Players reported to the Elite Junior Classic on early Saturday and hit the practice fields later in the day.
The Elite Junior Classic, which boasts some of the state’s top high school juniors, will be played at 1 p.m. Monday at McEachern.
Here’s some unofficial observations from the opening practice:
Offensive MVP: Sam Jackson, RB, McEachern: “His ability to pick things up, and his speed and quickness really stuck out.” Runner-up: Lorenzo Smothers, ATH, Marion County; Kiel Pollard, WR, Colquitt County.
Biggest Surprise, Offense: Connor Davis, QB, Blessed Trinity: “He was a late add for the game, but he has really shown a good ability to pick things up quickly. He has good arm strength, and ability to move around in the pocket and still deliver the ball well.” Runner-up: DeAndre Huff, WR, Newton.
Defensive MVP: Antonio Leroy, LB, Monroe: “He just made a bunch of plays. He was very active on passing game and the run. He just jumped out to you.” Runner-up: Allen Cater, DL, Mt. Paran Christian; Michall Carter, DT, Jackson.
Biggest Surprise, Defense: Nick Moss, LB, Thomson: “He’s a little undersized but brings a lot of intensity.” Runner-up: Tabarius Patteron, LB, Tucker.
Offensive MVP: Tyler Simmons, WR, New Manchester. “He’s just electric, and he makes a lot of plays in space.”
Biggest Surprise, Offense: Jackson Bardall, OL, North Forsyth: “Everybody knew he was big. But he’s able to move a little bit better than everybody thought.”
Defensive MVP: Javon Jackson, DB, Sandy Creek. “He pretty much defended everything they threw at him in practice.”
Biggest Surprise, Defense: Roury Glanton, LB, Carrollton. “He did some really good things against the run.”