All-American Bowl: What we learned (Day 3)

SAN ANTONIO – The East and West rosters split for Day 3 of the All-American Bowl trials. Rivals National Recruiting Analysts Sam Spiegelman And Josh Helmholdt they were available for Thursday’s sessions. Both defensive lines shone and the playmakers continued to shine on the offensive side of the ball. Here’s more from what they learned in San Antonio.

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THE EAST DEFENSIVE LINE IS A STRONG POINT

Earlier in the week, no position group on either side featured as much high-end talent as the eastern defensive line. Highlighted by five-star Mykel Williams, Marvin Jones Jr. and Dani Dennis-Sutton, the East Defensive Line would always be one of the most watched position groups this week in San Antonio. After three days of testing, even those high expectations were surpassed.

One of the reasons the Eastern defensive line received praise this week was the emergence of lower-rated potential customers in the group. There was little hype when Vincent Anthony engaged with Duke in the summer. At the time, he only had four other Power Five offerings. Anthony was an absolute revelation in All-American Bowl training, proving to be as physically gifted as nearly any defensive lineman in attendance.

As a Rivals250 prospect, Notre Dame defender Aiden Gobaira certainly doesn’t have a low score, but with a five-star trio lined up alongside him, Gobaira wasn’t a name that was buzzing earlier in the week. Gobaira put his name up there with the best players in this position, though, with his relentless engine and physical abilities. Likewise, Caden Story rounded out the final explosive defensive group well, lining up mostly inside.

The five stars, meanwhile, were just as good as advertised. Williams, a Georgia signer, is a devastating combination of size and athleticism and this week gave offensive linemen. Likewise, Dennis-Sutton, a Penn State signer, is nearly impossible to block when he wants to be, and often does. Jones, a future Georgia Bulldog, may be the most consistent of the trio, and each of them lived up to five-star billing this week.

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BOUIE IS MR. VERSATILE

Deyon Bouie

Texas A&M signatory Deyon Bouie is classified as cornerback prospectus No. 11 in the 2022 class and the Aggies have announced him as a defensive defender on their official version of National Signing Day. This week, however, the man they call “Smoke” is playing wide receiver for the Eastern team and proving himself one of the most explosive directors on the team.

Bouie probably had the game of the day in East practice on Thursday when he got up on a defensive back for a fingertip grip in the end zone during the one-on-one session. His speed makes Aggie’s future dangerous after catching, but Bouie has also proven himself to be one of the safest catchers and a favorite of Eastern quarterbacks.

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WEST DL WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SLOW DOWN

Curry Caden

Curry Caden

Saturday is shaping up to be a defensive affair with not just the East but the West defensive line showing itself well in Thursday’s practice. Caden Curry (Ohio State), Chris McClellan (Florida), J’Mond Tapp (Texas) and Nic Caraway (Purdue) were absolutely stellar this week and again Thursday, while Tyson Ford (Notre Dame) also shone a bit. .

Curry’s relentless engine was hard to ignore and he flies off the line and has won reps from the edge and stunts on the inside. He fired future teammate Devin Brown during the team’s training portion. Caraway thrived with her hand in the earth. The future Boilermaker was in charge of the double teams and on Thursday he still snatched a sack. It features a fantastic descent and contraction.

Tapp benefited from the fact that the Western OL had to double down on the McClellan, Curry and Caraway squad on a few occasions. He flew overboard for a lot and joined Ford for a second. McClellan has also consistently generated pressure on the edge and is a bowling ball that crashes at best.

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CJ WILLIAMS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE PLAYMAKER

CJ Williams

CJ Williams

The East and West teams have elite defensive talent, but one catcher who always found a way to play Thursday was Rivals100’s uncommitted playmaker CJ Williams. Once upon a time commitment to Notre Dame has a fluidity to its game as it easily moves downward like a deep threat. He is also lucid enough to find holes in the defense and has also been a favorite for all West quarterbacks near the goal line.

Williams, who has privately signed with neighboring UCLA or USC, will reveal his decision during Saturday’s All-American Bowl. He visited USC to meet the first-year Trojans manager Lincoln Riley before the Early Signing Period and, in theory, has the elite skills to be thrilling in that crime.

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CLEMSON-BOUND FALLS KLUBNIK FLASH FOR WEST

Klubnik falls

Klubnik falls

Before training, you couldn’t help but notice that Cade Klubnik sported some unannounced athleticism as he and fellow Western quarterback Devin Brown slackened. During Thursday’s West rehearsal, the five-star quarterback not only watched the part as a catcher but showed his big downfield arm on some connections with Rivals100 WR CJ Williams and also escaped the intense rush to pass. of the West with a run along the sideline. He’s done it a few times in big games before if you’ve been following Klubnik’s storied career at Texas High School in Austin Westlake.

Over the course of the week Klubnik developed a relationship with a number of his attacking teammates. It targeted Williams (USC or UCLA), Kyion Graves (Ohio State), Raleek Brown (USC), and Landon Samson (South Carolina) – who bring a lot of speed to the equation – quite a lot. He is also working closely with Southlake Carroll manager Riley Dodge, son of his trainer coach Todd Dodge. Dodge is very familiar with Klubnik’s vast skill set and talent, which surely opens up the game book and even the imagination for the western attack featuring the best quarterback in the nation.

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