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Atlanta MVP Camp: New names now on radar

HAMPTON, Ga. — The MVP Camp has been running now for nine years in Georgia and over 250 players were at Lovejoy High School competing Sunday for the 2019 camp in Atlanta. A list of prospects stood out, but in this feature, we will look at a baker's dozen prospects in the 2020 class that have now put their name on the Rivals radar.

Skylar Adams is a quarterback who was chosen to compete in the Showcase. He showed good arm strength and the ability to drive the ball down the field. He is an athletic quarterback who is likely to have many eyes on him this spring. He has a live arm, he was soaking up the coaching and he made a strong impression.

Austin Blaske picked up an offer from Coastal Carolina not long after his impressive performance Sunday. The word spread pretty quickly. He is a big body at offensive tackle and he showed good bend and the ability to perform well against the quicker and bigger defensive ends.

Walter Forte is an athlete who is likely a safety, possibly even outside linebacker on the next level. He worked at defensive back Sunday and he was solid in coverage and showed good ball skills. With his size and length, schools are likely to give him a strong look in the coming months.

Elijah Gainey left with the QB MVP award and it was his second in as many MVP Camps this year. The Flowery Branch signal caller was very consistent. He has a good frame and he was throwing with good accuracy. His recruitment should pick up this spring.

Diondre Glover was in a fight at the end for the top wide receiver award. He won out due to his ball skills. He was catching everything all day. Not every ball was thrown perfectly either, so it was impressive to see him create separation and adjust to the ball. He won the WR MVP award and he is now visiting Tennessee this weekend.

Octavious Griffin is a versatile athlete that could probably be a very good defensive back too, but on Sunday, he showed his talent at quarterback. The coaches talked about his ability to listen and work in those settings. He threw some nice deep balls and showed good arm strength.

Taji Hudson is a very intriguing quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound junior out of Cedartown plays in a run heavy offense. Tony Mathis is a running back who just signed with West Virginia. Kobe Pryor has over 20 offers and he is the featured back this year. Then you have freshman Cedric Washington next in line there. Hudson does not get to air it out much, but he has a great frame, a big arm and he drew a lot of attention Sunday.

Tyler Malone is a running back at Creekside and he is fast. He had the fasted time in the 40 yard dash at 4.38 seconds. He also ran 4.4 seconds in his other run. He showed subtle movement and he is a strong back as well. He has also shown he can receive the ball out of the backfield.

Jamoi Mayes was a playmaker Sunday. He was so quick out of his breaks and he created instant separation. He will have offers soon. He is an ideal slot receiver and defensive backs struggled to stay with him in coverage. Expect many schools to be by to see him live this spring.

Dezmond Tell was pretty dominant on the defensive line Sunday. He is not the tallest at that position, but he is strong at the point of attack and he was tough to push backwards at this event. He won the majority of his one-on-one reps and left with the DL MVP award.

Weston Wallace has put his name on the map. The offensive tackle out of Gatewood School was very strong from start to finish. He was named Top Overall Performer and rightfully so. He could project as a guard too at his size, but when working at tackle Sunday, he was very good. His performance Sunday has created some real buzz around his name.

Tony Ward is a physical linebacker and he stood out in drills, then in the one-on-one session as well. He ran well with most of the running backs in coverage and could be a star in the Parkview defense this fall.

Justin Woods battled with Glover and it literally came down to the very end. Woods made plays across the middle and down the field all day. He showed great body control, good quickness and the ability to snatch the ball out of the air. He will have a lot of balls thrown his way this season.