USAAAB: In the Trenches
Derick Nnadi
Derick Nnadi

Posted Dec 29, 2013 national analysts discuss which prospects on the offensive or defensive line from their region they are most looking forward to see throughout the week at the Army Bowl...

Greg Powers – National Analyst, Midlands
I am pretty pumped to see how Ohio State commit Demetrius Knox looks against top competition with pads on. He has dominated against private schools competition and performed admirably at The Opening, but this event should give him the chance to go full speed against the very best, maybe even at the guard position, where he projects out in college.

Brandon Huffman – National Analyst, West
Damien Mama is the top offensive line prospect in the West and was terrific at The Opening, moving after to the No. 1 guard in the country and a five-star. He was outstanding this season for St. John Bosco, anchoring arguably the best offensive line in the country. As big as he is at 380, he moves really well, and was great at The Opening when in pads. Seeing him in pads again in San Antonio, I expect him to have another stellar showing.

Chad Simmons – National Analyst, Southeast
Travonte Valentine transferred schools, he lost about 30 pounds, and he is a player I am very interested in tracking. When he flips the switch, he can be as good as he wants to be. He helped his team to a state title this season and he made plays on that level, so how will he do against national talent this week? He is so athletic, he has a great frame, and he is one I am very interested in tracking.

Brian Dohn – National Analyst, East
There isn’t much choice since the only offensive lineman is four-star tackle Quenton Nelson of Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic. He is committed to Notre Dame, and I want to see if his pass protection skills improved from the summer against elite competition.
On the defensive side, the four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes is the one. Can he dominate against top competition? He has power, quickness, good hands and athleticism, and he has the ability to be the star of the unit during the week.

Greg Biggins – National Analyst, West
Viante Talamaivao (6’2, 315) – Corona (Calif.) Centennial
There wasn’t a better lineman on either side of the ball out west this year than ‘Big V.’ He simply dominated on just about every snap while flip flopping from tackle to guard multiple times each game. He’ll play guard in college and has a great chance to see the field early for USC next fall.

Jamie Newberg – National Analyst, Southeast
Khairi Clark would be the answer here. This Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna standout defensive tackle shows flashes of being a dominant inside guy. But he needs to play with more consistency. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do for a few days against some of the best in the country. Clark is committed to the Gators.

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