U.S. Army All-American Bowl scouting report
It wasn’t much more competitive than the Under Armour All-America Game from a week before but the U.S. Army All-American Bowl had several SEC recruits and targets that had strong performances on game day and throughout the week in practice.
For starters, I apologize for not including any offensive linemen. I need to watch the game a second time to really focus on them because the telecast didn’t isolate on the line play much, if at all. The West clearly had a better line, but I’d have to watch again to see the guys and focus on them solely.
Let’s start with the quarterbacks since I know that’s what you all want to talk about.
Shea Patterson, West (Ole Miss commit, MVP): Tremendous performance for Patterson that will likely solidify his ranking as the top quarterback in the nation for his class. He’s got all the tools mechanically, he has great speed control. Looked comfortable in the gun and under center. The one really bad throw he made — overthrew the tight end a little in the red zone — was still a pass the tight end could have caught. One of his deep balls was a little underthrown and maybe he puts too much touch on some throws. But that’s picking nits really. The main issue Hugh Freeze will have is managing Patterson’s play with the senior Chad Kelly still holding the position for another year.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 9, 2016
Jacob Eason, East (Georgia commit): I love the way he throws on the rollout. He’s got as much arm talent as Patterson, maybe more if that 40-yard line drive throw is any indication. The difference is probably Patterson having the year at IMG helped him deal with this game and the nuances of playing with and against other elite players. Eason might have been pressing at some moments, probably eager to make a play. He had a couple of mishandled snaps that he needed to clean up. On his interception, he either made the right decision but overthrew the underneath receiver, or made the wrong decision and underthrew the receiver in the end zone. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt there because his arm is LIVE. Eason will be fine with reps, and I believe he’ll start the season at quarterback for Georgia and never look back.
(Update: I heard Eason jammed his thumb during the game, not sure when)
So Jacob Eason has a decent arm. Geesh. #Dawgs
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) January 9, 2016
Feleipe Franks, East (Florida commit): Franks’ first pass was a beautiful strike that was dropped. He’s a got a long, overstated release that needs to be adjusted, and it leads to his accuracy and control issues. The interception I saw was a poor throw in double coverage, another situation of trying to make a play when one wasn’t there. He won’t start right away, and if Florida can redshirt him I think they will because there are some things he really needs to work on for an extended period of time.
As for everything else.
DT Julian Rochester, East (Georgia commit): NBC doesn’t isolate on the linemen like ESPN does for the Under Armour Game, and the commentators really don’t mention unless they should. Rochester appeared on my notes a few times for his ability to bull threw blockers because he’s a massive young man. He drew a personal foul flag for shoving a QB down, but it seemed to be more out of frustration than trying to cause real damage.
— Dale Russell (@DaleRussellFox5) January 9, 2016
TE Isaac Nauta, East (Georgia commit): Quiet day as a receiver for Nauta, but I did like his blocking on the East touchdown run by Juwon Pass on a QB bootleg. Nauta sealed him off well.
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 9, 2016
ATH Demetris Robertson, East (uncommitted): He had a very nice kick return that he might have scored on had he cut to the outside around midfield.
ATH Mecole Hardman Jr., East (uncommitted): Hardman was THIS close to making a couple of big plays and had three catches. Hardman also had a real nice punt return after breaking a couple of tackles. I liked him a lot.
DT Raekwon Davis, West (Alabama commit): Davis absolutely blew up a running play in the first half, and that was all I needed to see. Big man that will abuse some offensive linemen at the next level.
Based on this play, where would you say DT Raekwon Davis is playing next yr? Did you guess Bama? If so, you're right https://t.co/ev13CfRjTz
— Trevor Sikkema (@TrevorSikkema) January 9, 2016
LB Nigel Warrior, East (uncommitted): Love the name, love the game. He wanted to mix it up. He’s a big kid that plays big and wants to make the big hits.
DB Jamel Cook, East (soft commit to FSU): He’s a tall kid that might grow into being more of a hybrid safety/linebacker. His range gives him good opportunities to disrupt the pass game. As a tackler, he comes in a little high at times. LSU is trying to get into his recruitment.
DE Mark Jackson Jr., West (Texas A&M commit): Had a nice forced fumble on a sack and a couple more pressures. I wish I would have seen a little more of him, but the little I saw I liked.
TE Isaac Nauta to Georgia (over Michigan and Alabama)
Official Game Stats
Shea Patterson 6-of-9, 90 yards, 2 TDs
Jacob Eason 6-of-13, 71 yards, INT
Feleipe Franks 1-of-7, 8 yards, 2 INT
Mecole Hardman 143 all-purpose yards
Demetris Robertson 2 KOR, 84 yards (60 long)
Raekwon Davis 1 TFL
Mark Jackson Jr. 1 sack, FF
Mique Juarez 2 tackles, 1 sack