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USAAAB: West Offensive Preview
Quarterback Walsh Scout.com The West coaching staff will get a test when they have to find a way to keep offensive continuity by balancing out and playing four different quarterbacks, but each guy brings a little something different to the table. Leading the group will be Top 100 gunslinger J.W. Walsh, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Denton Guyer High in Texas. Walsh helped lead his high school team to a state championship appearance and has plenty of pop in his arm to go with an accomplished game on the ground. Bubba Starling, a 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Gardner Edgerton High in Kan., will likely be the most impressive physical specimen at the position. Because of his ability to run the ball and his size he may actually remind some people of Terrelle Pryor out on the field. Pryor won the MVP in this game three years ago. Cody Kessler, a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Centennial High in Cali., is a 4-star prospect who is known across the country for his big arm. He may be a bit more of a traditional thrower of the group, but he still has enough athleticism to pull the ball down when the pocket collapses. Driphus Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 120 pounder from Cedar Hill High in Texas earned a spot on the team by competing in and winning a reality television show competition. He is a terrific athlete who has some sick open field moves. He could definitely make some things happen with the ball in his hands. Running Back Brown Scout.com Malcolm Brown, a 6-foot-0, 210-pound running back from Cibolo Steele High in Texas is currently rated as the top running back in the country and it will be interesting to see if his bruising style will translate well to an all-star game environment. Players like Beanie Wells have had success in the past, but traditionally the game does not favor those types of backs. Kenny Hilliard, a 6-foot-215-pounder from Patterson High in La., is also a big, strong and powerful runner. He is a guy who really excels in between the tackles and will wear a defense down. A one-two punch of Brown and Hilliard could wear down the East team some. The Scout.com 4-star is already committed to play at LSU. While the first two guys talked about were indeed power backs, Herschel Sims, a 5-foot-10 190 pounder from Abilene High in Texas and Aaron Green, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Madison High in Texas are quicker and more versatile type of runners. Both can catch the ball well coming out of the backfield and operate well in space. Give either of these guys a hole and they will dash to daylight. Wide Receiver Farmer Scout.com The nationwide debate over who is the best wide receiver in the country will likely be answered after both of the major All-American games come to an end. Heading in to the events it is the West squad's Trey Metoyer, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Whitehouse High in Texas who holds the spot. He is a guy who can make special things happen and because of his ability to make plays down the field it would be somewhat of a surprise if he did not get the chance to score on a deep ball in the game. George Farmer, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Serra High in Cali., is ranked as a 5-star and with a strong performance in the game and in practices he could make a run at the overall top spot. He has nice size and does have a lot of playmaking ability. He has all of the tools to make a run at it, so it will be interesting to see how he performs on a day-to-day basis. You will not find any players with more fire and competitveness than Tennessee commitment DeAnthony Arnett. He will definitely come in to make a statement about his game and the players from the state of Michigan. He is hard to handle one-on-one and runs precise routes. Jaxon Shipley, a 6-foot-0, 180-pounder from Brownwood High is the brother of former Texas Longhorn and current Cincinnati Bengal Jordan Shipley and he does possess similar qualities. He is as good and quick as you will find in and out of his cuts and has strong hands. He can beat you outside or in the slot. There may not be a player with more to prove than Kasen Williams, a 6-foot-2 190-pounder from Skyline High in Wash. Why? Because at one time he was ranked as the top receiver in the country on Scout.com and to gain that spot back he will need to prove that he is better than all of the rest. Tight End The tight end is usually a forgotten position when it comes to an all-star game, but it will pay off for the West to have one that is multi-functional and that is exactly what they have in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The 6-foot-7, 250-pounder from Gig Harbor High in Wash., is a top-notch blocker and he is also someone who you have to pay attention to, because he will go down the field and make a play. Offensive Line Robinson Scout.com The game is usually won or lost dependant upon how the big guys play in the trenches, and a lot of the time how they plays is dependant upon how they mesh in the early practices and how versatile the players are. Many times guys are playing interior positions that they have never played before. One player who will definitely be making a move is Tony Morales, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Sam Houston High in Texas. He will almost assuredly be getting reps at center in the game, the position he has committed to play at Texas Tech in college. The harder challenge may be finding enough bodies at tackle and a mid-week injury to any of the potential guys could be disastrous. Matt Hegarty, a 6-foot-5, 265-pouner from Aztec High in N.M. and Tyler Johnstone, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Hamilton High in Ariz., and Ryker Mathews a 6-foot-6, 290-pounder from Fork High in Utah are the three most likely to end up manning the tackle spots in the game. Gregory Robinson, a 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Thibodaux High in La., Sedrick Flowers, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from North Shore High in Texas, Jordan Rigsbee, a 6-foot-4, 275-pounder from Pleasant Valley High in Cali., and Ethan Hutson, a 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Destrehan High in La., will man the interior line position and are all big and talented. Robinson could probably provide some depth at tackle and one of the others will likely also get some reps in at center. Garrett Greenlea, a 6-foot-7, 300-pounder from Klein Collins High in Texas is nursing a knee injury.
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