Commentary

Lattimore among award winnters

Originally Published: April 28, 2009
By Brian Stumpf | ESPNRISE.com

There was plenty of talent at the Nike Football Training Camp at the University of Georgia. These prospects were the best of the best.

Position MVPS

QB, Darian Stone, 5-11 ½, 177, Clinton (Tenn.)

A bit of an unknown coming in, this Volunteer State standout place himself firmly on the recruiting radar with a very impressive two days at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Friday and then the Nike Camp Saturday. Accounted for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 TDs of total offense as a junior and showed a live arm and great feet.

RB, Marcus Lattimore, 6-0, 214, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes

An easy of a pick for MVP as there has been this year, Lattimore ranks right up there with Florida LB Jeff Luc as maybe the most physically impressive and dominant athlete seen all spring on the Nike Camp tour. Last year's EA SPORTS National Junior Player of the Year has it all  size, speed, strength and a terrific work ethic

WR, Rodney Davis, 6-0, 184, Millbrook (Ala.) Stanhope Elmore

Davis was a late add to the camp after showing well catching passes on Friday for his QB Arsenio Favor at the Elite 11, and made the most of his opportunity with an eye-opening showing on Saturday. Davis got open with ease and caught everything, including a few that no one thought he could get to when the ball was in the air.

OL, Kasey Morrison, 6-2, 254, Cumming (Ga.) Forsyth Central

Not the most physically dominant or best collegiate prospect at the position in the camp, but Morrison was the best in the drills on Saturday. A natural leader and hard-worker, Morrison is very aggressive and technically sound and will make a great guard/center for somebody down the road.

DL, Mike Thornton, 6-1, 273, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson

Known more as a run-stopper after tallying 95 stops last fall, Thornton showed he can be unblockable at the point of attack on Saturday by dominating in the 1-on-1 pass rush drills to earn MVP honors at a stacked position. His low center of gravity and quickness off the snap are the main reasons schools like Miami, Auburn and South Carolina have already offered.

LB, Trokon Gaye, 6-1, 233, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett

Consider this a coming out party for Gaye, who has ideal size at 6-1, 233 and showed the lateral quickness on Saturday to be an impact guy at the next level. Totaled 126 tackles to earn second team all-county honors as a junior and is hoping to land his first offer shortly.

DB, Chris Sharpe, 5-10, 158, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson

Another impressive showing by a Stephenson product, as Sharpe made a ton of plays and had his hands on the ball during 1-on-1s as much as any wideout did. Will need to add bulk and get stronger, but has a great future in front of him.