Under Armour All-America Game scouting report
After a week of practices led by two former NFL head coaches and former college and NFL superstars, this year’s Under Armour All-Americans took part in the annual showcase game Saturday afternoon at The Citrus Bowl. The game featured 27 SEC commitments, and three more players committed to various SEC programs during the game.
After watching the future stars of the SEC compete against their peers, here’s what stood out to us at game’s end:
QB Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee): Guarantano definitely needs a redshirt year and maybe a year of backup seasoning as well. He’s got some real talent, but he’s raw and his throwing mechanics are very rough. He can develop and I think he will, but I don’t like the way the ball comes out of his hand.
QB Woody Barrett (Auburn): The game just seemed to be moving a little too fast for him to really show any skill level outside of the mobility we already knew he had. He was in the third tier of the quarterbacks in the game.
RB Devwah Whaley (Arkansas): He was the best running back in the game. He’s got quickness, he’s got speed, he runs with power. He’s a perfect fit for Arkansas because he reminds me a lot of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams.
WR Drake Davis (LSU): Davis is a heck of an athlete. He plays soccer, he can run track and field. He’s going to be a terrific football player once he focuses full time on the sport. Right now he’s a great athlete playing football. He’ll get the development to become a good receiver while at LSU even if he never plays with a quality quarterback.
WR Nate Craig-Myers (uncommitted): I’ve seen Nate play about three times this season. Craig-Myers has talent and size but wasn’t helped by his team’s QB play. I really wanted to see him compete.
WR A.J. Brown (uncommitted): A bully on the outside the way he positions himself to cut off defensive backs. He emulates of lot of Brandon Marshall’s physical moves around the red zone. He might be Mississippi State’s most important target on the board.
OL Landon Dickerson (uncommitted): Of all the offensive linemen I isolated on, Dickerson did the most and held his ground the best. He’s got a solid base to work from, he’s active with his arms and he’s smart. He allows the defensive linemen to make aggressive mistakes and take themselves out of the play.
OL Greg Little (Ole Miss): He had some struggles against Ed Oliver (Houston commit, Team Armour MVP) and Antonneous Clayton, but he’s a big, athletic prospect who will eventually be the Rebels’ left tackle.
DL Rashan Gary (uncommitted): WOW! Quite possibly the best defensive player I’ve ever seen in an Under Armour Game and I’ve been to all of them. He’s not the majestic long defensive end that Jadaveon Clowney is and he’s not the pure powerhouse that Robert Nkemdiche is, but he has the things you can’t teach.
His motor is off the charts, he is so good with his pursuit and his backside pursuit when the play has left his area. They lined him up at end and tackle and he dominated both spots. He had three sacks and one observer said he looked like the next Reggie White. A three and done prospect if there ever was one.
— RecruitingNation (@ESPNRNFball) January 2, 2016
DL Antonneous Clayton (Florida): He reminds me a lot of what Carlos Dunlap was before he got to Florida. He’s a long, athletic prospect who can run and get after the quarterback. Florida has done an excellent job with recruiting defensive ends in the past 10-15 years. Clayton is a pure edge rusher that can play the outside backer in their 3-4 alignment.
DL Benito Jones (Ole Miss): With Gary getting double teamed (to no real effect) it was Jones who enjoyed a total feeding frenzy. He gets into the backfield well on his own, but I guarantee if he wasn’t pushing Gary to Ole Miss before this game, he was after the game.
#OleMiss commit Benito Jones is unblockable at DT.
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) January 2, 2016
LB Ben Davis (uncommitted): He looks like the next MLB to go to Alabama. He’s a big kid that can bring the physical play and control the middle. He doesn’t look as comfortable in space but that wouldn’t be his primary role.
LB/DE McTelvin Agim (Arkansas): You can tell he’s practiced with Arkansas a little already because he plays with confidence and he played very fast. I think he’s going to grow into more of a 3-4 defensive end type who can play inside.
DB Chauncey Gardner (Florida): I’m a big Gardner fan, but he had a rough day. He muffed a punt which lead to the first touchdown of the game and he got beat on that play, too. I’m still a fan but Gardner got a little spooked after he made the first mistake and that led to the second.
Saivion Smith (LSU): I expected more from Smith. He’s a big cornerback who has a lot of big-game potential, but he didn’t bring his ‘A’ game Saturday. He misjudged a few plays and got caught off balance covering a few routes.