ORLANDO, Fla. - A lot of talented seniors were on the practice fields inside the Wide World of Sports Saturday and here is a recap from day one...
Both Team White and Team Red struggled early with the hand-off out of the shot-gun. There were multiple fumbles when the exchange was being made between the quarterback and running back, but it got better throughout the day.
Clemson commitment Mike Bellamy may be the fastest athlete on the field this week. This young man is light on his feet with great straight-line speed and the ability to change directions without losing a step.
Brandon Fulse is likely going to play tight end on the next level and he is a lean 6-foot-5, 250 pounds right now. He could easily add 25 pounds of good weight. I have always looked at him as a possible offensive tackle and I still do not think that is out of the question.
Florida commitment JaJuan Story has very strong hands. He can wrestle the ball away from smaller corners and he caught the ball very well today.
Tennessee commitment A.J. Johnson had a very nice one-handed interception during linebacker drills and he was in on a couple of pass break-ups on balls down the field in team practice as well.
Stephone Anthony is the top linebacker I saw today. He is a very instinctive linebacker that reacts to the play very quickly. Great balance of size and speed with the ability to play as a true freshman on the next level.
Oregon commitment Anthony Wallace is best close to the line of scrimmage. He is a downhill linebacker that struggled in coverage on day one.
Florida commitment Pop Saunders was one of the best defensive backs throughout all of the drills that the coaches put them through. He turned his hips well and he made nice plays on the balls when getting them at their highest point.
Ohio State commitment Ryan Shazier wokred out at linebacker today and he had a good day. He looked more comfortable moving in space than expected and he played with a lot of speed.
LSU commitment Anthony Johnson is a five-star defensive tackle and he showed why today. He was disruptive all day. He played with good leverage, he fired off the ball, and he got penetration all day.
Oklahoma commitment Kendal Thompson did not have a great opening practice. His balls did not have great spin and he was not sharp out of the gates.
Florida State commitment Karlos Williams was better in pass coverage today than he was when I saw him in Tampa in the spring. He still closes on the ball well and loves contact, but his drops were better than expected.
Anthony Chickillo had a very good day one on the practice field. He played with a lot of energy and intensity throughout the day. He pursued the ball very well.
I really like the way Jeff Driskel keeps his feet moving. He never settles in the pocket and gets flat footed, but always bouncing his feet, ready to make a move or deliver a pass when called for.
Isaiah Crowell showed very good speed to the edge today and he made a couple of nice cut-backs as well.
Gabe Wright was dominant during the inside drills. He made three big stops behind the line of scrimmage in a row. He did not hit his high school teammate Crowell the same way he did Savon Huggins though.
Jay Rome was a very strong blocker today and he made a couple of nice catches after bobbling one early. He needs wot work on exploding off the ball more than anything at this time.
FSU commitment Bobby Hart was the top offensive lineman for Team White on day one. He was especially strong in pass protection.
DaVaris Daniels needs to work on catching the ball with consistency. He got better as the day went on, but had some drops early on.
USCAntwaun Woods showed some quick hands during the one on one session early in the day. He won two consecutive battles using the rip move.
Xzavier Dickson was one of the most dominant defensive players on the field today. He used the his power in the bull rush and speed to the inside and outside against his opponent.
Greg Townsend did a nice job of dipping his shoulder around the edge and getting pressure on the quarterback late in the day.
Jadeveon Clowney's speed off the ball caused an interception and multiple rushed passes in the time I saw him in action in team session late in practice.
Oklahoma commitment Nathan Hughes had a strong and steady day on the practice field. He was strong against the run and exceptional against the pass. He looks like a defensive end that is ready to contribute on the next level soon.
Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager. Chad's Blog | Facebook | Twitter