January 4, 2007
East Meets West AA Bowl Thursday Hot 11: West
The daily Hot 11 from the East Meets West All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The East Meets West All-American game practice for the West team definitely displayed offensive and defensive weapons armed with speed on Thursday. Prospects like highly recruited linebacker Earl Patin, Rivals250 defensive end Kenny Rowe and Tennessee quarterback recruit BJ Coleman showed off some special abilities. Check out those and the rest of Thursday's top performers in the latest Hot 11 from the East Meets West All-American game.
|East Meets West All-American Bowl Thursday Hot 11: The West |
Kenny Rowe, DE, Long Beach (Cal.) Poly
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Rowe is accustomed to the defensive end position, but his play at linebacker was just as special. It's easy to see how he's added a host of scholarship offers after making big defensive plays all day. One of those was an interception of quarterback G.J. Kinne on a broken screen play which he took to the endzone.
Earl Patin, LB, Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab
Hampered by hamstring cramps, Patin still managed to disrupt the offense. Suited best for the inside linebacker position, that doesn't mean he lacks any speed. He was constantly involved on numerous defensive stops and will have a big impact on what the West defense can do against a big East squad.
BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga (Tenn.) McCallie
The West wide receivers and tight ends were blown away by Coleman's play. Being a more option quarterback in high school, his running ability is already proven. However, his quick feet benefited him in moving the pocket and showing off an underrated arm. The wide receivers also joked that his balls hurt when they get to their hands.
Brandon Collins, ATH, Brenham (Tex.)
Collins' speed is well-known by the West quarterbacks and that's why he got the ball often. More of his receptions were screen passes or swing plays, but when he gets in space, watch out. During 7-on-7 competition, he made several breaks on his routes where few corners could keep up.
Frank Alexander, DE, Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab
The coaches were constantly calling out the name of Alexander after several positive plays for the West defense. His length and frame are quite incredible at this stage and he's very quick off the edge. Alexander is going to be a coach's dream in a weight room because the natural talent is there.
Lamark Brown, ATH, St. Louis (Mo.) Hazelwood West
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, it's hard to believe that the West coaches had Brown as a corner and a safety during both team drills and one-on-ones. Brown didn't disappoint. Covering the bigger receivers and tight ends, he held his own. Laughing afterwards with the players, Brown wants to see what he'll play next.
James Kirkendoll, WR, Round Rock (Tex.)
Surprisingly, Kirkendoll lined up as a cornerback for the West team rather than a receiver. Word is that he'll get a chance at offense, but he's been exceptional as a defensive player. During one-on-ones, he showed a huge vertical leap. One was in the corner of the end zone over receiver Reggie Dunn.
Andre Tate', RB, Mendota Heights (Minn.) Henry Sibley
To say that Minnesota got a steal with Andre Tate would be an understatement. His frame already reminds many people on hand, at least physically, of bigger backs like LenDale White. While he still is developing as a runner, the tools are there and he had several big runs on the day against a very fast defense.
Brock Mansion, QB, Episcopal School of Dallas
Armed with a pretty release and a cannon for an arm, the wide receivers were definitely getting balls from the Cal commit Mansion quickly. After a few soft passes, he excelled in the latter portion of the practice with some solid throws hitting the likes of Malcolm Williams in stride.
Malcolm Williams, WR, Garland (Tex.)
The quarterbacks say that it's hard to out throw Williams on fly patterns. Despite being a big prospect, the Texas bound receiver has wheels. Several players the quarterbacks would fire the football near the sidelines and wait for Williams to get under it. He's having a big day and looks geared up for this week's game.
G.J. Kinne, QB, Gilmer (Tex.)
Kinne has definitely made strides as a passer since leaving Canton and heading to Gilmer. He's going to be fun to watch at Texas with his competitive attitude. His entrance to the Hot 11 was not just about performance, but his competitive attitude with his fellow players. The leadership skills are certainly there for this future Longhorn.
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