January 1, 2007
Offense-Defense Sunday Hot 11: West
The daily Hot 11 from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com.
The West squad at the Offense-Defense Bowl is bolstered by some of the nation's top skill players, so it's no surprise to see one quarterback, two receivers and two running backs make the first
edition of the Hot 11 after Sunday's practices. Quarterback Jarrett Lee of Brenham, Texas, and receivers Dez Bryant of Lufkin, Texas, and Drew Davis of Denver Montbello all
had big days for the West squad.
|Dez Bryant, WR, Lufkin, Texas |
Bryant was banged up a little bit on Sunday with a tweaked hamstring, but that didn't stop him from proving he's one of the nation's elite receivers. Working in the same offense he did in high school,
Bryant was miles ahead of everybody else on the field. He used that experience to look great running routes and making several big-time catches.
|Lennon Creer, RB, Tatum, Texas |
Creer ran mostly with the first offensive group on Sunday. While it's too early to call him a starter, he looked great as the day progressed. He struggled a little bit early catching some of the option
pitches, but later he showed his natural ability. He would explode through holes, and he met linebacker Jermaine Love in the hole once and blasted past him for a big gain.
|Raymond Carter, RB, Los Angeles Crenshaw |
Carter not only looked the part, but he played the part of a big-time running back on Sunday. Carter will need to add some more weight on the next level, but his frame is amazing and he looked good
every time he touched the football. He seemed a little more comfortable early on with handling the ball. When he got in the groove late in the day he showed why he was one of UCLA's earliest
|Drew Davis, WR, Denver Montbello |
Davis caught everything thrown his way on Sunday. In span of about 15 minutes, he had three remarkable catches in traffic. He also made a nice one-handed grab on a ball that appeared to be
overthrown. Physically, he's added some good muscle to his frame since Rivals.com first saw him at the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp, It looks like Oregon's getting itself one heck of a player.
|Da'John Harris, DL, Gardena (Calif.) Serra |
In the one-on-ones, Harris was really the only defensive lineman that consistently beat his blocker. He didn't win every battle, as Blake Behrens got him one time and Rishaw
Johnson beat him as well. But his explosive first step and quick swim move allowed him to blow past blockers on numerous other attempts. He showed why he's one of the nation's more highly
regarded defensive players.
|Desmond Jackson, DB, Seguin, Texas |
Jackson, an Oklahoma commitment, was a jack-of-all-trades on Sunday. The West coaching staff has him working at both safety positions and even playing a little bit of rover. Physically, he's still
one of the most impressive looking players in Texas, and he did show great ability to close on the football. What landed him on the list also was his ability to come up and support the run. The
Sooners got themselves a good one with Jackson.
|Jarvis Jones, OL, Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated |
Jones has a long way to go in the filling out department. He's easily the longest and leanest lineman in the game on either roster. But he was also the most dominating blocker for the West squad on
Sunday, especially in one-on-one drills. He won two great matchups against Anthony Jacobs and Kevin Frahm. Once he gets his long arms locked on to you, it's tough to break free.
|Jarrett Lee, QB, Brenham, Texas |
All three quarterbacks were great on Sunday, and it was tough to leave out Aaron Corp and Kodi Burns, However, it looked like Lee was the most comfortable with the offense on
Sunday. The LSU commitment said his experience of running a similar offense in high school helped him make a quick transition. Lee had some zip on his passes, and he made several good
decisions. That being said, so did the other quarterbacks.
|Jayson Palmgren, OL, North Kansas City, Mo. |
Call Palmgren an underdog. He was one of the final players to be invited to the game, and he's not the tallest guy around. He's definitely an interior guy - but a really good one. Palmgren played
center most of the day. While he was adjusting to long-snapping, he did impress quite a bit in the one-on-ones. Palmgren beat Nick Wood once head-to-head and then he did quite well in
three consecutive matchups against Christian Tupou.
|Keenan Robinson, LB, Plano (Texas) East |
There's no question that the linebacker position is loaded on both the East and the West. Robinson was all over the field on Sunday. He flew around making big plays in both running and in coverage
situations. With his still rather lean frame, one observer compared him to the way Derrick Johnson looked when he was coming out of Waco, Texas. Ironically, Robinson is also heading to
play for the Longhorns.
|Ben Wells, DB, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen |
If there were an award for the most confident player out there, Wells would win the prize. The lockdown cornerback had a very good day, and he wasn't afraid to let everybody know about it. He was
fluid in coverage situations and was able to easily turn and run on the deep balls. Wells, another Texas commitment, should be able to carry on the great tradition that Texas has for lockdown
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