Eubank could play key role
The NUC All-World Classic is a national all-star game that is being held at the Citadel and broadcast on Fox College Sports at 6:00 PM EST on Friday December 31st. Roughly 120 players that were able to fight their way through the winter storm that paralyzed much of the northeast came to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the game.
All-World Classic is a national all-star game that is being held at the
Citadel and broadcast on Fox College Sports at 6:00 PM EST on Friday December
31st. Roughly 120 players that were able to fight their way through the winter
storm that paralyzed much of the northeast came to Charleston, S.C. to
participate in the game.
The players are from all over the country, and the players were placed on each
team in order to generate the most balanced game. Meaning, there's no East vs.
West, or North vs. South. It's Team World vs. Team NUC.
Headlining team NUC may be the most talented player in the game in Corey Marshall (6-1/250) of Dinwiddie, Va., a 4-Star defensive tackle prospect by
Scout.com. Marshall has been lining up at defensive end this week, and that's
where he'll likely be moved in the Scout prospect rankings as well. He is a well
built 250 pounds, and he doesn't look like the type to put on another 30-40 and
What he does look like is another "undersized" edge rusher for the
Hokies that single-handedly take over games. The name Corey Moore came up more
than once this week when watching Marshall play.
The quarterback position looks to be in good hands as well with Texas A&M
commitment Johnny Manziel (6-1/195) showing the ability to run and pass. Manziel
and Oregon commitment Marcus Mariota (6-3/190) have both shown the ability to
make a play with their arms or their legs, which can often times be the
difference in these types of games.
Brandon Wright (5-10/180) of Las Vegas, Nev. has looked the best of the running
backs, and he recently narrowed his choices to Cal and San Diego State based in
part on their willingness to let him play running back rather than defensive
back on the college level.
The NUC team could look to grind it out as its most reliable receiver seems to
be tight end Jake Reed (6-4/240) of Columbus, Ind. who is committed to Indiana,
but there is talent at the wide receiver position waiting to break out including
Oklahoma commitment Kameel Jackson (6'3/205) and Devin Clarke (5'11/170) of
Two Georgia Tech commitments have made a splash at the linebacker position.
Tremayne McNair (6-2/215) of Medium, Ga. and Jabari Hunt-Days (6-3/225) of
Marietta, Ga. were the first two players Head Coach Rodney Salsbury singled out
after the first practice session regardless of position.
Team NUC will have it's hands full with some of the playmakers on Team World.
Arizona State commitment Michael Eubank (6-5/220) of Corona, Calif. has been
called "Cam" by his teammates several times this week in reference to
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Eubank has a strong arm and can beat a team
with his legs.
Easily the most polished passer of the bunch is Wyoming commitment Adam Pittser
of Richmond, Ill., proving his runner up finish at the Elite 11 over the summer
was no fluke.
Speedy athlete Damiere Byrd (5-10/160) could play Mr. Inside to K.J. Brent's
(6-4/170) Mr. Outside. The South Carolina commitments should see plenty of
opportunities as Byrd has been playing a Percy Harvin role in which he lines up
all over the field, while the taller Brent provides the outside target.
Junior Pomee (6-3/215) of Moreno Valley, Calif. is another hybrid athlete that
can play inside at tight end or split wide and play receiver. He has arguably
the best hands and ball skills of any receiver on either team.
While Corey Marshall may be generating the most buzz at the defensive end
position for Team NUC, it would be unwise to overlook Team World's duo. Andre Sturdivant (6-3/245) of Cleveland, Ohio has played mostly linebacker throughout
high school, but his future is going to be with his hand down. The early returns
have been good as Sturdivant has looked quick and strong off the line.
His bookend partner on the other side is Auburn commitment Keymiya Harrell
(6-5/240) of Plantersville, Ala. Harrell stands a head taller than most of his
teammates, and he just oozes potential out of a long, lean frame.
At linebacker it's Tulsa commitment Trent Martin (6-2/215) of Jenks, Okla. that
has made plays all over the field and should continue to do so Friday night.
Another Auburn commitment, Anthony Swain (6-2/205) of Gadsden, Ala. has been the
standout in the secondary for Team World. A physical athlete, Swain looks like
he's ready to be done with the half speed drills and get to the action on
The NUC All-World Classic is a
national all-star game that is being held at the Citadel and broadcast on Fox
College Sports at 6:00 PM EST on Friday December 31st.