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Atlanta MVP: Top Performers

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Many of the top prospects in the Southeast competed at the Atlanta MVP Camp on Saturday afternoon at Lovejoy High School.

Reuben Foster, a 2013 prospect, received the top linebacker award at Saturday's MVP Camp near Atlanta.

Top 10 prospects

Reuben Foster, LB, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup (Class of 2013)

In a camp filled with some of the best the Peach State has to offer, Foster was far and away the top prospect in attendance. Not many times does a linebacker run stride for stride with running backs in the camp setting, but that is exactly what the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder did on Saturday. His quickness, change of direction and closing speed on the ball were all impressive and among the best in the camp regardless of position. The big-time prospect comes from a family of Alabama fans.

JaQuay Williams, WR, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek (Class of 2012)

The 6-foot-3 pass catcher, who is in the process of transferring from Heard County (Ga.) to Sandy Creek, runs great routes, has excellent feet and was a dominant performer in one-on-one drills. Williams has good hands, but needs to be more consistent with them. Nevertheless, there’s a reason he has 13 scholarship offers. Ohio State and Georgia both are strong here early and the pro style system at Sandy Creek should help him easily top last year’s 26-catch total at Heard County, which runs a triple option system.

Kenderius Whitehead, DE/OLB, Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area (Class of 2012)

Whitehead is a lean, wiry strong 6-foot-4, 215-pound edge rusher that has the ability to play outside linebacker or weak side defensive end at the next level. His first step quickness, ability to turn the corner and length proved to be too much to handle in one-on-one’s for an offensive tackle. Whitehead is approaching double digits with offers, including Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and others.

D.J. Park, OL, Dillon (S.C.) (Class of 2013)

Quinteze Williams impressed during Saturday's drills.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder could be the top prospect in the Palmetto State for the next recruiting cycle and showed why on Saturday. He has excellent feet and strength and was able to handle most defensive linemen he faced during the one-on-ones. He’s still developing as most offensive line prospects his age are, but you can clearly see why Clemson and others have issued verbal offers this early.

Shamire DeVine, OL, East Point (Ga.) Tri-Cities (Class of 2013)

There wasn’t a more physically imposing prospect on hand than the 6-foot-6, 340-pounder. While he is raw, he has natural strength and power that showed with his initial punch that stopped edge rushers in their tracks. He’s got to work on being quicker in his pass set and bending the knees more consistently, but his upside ability is impressive.

Quinteze Williams, DE, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake (Class of 2012)

Williams first showed his talents in front of at Florida State camp in July of 2010. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder dominated the majority of his one-on-one reps with a combination of first step quickness and the ability to get his hands quickly into the chest of the opposing tackle. When he develops a second pass rush move, he will advance to another level. Auburn and a number of other programs have offered.

Shaquille Wiggins, CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake (Class of 2013)

Wiggins, while undersized at 5-foot-8, 160-pounds, is quick, fast and reactive and proved to be the top cover corner on hand. He attacked receivers in press coverage, battled through contact and showed the ability to close on the ball. This is the second event that Wiggins has stood out at. He was one of the defensive starts at the National Under Armour All-American Combine on Jan. 2 near Orlando. Clemson, Oregon, Mississippi State and UCLA are among the schools showing early interest.

Jason Croom, WR/TE, Norcross (Ga.) (Class of 2012)

Croom’s size/speed combination (he measured in at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds) is outstanding and he showed good hands and route running ability in the one-on-one and position drills throughout the event. Mississippi State is a school that currently is showing Croom a good deal of attention and he and his mother plan to visit Starkville in the near future.

Jordan Watkins, DT/DE, College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy (Class of 2012)

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Watkins has the body type to play defensive end in a 3-4 system or a tackle in a 4-3. Though he had to leave early to attend to a family matter, he showed enough for us to understand why he has double digit offers. Georgia Tech, Alabama and others are in good shape.

Mike Hilton, RB/DB, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek (Class of 2012)

Prior to being named the MVP Camp running back MVP, Hilton was the subject of a conversation with other area prospects who were asked who the best player was they faced during the 2010 season. They answered Hilton and we now know why. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder can move well, has plus ball skills and the ability to change direction. Cincinnati has offered. 

Quick hitters

-Offensive guard Joe Harris (Lithonia, Ga.) was good during one-on-ones. He impressed with his quickness, but needs to add strength in his upper and lower body.

-Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) turned in a blazing 4.42 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. He runs excellent routes as well. Georgia Tech is likely to be his first offer. Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina State and Clemson also are showing interest.

-Cornerback Trevus Edwards (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) showed quickness and the ability to transition and close on the ball in the air. Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Tennessee, among others, are showing interest.

-Defensive end Henry McClendon (Cleveland, Tenn.) isn’t the biggest defensive line prospect there is, but he’s athletic and showed a nice ability to get to the passer during one-on-one drills. McClendon does not have any offers currently, but says he’s getting interest from a number of schools.

-Class of 2013 offensive guard Nigel Phillips (Griffin, Ga.) is a massive interior line prospect. Once the 6-foot-3, 360-pounder reshapes a bit he has the chance to be a Division I, BCS-level guard or center prospect. Phillips showed good feet during the one-on-ones and has good flexibility for a player his size. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia are four schools that interest him at this point.

-Linebacker Willie Holloway (East Coweta, Ga.) plays defensive end for his high school team, but projects as an inside linebacker in college and showed the agility to project at the position in college on Saturday. Holloway claims offers from Georgia Tech and Ball State and says Mississippi State is showing interest.

-Cornerback Kalan Reed (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) was a tough out for any receiver he faced during the one-on-one drills Saturday. Reed sat out most of last season with a torn ACL, but appears healthy now and depending on the type of film he produces during his senior season, he could emerge as a Division I prospect.

-One of the fastest prospects at the event was Class of 2014 athlete Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central). He posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.36 seconds after measuring in at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds. Choice will play quarterback for his high school team next season, but likely projects as a running back in college, perhaps a defensive back, provided he doesn’t grow a few more inches.

-Class of 2013 offensive tackle Will Jones (Augusta, Ga./Richmond County Academy) measured in at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds. The son of the former Georgia player with the same name is getting interest from the Bulldogs. He also is a long-snapper.

-Two-way lineman John Atkins (Thomson, Ga.) measured in at 6-foot-5, 301-pounds and ran the 40 in the five second range. He probably projects as an offensive guard in college, but wants to play defensive tackle, which isn’t out of the question. Georgia and other programs are showing interest.

National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton contributed to this report

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