Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:20 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The three major all-star games are over and the recruits are all on their way back home as they settle into a big three week stretch before Signing Day rolls around. As the last high school competitions of the 2011 season, the games also gave us a chance to see how players do against future FBS talent. Based on the performances during the Semper Fi game, Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, here's a few standouts at each position.
Jeff Lindquist, committed to Washington
Semper Fi game
The Huskies commits shined during all-star game week and Lindquist started things off by being the best QB in the Semper Fi game, tossing two touchdowns and keeping some plays alive with his feet when needed. He's got great pocket awareness and a strong arm, perfect fits in his future college system.
Cyler Miles, committed to Washington
Army All-American Bowl: 7-of-8, 155 yards, two total touchdowns
The co-MVP of the game, Miles was a savvy signal-caller who got the start for the West and was on point most of the game. He took some sacks but generally got the ball out quickly and was accurate in hitting his receivers. He throws a great deep ball and hit Dorial Green-Beckham for the play of the game on the longest touchdown pass in bowl history in the 2nd quarter.
Jameis Winston, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: 8-of-9, 178 yards and two touchdowns
The MVP, Winston is best described as a gamer. He wasn't perfect but used his legs to escape a collapsing pocket several times and nearly turned in some Michael Vick-esque plays. He was accurate in the passing game and delivered a beautiful deep ball to hit his target in stride for a 75-yard touchdown. If he sticks to football, the sky's the limit based on how good he is despite being raw.
Mike Davis, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: six carries for 16 yards, two catches for 31 yards
Davis showed a great blend of speed and power and had the burst to get out of the hole and into daylight. He had a nice move that he bounced to the sideline for a 26 yard gain and was one of the few East offensive players who could get things going.
Randy 'Duke' Johnson, committed to Miami
Under Armour All-American game: nine carries for 50 yards, three catches for 18 yards, 161 all-purpose yards
It's pretty clear who the best back in the state of Florida is after Johnson put his moves on display for a national audience. His ability to weave in and out of tackles is remarkable and he's got the vision and moves to take advantage of even the smallest amount of space. His 83-yard kick return had him cutting across the field at least three times before being pushed out just short of the end zone. Johnson is clearly a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands.
T.J. Yeldon, committed to Alabama
Army All-American Bowl: five carries for 16 yards, three catches for 39 yards
The Tide get another great back in Yeldon, who seemed to kick it in an extra gear whenever a defender came near him. He's got great athleticism and showed it off with a leaping try for the endzone that came up just short. He is an every down back with the way he can come out of the back field to catch passes or run between the tackles.
Marvin Bracy, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown
Need speed? Bracy has plenty of it and flaunted it by getting behind several defensive backs as a deep threat. His touchdown came on a 32 yard catch that was easily one of the highlights of the week as he twisted around to grab the ball and held on for the score.
Amari Cooper, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown
Cooper produced a play to start off the game for the White with a 75-yarder from Winston that set the tone in the Under Armour game. He ended up snagging the ball in stride over a defender and was off to the races after that. His blend of good hands and speed make him one of the top players in the country and underrated by anybody who doesn't think he can make a big impact in Tuscaloosa.
D.J. Foster, undecided
Semper Fi game
Foster was a multipurpose tool during the game and played at receiver, running back and took some snaps as a wildcat quarterback. He's a solid guy who can take the ball downhill while using his speed and quickness in the open field.
Dorial Green-Beckham, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: two catches, 88 yards and a touchdown
Green-Beckham had a pair of drops but the one-handed, record-setting grab he had in the first half was enough to overcome them. The first thing that stands out is his size, dwarfing anybody but one or two offensive linemen, and speed (definite two-stepper) that are some of the reasons why he's the top player in the class of 2012. He's still raw but his physical tools are unmatched by any wide out.
Jaydon Mickens, undecided
Semper Fi game
Mickens caught a touchdown and was named the MVP after doing just about everything he could in the West's victory. He nearly had a touchdown pass but the ball went off the receiver's hands but had several nice catch-and-runs to make up for it. He's shifty in traffic and if he's in open space, good luck catching him.
Jonathan Bullard, committed to Florida
Army All-American Bowl: one sack, three tackles
Bullard surprised with his strength and size from the end spot and gave the tackles trouble all game long. He was able to apply a constant stream of pressure and played the run well - a rarity in some of these games. He committed to Florida during the game and should be someone who plays early given how ready he looks for college.
Jordan Jenkins, uncommitted
Under Armour All-American game: eight tackles, two for loss, two sacks
Jenkins was playing out of position at tackle but made an impact with his quickness to get by offensive linemen with ease. He moved outside for a play or two but the ability to handle the interior line like he did was just another sign of a great player.
Noah Spence, committed to Ohio State
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, four for a loss, three sacks
There's a reason he's the number one defensive end in the nation as he was quick off the snap, had the power and agility to pass rush and could play the run well. Spence filled the stat sheet and was in the backfield just about every play. With his size at the moment combined with polished pass rush moves, it won't be too long before every Big Ten quarterback knows his name and number.
Adolphus Washington, committed to Ohio State
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two sacks
Another great performance out of Washington is one reason why the Buckeyes' defensive line class looks absolutely frightening in 2012. He displayed a terrific first step and chased players down from the backside like a man on a mission. Though the West offensive line was pretty solid, Washington was a thorn in their side all game long.
Channing Ward, committed to Ole Miss
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks
Ward was unblockable and terrorized opposing quarterbacks all night long so much that the coaches need to take him out to give the other team a chance. He led the White team defense in every category and had even more pressure than what showed up in the box score. He looked an awful lot like DeMarcus Ware against some talented offensive linemen down in Tampa.
Joe Bolden, committed to Michigan
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, one for a loss
Bolden wasn't the most impressive linebacker at the even but he was extremely solid and among the most sound defensive players at the game. He racked up seven tackles and fit the gap well after recognizing run plays.
Reggie Ragland, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, half for a loss
The first thing that stands out is Ragland's size and ability to be just an absolute load coming downhill. He'll fit in well as an inside linebacker playing the run as I didn't see too much of him in coverage.
Landon Collins, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: four tackles, interception
Collins is one of the top players in the country and proved it against all-star competition. He can hit - delivering a touchdown-saving, loud hit at the goal line - and cover. He's instinctive and beyond all else hits another level once the bright lights come on.
De'Vante Harris, undecided
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles
Harris made waves after the game by decommitting from Oklahoma but that shouldn't overshadow his performance on the field. He was able to play wide receivers well and came up to tackle well when needed in run support. What really impressed were his instincts, knowing just when to come off his man and when to sink back.
Tracy Howard, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: one tackle
Howard is as close as it gets to being a shutdown corner for this class and opposing quarterbacks rarely looked his way during the game. What stands out about him is how fluid he is in coverage and the ability to play his man while reading the quarterback. He's savvy and understands the game better than most.
Marcus Maye, committed to Florida
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, fumble recovery
Normally a safety, Maye slid up and played linebacker in the game and impressed with how well he did in traffic. He was flying all around and used his speed to track down some speedy players. He was, naturally, solid in coverage and showed plenty of range that will serve him well at safety. He did a great job of turning his hips and changing directions quickly too.
Kendall Sanders, committed to Texas
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two interceptions
Sanders picked off two passes during the game and was roaming around like a ball-hawk that he could be. His position isn't set in college but based on the Army Bowl, cornerback or nickelback is a good start when he arrives in Austin. He turns his hips well and did a good job of sinking off his man into the throwing lane.
Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Semper Fi game
Shepard locked down his opposing receiver and was rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks all night. He's so lengthy that he can play the press coverage well or back off and roam a little to play ball-hawking corner. He turns his hips so well that he can change directions quicker than a receiver can sometimes.
Shaq Thompson, committed to Cal
Army All-American Bowl: five tackles, two for loss
Thompson was all over the field on Saturday and backed up his number five overall ranking with his play against some of the best in the country. His size stands out but he can run and was a hard hitter that you didn't want to go over the middle in front of. He led the West in tackles and was the enforcer in the secondary.
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Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:04 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Virginia Tech's Spring Game was expected to be part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hokies. Not only were former players like Michael Vick expected to be in town to catch part of the action, several high profile recruits were as well.
When all was said and done, Tech head coach Frank Beamer managed to score the commitments from two players on Saturday in Chesapeake (Va.) running back J.C. Coleman and Portsmouth (Va.) athlete Der'Woun Greene.
"I committed at halftime, right after the half," Coleman told HokieHaven.com. "I called Coach (Kevin) Newsome and he came over to me in the stands and I told him and he congratulated me, all the coaches congratulated me, Beamer, Shane (Beamer), (Billy) Hite and more."
"I committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter," Greene told the website. "I told Coach Newsome first. After that, I told the rest of the coaches, it was great."
The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Coleman is a scat back who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He held offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia among others.
"I love the offense, it's a power offense and the coaches compare me and want to use me like David Wilson, in a variety of ways," Coleman said. "I have a real opportunity to play early here and all the coaches showed me love from day one, plus they have decent academics too. I also love the winning tradition."
For Greene, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete who will likely line up as a defensive back, the decision to commit to Virginia Tech was easy after being a fan for several years prior.
"I grew up on them," he said. "It's the environment, the team and the engineering, that's my likely major.
Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior last year. The pair gives the Hokies seven commitments for the class of 2012.