December 31, 2007

U.S. Army All-American East Squad Hot 11

The first day of practice is in the books for the East squad as they opened the morning in full pads. Rivals.com was on hand for every rep as we break down the 11 best players from Monday.

Listed in alphabetical order.

U.S. Army All-American East Squad Hot 11
Mike Adams, OT, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman

Adams is 6-foot-7 and 308 pounds and he used every inch and pound of his massive frame to dominate in 1-on-1 drills against the East's defensive linemen. He did not disappoint on the first day of practice and if he continues playing so strong he will make a case as one of the best linemen at the U.S. Army game.
Jonathan Baldwin, TE, Aliquippa (Pa.) Aliquippa

Rivals.com lists Baldwin as a tight end but on the first day the 6-foot-6, 233-pound Pittsburgh commit was mainly used outside and he had a solid day. He was fluid in his routes, displayed solid hands and was one of the best wide receivers on a team filled with quality players at that position.
Brice Butler, WR, Norcross (Ga.) Norcross

Butler was impressive in his routes and he broke away from cornerbacks but what was most impressive about Butler's first day is his length and hands. The Southern Cal commit caught everything thrown his way and with the quarterbacks and receivers starting to get on the same page, Butler might be a major threat later in the week.
Quinton Coples, DE, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy

His coach at Hargrave, Robert Prunty, who also coaches the East team, compared Coples to NFL defensive end Julius Peppers because Coples' size is so impressive. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound recruit who has visits to North Carolina and NC State next month was quick off the edge, beat Adams late in 1-on-1 drills and had looked solid for most of the practice
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

The Miami commit dominated in the middle, bull-rushing his way through the offensive line multiple times and breaking into the backfield. Forston missed the latter part of practice with a turf toe injury he has dealt with since Miami Northwestern's state title game but it did not slow him down early on.
William Green, OLB, Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park

Quick. That's how Prunty described Green's ability off the edge and that one word pretty much encapsulates what he displayed in Monday's practice. Green does not yet have the big body he's tall and lean but he gets around bigger, slower linemen and he is aggressive getting in the backfield.
A.J. Harmon, OG, Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County

The top-rated offensive guard by Rivals.com backed up his ranking in Day 1 by not allowing anyone by him. Harmon, a Clemson commit, did not lunge after linemen. He moved his feet, got in position and hardly budged. He was balanced and did not get out of position when opponents charged toward him.
Patrick Johnson, CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely

Johnson showed why he is the top-rated cornerback in the country during 1-on-1 drills when he intercepted two passes including a one-handed grab over his shoulder while he was falling out of bounds. The Pompano Beach Ely star narrowed his list to Florida, LSU and Florida State. One of those three schools is getting a major player who can contribute right away.
DeVier Posey, WR, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle

The East had many standout wide receivers. Posey was one of the most productive and was consistent all day. He started the day off right by catching a pass from quarterback Terrelle Pryor between two defenders and he rarely dropped any passes. Posey looked like he had been working with the East quarterbacks for more than one practice. He looked that comfortable.
Kenny Tate, ATH, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Can Tate be so productive all week? If so, the 6-foot-4 prospect from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha might be one of the biggest surprises here. Tate held onto the ball, broke away from defenders and on an East squad loaded at wide receiver, he stood out maybe more than anyone else.
Lamaar Thomas, ATH, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly

Thomas is one the smallest East running back but he was the most effective between the tackles and made the best reads on offense. Don't expect Thomas, an Ohio State commit, to be used solely out of the backfield. He will also see time at wide receiver to maximize his athleticism.

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