USAAAB: East Offense Preview
Elijah Hood
Elijah Hood
Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Dec 29, 2013
Bill Greene


San Antonio, Texas -- Scout.com previews the offense of the East squad, which is led by several of the top runningback prospects in the country, including Sony Michel, Elijah Hood, Jalen Hurd, Nick Chubb and Myles Autry.

Quarterback:

The three signal-callers for the East are all rated as four-star prospects, and Florida commit Will Grier is the number-three rated quarterback in the country. Caleb Henderson (North Carolina) and Jacob Park (Georgia) are both rated in the top-ten nationally, so the East squad should have no trouble throwing the football. All three quarterbacks have good size and big arms, and it will be interesting to see how each progresses throughout the week.

Runningback:

This group is loaded with talent, even though it's sometimes tough to get runningbacks enough touches in all-star games. Five-star Sony Michel (Georgia) is the headliner of the group, and his combination of size, speed and power has him as the number-two ranked back in the country. Elijah Hood (Notre Dame), Nick Chubb (Georgia) and Jalen Hurd (Tennessee) are all four-star talents, and distributing the football to all will be a challenge. Myles Autry will be used out of the backfield as a pass receiver, and could also play slot receiver.

Wide receiver/Tight end:

This group has both quantity and quality, with several four-star prospects in the mix. The Clemson duo of Demarre Kitt and Artavis Scott have size and speed, and they will combine with such talents as Josh Malone (Tennessee) and Shaquille Davidson (South Carolina). Ohio State is represented by Curtis Samuel and Johnnie Dixon. Jamil Kamara, Demetrius Johnson and Marshon Lattimore are all uncommitted recruits. Notre Dame commit Nic Weishar is the only tight end on the East roster. Talent will not be a problem here, but seeing each get touches could be. Samuel and Lattimore could also see time at defensive back.

Offensive line:

The East squad is stocked with 11 offensive linemen, and most of them are among the highest-rated in the country. The Georgia four-star duo of Isaiah Wynn and Dyshon Sims lead the way, along with such talents as Quentin Nelson (Notre Dame), Donell Stanley (South Carolina), David Sharpe (Florida), Mason Cole (Michigan) and Bentley Spain (North Carolina). Jordan Sims and Marcelys Jones (Ohio State) could play a number of spots on the line, while both Brian Allen (Michigan State) and Nick Allegretti (Illinois) are listed at center for the East. The game itself provides a tough venue to evaluate offensive line play, but the daily battles in practice will reveal far more about individual talent.



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