Army Bowl: Tuesday team report
SAN ANTONIO – The second day of Army All-American Bowl practice saw a number of committed prospects shine on the field. Some classes shined brighter than others, however, as Clemson-bound prospects turned in the most compelling collective performance. Below is a ranking of the ten schools that had the most to cheer about during the day’s workouts.
Dexter Lawrence, who has been the East’s most impressive player, turned in another spectacular day of practice as he disrupted the East offense all morning. He made his mark in 11-on-11 work and kept his momentum After missing the first day of workouts with an injury, Tavien Feaster showed off some seriously impressive cutting ability and a nice burst in team drills. Defensive lineman Xavier Kelly looked up to the top-level competition. And while Kelly didn’t stand out as elite, he made a handful of plays in the live session.
Michael Pittman had the best day of any Team West wide receiver and was nearly unstoppable in every drill. Pittman’s size never goes unnoticed but the way he used it to high-point passes on Tuesday was truly remarkable. Tyler Vaughns also had a solid day of practice, as the 6-foot-2 wide receiver was smooth out of his breaks and created separation on a number of different routes.
3. Ohio State
Wide receiver Austin Mack turned in a second straight day of impressive work by making spectacular catches and showing an ability to get separation with sharp cuts and quickness. Jake Hausmann’s blocking ability shined during team drills. He set the edge often and showed some serious power. He showed strong hands while catching contested passes on short routes during one-on-one drills.
Minnesota-bound linebacker Carter Coughlin, who has exceptional size, easily covered running backs and wide receivers all the way down field. He covered much deeper than linebackers usually need to and showed great speed to go along with his length. Coughlin recorded at least one interception on the day and was tough to escape in coverage all afternoon. He was the most impressive defensive player not named Dexter Lawrence at Tuesday’s East practice.
Brandon Peters turned in a great day at quarterback for the west team, as the four-star prospect made some impressive throws downfield. He dropped the ball into tight spaces deep down the sideline and was nearly impeccable with his timing. Defensive tackle Jordan Elliot was the most aggressive defensive lineman on the West roster. He was extremely disruptive up front during the live period and never seemed to rest or go half speed.
6. Florida State
Miami Central High’s Jamel Cook was downright outstanding in early drills and flashed impressive hands. Cook continues to line up at cornerback despite sometimes struggling in coverage. Cook has so many physical tools and will likely contribute on the next level, but he projects better as a safety or wide receiver than a corner. Josh Brown recorded at least two sacks in team drills. Janarius Robinson was uneven, but made a mark in team drills, during which he pressured the quarterback from time to time.
Shaquille Quarterman was solid for a second consecutive day and was as active as any player during 11-on-11 work. Quarterman is extremely quick for his size and filled gaps nicely to take away running lanes. Quarterman is a versatile prospect that covers well but is even better against the run. So while Tyler Byrd was a bit quiet on day two, Quarterman’s outing made it a good day for the Hurricanes in San Antonio.
8. Michigan State
Cameron Chambers got loose on a number of deep balls during one-on-one work and flashed nice hands on long balls. Brandon Randle held his own in one-on-one work Tuesday and possesses solid athleticism for a linebacker. Josh King was good off the edge in team drills and made an impact with a quick first step. His speed was hard to match.
9. Ole Miss
Shea Patterson showed accuracy on deep balls and connected with a number of receivers on passes longer than 25 yards. The most notable aspect of his game was his touch, which shined through often. Wide receiver DeKaylin Metcalf turned in a second consecutive pedestrian day of practice, but Patterson’s effort was good enough to carry the banner for the Rebels.
Feleipe Franks threw the ball well and showed his trademark arm strength. He also dropped a couple of passes into tight windows. He overthrew a couple targets and wasn’t the model of consistency, but the good far outweighed the bad. His workout was the best of any quarterback's on the East squad.