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USAAAB: East Storylines
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 5, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- Scout.com takes a look at some of the key factors in order for the East team to be successful on Saturday.
The East squad has three solid quarterbacks
(Petal/Miss.). The questions is which one of the three steps up and takes charge? All three bring a different skill set, but generally only one steps up on the big stage.
The East defensive line has been a dominant force all week long, the West has struggled, so this could be where the game is won and lost at. Look for
(Ramsey/N.J./Don Bosco Prep), Tommy Shutt (Glen Ellyn/Ill./Glenbard West),
(Shelby/N.C./Crest) and company to pin their ears back, as they look to spend Saturday in the West backfield.
Can the East defensive backs contain the nations' No. 1 wide receiver
? The East secondary has struggled this week covering their own receivers, so this looks to be an interesting match-up.
Will the East playmakers make their presence felt? Stephon Diggs (Olney/Md./Good Counsel) is as good as it gets and he has tortured his teammates all week with his game breaking ability.
(Charlotte/N.C./Phillip O'Berry) could be the "X" factor in this game on Saturday. With all the attention that Diggs will receiver, Hopper could have a chance to step up and become a difference maker.
(Old Tappan/N.J./North Valley Regional) is a quarterback by nature, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he will play a big role in this game.
One advantage the East may have over the West is at tight end with the nation's No. 1 tight end
(Land O'Lakes/Fla.) is a big time weapon. He is an outstanding inline blocker, but he can also get vertical and spread the field. Taylor will be a match-up nightmare for the West.
Field position plays a huge role in these games and the East punter
(Concord/N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) has been killing the ball all week. He could give the East a decided advantage.
The East features a thunder and lightning combination in the backfield with the thunder being (5'-10"/200) tailback
(Stone Mountain/Ga./Stephenson) and lightning
(5'-9"/165) from (Memphis/Tenn./East). Davis is a big, bruising back who moves the chains. Kimbrow is lightning quick and a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Lichtenfels is in his 8th year with Scout.com and has developed into one of the most respected scouts in the business.
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