Hunter is long(6'3) and lean(172 pounds) and he showed better burst and wiggle than expected. He beat man press coverage when he had the opportunity and he's a player that bleeds ‘potential'. Hunter projects to be a #1 receiver and his ability to work the outside of the field with his deep speed and the middle with his frame makes him a special talent.
We came in hearing a wide variety of reviews on Gardner, and he answered a lot of the questions today. This is a big QB at over 6'3, he can move, has a plus arm, and showed much better accuracy than we anticipated. There are some mild delivery concerns which causes the ball to wobble a bit, but this overall package is tailor-made for the spread. Gardner looks like a player that will be ready to compete early at Michigan in an already crowded QB situation.
Hill is very athletic and has a great frame to work with. When you factor in that he is very inexperienced on the football field(former basketball player), this is a player who fits the mold of an Alabama defensive linemen. We were really impressed with his explosive first step and ability to get up the field. Hill needs to get stronger which is just a matter of time. That said, he flat out ran over a couple of players today. Lots of upside here.
Silberman is one of the best looking linemen here and he played like it on the field. He has great flexibility, a smooth backpedal, and surprising punch. Silberman is the top linemen on the Black team and we feel that after he puts on some weight and gets stronger that he'll be ready to play.
Easley had a few dominant stretches today where he beat his man consistently, and showed the type of tools that are hard to find in a defensive linemen. He is a little bit of a tweener and might be a ideally suited to a 3-4 defense. Easley was one of the players who garnered accolades from other competitors today.
Montana has the reputation of a ‘gamer' and the practice setup certainly is not made for his skill set. He does not have a very lively arm and was late on some throws. He did much better with the short and medium range throws. He was clearly running third team behind Devin Gardner and Phillip Sims and he doesn't have the athleticism of either of those two. Montana is going to need to rely on his brains ala Ken Dorsey to excel at the next level. We expect he'll be more comfortable as the week continues.
WR Solomon Patton, Mobile, AL (Murphy), Florida Commit
Patton does not have elite size, and with so many WRs here who do possess that size, he needs to stand out with his speed and ability to create separation. He struggled catching the ball today and did not show the electric burst that he is known for. Patton is strong physically and the numbers he has produced don't lie, we look for him to have a much stronger second day tomorrow.
TE Brian Vogler, Columbus, GA(Brookstone), Alabama
Vogler has exceptional size at 6'5+, but he is a little stiff and doesn't possess the top end speed to take full advantage of it. We do like his ability as a blocking TE and a guy who can work underneath, but we are split on whether he projects better as a TE or OT. We agree that he's a big time prospect on the OL prospect.
Wow, he looks good in a uniform and he had really surprising athleticism; so much so that we feel he could play OLB in the right system. Gholston is real impressive moving laterally and his frame is simply outstanding. Bottom line, there are not a lot of 6'7 kids who can do the things he can do.
Boone had a dominant performance in one on one,s where he was not checked by anyone. Perhaps his speed was the most surprising thing today, although a bit of that is to be expected as he continues to get further away from his knee injury. Boone is going to be a #1 type that will be a tough match-up for DBs at the next level.
Da'Rick Rogers, Calhoun, GA(Calhoun), Georgia Commit
Rogers is the real deal as a WR prospect, and he is physically imposing and flat got open at will today. He showed tremendous ball skills including a tipped ball catch where his elite athleticism was on full display. He was clearly the top WR prospect out on the field today and is ready to contribute from day one in college.
S Dietrich Riley, La Canada, CA(St. Francis), undecided
Riley really struggled today as he did not appear to match-up physically with some of the explosive talent. He is going to need to show more range the rest of the week or we might project him to the offensive side of the ball, particularly WR. He simply was not real fluid out there today.
Smith struggled with his kicking accuracy when they went live today. The leg is plenty strong, but he needs to have more consistency, particularly with his ball striking. He did much better in solo warmups
CB Josh Shaw, Palmdale, CA(Palmdale), Florida Commit
Shaw has that elite size that makes schools drool as a CB prospect, but he was stiff out there today and did not transition well either laterally or north-south. Shaw also might not have the pure speed for the position. Shaw probably will move to S and he will need to fill out a bit, but the lack of fluidity will not be as critical.