SAN ANTONIO - Day two of practice is in the books for the East squad and the Hot 11 sees six new names added to the mix. Rivals.com was on hand for every rep as we break down the 11 best players from Tuesday.
Adams continues to be the East's best offensive linemen and if he continues to play so well he might be the best player at his position at the U.S. Army All-American game. He's been superb through two practices. He has solid footwork, he moves well, engages the defensive linemen and has long arms that he uses to hold off rushers. Adams has been impressive in every drill.
Brown was arguably the most consistent receiver on Tuesday. He caught a touchdown pass from Jackson and also used his 6-foot-6 frame to his advantage on another TD grab during one-on-one drills that was thrown by Pryor. Athletic and explosive, East coach Robert Prunty said Brown is a special talent.
The Southern California commit was impressive again especially early when he had an over-the-shoulder catch from Pryor near the goal line. Butler's arms are so long and his hands are so good that he catches almost everything thrown in his direction. He had impressive back-to-back catches in the one-on-one session as well.
Cissoko can play and he's proven it against some of the nation's best wide receivers for two straight days. The 5-foot-8 Michigan commit is physical enough to pester bigger players and his backpedal is fast so he doesn't get beat off the line of scrimmage. Cissoko is also being used on special teams so he's having a busy week.
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound recruit makes it virtually impossible to throw to his side when he beats the lineman off the edge and sticks his hands up. Coples exemplified that on back-to-back plays late in practice when he knocked down a pass and then worked his way into the backfield to disrupt the quarterback. Coples was tough to stop on Tuesday and was arguably the most productive defensive end at practice.
Forston continued to dominate on the defensive line and he did not miss any time in Tuesday's practice after sitting out the afternoon session of Monday's workout with a nagging turf toe injury. The Miami commit is not unstoppable but he's pretty close. He doesn't take any plays off and he's constantly busting through the line and pressuring the quarterback or tackling the running back.
The Alabama commit was impressive early when he tossed a touchdown pass to DeAndre Brown during 7-on-7 work. All three East quarterbacks – Jackson, MarQueis Gray and Terrelle Pryor – were much improved from Day 1, but Jackson stood out the most. A pass to Kenny Tate early on stuck out as well.
Don't throw his way. That was the game plan for many schools this season and almost every time the ball is thrown to Johnson's side in practice, he either knocks it away or intercepts it. Johnson is going up against Brown, Brice Butler, DeVier Posey and many other top receivers. He has rarely faltered in coverage and that is hard to do especially in one-on-one coverage.
The Notre Dame commit did not get many opportunities to catch passes but when the ball was thrown his way he made plays. Rudolph's most impressive highlight was when he found a seam in the middle and quarterback MarQueis Gray hit him for a touchdown during 11-on-11 work. Rudolph is a big target and has good hands, a perfect fit for any program who likes throwing to the tight end.
The East linebackers are loaded but Sabino stood out especially in early drill work where he showed off his solid footwork and athleticism. Sabino, an Ohio State commit, had more than 130 tackles each of the last two seasons. If he keeps playing so well, he could have a big game on Saturday because he's so active and has a non-stop work ethic.
With Jonas Gray sidelined for Tuesday's practice with an ankle injury, Williams stepped up and made a bunch of nice runs including a sweep to the left that went for about 20 yards. Powerful and determined, Williams is tough to bring down and with the East spreading its offense, he might have a lot of chances to break runs downfield.