January 6, 2007

U.S. Army AA Bowl Friday Hot 11: East

The daily Hot 11 from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The practices are over and the next time the East team hits the field it will finally be against the West. After days of intense work, much of it full contact, our final East Hot 11 has been compiled and is ready to go. And Tennessee commitment Eric Berry tops the charts.

Army All-American Bowl Thursday Hot 11: East

Eric Berry, DB, Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside

Berry is arguably the best athlete on the East team and he's certainly the player with the most natural football sense. Berry picks things up quickly, adapts to situations on the fly and has a sixth sense about where the ball is going to be. Once he gets coached up in college he will be scary.

Martez Wilson, DE, Chicago Simeon

A quick note to all of those schools who missed out on Wilson - I feel your pain. Illinois fans should be jumping for joy about Wilson heading to Champaign because he's a difference-maker at defensive end. He's the kind of player that is so good he can make your secondary and linebackers look better because of the pressure he puts on the offense.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Hampton (Va.)

Taylor is going to be simply nasty at Virginia Tech. Think Marcus Vick with better accuracy and a no ego. Taylor quietly goes about his business and uses any slight, such as being put with the defensive backs on day one, as an incentive to get better. He can do it all.

Torrey Davis, DT, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood

Defensive tackles are hard to come by these days, especially 6-foot-5, 300-pounders who can stay low, play with leverage and move like a cat. Davis will be even better when he gets in a college weight room.

Ben Martin, DE, Cincinnati LaSalle

Martin comes off the edge quickly, uses his hands well to get linemen off balance and has great instincts. Martin's ball recognition skills are amongst the best in the country and he's a dynamic pass rusher.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Bristol (Conn.) Central

Davis has an excellent bull rush and works off that to make plays to the outside. The East team doesn't run between the tackles often so the defensive tackles have to be able to chase the play. Davis has been the best on the inside to do so.

Chris Rainey, TE, Lakeland (Fla.)

Rainey is ultra-quick and gets upfield the second he sees an opening. He's elusive in the open field and is also very dangerous in the passing game. He's shown toughness running inside this week.

Noel Devine, RB, North Fort Myers (Fla.)

Devine has had less touches than Rainey but when he does get the ball he's always close to doing something magical. Devine uses his lack of size to his advantage by making himself hard to find and his cutting and start-stop ability is phenomenal.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar

Pugh was overmatched early in the week but consistently showed toughness and is starting to get the better of the inside battles. When Davis and Marvin Austin are inches from your face and you know they're bull rushing, it's not easy to anchor and hold the line. Pugh did it more consistently on Thursday than he has all week.

John Brantley, QB, Ocala (FL) Trinity Catholic

Other than one off day, Brantley was excellent all week. His mechanics are solid, he gets the ball off quickly and he has excellent accuracy. Brantley is also more mobile than people give him credit for.

Deonte Thompson, WR, Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central

Thompson's ability after the catch and elusiveness in the open field is impressive but what makes him stand out the most is his route running. Thompson sells routes with his quickness and head movements and his ball skills are solid. His speed is certainly an added bonus.

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