The hitting his light, and the one-on-one reps are extremely limited, but there was still some action at the second day of practice for the East squad in preparation for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
For the second time in as many days, Georgia commit and Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford quarterback Jacob Park was the best, which in this instance means the most consistent. He was able to throw on the run and although his accuracy wasn’t as good as the first day, he has the best arm and most fluid delivery.
Just like the first day, North Carolina commit and Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson was good with the short passes but had trouble getting his timing down with receivers on intermediate and deep passes.
Meanwhile, Florida commit and Davidson (N.C.) Day quarterback Will Grier showed flashes of why he is the No. 3 ranked quarterback in the class with his agility and ability to move, and he fit a few balls into tight windows, but he struggled with his accuracy and consistency.
Center of Attention
Finding centers for all-star games is not always easy, but the East has two with distinct roles.
Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln Way East and Illinois commit Nick Allegretti spent the second day of practice as the first-team center, and Hinsdale (Ill.) Central’s Brian Allen, who is committed to Michigan State, has been running with the second team offensive line.
Nailing Down the Left
The most consistent and best performer on the offensive line for the second straight day was Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic four-star left tackle Quenton Nelson, who is committed to Notre Dame.
He was powerful and explosive, got to the second level in running play drills and was tremendous in pass protection. He sat back in his stance and didn’t reach, his balance and footwork were very good and he has been a rock at that spot.
Spark on the Edge
There wasn’t much of a chance for receivers to flash their talents because the quarterback play was inconsistent, but Clemson commit Artavis Scott of Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake was the exceptions.
He was quick coming out of breaks and was able to gain separation and he did a nice job of catching balls thrown his way. Scott got open over the middle and down the field, even if the ball wasn’t always accurately thrown.
Clogging the Middle
The defensive tackles didn’t not distinguish themselves during one-on-one drills or in 11-on-11 drills, with the one exception being a “wow” moment by Palm Bay (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic’s Travonte Williams. During a 1-on-1 drill, the Miami commit exploded through and got to the “quarterback” while barely being touched, and then he flashed the ‘U’ sign.
Meanwhile, uncommitted defensive tackle Matt Elam of Elizabethtown (Kent.) John Hardin has been blocked easily in most drills.
Manning the Middle
One of the toughest jobs on the defense goes to Tennessee commit Kevin Mouhon of Norcross (Ga.) High. He is playing middle linebacker and calling the defense, which means getting everyone lined up correctly with limited practice time.
He showed good change of direction and an ability to play downhill fast during Tuesday’s practice.