January 1, 2007

Offense-Defense Sunday Hot 11: East

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

Wes Byrum, PK, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Saint Thomas

Aquinas (Auburn)

The local star worked a lot on his own during Sunday, but when he did get the chance to work in a team situation, he was impressive both punting the ball and placekicking. He nailed several kicks from 40-plus yards during the end of the afternoon session and is showing why he's one of the best in the country at what he does.

Enrique Davis, RB, Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley


Davis has tremendous quickness and feet and has explosive speed. He was the best running back on the East squad during Sunday's practices, edging out Ohio State commit Brandon Saine, who also is very talented and fast. Davis also looks like he has gotten bigger and has a nice size/speed


Roderick Davis, WR, Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale

You've heard about how fast Davis is, but his hands are a very underrated part of his game. He has the ability to get open deep, but also make the tough catch in traffic. His outstanding agility and quickness also allows him to pick up yards after the catch and increase the potential for a big play when he gets his hands on the ball.

Stephen Garcia, QB, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson (South


Garcia has a bad throw every now and then, but he's got a strong arm and a quick release, which allows him to succeed in the passing game. He also has above average mobility and athleticism and is very confident (as is Cameron Newton, the other East quarterback), all of which will help him in the Hoover (Ala.) High offensive system the East is running.

Donald Langley, DT, Germantown (Md.) Seneca Valley


Langley isn't very tall, so he gets great leverage against the offensive line. He's also very active and has a great motor, which gets him upfield and allows him to make big plays. Langley also has a defensive mentality as he does not lack confidence or back away from a challenge.

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


Matthews impressed with his quick first step and athleticism during the first day. He's active and always around the football, which led to a big play during the afternoon session when he scooped up a fumble and raced the other way for what would have been a touchdown.

Rolando McClain, LB, Decatur (Ala.)


McClain is a monster at middle linebacker at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds and has excellent range and lateral movement ability. McClain stalks opposing ball carriers and uses his long arms and frame to disrupt in the passing game. He anchors a physically-impressive group for the East defense.

Michael McNeil, S, Mobile (Ala.) Davidson

Multiple players thought McNeil was the best player on the field on Sunday and it's hard to argue with them. He was all over the place from his safety spot, excelling in run support as well as in the passing game (he had multiple pass break ups). McNeil has gotten stronger and faster since the summer.

Chaz Powell, S, New Freedom (Pa.) Susquehannock

(Penn State)

Like McNeil, Powell also had a strong showing from the safety spot. He came up in run support and also was good in pass defense. The thing that stands out the most about Powell is that he is always around the football, a trait that is positive about all defensive players.
Golden Tate, WR, Hendersonville (Tenn.) Pope John Paul

II (Notre Dame)

Tate was the best wide receiver on the field on Sunday. What stood out the most were his excellent hands and ability to make tough catches in traffic. That wasn't something that stood out on the high school tape, which mostly consists of runs from the tailback spot. Tate also is one of the fastest receivers on the team.

Nick Toon, WR, Madison (Wisc.)


Toon, the son of former NFL wide receiver Al Toon, has excellent size and underrated speed. He gets separation from defensive backs and showed he can be a deep threat as well as he can be a possession receiver at the next level. In addition to his great bloodlines, Toon has the physical tools to be special.

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