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Under Armour Top 30
After four days of practice who looked the best at the Under Armour/ ESPN All-America Game? Brandon Huffman, Jason Higdon, Andrew Bone, Allen Trieu and Mike Bakas and me all weighed in and came up with a top 30. Keep in mind it was extremely hard to gauge the running backs and linebackers. The rankings here have nothing to do with where they are currently ranked on Scout.com, rather how they performed this week in Orlando. 1) Daquan Bowers (Bamberg, S.C.) DE Silver Bowers simply dominated anyone in front of him and was a constant disruption for the Silver offense each day. He has all the physical tools and just needs to work on technique. 2) Blake Ayles (Orange, Calif.) TE Silver Ayles has caught the ball exceptionally well all week. He has great size, large frame, soft hands and moves deceptively well. This kid is a star in the making. 3) Tyler Love (Mountain Brook, Ala.) OT Red As the week progressed so did Love. He's got the body and toughness and moves well. 4) Joe Adams (North Little Rock, Ark.) WR/CB Red For the first two days Adams showed incredible cornerback skills. On Wednesday he moved over the offense and looked tremendous at receiver. 5) Brandon Harris (Miami, Fla.) CB Silver You are going to get beat at corner but when Harris does it's not by much. He makes big plays at this position and has all the tools. 6) Omar Hunter (Buford, Ga.) DT Red Omar is physically further along than just about every linemen out here. He's strong as an ox and quick too. He was flat out dominating at times. 7) Josh Jarboe (Ellenwood, Ga.) WR Red Jarboe probably got a little slighted coming in at No. 7 because he has played as well as anyone out here from the very first snap on Monday. He has made more plays than any other receiver on either squad. 8) A.J. Green (Summerville, S.C.) WR Silver I will say this, A.J. has gotten better and better with each practice. He has been smoking hot over the last two days running great routes and catching everything in sight. 9) Aldarius Johnson (Miami, Fla.) WR Silver See A.J. Green. 10) Janoris Jenkins (Pahokee, Fla.) CB Red Jenkins has been one of the big surprises this week. He has more than held his own against some great receivers all week. He may not be the biggest corner but he possesses great skills for this position. 11) Andrew Sweat (Washington, Pa.) LB Silver Sweat was all over the field the first few days making plays against the run and pass. 12) Will Hill (Jersey City, N.J.) S Red In fairness to all the safeties the offenses didn't throw down the middle of the field all that often for either team. Hill shows unreal range and I only saw him get beat once (by Jarboe) all week. 13) Ramon Buchanan (Melbourne, Fla.) LB Red Cookie has shown great instincts and closing speed all week. 14) Sean Spence (Miami, Fla.) LB Red Spence is a stellar player and was consistently as good as any LB in Orlando. 15) Charles Whitlock (Chester, S.C.) CB Red Whitlock is a guy that surprised many early on with his strong coverage skills. 16) E.J. Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va.) QB Silver All the quarterback looked a little rusty on Monday but Manuel got better with each practice. He has all the tools, great size and is an excellent leader. 17) Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.) WR Red Everyone was expecting Jones to dominate from the first whistle. He has been slowed by a banged up knee and turf toe but still showed flashes of what he can do. This kid is special. 18) Brandon Thompson (Thomasville, Ga.) DT Silver Whether he lined up at tackle or end Thompson looked good all week in practice. He will surprise you with his athleticism. 19) Terrance Parks (Fairburn, Ga.) CB Silver Parks was another surprise out here, especially with his physical play at the line of scrimmage. 20) Ben Jones (Centreville, Ala.) C Red Jones was solid all week. Even big Omar talked up this future Georgia Bulldog. 21) Uona Kaveinga (Lawndale, Calif.) LB Red Kaveinga looks like a stud in run defense. 22) Burton Scott (Prichard, Ala.) CB/WR Red Scott looked real good on both sides of the ball. I love his quickness. 23) Braxton Cave (Mishawaka, In.) C Silver Like Jones on the Red squad, Cave has been a rock all week for his o-line. 24) Nigel Carr (Jacksonville, Fla.) LB Silver At times Carr was dominating. He has great size and closes quickly. 25) T.J. Lawrence (Lakeland, Fla.) WR Silver T.J. really came on Wednesday and Thursday. He was a name lost in the wide receiver pool early on. 26) Dee Finley (Auburn, Ala.) S Silver Finley had a good week, making some nice interceptions on Wednesday and Thursday. He is just dieing to hit somebody. 27) Jamie Harper (Jacksonville, Fla.) RB Silver With all due respect to Harper and all the other backs, it was very difficult to get a good read on them because of the way practice is with the lack of hitting, etc. Regardless he showed some things that were impressive. 28) Carlton Thomas (Frostproof, Fla.) RB Red Thomas caught the ball better than all the other backs and looked good from day one. 29) Daryl Stonum (Sugar Land, Texas) WR Red Daryl did some very nice things this week and look terrific getting down field and making plays. 30)Curtis Cunningham (Littleton, Co.) DT Silver Cunningham has been another surprise. I love this guy's motor. Note – Kickers John Locke (Glendale, Az.) and Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.) have been outstanding all week.
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