Top Performers from the East

The Recruiting Network knows
how much fans love lists, so with that in mind editor Mike
Farrell put together a look at the top 10
performances from the East squad at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl this past
Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
The list doesn't necessarily reflect how
Farrell would rank the players, but how they looked based upon their
performances against other blue-chippers.
Blackmon (Boston College) – Blackmon was around the ball all day
recovering two fumbles, intercepting a pass and returning it 32 yards and
getting involved in yet another fumble late in the game. Played free safety
in the game but will be a shutdown cornerback in college. Showed good speed
and instincts. He should be fun to watch at Boston College the next four or
five years.
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McClendon (N.C. State) – Working against the super-fast defensive line
of the West, McClendon was the only effective running back for the East
squad. McClendon showed the ability to break tackles and gain extra yardage
after first contact. While he’s not the fastest runner, he showed good
vision and hit the hole with power and decisiveness.

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Davis – Davis
showed great speed and a good motor in making several tackles, pressuring
the quarterback and causing a fumble from his linebacker spot. While he’s
not very tall, he showed that his lack of size shouldn’t be a problem in
college. However, he looked like he’d be more effective as a hard-hitting
strong safety.
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Banks – While
Banks didn’t have great numbers, he showed his athletic ability by
scrambling as a quarterback, getting separation as a receiver and returning
a kickoff to boot. Banks didn’t show a lot of accuracy throwing the ball,
but he also didn’t have a lot of time in the pocket either.
Lewis – Lewis showed his brute strength in the middle as well as some
good pass-rushing moves during the game from his defensive tackle position.
He recovered a fumble and showed good hustle running down some plays. He's
going to make college coaches very happy.
Bain – Bain showed good coverage skills throughout the game and the
ability to make open-field tackles. Size was the only question mark coming
into the game about Bain but he looked plenty big enough to cover taller
wide receivers. He's a player that improved his stock for sure in the game.
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Unis (Boston College) – Unis had the misfortune of going against
superb offensive tackle Kyle Williams for much of the day, but he showed his
quickness and non-stop motor in running down some plays. Unis’ tenacity
and hustle shone through even though he received more attention than any
other East lineman. He was also the
star of all of the East practices - everybody was wowed by him throughout
the week.
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Hutchinson (Rutgers) – The New Jersey standout looked thinner than we
remember, but he flashed that trademark athleticism and speed that had teams
fighting for his services before he made his commitment to Rutgers. Hutchinson showed good tackling form and ran
sideline-to-sideline well. Once he bulks back up, he should be a force to deal with.
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Brooks – While Brooks over pursued at times and missed tackles here
and there, he made some good plays and flashed his pass-rushing skills late
in the game as well. You could clearly see how good Brooks can be with some
college coaching. And it was also clear why he was selected as the defensive
player of the year by some publications.
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Mattes – Although he still needs to add weight to be an effective
defensive end, Mattes showed good speed and the ability to play the run. He
was around the ball a few times and ran down some other plays.