UA Preview: Guys In the Trenches

Scout keys on which linemen from each analyst's region that they look forward to seeing at the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando... 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.

  1. Which prospect on the offensive or defensive line from your region are you most looking forward to see throughout the week?
Scott Quessenberry
Brandon Huffman (National Recruiting Analyst, West): Scott Quessenberry was one of the standouts at The Opening in July, and the UCLA commit is plenty versatile, starting at guard, tackle and center in high school.  He'll play center in college, and after a good performance during the summer, Quessenberry will look to duplicate it in Orlando.

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Grant Hill
Chad Simmons (National Recruiting Analyst, South): Grant Hill is the guy for me. He is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and he is ranked by Scout as a four-star guard, but after dropping around 30 pounds, improving his feet, and his agility, he could end up being an elite tackle. He was all interior OL a year ago, but he is either an elite guard now, or possibly a future tackle for the Crimson Tide.

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Dorian Johnson
Bill Greene (Ohio Recruiting Analyst): Pittsburgh commit Dorian Johnson from Belle Vernon (Pa.), has an extremely impressive film and I'm looking forward to seeing him block the stacked defensive line prospects on the Black Team.  It's always fun to see how players respond to facing elite competition on a daily basis and I have a feeling Johnson is going to do just fine.  He could be in line for a rankings bump with a strong showing.

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Denver Kirkland
Geoff Vogt (Florida):  "We know that Denver Kirkland can play as he has dominated Dade County competition the last three years, however it is not as clear whether he is an offensive tackle or guard. Kirkland will likely get to play both during this week and we should have a better idea of where he projects. In addition Kirkland has been able to use his great size to maul defenders, he will certainly be challanged by some of the best this week. .

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Montravius Adams
Jason Higdon (Florida): Montravius Adams is it for me.  The nation's number one ranked DT prospect and for good reason but the DL is loaded with talent and I am curious to see if Adams can retain that number one spot. Caleb Brantley, Poggi, Liner, Bain and Griffin will all take a run at the title this week.

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Tyrone Crowder
John Garcia Jr. (Alabama): Tyrone Crowder has a reputation as a brawler despite a generously-listed 6-foot-2, 325-pound frame, and it will be fun to see how it stacks up against some of the top interior defenders in America. His own team (Team Highlight) features a pair of 300-pounders in Kennedy Tulimaseali and Caleb Brantley, so we should know sooner than later.

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Denver Kirkland
Yancy Porter (Mississippi): The old saying goes, "show me the recruits that have a hard time fitting through the door". That always get the recruiting fans and college scouts excited, and I am no different. Offensive line is usually the hardest positions to properly evaluate. There are more busts and surprises at these positions than any position on the field; it seems, outside of quarterbacks. The one who gets my attention is one that is regionally known but not nationally. His name is OL Denver Kirkland out of Booker T. Washington in Miami, Fla. How will he fare against the Robert Nkemdiche's, Elijah Daniel's, Carl Lawson's, and Montravious Adams' of the world? And is he better suited for guard or tackle on the next level? My best guess is guard.

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Robert Nkemdiche
Amy Campbell (Florida): I have a hard time naming anyone other than Robert Nkemdiche. Though he's in my region, I rarely get a chance to see guys outside the state of Florida, so I've yet to see the Georgia resident in action. Naturally, I'm anxious to see Nkemdiche in the flesh, on the field, right in front of me. I've never even seen the guy in person so at this point, in my mind, he's like this mythological figure. The hype surrounding him has been nearly unmatched in this class and I am excited to see if he's the playmaker I've heard (and seen on film) he is.

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