Challenge for classmates: Prospects shine in Atlanta

ATLANTA – 2022 Rival camp series ended on Friday with Challenge for rivals from classmates in Atlanta. Some of the best young football prospects in America made the trip to show off against outstanding players from different regions of the country. See this breakdown of the positional MVPs of the day.

MVP Defender: Kamari McClellan

The busy quarterback group included many four-star prospects, but McClellan was the most consistent from start to finish. Prospect 2024 Rivals250 from Alabama has a smooth delivery and showed impressive accuracy during part of the training for the position in the camp. McClellan also has one of the best performances in the long throw competition. During the 1 on 1 and in the skill demonstration, McClellan was on target and did a good job of opening the receivers against tight coverage. Tennessee, Georgia, Oh miss and Alabama it was hosted recently and each of these teams is considered a serious contender for his commitment.

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MVP to go back: Jaden Scott

Jaden Scott

Jaden Scott

Scott rose to the top of a talented group of running backs, showing endurance during blitz pickup training and sensible running skills along the way during individual meetings. Returning from Georgia in 2024 may not be complete, but it was sudden and showed great footwork during position training. Scott’s speed helped him create a lot of parting with the midfielders during the one-on-one and this made it easier for the quarterbacks to take the ball from him. On the way down the field, Scott did a good job of avoiding the midfielders as they tried to disrupt his time. South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest and from are just some of the programs Scott recently attended.

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WIDE RECEIVER MVP: Winston Watkins

Winston Watkins Jr.

Winston Watkins Jr.

The race for the MVP award was really tense, but Watkins was ahead of the competition. 2025 Texas A&M commit is so explosive outside the line of battle that hardly any defender could even stick to it. Watkins follows clear routes and does a good job of simulating defensive backs with fine movements of the shoulders or thighs. The quarterbacks liked to pair with him because they knew they would have big windows to throw the ball into. Ohio, Texas and Georgia all offered Watkins from early May and he wore Clemson gloves at the camp on Friday.

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MVP IN THE OFFENSIVE LINE: Eddie Pierre-Louis

Eddie Pierre-Louis

Eddie Pierre-Louis

It is not often that in-line players win MVPs at these events, but Pierre-Louis was outstanding. He narrowly defeated the 2025 line-up player Douglas Utu for the prize, but won the trophy by literally throwing some of the defenders he faced during a one-on-one match. Pierre-Louis still has some technical quirks to smooth over, but he was so effective against even the best defenders. After the ball was lifted in from the left, Pierre-Louis was on his own in the home side’s penalty area and should have scored after 80 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. He also won the bench press race with 26 reps in 225 pounds. Teams from across the country are working hard to get him on campus before the start of the season.

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DEFENSE LINE MVP: Marquise Lightfoot

Marquise Lightfoot

Marquise Lightfoot

Lightfoot was not one of the headliners coming to Friday’s event, but he certainly left as one. The Illinois native was already set to rise in the rankings during the next update and he proved that this move is correct with the way he played during 1 on 1. Standing tall at 6 feet 4, 225 pounds, Lightfoot has the ability to bend around the edge in external collisions and knows how to use his hands to prevent attackers from slowing it down. His strength surprised some offensive line players, and his ability to quickly close the space between him and the offensive line striker made it difficult for them to adjust their arms or slide to stay in front of him. Notre Dame, Illinois and Michigan are just some of the programs that do a good job of dialing Lightfoot.

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MVP LINEBACKER: Dylan Williams

Dylan Williams

Dylan Williams

Williams and Sami Brown it was a door and a door for the MVP award, but Williams was a little better during the one-on-one. Williams managed to force more bad passes than quarterbacks because his long arms allowed him to knock down passes that backs and quarterbacks didn’t think he could get. IN USC commit did a great job covering the field as well. This is not something midfielders are often asked to do in game situations, but Williams was very effective in defending wheeled and stitching routes, coming down with at least one interception and knocking down multiple passes. Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Oregon are some of the teams trying to separate Williams from the Trojans.

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MVP in DEFENSE: Christian Dunbar-Hawkins

Christian Dunbar-Hawkins

Christian Dunbar-Hawkins

The defensive back was perhaps the deepest position in the camp on Friday, which makes Dunbar-Hawkins’ performance even more impressive. California’s Rivals250 prospectus locked almost every receiver it stood up to on Friday, using a combination of technique and instinct. Dunbar-Hawkins did a great job anticipating the routes the receivers ran and jumped in front of the receiver to make sure they couldn’t reach the pass. He had many chances to cross, but in the end he bounced the ball more times than not. Texas A&M, Georgia and USC are just some of the main contenders for Dunbar-Hawkins.

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