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July 21, 2008

Top Gun: Linebacker/D-Back evaluations

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PAISLEY, Fla. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every spent Sunday's afternoon session analyzing the defensive backs and linebackers. Again, the FBU coaching staff went out of their way to allow us complete access. Bob Palko led the linebackers while Perry Williams instructed the defensive backs. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

LINEBACKERS
6-2, 218, ILB Conway Springs (KS) Conway Springs
Assets: Has good size for an ILB and was a vocal leader of the group.
What was most impressive at camp: You could tell this kid really likes every part of football,including every aspect of practice.
Areas for improvement: Needs to work some on his lateral movement and change of direction.
On the Hoof: Has wide shoulders, lean legs and very big hands. I don't think there is any doubt about him getting off blocks.
5-10, 200, OLB Apopka (FL) Apopka
Assets: Some of the fastest feet I have seen all year.
What was most impressive at camp: He always had a smile on his face and his lateral movement is superior to most linebackers in the country.
Areas for improvement: He will need to continue to add muscle mass and strength while keeping his tremendous athleticism.
On the Hoof: There is no doubt that he is slightly undersized and may actually be a hybrid S/LB. But "Pooh Bear" has an extremely athletic lower body and room to grow up top.
6-2, 208, OLB/S Vero Beach (FL) Vero Beach
Assets: Great lateral movement and excellent ball skills.
What was most impressive at camp: Motta displayed very good closing speed in pass skeleton.
Areas for improvement: Would like to see him concentrate on being a linebacker at the next level. His great frame will surely take 25-pounds of muscle mass.
On the Hoof: Has good height, muscular calves and is really cut. Somebody was calling him Brian Urlacher.
6-2, 205, OLB Eagle Lake (FL) Lake Region 2010
Assets: Has a tremendous burst and excellent ball skills.
What was most impressive at camp: For a guy who is making the change from safety to linebacker, he sure looked a natural.
Areas for improvement: He just needs to get reps at his new position because all the tools are there.
On the Hoof: Has good height, long arms and wide shoulders. Robinson's frame will fill out and enable him to play all three linebacker positions.
DEFENSIVE BACKS
5-11, 160, DB Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Assets: Has excellent hands and can really flip those hips when the receiver makes his move.
What was most impressive at camp: Even though he is a little light right now, he is not afraid to use his arms and hands to get a positional advantage on the receiver.
Areas for improvement: Carter has excellent height for a corner but needs to add some muscle mass to take the wear and tear of college football.
On the Hoof: Again has good height for a corner, but he is very slender. He also has very long arms which allow him to make more plays on the ball than the average defensive back.
6-2, 180, S Harbor City (CA) Narbonne
Assets: Has good change of direction, long arms and excellent height for a corner.
What was most impressive at camp: Showed some serious elevation on a pass thrown over the middle during pass skeleton.
Areas for improvement: Needs to work some on his overall speed, but hischange of direction and long arms allow him to recover if beaten on a route.
On the Hoof: Moore has great height and a frame that can still add more size. Don't be surprised if he is cross-trained as a free safety.
5-8, 160, CB Washington (DC) Woodson
Assets: He has very quick feet and is the classic overachiever.
What was most impressive at camp: Plain and simple, Randall Carroll said he was the toughest corner he went against. That is saying a lot since Carroll is one of the fastest high school football players in the nation.
Areas for improvement: Rios is slight in stature and will need to add some strength and body mass for the next level.
On the Hoof: His height is right at that cutoff that college coaches like. His upper and lower bodies are very proportionate, he just needs to add about 15 pounds.
5-7, 155, CB Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer 2010
Assets: Coach Williams thought he had the quickest feet of the group. He is also a gritty competitor.
What was most impressive at camp: Even though he may have been the smallest defensive back, he was physical at the line of scrimmage and never gave up on a play.
Areas for improvement: Needs to add strength and at least 15 pounds of good body mass.
On the Hoof: He looks to be about the size of Florida star return man Brandon James.

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