Scout keys on which skill prospects from each analyst's region they look forward to seeing at the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando...
Scout.com recruiting analysts will be in Orlando all
week for the UnderArmour All-America Game practices. Leading up to the UA Game, a
gathering of 80 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are
focusing on some of the key things to watch in the weeklong practices.
- Which prospect at a skill position from your region are you most excited to see on the big stage
(National Recruiting Analyst, West):
The West has turned out some pretty good tight ends the past couple of years,
two of the three finalists for the Mackey Award, players who called the West
home in Zach Ertz (the winner) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Marcus Baugh
is the top tight end in the region this year, and the Ohio State commit was
stellar at The Opening, and I'm looking forward to him following that national
performance up with another good week in Orlando.
(National Recruiting Analyst, South):
I have seen him numerous times in the last two years, but Vernon Hargreaves is a guy I am looking forward to seeing. He has played a lot of safety when I have seen him, so I am ready to see him in pads against top receivers at cornerback. Hargreaves is an elite defensive back and he is the top corner on Scout, so I am ready to see him in the drills and in team practice all week battling those quick and big wideouts.
(Ohio Recruiting Analyst):
The skill player from the Midwest I'm most excited to see is quarterback Shane
Morris. I've seen him impress on more than one occasion in 7on7 action
against great competition, but this will be the first opportunity to see the
Michigan commit in pads. Whether it was owning the Elite 11 Regionals in
Columbus or taking down Vernon Hargreaves and the stacked Florida team at the
IMG 7on7 in Bradenton, Morris has always risen to the challenge of competing
against the best.
Ever since I saw him for the first time as a sophomore, I have thought that
Stacy Coley had the potential to be the no. 1 WR prospect in the country. He can prove it by being the best prospect in this game and build on a senior season that saw him mature on and off the field. Coley has all the tools and makes the game look easy.
Stacy Coley is the skill guy from my region I'm looking forward to seeing. I had a chance to watch Coley at the UA Combine last year and he makes the game look effortless. I am really looking forward to seeing him a year older, stronger and faster vs. some of the top defensive backs in the country.
John Garcia Jr. (Alabama): O.J. Howard excels in just about everything he does in shorts and a shirt in addition to fall campaigns against very small-level competition in Alabama, but I'm curious to see how the 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end/wideout competes against the nation's best defenders at both the line of scrimmage physically and down the field with the ball up for grabs.
Call me biased but I have been watching Batesville, Miss., safety Antonio Conner play since his 8th grade season. Tony has been a man amongst boys since he earned a starting position at traditionally rich, South Panola, as a true freshman. Conner is the closest thing I have seen as a sure bet to be playing in the pros out of my area in years. He has the size (6' 1", 200), speed (4.4), and football savvy to make an immediate impact on the next level. Will this event leap frog him back to number one safety status?
It's impossible for me to see every person I want to in live game action in person during the season. This is the biggest reason I love the Under Armour Game - it brings many of the prospects I couldn't watch in person this past season to one place where I can watch them all. Florida wide receiver Stacy Coley has been one of the most electric playmakers I saw on the 7-on-7 circuit this past year and on film. He looks like he can do anything he wants and I love watching him. This will be my first chance seeing Stacy in pads in front of me and I am quite excited to watch it all unfold. Honorable mention: Matthew Thomas. I've seen him several times and he never disappoints.