SAN ANTONIO, Texas – After a year off COVID-induced hiatus, the All-American Bowl returns to the San Antonio Alamodome this week. COVID still impacted the roster this year, which gave some potential lower tier customers a chance to prove they belong on the big stage. Several perspectives have already shown this week in the practices that should be considered for an upside in equities. Here are five that make the strongest case so far.
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1. VINCENT ANTHONY
The East Defensive Line group presents some of the most physically impressive prospects in this game, and Duke signer Vincent Anthony is one of those exemplars. It wasn’t exactly expected before the week. As a three-star 5.5, Anthony is one of the lowest scoring prospects in this event, but his game has put him in the top. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound is a long, athletic runner who has shown a strong mental understanding of stance. Anthony’s first step is explosive and he uses his hands and leverage to get past the opposing linesmen.
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2. TRUDELL BERRY
The only two-star non-specialist in this year’s All-American Bowl, Vanderbilt defender, defender Trudell Berry, didn’t look at all out of place during training this week in San Antonio. A late addition to Vanderbilt’s 2022 class after getting an offer from the Commodores in November, Berry was also a late addition to this All-American Bowl, getting a seat when others had to drop out. You wouldn’t blame Berry if he arrived in San Antonio a little hesitant considering the late invitation, but the Texan showed a lot of confidence and the ability to cover some of the best receivers in this game step by step down the pitch.
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3. NIC CURIO
Purdue has successfully recruited the state of Texas since before the turn of the century and found another gem in this 2022 class with defensive athlete Nic Caraway. The Boilermakers were the only Power Five school to offer Caraway, which this week in San Antonio proved it can play with the best. Listed as an outside linebacker prospect, Caraway has worked in both defense and defensive tackles this week, impressing in both positions. He does not give up on anything from the point of view of strength inside, while showing the athleticism to the limit that he has a little to believe he can play in space.
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4. AIDEN GOBAIRA
As a Rivals250 prospect, Aiden Gobaira was already highly regarded this week, but Notre Dame’s defensive future has pushed his shares to climb even higher. The east defensive line has three to five stars and Gobaira has competed with them every step of the way. Possessing great length and limitless athleticism, what has been most impressive about Gobaira this week is his engine. It may not have five-star potential, but the Virginian has an exceptional combination of size / skill and a relentless drive to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
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5. TOLAN DEMOLITION
With very few lines in practice, linebackers don’t have a chance to make a big impact in these All-American postseason balls until the actual game. DeMario Tolan, signed by LSU’s outside linebacker, introducing himself and getting people noticed in practice, therefore, is all that more impressive. While he wasn’t able to show much in the way of support for the run this week, Tolan excelled in coverage by closing the passing lanes and getting his hands on several balls thrown. He’s a long-limbed linebacker who is comfortable in space, but his build suggests he shouldn’t give anything to stop the ride either.
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