January 1, 2008

Under Armour: Tuesday Silver Hot 11

The Silver team has no shortage of weapons at receiver, but it was a tight end who really stood out in Tuesday's Under Armour All-Star game workouts. Blake Ayles made catch after catch all day to establish himself as a major threat to have a breakout game Saturday. See who joins Ayles on the Tuesday Hot 11.

Under Armour All Star Game Silver Hot 11

Blake Ayles, TE, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran

At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Ayles provides all kinds of matchup problems for smaller defensive backs. The USC commit showed his speed by consistently getting behind the smaller defenders and also has proven to be an asset in the run game with his blocking skills. He should have a huge game Saturday.

Daquan Bowers, DE, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg Ehrhandt

The Clemson commit is like a man among boys on the defensive line. The Silver team coaches consider him a prospect that is not just ready to contribute, but to start right away in college. Coming off the edge on the pass rush, there was not a Silver offensive lineman that had a quick enough step to stop him.

Braxton Cave, OL, Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn

At 6 feet 4, 295 pounds, the Notre Dame offensive line commit is one of the most physically imposing prospects on a team that lacks size up front. Cave is the strongest of the six linemen on his squad and showed a glimpse of that strength when he pancake blocked 6-foot-2, 300 pound defensive tackle Rod Davis.

T.J. Lawrence, WR, Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen

On a team that is incredibly deep with receiver prospects, Lawrence stood out the most on Tuesday. He had several highlight reel catches in the afternoon practice. He was able to consistently run the fade route to the corner of the end zone and get open for scores.

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla) Booker T. Washington

One Silver team defender called Harris 'the best defensive back on the team.' Though relatively small at 5-foot-10, he possesses the speed and the natural cover skills to match up with larger receivers. In full team drills, he tipped a pass to himself and grabbed it for a pick six.

Jamie Harper, RB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian

The Silver team's game plan is not likely to include a heavy dose of the run, but that won't affect Harper. He was one of the quarterbacks' favorite targets all day in seven-on-seven drills. After the catch he proved to be very elusive and with his size, will be tough to bring down in Saturday's game.

Spencer Adams, S, Matthews (N.C.) Butler

Adams looked the part at two different positions on Tuesday. Though a natural fee safety, the 6-foot-1 defender spent the majority of the morning at corner. He was usually assigned the top receiver and more than held his own at a new position. At free safety, he showed a great football IQ by always being in the right place to help out the corners.

Curtis Cunningham, DT, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine

Though overshadowed on the roster by higher-ranked defensive linemen, the three-star prospect showed a great push up the field in the pass rush. Though the quarterback was off-limits, Cunningham would have been credited with several sacks on the day. Colorado got itself a good interior defender in the 6-foot-2, 270 pound tackle.

Chris Tolliver, WR, Rayville (La.)

As was the case with Lawrence, it was hard for Tolliver to truly stand out on a team that is loaded at his position. However, the LSU commit was the most consistent of all the receivers in the morning session. The most impressive part of his game was his sideline awareness. He caught several balls while making sure to stay in bounds.

Kyle Parker, QB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail

Even though he is the least touted of the quarterbacks on the Silver squad, Parker has more pocket presence and field awareness than E.J. Manuel and Nick Crissman. His height hinders him a bit in seeing over taller linemen but he was able to consistently check off various receivers and find the deep man open in the middle.

Deion Walker, WR, Christchurch (Va.)

Before going down with an apparent knee injury toward the end of the morning practice, Walker showed flashes of the ability that has garnered him offers from all across the country. He was one of the favorite targets for all three quarterbacks and was one of the most dominant receivers in the seven-on-seven drills as well as the one-on-ones.


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