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Rivals adizero Combine: Atlanta takeaways

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Anquin Barnes
Anquin Barnes

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POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — More than 2,000 prospects from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina made their way to McEachern High School for the Rivals adizero Combine on Saturday. A number of prospects turned heads and punched their tickets to the Rivals 3 Stripe camp presented by adidas under the lights Friday, April 19. Here’s who shined and what stood out during their combine testing.

Barnes emerged last year at the Rivals Camp Series events in Mobile, where he stood out at the Rivals adizero Combine and earned an invite to the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp. He repeated that performance this spring. The sophomore out of Montgomery (Ala.) Lee is a 6-foot-4, 300 pound offensive tackle to know. Since the camp last year, he has picked up an offer from Toledo and he is hearing from Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State among others.

Who’s next at Pinson Valley High School? Bo Nix was a five-star quarterback in the 2019 class and he is already competing for the starting quarterback position at Auburn. Ga’Quincy McKinstry is a 2021 athlete who started getting offers as a freshman, and now there is another prospect in that class to know: Kenji Christian. The running back has good size, moved well Saturday and he will now be on the stage in a couple of weeks to build on this momentum.

Faulkersack was the first prospect to be invited Saturday morning, and he got it off to a great start. He recently picked up an offer from Tennessee Tech, his first, and he is hearing from Cincinnati and Michigan State among others. He showed good quickness and agility throughout the day. His highlights were running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.7 seconds.

There was a lot of impressive skill athletes on the field Saturday, but Hollingsworth really stood out despite being just a freshman. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has great length and plays all over the field at Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale. Hollingsworth made the trek down from Memphis and it paid off, because he will be back for the camp in April.

The 2021 class at Birmingham (Ala.) Ramsay is getting stronger. Tim Keenan and Jeremiah Williams already have big offers, and Justin Jackson could be next. The sophomore turned in some impressive times, running the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.3 seconds. His favorite program is Florida but he also listed Tennessee as a school of interest.

There were a few prospects out of Jonesboro (Ga.) Mt. Zion that caught the attention of the Rivals.com team Saturday, and one of those was Wilder. He drew attention in the registration line due to his size, then he came out, tested well, showed good agility for a lineman and earned an invite to the camp. It looks like he may earn his first offer soon, too. He is hearing from Florida every day and he has already visited the Swamp this year. UCF, Troy and West Virginia have had Wilder on campus for visits in 2019 too.

MORE INVITES COMING

With this being the largest combine to date in 2019, and the fact that the Atlanta Rivals 3 Stripe Camp is almost three weeks away, we are going to take a look at the numbers and get more invites in the near future. The Rivals.com team met with a long list of prospect and were impressed by many. We may have only invited half a dozen Saturday, but that number will grow. It was a strong group on hand, especially at skill positions, so quite a few will receive phone calls in the coming days with big news.