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December 31, 2008MORE: White team | Black team | UA rosters | Army AA Bowl coverage | More all-star coverage
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The countdown to Sunday's Under Armour All-American Game officially began Wednesday with the start of practice for the White team and the Black team. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons breaks down the top White team performers from Wednesday's workout.
White Team Hot 11 - Wednesday
DL Corey Adams
6-3/277, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Adams had one of the more consistent days on the defensive line for the White team. He showed several good pass rush moves in one-on-ones. He has a nice spin move that he utilized effectively but he is also strong enough to push offensive linemen around with his hands. Adams plays with good pad level and was able to keep good leverage against some bigger offensive linemen.
DT Gary Brown
6-3/275, Quincy (Fla.) West Gadsden
Brown stood alone as the best player on the White team's defensive line. Very few offensive linemen were able to handle his pass rush whether it was on the interior or against offensive tackles. Brown is explosive off the snap, has great quick feet and is strong and active with his hands. Brown is a tough matchup for offensive linemen, particularly on the interior, because he has the versatility to beat you with quickness or strength.
ATH Stephon Gilmore
6-1/180, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
It's been good to get a chance to see Gilmore in his college position at defensive back rather than quarterback where he played his senior season. In Orlando, Gilmore has shown a great frame and looks the part of a safety with a great looking body structure. He has some cornerback cover skills, has loose hips and has shown very good ball skills. Gilmore also showed a willingness to hit and already looks college ready at safety.
ATH Darrell Givens
6-1/170, Indian Head (Md.) Lackey
There is a lot to be said about a defensive back that always seems to be around the ball and that was the case on Wednesday with Givens. Givens was always in good position defensively and picked off a couple of passes while getting a hand on several more. He has good size at cornerback, reacts well to routes and plays with a lot of smarts.
6-6/320, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kapolei
Hasiak was the only offensive lineman that was able to handle Gary Brown and the two had some very good battles. Hasiak has the strength to handle any bullrush, plays with a strong base and showed good feet and athleticism. The interior lineman moves his feet extremely well and had one of the best overall performances on the White squad.
6-3/214, St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County
If you accept Jeffrey for what he is, he is great. Jeffrey isn't a guy you're going to get the ball to in space, or a guy that's going to spin a cornerback around with his route running but he is an ideal possession receiver. He has great height and probably some of the best hands in the country. Jeffrey will be a terrific red zone threat because of his ability to take the ball away from smaller defenders. He also shows great body control in the air and uses his body well to shield defenders.
OT Taylor Lewan
6-7/272, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Lewan's body is still developing but it looks like he has the ability to really be a great offensive tackle. He is lean right now but is extremely long and looks like he has the ability to add weight. Lewan uses his hands well, stays back in his pass set and has the feet for tackle. Lewan will have an extremely high ceiling as he gets stronger and bigger in a college weight program.
6-3/220, Dewar (Okla.)
Coming from 8-man football in Oklahoma to 11-man football against the best players from around the country, you would expect an adjustment period for Lewis. That wasn't necessary on Wednesday though. Right out of the gates, Lewis looked great on the hoof and his athleticism really showed. He can backpedal like a safety and for a guy that plays such a low-level of football, he looks remarkably college ready.
5-11/210, Pensacoloa (Fla.) Escambia
Even among All-Americans, Richardson's body is unique. He has muscles seemingly everywhere on his body but that doesn't translate into stiffness. Richardson is very fluid and explosive and he accelerates with the ball in his hands like a track star. His power is what sets him apart though. His body can take any pounding and he will dish it out as well. Already Richardson has separated himself as one of the most explosive and dynamic backs in Orlando.
5-11/171, Atlanta (Ga.) Washington
Smith is the most technically sound and natural defensive back on the White team. He is a quick twitch athlete who is extremely quick in and out of breaks and comes out of his backpedal with track speed. Smith has special teams return value and some of the best upside in the country at the cornerback position thanks to his overall athleticism. Though he is very skinny, Smith also has good height and has a body you like out of a cornerback.
LB Manti Te'o
6-2/225, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
The White linebacking group is one of the best position groups on either team and Te'o leads the way. He has very good size, looks thick and physically mature. He also moves well in coverage, turns his hips well and is active dropping into passing lanes. Te'o looks fully capable of being an inside linebacker in 'Tampa 2' coverage and running with vertical routes. He also has a good feel for his zone drops and has good route recognition.
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