247Sports was on hand as some of the top athletes in the country competed in the Adidas Georgia Showcase hosted by Elite Talent Football Academy. Run by former University of Kentucky defensive back Derrick Tatum, the football academy trains football players to become better on the field as well as better men in their communities. The camp was held at the indoor home of the Atlanta Silverbacks in Suwanee, Georgia.
Jordan Colbert won MVP at the Adidas Showcase.
One player that shined is already a familiar name to Clemson fans: Jordan Colbert. Colbert, who secured an offer at Clemson’s junior day in early February, took home the Overall and Defensive Most Valuable Player Award.
Colbert even locked up one on one with 5* running back prospect Taj Griffin from McEachern High School, in what was one of the highlights of the day. Griffin ran a 4.38 later in the day living up to his billing as a speed demon. Griffin was very humble and played mentor to LaGrange, GA (LaGrange) RB/Safety Mon Denson passing on some knowledge. Denson looks more developed and faster each outing.
Colbert spoke with Clemson247 about Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed, his primary recruiter.
“Coach Reed is a cool guy, he’s funny. I can really open up and talk to him. He’s a down to earth guy.”
Colbert’s high school team, the Griffin Bears, just finished a 15-0 season as they won the Georgia High School Athletic Association AAAA state championship. Colbert knows that repeating as state champions will be hard. “We just have to get back to work, outwork our opponents. We just gotta work.”
Winning the defensive most valuable player was an honor for Colbert. “It’s really an honor to win an award with such great players being here today.”
At 6’2” and 205 pounds, Colbert can play multiple positions. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is eyeing him as a possible H-back in his hurry up no huddle system.
Colbert currently holds offers from Clemson, Alabama, and Auburn just to name a few.
Taj Griffin turned heads with his speed.
Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs
Powder Springs, GA (McEachern) TJ Rahming couldn’t be checked most of the day and kept defensive backs on their heels. He ran a 4.35 in the 40. Hampton, GA (Lovejoy) WR and Tennessee commit Preston Williams didn’t back down from any challenge all day. Notably he battled all day with Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford) CB and Virginia Tech commit Mook Reynolds.
Fairburn, GA (Creekside) WR Jayson Stanley continues to impress with his silky smooth style and great hands. Stanley was impressive in the Georgia Rising Senior Game. Griffin, GA (Griffin) WR Keyston Fuller was very competitive and showed he can be a solid possession receiver at the next level.
Another Defensive Back pressing the action was Bogart, GA (Prince Avenue Christian School) Safety Zantravious Shields. His physical and competitive style of play gave the receivers fits. Pompano Beach, FL (Cocunut Creek) CB Malek Young flashed his speed with the receivers in breakaways and would be a solid Nickel in college.
2017 Suwanee, GA (Peachtree Ridge) CB/WR DeAngelo Gibbs showed why Baylor has already offered. He played cornerback and was able to play to compete with all the receivers. He's still growing and raw. Gibbs will have a high ceiling.
Blythewood, SC (Blythewood) LB Hassan Belton was physical and played well in coverage. Belton reminded us his former teammate Jalen Williams the way he flew around.
Atlanta, GA (Mays) LB Tobias Little was the quickest of the linebackers. Little has a tremendous first step and very powerful. Little ran the shuttle in 4.4.
Tre Lamar won the "Beast Award' Sunday.
The “beast” award goes to Roswell, GA (Roswell) LB Tre Lamar. He’s the most physically developed of all the linebackers and still has two seasons to play. Lamar has offers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Don’t be surprised to see a Clemson offer coming down the pipe for the 2016 up and comer.
McDonough, GA (Eagles Landing) LB Nick Dawson looked fast, physical and better smoother in coverage than he did at the Rising Senior game.
Lines of Scrimmage
Buford, GA (Lanier) DT Derrick Brown looks better every outing and showed off his power against his peers. The 2016 prospect was the clear number one at defensive tackle. Atlanta, GA (Grady) OT Aaron Dowdell was a pleasant surprise. Dowdell displayed good leverage and power in one on ones.