Monday's practice session was the day for offensive and defensive linemen to do battle in the trenches and they didn't disappoint. Stephen Good, Trevor Robinson and Tyron Smith all stood out on the first day. Find out who else impressed on the West squad in today's Hot 11 edition.
The Texas pledge definitely showed why his stock has been on the rise late in his senior season. Buckner was very fluid in his route running and he demonstrated very good hands. The receivers didn't get a lot of opportunities to showcase their skills on Monday, but Buckner definitely stood out.
Two interceptions. One for a touchdown. Several pass breakups. That was the day for Golden on Monday as he impressed in man-to-man situations. Golden, an Arizona commitment, is only 5-foot-10, but he plays much bigger and better than that.
He's back. If there are still people that doubt that Good is worthy of five stars, then he erased those on Monday. He started the one-on-ones off with a pancake of a defensive lineman that tried to speed rush him. And he continued his dominance throughout the afternoon session with very agile feet and good strength.
Horton has been hot and cold throughout his high school career. In some games, he simply takes over, but then in others he is almost non-existent. On Monday, the motor was definitely on, and he was almost impossible to block. In the afternoon one-on-ones, he went up against Stephen Good and beat him with a quick blast on the outside. He also schooled several other linemen.
Nick Perry, DE, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King
Perry was invited at the last minute to the game, and it's looking like a very good decision now. Perry really came on strong late in practice on Monday. In the five-on-four drills, Perry blew by tackles on the edge and then again the guards with a great twist move. He also did well in the one-on-ones when he beat Bryce Givens, Daniel Campbell and Tyron Smith.
Maybe it's the hair? Whatever it is, Trevor Robinson – and his long main of brown and blonde hair – is easily one of the nation's best interior lineman. He's mean, nasty, physical and doesn't care who is lined up against him. He's going to maul him. Is there a better interior lineman in the country?
It was hard for the running backs to really show their stuff on Monday because most of the day was spent on putting in the passing game, but Scott impresses in everything he does – including running pass routes. Scott got into the open field several times on passes in the flat, and defenders were lest whiffing at his heels as he blasted by them.
Call Shoemate Mr. Versatility. Shoemate did a little bit of everything on Monday. He lined up at running back, receiver, tight end and about anywhere you can imagine. Shoemate was very effective in open field on passes into the flat and it looks like the five-star prospect is back to way he played as a sophomore.
Every time that Rivals.com has seen Smith he's impressed, and that didn't change again on Monday. In the one-on-ones, in the five-on-fours and in team drills, Smith impressed. Not only is he one of the most athletic offensive linemen around, his wing span is amazing. You'll need for Smith to make a mistake to beat him, because he's not physically going to get beat.
Maybe it's time for Steinkuhler to be listed as a defensive tackle in the database. Steinkuhler is still one of the nation's most dominating offensive linemen, but on Monday he displayed the ability to be a special defensive tackle. He's so quick off the ball, aggressive and strong. Steinkuhler also has an amazing work ethic. He would almost always be near the front of the line, getting an extra rep in while others were standing around.
Corner or safety? Wherever Williams lines up at, he's pretty special. He was mainly at cornerback on Monday, and he wouldn't be shy about getting up close and personal with the receivers through bump-and-run coverage. Most receivers had a tough time getting off the line with him, and those that did were often sucked up by Williams' great closing speed.