All-American Bowl: The Gorney awards

SANT ‘ANTONIO – The All-American Bowl has concluded, so it’s time for the Gorney Awards. Here’s a look back at the week as we roll out some hardware:

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

This award goes to the most dynamic and exciting player of the week and Alabama signer Isaiah Bond wins this one. The four-star receiver from Buford, Georgia won the Fastest Man Award at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge last summer, so we knew speed wasn’t going to be an issue. Bond had no problem chasing cornerbacks and even those who could keep up with him, the four-star made some aerobatic catches look easy during the week. Crimson Tide are adding another game-breaker that can extend the field.

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PLAYER

This award goes to the player who made a huge impact in the game and this award goes to Clemson signed quarterback Cade Klubnik. If there were any questions about who is the best QB in this class, the extraordinary Austin (Texas) Westlake answered everything they could on Saturday by throwing for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Chemistry and timing can be so challenging between quarterbacks and receivers in all-star events as they have so little time to make a jelly, but Klubnik thrived in this environment and had a phenomenal performance in the game.

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THE POWERFUL MITE

This goes to the smallest guy who made the most impact and played bigger than his size and that is USC signer Raleek Brown. Running backs don’t always have a lot to do during training week in all-star events, but when there were 1-on-1 sessions, Brown was one of the most dominant players around. He has incredible speed and is so dynamic and then the five star puts him in another gear to run as a linebacker or a defender. What makes it so special is that Brown has some of the best hands in his class for making plays in the passing game.

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THE ADONE

This award goes to the most beautiful perspective of the event and the award goes to LSU signer Quency Wiggins. The four-star Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge (La.) Suffered a frightening accident mid-week when he was hit by a car while driving an electric scooter in San Antonio. It could have been a serious situation, but Wiggins appeared largely unscathed and that’s not a complete shock as he’s all 6 feet-6 273 pounds and looks like he could be a defensive superstar in the next few years. Over the years we’ve seen a lot of good looking defensives that turned out to be early rounds and a lot of them looked just like Wiggins.

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MARKET UP

This award goes to the player who helped his recruiting rankings the most during the week and this goes to Vanderbilt signer Trudell Berry. A belated addition because so many defenders were sidelined due to the COVID-19 protocols, the two-star Baytown (Texas) Baytown Lee sure looked like the part of someone who should be in this game. He has tremendous length as a defender, he trusts his instincts to make plays and came early in the week and started competing without any hesitation.

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PHYSICAL POWER

This award goes to the prospect who just overpowered and mistreated opponents all week and this goes to Alabama signer Elijah Pritchett. Place no. 1 to the offensive tackle in the 2022 class is still undecided, but Pritchett will be in the discussion. The four-star tall Columbus (Ga.) Carver is all 6 feet-6 290 pounds and even moved inside to stand guard during the week because there was a dearth of offensive tackling in his squad. Pritchett didn’t miss a shot, throwing defensive linemen around and proving he was physical and athletic in that position.

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BEAST MODE

This award goes to the most dominant player along the lines of scrimmage and this goes to Penn State signer Dani Dennis-Sutton. No offensive tackles had an answer for the extraordinary Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh who could use speed or power to consistently win reps. He had an incredible drive to the bull that stunned the linesmen with his intensity and engine or he could use the speed to the limit to enter the backfield. Most of the week, Dennis-Sutton has been unstoppable.

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BEAST MODE II

Mykel Williams

This award also goes to one of the most dominant players along the lines of scrimmage and Georgia signer Mykel Williams also deserves this award. It was debated whether Williams would prove to be a potential five-star customer and this question was answered. He dominated 1 on 1 all week, showed his length and surprising power on the inside and looked like the role of one of the next big defensive men to come out of Athens.

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ACCELERATION TICKET

This award goes to the fastest or most dynamic player on the pitch and Arkansas signer Isaiah Sategna wins this one. Already a track star, it would have been interesting to see the four-star receiver from Fayetteville, Ark., Compete with other speedsters at this event because he could have won. Sategna flies into the field, burns the cornerbacks on the deep ball and then has the ability to play the direction of never giving up a pass. It could be a field weapon for the Razorbacks in the beginning.

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ATTACK EM

Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman

This award is for a receiver with the best hands during the week and that was Kevin Coleman, committed to Jackson state, who pulled out a stunner by choosing to play Deion Sanders‘ program. The extraordinary St. Louis (Mo.) St. Mary’s was recently upgraded from five stars to four, but Coleman has proven in San Antonio that he can be one of the best receivers in the country. It is fast in its paths, creates separation and then captures whatever is thrown at it. He was consistent, he couldn’t be defended, and he had a great performance at the All-American Bowl.

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ARM OF BREED

Drew Allar

Drew Allar

This award goes to the quarterback with the best arm who showed the ability to zip all the passes on the ball and this is Penn State signer Drew Allar. The Medina, Ohio overtime is already ranked sixth best quarterback in class and number 71 overall, but Allar could argue for moving even higher. He has a casual arm, the ball is delivered everywhere and physically he could be the best looking quarterback in his class. Allar struggled a bit in the game, but the whole week was solid.

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MR. CONSISTENCY

CJ Williams

CJ Williams

This award goes to the player who has simply been good all week and can be relied on to carry it every day. USC commit CJ Williams wins this one. In the game, Santa Ana (California) four-star receiver Mater Dei received an impressive touchdown pass early on. Throughout the week in practice, Williams has been fantastic, he has shown impressive speed and directing skills and that’s what he’s been doing for years at the high school level.

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THE COVERAGE

This award goes to the defender who did the best job blocking wide receivers all week and that was Georgia signer Julian Humphrey. He was beaten by CJ Williams for a touchdown in the first quarter of play, but Humphrey has been outstanding all week – and arguably the best corner in a major all-star national event this off-season. Humphrey has phenomenal speed and closing ability and has a knack for finding the ball when it comes towards him.

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LUNCH BUCKET

Billy Schrauth

Billy Schrauth

This is for the prospect doing all the dirty work that doesn’t get into the box scoring or noticed by many and that was Notre Dame signer Billy Schrauth. The protagonist of the Fond du Lac (Wisc.) St. Mary’s Springs didn’t talk much during the recruiting process and didn’t go to many camps: he just went out and worked, got bigger and stronger and came to San Antonio to prove he was arguably the best domestic offensive lineman in the country. There wasn’t much hype, just substance, when it came to Schrauth.

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