Previewing Sunday’s Under Armour All-America camp outside of Atlanta
Under Armor’s All-America Camp series returns this weekend with an annual stop outside of Atlanta.
The event is a perfect fit. Not only is the preliminary roster filled with top-notch talent, but the one-day showcase will take place roughly a month before 247Sports reviews its Top247 and rankings in the class of 2024. This means testing, practice and one-on-one performances on Sunday will serve as a key data point for the upcoming update.
247Sports will prepare you below.
A PAIR OF BIG AMRS READY TO THROW
Georgia State is once again loaded with quarterbacks and two of Peach State’s top signalers are ready to take on him as Jake Merklinger (QB No. 9 in the country) and Air Noland Both (#10 QB) are expected to take part.
With the quarterbacks’ dominoes falling fast, Merklinger and Noland have been linked to various Power Five programs around the country, and with good reason. Merklinger has been a starter for Savannah Day Christian for three years, throwing for just over 6,600 yards in 38 collegiate games. Noland, on the other hand, is right behind him when it comes to the Friday night experience, having led the Fairburn Langston Hughes to a 28-3 record over the past two seasons.
Of course, Merklinger and Noland won’t be the only quarterbacks to show off their guns. They will be joined on the field by Texas A&M. Anthony MaddoxGeorgia Institute of Technology commits Jahari Williams, Whit Mushamp (son of UGA defense coordinator Will Muschamp) and Chamber McClellan. freshman Julian Lewis also planned to work.
THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TALENT AROUND THE PERIMETER
It’s no wonder if 1v1 prowess eclipsed everyone on Sunday, as there’s no shortage of big names expected to lace up boots. Leading a defensive team Kay Jay Bolden (No. 1 SAF), Jalyn Crawford (No. 5 CB), Auburn Fixation A’Mon Lane (No. 15 CB), Commitment to the State of Michigan Jaylen Thompson, Demello Jones and FSU are committed CJ Hurd.
These six – along with many others – will be tasked with slowing down the pass line, which should include Mike Matthews (No. 1 ATH), Georgia commits Thomas countries (#1 TE), South Carolina commit Michael Smith (No. 4 TE), Kaylan Fox (#10 ATH), LSU commit Joseph Stone (No. 22 ЗР), Braylon Burnside (No. 23 APN), Cameron Coleman, Noril White And Camron Mikell.
Some of the other notable wide receivers and defenders on the list include: Caleb OdomTexas A&M commits Debron GatlinGeorgia is making Sakovi Whiterecent disclaimer in Alabama Martavius CollinsLSU fixation Zion Ferguson, Cameron Pruitt, PJ Woodland And Amari Jefferson.
Of course, many promising players who have yet to break into the national arena are likely to make a name for themselves and raise their stocks, as they did almost every year in Atlanta.
DL/OL GROUP IS ALSO LOADED
The collection of RSVP-winning talent is extensive, but the same can be said for the big guys ahead.
UA’s Peach State stop last year served as a road party of sorts for many of the top pass rushers, and it will likely happen again. To date, the biggest name that has passed through the defense line exercises is Camarion Franklin (No. 5 DL). It will attack the bags running along with the likes Justin Green (No. 6 DL), Jordan Ross (No. 6 EDGE), Jeremiah Beeman (No. 11 DL), Jamonta Waller (No. 12 EDGE) and Geoffrey Rush (No. 18 DL).
Other defenses to be aware of include: Colorado Commitment Eric BrantleyClemson Commits Champ ThompsonAlabama commit Sterling Dixon And Malik Blockton.
The offensive line group leader is Daniel Calhoun (No. 3 OT), Jacob McRoy (No. 5 OT), Waltclair Flynn Jr. (No. 7 IOL), Caleb Holmes (No. 12 IOL), Jameson Riggs (No. 15 OT) and Barry Walker (No. 20 OT). They’ll be joined in the trenches John Wayne Oliver, Jesse Perry, Malachi ToliverDuke commits Bradley Smith and North Carolina commit Andrew Rosinski.
ALSO DON’T FORGET ABOUT AVERAGE SKILL
The 247Sports scouting text thread is already buzzing about what it finally got to appreciate Bradley Shaw (#7 LB) and watch him move. He will probably be tasked with trying to cover up the FSU commit at some point. Cameron Davis (No. 4 RB), Kevin Riley (No. 7 RB) and David Ezizomewho leans towards Clemson at the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Qua Birdsong (No. 10 LB), Andrew Hines, Joseph Phillips And Jamison Curtis there are other tier two defenders who are likely to be in the same boat as Shaw: trying to cover the top runners in space. And, as is the case with other groups of positions, we expect a lot of new names to come to our attention.
Stay tuned to 247Sports for full coverage of Sunday and everything that follows.