D.J. Humphries (6'6/265) of Charlotte, N.C. is a 5-Star rated player by Scout.com and committed to play at Florida in 2012. Humphries has a long, lean build that wouldn't look out of place on the defensive line.
While he has ample room to grow and will fill out his frame to play in the 300 range before his days in Gainesville are done, he still plays with the power and leverage of a heavier offensive lineman.
Humphries looks to be the starting left tackle for the East squad on a team that includes such names as John Theus (Georgia) of Jacksonville, Fla. and Kyle Kalis (Michigan) of Lakewood, Ohio among others who had a shot at playing tackle.
5-Star defensive end Adolphus Washington (Ohio State) and 5-Star outside linebacker Eli Harold (Virgina) were making a mockery of the East's pass protection until Humprhries took over at left tackle today.
Once Humphries was inserted at left tackle, Washington and Harold's fun was over. Humphries controlled the line of scrimmage on each of the snaps he took against the two very talented defensive players.
His footwork is outstanding not being hampered by any bad weight, and he's equally good at run blocking because of his flexibility and leverage. His frame, weight and skill set are reminiscent of former No. 1 offensive tackle Tyron Smith who played at USC and was the first tackle drafted in the 2011 NFL draft.
It's not a stretch to say that Humphries is a little farther ahead of Smith at similar points in their careers, because Humphries already has a 10-15 pound weight advantage over where Smith was as a senior in high school.
His ability to consistently beat two of the best defensive players in the country today lead me to name him my Army All-American Performer of the Day - East.
5-Star defender Eli Harold gets in his sprinter's stance trying to get past Humphries.