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January 5, 2008

Army All-American Bowl: Expert's View

SAN ANTONIO - Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every got an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in the nation at a recent practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Here is Every's breakdown on eight prospects from both the East and West squads, including thoughts on where they might be headed in the final rankings update for the 2008 class.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl: East Practice
Mike Adams, OT, four-star Ohio State commit

Assets: He is just an extremely physically gifted giant offensive lineman
Needs improvement: He really needs to assert his physical gifts on every play.
What was most impressive: I don't think I have ever seen a high school football player this large that is this light on his feet.
Conclusion: If he asserts himself like he can, he will be the greatest offensive lineman to have played at Ohio State since Orlando Pace. Serious consideration needs to be given to moving him towards the top of the overall Rivals.com ranking.

A.J. Harmon, OG, four-star Clemson commit

Assets: He is one of the largest most athletic guards I have ever seen.
Needs improvement: Needs to lose about 15 pounds.
What was most impressive: He has had a tough task going against Forston but he has had times that he has forced his will on him.
Conclusion: This kid could be great and I see no reason to move him from the No. 1 spot at guard.

Boubacar Cissoko, CB, four-star Michigan commit

Assets: Quick as a cat, and really comes out of his breaks with superior acceleration.
Needs improvement: Not the tallest corner, so he will need to add some muscle mass. A bigger receiver will eventually start trying to knock him around.
What was most impressive: He matched up well against one of the most physically gifted receivers that I have seen this year in DeAndre Brown.
Conclusion: His quickness and speed should be a great asset in the Big Ten and might lead to several interceptions in his college career.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, five-star Notre Dame commit

Assets: He is a very athletic and tall target that can catch.
Needs improvement: Will need to add some weight and strength in order to be a dominant blocker at the next level.
What was most impressive: Similar to Blake Ayles, who I evaluated earlier in the week. I loved Ayles, and Rudolph is taller.
Conclusion: I can see why he is ranked No. 1 at his position and look forward to seeing his performance in the game this Saturday. He is a great pickup for the Fighting Irish and will be a much-needed asset in their passing game.

Ryan Williams, RB, four stars

Assets: He has great vision, and quickness as he hits the hole.
Needs improvement: Not the tallest back, so he really needs to work on his strength in order to take the pounding in college that every-down backs receive.
What was most impressive: I did not realize from film that he was as fast as he showed in practice today.
Conclusion: He should make either Boston College or Virginia Tech very happy. He is needed by both schools and will get a chance to play as a freshman.

Lucas Nix, OT, five-star Pittsburgh commit

Assets: He is a very tall offensive tackle with a nice frame.
Needs improvement: Needs to keep his feet moving after contact.
What was most impressive: That he had a very athletic lower body.
Conclusion: He is the crown jewel of the Pittsburgh recruiting class, and will have the opportunity to play as a freshman.

Marcus Forston, DT, five-star Miami commit

Assets: He is just so quick at the snap of the ball.
Needs improvement: Would like to see him add some upper body strength.
What was most impressive: He was the most dominant player for the East squad throughout the entire practice.
Conclusion: He is the top prospect in Miami's class in my opinion. If I was drafting players off of the East squad, I would choose him first. Don't be surprised if he moves up some in the rankings.

Jake Stoneburner, TE, four-star Ohio State commit

Assets: He has excellent hands and runs sharp routes.
Needs improvement: He too is a little light in the pants and needs to add some size.
What was most impressive: His ability to reach out and snatch balls in traffic.
Conclusion: He will be a mismatch for most linebackers and safeties in college. He is another prospect that needs to be looked at for a possible bump at his position.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl: West Practice
Dan Buckner, WR, four-star Texas commit

Assets: A tall receiver with very good hands and very confident.
Needs improvement: Needs to work on his quickness and overall speed.
What was most impressive: He was a lot taller than I thought and was one of the top receivers all afternoon for the West.
Conclusion: He should be a threat anytime Texas is near the end zone. His size will give defensive backs fits in the Big 12.

Michael Floyd, WR, four-star Notre Dame commit

Assets: Has good height and great hands.
Needs improvement: Needs to add some lower body size and strength.
What was most impressive: : He was the other receiver from the West making a lot of catches.
Conclusion: Like Rudolph, he will be a much appreciated asset for the Irish passing game.

Ben Habern, OC, four-star Oklahoma commit

Assets: He has great body structure and has very good feet.
Needs improvement: Simply learning the offense at Oklahoma.
What was most impressive: He was one of the first players out to practice, working with Andrew Luck on center quarterback exchanges. This was all happening prior to the actual start of practice.
Conclusion: I had never seen Habern on film or in person and he was really impressive looking and deserving of his ranking. This is another very good Texas kid headed north to Norman.

Trevor Robinson, OG, four-star Notre Dame commit

Assets: He is a very large guard that is in shape.
Needs improvement: Would like to see him continue to work on his lateral movement.
What was most impressive: He was much lighter on his feet than I thought based on film.
Conclusion: Regardless of rankings he is one of Notre Dame's top prospects. A slight bump in his ranking could happen.

Daniel Campbell, OG, four-star USC commit

Assets: He is very athletic for someone who is in the neighborhood of 340 pounds.
Needs improvement: Needs to start reshaping his upper body as soon as possible.
What was most impressive: He looked like a point guard in basketball during O-Line drills. He had very good knee bend and quick feet.
Conclusion: Another great offensive line pickup for the Trojans. USC came to Texas for a reason to sign this kid.

Stephen Good, OT, five-star Oklahoma commit

Assets: He has a great body, and very good feet.
Needs improvement: He needs to make sure he is fully healthy when he shows up at Oklahoma. If he is, he will have a chance to play as a freshman at tackle or even guard.
What was most impressive: He really ran well for a big guy that missed most of the season with an injury.
Conclusion: Again, this is another steal out of the state of Texas for Oklahoma. This prospect can play offensive tackle but don't be surprised if he is not cross-trained as an offensive guard.

Matt Kalil, OT, five-star USC commit

Assets: Has great height and very long arms.
Needs improvement: Needs to work on his lateral movement.
What was most impressive: How easily he can misdirect pass rushers with his long arms.
Conclusion: Not to sound repetitive but obviously this is another great pickup for USC. This kid has NFL potential.

Tyron Smith, OT, five-star USC commit

Assets: Very, very athletic with long arms.
Needs improvement: Needs to add some strength and size.
What was most impressive: Kavario Middleton really struggled trying to get around this kid.
Conclusion: Will most likely red-shirt because he needs to add at least 20 pounds, but he is probably the most athletic guard on the West squad.

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