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January 4, 2008

Army All-American Bowl: Best by position

SAN ANTONIO - The best high school football players in the country are gathered in Texas for the U.S. Army All American Bowl. And throughout the week of practice, certain players have emerged as the best at their positions. Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell scouted the action and breaks down the best of the best.

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Army All-American Bowl: Best by Position


Star Jackson has emerged as the best passer of the group on either side which is a bit of a surprise to many. With five-star quarterbacks like Terrelle Pryor, Blaine Gabbert and Dayne Crist on the East and West, Jackson has had the best week of practice. Does that mean he has the best upside? He doesn't have the dual-threat ability of Pryor or many of the intangibles of Gabbert or Crist, but time will tell.

Next Best: Gabbert he got stronger as the week progressed.


Darrell Scott has been amazing all week in practice. His combination of size and his burst to the outside make him a special back. Scott has shown tremendous vision, strong legs and the ability to make something out of nothing often. He's shown why he's the nation's No.1 back all week.

Next Best: Ryan Williams His start-stop ability has impressed everyone as he's emerged as the best back on the East.


DeVier Posey gets the nod when it comes to consistency throughout the week. He runs the best routes, he has great hands and he showed the ability to get deep as well as go over the middle and make tough catches. There were a lot of very good receivers on both sides, but Posey was the best day in and day out.

Next Best: Jonathan Baldwin His size is too much for corners to handle and he's surprisingly graceful for a big man.


The West utilizes the tight end a bit more but when it comes to pure skill, Kyle Rudolph can't be touched by anyone on either side. He has good size, runs very well and caught almost everything in drills. He might not see the football on Saturday because of the offensive scheme, but he has the best skill set of the group.

Next Best: Andrew Jones He had some drops early in the week but straightened things out as the week wore on.


There are a ton of very, very good offensive linemen on both squads but no one has touched Mike Adams. From the day he walked into the lobby to register to the last practice, he has dominated everything. Adams is a franchise left tackle, plain and simple and it's easier to see why there have been comparisons to Orlando Pace.

Next Best: Matt Kalil Others look better out of uniform but few look better on the field.


Marcus Forston has been a beast all week. He's a Warren Sapp clone who shoots the gap so quickly, uses his hands so well and has so many different moves that offensive linemen don't know what to expect. He was in the offensive backfield all week long. Forston was to the defensive line what Adams was to the offensive line.

Next Best: Baker Steinkuhler There could be a fight between the offensive and defensive coordinators at Nebraska for who gets to coach this monster.


William Green may not have the ideal size to play defensive end, but tell that to the numerous offensive linemen he's made look foolish all week. Green is so fast off the ball and has a spin move to die for. He has long arms and keeps bigger players off balance despite a lack of great strength. Green may play linebacker in college, but he's been the best defensive end in San Antonio.

Next Best: Quinton Coples This was close between Coples and Darius Fleming but Coples gets the edge as he's been more consistent.


Nigel Bradham has an incredible combination of size and speed and has shown good instincts all week. He's had trouble at times taking on offensive linemen but when he has an angle on the ballcarrier or a receiver comes in his area, watch out.

Next Best: Despite all the talent on the East squad, Penn State commitment Michael Mauti has made a big impression this week. This kid loves to hit even when you're not supposed to and he can run.


Patrick Johnson may have a lot of people guessing where he's going to school, but there's no guessing about his ability. He has clearly been the best corner on either squad and can be left in man coverage and eliminate one side of the field down the line with additional coaching.

Next Best: Aaron Williams Some say he can't play cornerback at the next level and is made for safety. He hasn't had many problems on the corner this week.


Rahim Moore started off slowly this week but got stronger with each day and practice. He's shown the ability to break on the ball quickly, has shown solid ball skills and reads the quarterback well. He's become a defensive leader for the West.

Next Best: Gerell Robinson Robinson is a terrific athlete with good size who can run with wideouts. He still lacks great instincts at times but when he's near the ball he'll make a play.

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