FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla- Ohio State running back commit Brandon Saine is battling for a starting position on the East team in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday.
On Monday, Saine was part of two exciting practice sessions, including the afternoon session, which was the first in full pads for the East.
"It was a lot more fun," Saine said. "You could tell how good everybody was. Everybody stepped it up a lot."
Saine is battling with fellow four-star running backs Enrique Davis (Auburn commit from Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley) and Brian Maddox (South Carolina commit from Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna).
"They are really good," Saine said. "It's great to be with these guys and learn from them, watching how they play."
All three running backs enjoyed excellent practice sessions on Monday.
The Piqua (Ohio) High prospect also talked about the games of Davis and Maddox.
"You can tell (Davis) is fast and he's got good vision," Saine said. "He makes cuts. He's a fun guy to be around.
"(Maddox) always knows what he's doing. He's in the right place and also is good at catching the ball and outrunning people."
Saine also has opinions about the East defense, which he ran against Monday afternoon.
"The defense is fast and hits hard," Saine said. "It's pretty good competition going up against them. It gets us ready for the game."
Saine feels has caught on to the scheme that the East coaching staff, from Hoover (Ala.) High, is trying to install this week.
"I like it because it's kind of like what we did at high school," he said. "It's not that hard to learn"
The Ohio State commit also talked about what it meant to him to be a Buckeye with one of the biggest games in school history coming up next Monday when OSU plays Florida for the National Championship.
"I can't wait to watch them play next week," he said. "I can't wait to get there and try to contribute and see if I can contribute right away."
Saine is the nation's No. 64 overall prospect and the top running back prospect in the Midwest region, according to Rivals.com.