January 8, 2007

O-D All-American Bowl Top 10: East

The following are the top 10 players in order from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl's East squad. The list is based on game performance and practice performance and will not necessarily be the order of the final Rivals.com prospect rankings.

Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Top 10: East

1. Carlos Dunlap, DE, North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Dunlap impressed everyone who was at the event throughout the week. He has NFL written all over him with his size and athleticism. Underrated is the quickness of his hands, which he uses to get off blocks. Make no mistake that Dunlap needs college coaching to reach his full potential, but it's obvious that the tools are there.

2. Chris Culliver, WR, Garner (N.C.)

Culliver was outstanding at the wide receiver position during the course of the week, showing an ability to get open and make big plays. Culliver has good size and strength and has solid hands, but it's his speed (clocked at below 4.4 seconds at the Clemson NIKE Camp in May) that makes him special. Once he gets behind your secondary, he's gone.

3. Rolando McClain, LB, Decatur (Ala.)

McClain is big and athletic and displayed excellent lateral movement ability throughout the week. He played middle linebacker, is a good tackler and has good instincts from that position. Long term, McClain could play defensive end, but middle linebacker looks like his spot for now.

4. Doug Wiggins, CB, North Miami Beach (Fla.)

Wiggins has a swagger about him and has a short memory, important for any cornerback. He's also fast and loves playing football, which is more than you can ask for. Wiggins took Rivals100 wide receiver DeAngelo Benton out of the game during the East's 28-14 victory, proving he's a gamer, too.

5. Cameron Newton, QB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake

Everyone talks about Newton's size and athleticism, but during the game he proved he could be an accurate passer when the lights come on, completing 8-of-12 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He also showed his quickness, wiggle and high end speed when he ran the football. Newton also has the leadership skills and confidence that a quarterback needs. He is already enrolled at Florida. The Gators got a good one.

6. Antwane Greenlee, OT, Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway

Greenlee is a massive offensive tackle prospect with great feet and athleticism. If he continues to develop at Georgia, he will be a very rich man one day. Greenlee got good practice all week against multiple talented defensive ends on the East squad and also helped to keep the pressure off the East quarterbacks during the game. Greenlee likely settled the debate about who the top offensive line prospect in the Peach State is this week.

7. Kerry Murphy, DT, Hoover (Ala.)

Murphy may not have had a great senior season, but he showed this week why he's got so much upside. The 6-foot-5 prospect checked in at 320 pounds this week, yet still showed cat-like agility and outstanding strength. He also wowed onlookers, including his teammates and coaches, during a photo shoot when he did four consecutive backflips after a running start. Big plays in the game and practice proved he's an elite prospect.

8. Cliff Matthews, DE, Cheraw (S.C.)

Matthews continues to use his outstanding speed to be a force off the edge in pass rushing situations. He utilizes a number of great techniques to get to the quarterback and can reach out and grab ball carriers with his long arms and big hands. Matthews was named Defensive MVP of the game after tallying two sacks, including a big one at the end of the first half.

9. Brandon Saine, RB, Piqua (Ohio)

Saine was the fastest running back on the East squad and showed that on multiple occasions throughout the course of the week. He isn't quite as big as Enrique Davis or Brian Maddox, but has good size nonetheless. The future Ohio State Buckeye will make his share of big plays while he is in Columbus.

10. Joe Haden, WR, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly

Haden has long arms, huge hands and great speed. He also is elusive in the open field and uses a variety of moves to juke defensive backs and gain yards after the catch (and he usually catches the ball because of his hands). Haden will fit right in Florida's offense, which relies on its speedy playmakers to make big plays. He was the East's leading receiver in the game with six catches for 81 yards.

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