the Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year after recording 100 tackles with 27 Tackles for Loss and six sacks.  He is rated as the No. 8 Outside Linebacker by 247 Sports and has nearly 20 offers including SEC schools like Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee as well as Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse and UCLA.

LB – Quarte Sapp – Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Sapp had a strong performance at the Atlanta NFTC, bringing home Linebacker MVP honors and did it on the field this fall as well, recording 110 tackles, four sacks and three picks last year to earn Class 6A 2nd Team All-State honors.  He has offers from programs such as Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

DB – Kevin Toliver – Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Tolliver is rated as the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country by 247 Sports and the No. 9 player overall. He had nearly four dozen offers from nearly every major program in the nation but committed to LSU over a year ago and was a MaxPreps Jr. All-American and Class 3A All-State selection after making 36 tackles and making two INTs while accounting for 11 TDs on offense.


Position Group MVP’s

QB – Austin King – Alpharetta (Ga.)
King followed up a strong Atlanta Elite 11 Regional showing Friday with an even better performance on Sunday.

RB – Triston Luke – Rossview (Clarksville, Tenn.)
Luke became a rare two-time MVP, adding the title on Sunday after taking it home at the Memphis NFTC as an underclassmen last spring.

WR – Terry Godwin – Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.)
Godwin took it to Georgia’s best defenders on Sunday.

OL – Chuma Edoga – McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
This was a no-brainer, which is even more impressive when you consider how dominant the OL group was as a whole.

DL – Nick Dawson – Eagle’s Landing Christian (McDonough, Ga.)
Teammate of The Opening 2013 Alum Andrew Williams came out of nowhere to beat out a highly publicized group for MVP Honors.  Dawson played himself into The Opening contention.

LB – Quarte Sapp – Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Sapp was everywhere on Sunday and earned the chance to show out in Oregon this summer.

DB – DeAngelo Gibbs (2017) – Peachtree Ridge (Suwanne, Ga.)
The scariest part is that Gibbs is just a freshman in high school.  The highly touted athlete already has offers from Baylor, Georgia and South Carolina among others.

Check back all week long for stories, pictures, and video of the Atlanta NFTC from all over the web.  Follow @TheOpening2014 and @StudentSports1 for your social updates.




Updated: March 23, 2014


  1. Scott Cummings

    May 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Where in the world is the Nathan Cottrell kid from Knoxville at on here? Didn’t he post a 4.35 40, 40 vert and 4.09 shuttle??

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