USAAAB: West Day One Top Five 'O'
Nathan Starks
Nathan Starks
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 30, 2013


San Antonio, Texas -- Here are five offensive players who stood out for the West team on the U.S. Army All-American practice field on day one...

QB Jerrod Heard

Guyer HS | TX
Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Committed to Texas

Practice Notes: Heard has a good arm and makes good reads in the passing game but was at his best in running the zone reads, making the right reads, getting into the open field, juking past linebackers and then out-running the defensive backs.  Was easily the most consistent of the quarterbacks on Day One.

QB Kyle Allen

Desert Mountain HS | AZ
Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Committed to Texas A&M

Practice Notes: Allen had a big stretch in the morning session where he showed exactly why he's the No. 1 quarterback in the country.  He's got a quick, flawless release and the best arm strength of the three West quarterbacks and showed good touch on his passes, especially in dealing with timing issues with the receivers and the windy.

OL Toa Lobendahn

La Habra HS | CA
Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Committed to USC

Practice Notes: Was stellar in the 1-on-1s, with two straight pancakes and another stand-up of a defensive end.  Didn't lose a rep in the 1-on-1's and then was just as dominant in the team 11-on-11.

WR Jalen Brown

Mountain Pointe HS | AZ
Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Committed to Oregon

Practice Notes: Brown had the best day of the receivers, showing explosion off the line of scrimmage, pristine route running, soft hands and great body control.  Made the best catch of the day, going up the ladder over a defensive back to bring down a pass and then turning up field for a big gain. 

RB Nathan Starks

Cherry Creek HS | CO
Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLA

Practice Notes: While we still think safety is his best position in college, Starks looked terrific running the ball, and of the running backs, was the most consistent and steady in all three aspects- running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and in pass blocking.

Greg Powers, Brandon Huffman, Hunter Paniugua, Kevin Flaherty, Annabel Stephan contributed to this report.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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