USAAAB: East Storylines

SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- takes a look at some of the key factors in order for the East team to be successful on Saturday.

  • The East squad has three solid quarterbacks Gunner Kiel (Columbus/Ind./East), Chad Voytik (Cleveland/Tenn.) and Anthony Alford (Petal/Miss.). The questions is which one of the three steps up and takes charge? All three bring a different skill set, but generally only one steps up on the big stage.


  • The East defensive line has been a dominant force all week long, the West has struggled, so this could be where the game is won and lost at. Look for Darius Hamilton (Ramsey/N.J./Don Bosco Prep), Tommy Shutt (Glen Ellyn/Ill./Glenbard West), Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati/Ohio/Taft), Jonathan Bullard (Shelby/N.C./Crest) and company to pin their ears back, as they look to spend Saturday in the West backfield.


  • Can the East defensive backs contain the nations' No. 1 wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham? The East secondary has struggled this week covering their own receivers, so this looks to be an interesting match-up.


  • Will the East playmakers make their presence felt? Stephon Diggs (Olney/Md./Good Counsel) is as good as it gets and he has tortured his teammates all week with his game breaking ability. Germone Hopper (Charlotte/N.C./Phillip O'Berry) could be the "X" factor in this game on Saturday. With all the attention that Diggs will receiver, Hopper could have a chance to step up and become a difference maker. Devin Fuller (Old Tappan/N.J./North Valley Regional) is a quarterback by nature, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he will play a big role in this game.


  • One advantage the East may have over the West is at tight end with the nation's No. 1 tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes/Fla.) is a big time weapon. He is an outstanding inline blocker, but he can also get vertical and spread the field. Taylor will be a match-up nightmare for the West.


  • Field position plays a huge role in these games and the East punter Bradley Pinion (Concord/N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) has been killing the ball all week. He could give the East a decided advantage.


  • The East features a thunder and lightning combination in the backfield with the thunder being (5'-10"/200) tailback Mike Davis (Stone Mountain/Ga./Stephenson) and lightning Brian Kimbrow (5'-9"/165) from (Memphis/Tenn./East). Davis is a big, bruising back who moves the chains. Kimbrow is lightning quick and a threat to score from anywhere on the field.


Lichtenfels is in his 8th year with and has developed into one of the most respected scouts in the business.
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