This is analysis from the first two days of football practice from the Georgia Junior Bowl, which features 101 of the state’s top high school juniors -- and more importantly, college prospects.
The game will be played at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grady High School.
Here are some unofficial awards, based on the opinions of coaches, participating players, scouts, and recruiting analysts.
- Offensive MVP: Terry Godwin, WR, Callaway (see below)
- Defensive MVP: Quarte Sapp, LB, Milton (see below)
- Best: Tyler Queen, North Cobb, 6-2, 230 (committed to Auburn): “He’s pretty impressive,” West coach Rayvan Teague of Carrollton High School said. “He understands the game. You can tell he’s a coach’s son. He picks it up, and he’s able to do anything we ask him right off the bat. He throws the ball well, and runs the ball well. He understands the whole offense. He just is a coach on the field.”
- Biggest surprise: Marcus Childers, Adairsville, 6-2, 205 (no offers): “He’s got a lot of potential,” Teague said. “He runs very well, and he throws very well, too. He is bigger than I thought he was.”
WEST RUNNING BACKS
- Best: Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek, 5-10, 180 (Offers from 15 schools, including Georgia Tech, UGA and Auburn): “Swinney has just got that ‘it’ factor,” Teague said. “He’s just exceptional. I’ve watched him for the last two years, and seen him in person. He’s just very explosive. He has good eyes, and he runs hard. He has super speed. He has just got the ‘it’ factor.” Swinney is the early leader to be the state’s No. 1 RB for 2015. He is considered to be the second-best player on the West offense after Godwin.
- Biggest surprise. Marquis Terry, Drew, 5-7, 171 (no offers): “He’s just really quick,” Teague said. “He looks extremely quick and fast in person.”
WEST OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
- Co-Best: Marquel Harrell, Creekside, 6-4, 295 (no offers), and Venzel Boulware, Creekside, 6-4, 280 (no offers): “They are just so athletic and mobile. They have really good size. They are very mobile, and very quick. Normally when you see someone that athletic in high school, they are playing the defensive line. Not these two.” Harrell and Boulware, along with Creekside 2016 OL Lavaris Berkeley (6-5, 315), will end up being three of the most-heavily recruited linemen in Georgia.
- Biggest surprise: Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, 6-2, 300 (no offers).
WEST WIDE RECEIVERS
- Best: Terry Godwin, Callaway, 6-0, 160 (Offers from 18 colleges, including Alabama, Auburn and UGA): “He’s a game-changer,” Teague said. “There’s no doubt about it. You can just see everything he does, the way he moves, his speed, his hands. He’s just a phenomenal player.” How good is Godwin? He will likely play corner in college.
- Biggest surprise: Taquon Marshall, Harris County, 5-11, 170 (Offer from Duke): “He has got some major quickness, good hands and good speed. He’s a kid I had not really heard a lot about. The colleges better find out about him quick because he can play.” Marshall would like to be evaluated by Auburn, Clemson and FSU.
WEST DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
- Best: D’Andre Walker, Langston Hughes, 6-3, 210 (Offers from 20 colleges, including Alabama, FSU, Auburn and UGA). “Very tall defensive end,” Teague said. “He’s just a sleek-looking athlete. He’s long and lean, and has some really quick feet. He’s impressive.” This was the tightest position battle, with Walker barely edging an All-America defensive line group of Westover’s Trenton Thompson (ranked as nation’s No. 1 prospect by Rivals) and Carver’s Mehki Brown (committed to Alabama. “Trenton is just a huge and big kid. His upside is just unbelievable. From stance to start, he’s still got a lot of improving to do. He’s a very coachable kid. He has just got great size and power. Nobody stays on him. He can just sling them off at will. He’s definitely everything they say, with just a major upside.”
- Biggest surprise: Austin Bryant, Thomas County Central, 6-4, 240 (Offers from 10 colleges, including Auburn, FSU and Georgia Tech).
- Best: Quarte Sapp, Milton, 6-2, 200 (Offers from FSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Duke): “He’s a student of the game,” Teague said. “He’s very intelligent. He asks good questions. When you tell him one time, he has got it. He can run, and he has good size. The colleges better jump on him fast. He’s really good.” Griffin wide receiver Christian Owens, who is committed to UGA, said Sapp is the only linebacker he played against this year who could run with him.
- Biggest surprise: Roquan Smith, Macon County, 6-2, 203 (Offers from 16 colleges, including Auburn, UGA, Tennessee and South Carolina): “He has a great frame,” Teague said. “He is very mobile. He’s very coachable. He picks it up very fast.”
WEST DEFENSIVE BACKS
- Co-Best, Valdosta’s Josh Norwood, 6-0, 165 (Offer from Cincinnati): “He has got really good hips and feet,” Teague said. “I’ve seen him make up ground in a hurry. I just like him. I like how he moves in space. I like his hips and his feet. I like his ball skills. He has picked off two or three balls.”
- Co-Best, Woodward’s Arrington Farrar, 6-2, 200 (committed to Stanford): “He’s extremely intelligent. He has good size. He reminds me of (UGA safety) Tray Matthews in a lot of ways. He’s big, intelligent and takes charge like Tray. They kind of favor each other. They’re about the same size. Both of them are extremely intelligent and have natural leadership.”
- Biggest surprise: Newnan’s JK Britt, 6-0, 185 (Offers from Georgia Tech, Duke, Marshall, Ole Miss and Clemson): “He’s a big and physical corner,” Teague said. “I think his high school team moved him to safety this year because they needed him there. But he looks good at corner. That’s one of those corners that has a chance to play at the next level because of his size and his speed. You can tell he is physical.”
Note: We’ll have unofficial awards for the East on Tuesday morning