UA All-America Game: Five things we learned from practice this week

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The training week here at the Under Armor All-America Game is almost over with light training scheduled on Saturday before the game to close the week. With numerous workouts in the book, here are five things we learned from attending this event.

NO. 1 COULD BE OPEN TO DEBATE

In no way was Travis Hunter bad during the training week, but he was disabled: he didn’t take as many reps, he played a catcher instead of defending himself, doing well but not completely dominating. On the other hand, it appears that Texas A&M signer Walter Nolen, the number 2 prospect in the class, has come here to prove an important point. Nolen is massive, physical, the fastest high-end defensive tackle to get off the ball, relentless in one-on-one and he’s here to get to work and improve.

There is absolutely no guarantee that Hunter and Nolen will switch places because Jackson’s state signer is one of the best athletes in Rivals history, but Nolen has had a phenomenal week and at least one conversation should be made at the final rankings meeting. of the class of 2022 if he is the best player of the group.

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IT COULD BE ANOTHER FIVE-STAR RECEIVER

After watching Under Armor’s training week, it could absolutely be argued that there may be one or even two receivers in line for a leap to five-star status. Those guys would be Alabama signatories Aaron Anderson and Shazz Preston.

Anderson is listed here at 5ft 8 and 187lbs, but he’s muscular, so incredibly fast and dynamic through his courses and no cornerbacks here – five-star or otherwise – have been able to slow him down. The former LSU commit who signed with Crimson Tide gets along, creates space, is always a profound threat, and could be the next big receiver in Tuscaloosa.

Preston is there too. While not that dynamic, the native of St. James, La., Has been open all week especially deeply and captures everything thrown at him. There are other all-star games to consider and watch, but Anderson and Preston made a big impression in particular.

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NO. 1 OFFENSIVE CONTRAST STILL NOT BLOCKED

We entered this week not absolutely sure who the # 1 offensive tackle is. 1 in the 2022 class. We are about to leave with perhaps more questions than answers.

Kelvin Banks. Giuliano Armella. Zach rice. Kiyaunta Goodwin. Elijah Pritchett. Those are the top five right now, but Banks, a former Oregon member who signed with Texas, has had ups and downs this week at Under Armor. North Carolina signer Zach Rice was impressive most of the time, but he didn’t solidify his place as the No. 1 in this group.

In most of the recruiting cycles at this hour, boy no. 1 has established itself and it is difficult to eliminate it from that point. This is not the case so far during Under Armor week and it will take to see more guys in more events over the next few weeks to come to a final determination.

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THE RANKINGS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA WILL BE CHANGED

There is a lot of work to be done, but five-star defensive tackle and Georgia signer Keithian Alexander argued how the No. 1 in the state of Florida after doing really well during the practice sessions here. Current No. 1, another Georgia signer in CB Jaheim Singletary, lost this week due to concerns related to COVID-19.

There should be some other mixing too, though. In the state rankings. When Shemar Stewart turns it on, he is unstoppable but he needs to keep the engine running all the time. Ohio state signer Kenyatta Jackson could see a bump, Michigan signer Keon Sabb had some impressive moments, and Alabama signer Jihaad Campbell was one of the top players at Friday’s training. At number 18 in the state, Campbell is too short.

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SOME PERSPECTIVES WILL BE INCREASED

Oklahoma signer Robert Spears-Jennings is a top three star, but he was one of the most impactful defenders in this event and so it could be argued that he makes a significant move in the final version of the 2022 ranking. Spears-Jennings has length, size and the instinct to make a lot of defensive plays.

Another player to watch is Clemson wide receiver signer Antonio Williams. Currently classified as the No. 34 of the class, the Irmo (SC) Dutch Fork far surpassed its rankings this weekend by being arguably the most consistent player in his position all week. Because he was injured early in his career and because Williams chose to work silently during the recruiting process, the four-star didn’t get the same attention as the others, but he’s as good as anyone else in the class.

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