UA All-America Game: Stock up, stock down for the week
ORLANDO -- Under Armour All-America week is in the books and now it is time to evaluate who raised or lowered their stock after a week of practices and a competitive game that took place in chilly and sometimes rainy and windy conditions.
It is hard to draw up a better offensive tackle than Petit-Frere. Not only did he look the part, but he played the part this week. He has great feet to mirror the quick defensive ends and he showed good strength when run blocking too. He is going to add weight and strength, so he will only get better moving forward. He has first-round draft choice written all over him.
You look at Walker on the hoof and you think college linebacker, not high school. Then you see him play in space, drop in coverage, close on the ball and rush the passer — and you think, what can’t this young man do? He is currently ranked just outside the Rivals100, but he won’t be much longer.
Mustipher was very disruptive in Florida. He used strength and quickness to beat offensive linemen on the inside. He was constantly talked about as one of the top defensive linemen daily on either team. He was as consistent as anyone and Penn State may have one in the trenches that can help them early.
What a week it was for Johnson. He is a typical Mississippi State signee on the offensive line. The Bulldogs may have found another gem from an in-state high school. He is likely a right tackle on the next level, but he worked mostly at guard this week and he was very impressive. He was one of the top offensive linemen daily.
Monday is still very thin, so he will need to add weight at Auburn, but he mixed it up physically and had a nose for the football this week. He has great length, he really showed great range and he covers well for a safety.
When talking to coaches on Jordan’s team, without hesitation, one said he not only was the best tight end on his team, but the best overall player. He looks like a strongside defensive end on the hoof, but he has soft hands, he gets out of his breaks well and he was Mr. Consistency. There is no reason to think Jordan cannot make an impact as a true freshman for Miami.
Overshown showed great range and ball skills in practice, then showed physicality in the game. He has a great frame, he is football tough and he is instinctive on the back end of the defense.
Shorter was the best receiver for the week. The quarterbacks only targeted him once in the game, so not many had the chance to see what he did throughout the week. He has that size and speed combination that coaches covet and his hands were sticky day one, two and three. He was making plays and very tough to defend.
Griffin was locking receivers down all week. He always looked to be engaged in the competition and he wanted to go against the best. He is very quick and he showed great instincts.
Cox flashed during the first three practices, then he was dominant in the game with a couple of sacks and he has a real chance to add that fifth star. The Georgia signee was relentless off the edge and he showed the ability to turn the corner and close on the quarterback against some of the best offensive tackles.
It was a tough week for Jones. He really struggled throwing the ball with accuracy from day one. He just could not find a rhythm, he never got into a groove and he held the ball too long often. The conditions were far from ideal much of the time, but the Florida signee did not perform at the level expected.
West had a solid day three, but other than that, he just appeared to be off. His arm strength was not the same as the other quarterbacks and he struggled in the accuracy department. It is never easy for quarterbacks in an environment like this as they work with players they are unfamiliar with, but the Stanford signee had an off week.
Taylor flashed his quickness and his speed this week, but he had a hard time pulling in the passes. He is likely to stay at wide receiver at Tennessee, but he will have to improve on the consistency of his ball skills.
Foster struggled in coverage all week long and was just too inconsistent and a step slow. He’d make a good play here and there, but would regress and be late to the football the next few plays. He really struggled in solo coverage.
Of all the tight ends in attendance at the Under Armour game, Muhammad was seen least often on the receiving ends of passes. Since bursting onto the scene heading into his junior season, he hasn't produced big numbers at his high school and didn't seize the opportunity to change recent opinion of him among some of the country's elite prospects.