UA Game: Top 5 Black

Practices began Monday for the UnderArmour All-American game at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida. Today the teams installed part of their game-plans, breaks down the top five performers from the White Team.


1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson (Ga)

The nation's no. 1 player did not disappoint on day one, Nkemdiche showed up in top shape and was dominant in the competition portion of the practice. Nkemdiche is listed at 265, but appears to be carrying more weight, but is no less explosive. Nkemdiche was the only consensus choice for the Black team among the Scout analysts.

2. Greg Gilmore, DT, South View (NC), Committed to LSU

Gilmore appeared to be the best athlete of the interior defensive linemen and won the most battles in 1on1's. At 6-3+, he is a prototype with a frame to add considerable weight. He also seems quite schooled in the technique department showcasing a lot of versatility in drills.

Howard is the no. 1 TE in the country
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3. Elijah Daniel, DE, Avon (IN)

Nkemdiche will steal some of his headlines, but Daniel is not that far off in the pass rushing department. He has the size to step on the field from day one (6-3, 249) and the skill-set to thrive in the college game. Daniel has the versatility to play in the 4-3 at DE or the five technique in the 3-4.

4. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Fork Union (VA), committed to Penn State

The quarterbacks did not get a ton of opportunity to showcase their talent, but Hackenberg has great size and a very live arm. His quick release and accuracy were the best in his group and he should be a QB that see's the field early in his career.

5. O.J. Howard, TE, Autanga Academy (AL), committed to Alabama

Howard's elite size (6-6, 225) to go with his speed and hands make him a very appealing prospect. Committed to Alabama, he is going to bring a different dimension to the passing game and has the tools to develop into a top blocker with his length.

Chad Simmons, Brandon Huffman, John Garcia Jr., Jason Higdon, Amy Campbell, and Yancy Porter contributed to this article.

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