Semper Fi: East Position Breakdown

Earlier we looked at the Semper Fidelis All-American game focusing on the East team players yet to make a commitment. Here's a breakdown of many of the top players on the East squad to already make their decisions.

Austin Allen, Fayetteville (Ark.) High – Arkansas
The four-Star Allen is the son of a coach and has a very good understanding of the game. He is comfortable in the pocket and is able to go through his progressions. He has a strong arm and can make plays with his feet, but he is best in the pocket.

Eddie Printz, Lassiter High (Mareitta, Ga.) – Missouri
The one-time UCLA commit is now heading to the SEC, where he will bring a nice touch and poise in the pocket. He is an accurate thrower and brings a calm demeanor to the huddle.

Malik Zaire, Archbishop Alter High (Trotwood, Ohio) – Notre Dame
Zaire was Notre Dame's top quarterback target in the class and he will bring a true dual-threat ability to Irish. He is comfortable staying in the pocket and looking down field even when protection breaks down, but he can also make big plays with his feet.

Running back
Corey Clement, Glassboro (N.J.) High – Wisconsin
Whether it is between the tackles or getting to the outside, Clement can be successful getting the ball up the field quickly. He has nice burst and good feel for setting up blocks. He is explosive and a tough runner and can handle a big work load.

Ryan Switzer, George Washington High (Charleston, W.V.) – North Carolina
A do-everything type of player, Switzer can play receiver, running back and line up in the slot. He can change direction well and is fast. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and get to the edge in the running game.

Will Fuller, Roman Catholic High (Philadelphia) – Notre Dame
Fuller has burst, is a very good route runner and possesses excellent hands. He can go across the middle, and also beat defensive backs deep. He needs to add weight and strength, but from a technical standpoint he is very good.

Uriah LeMay, Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) – Georgia
LeMay doesn't care if he is going over the middle or down the sideline, he has good ball-tracking skills and will make the catch in traffic. He is physical but also can get of press coverage with the use of his hands.

Latevius Rayford, Central High (Memphis, Tenn.) – Vanderbilt
The Commodores commit will bring a big frame to campus. He accelerates well and has good body control. He can come out breaks smoothly.

Jordan Smallwood, Jenks (Okl.) High – Oklahoma
Has is 6-2 and is technically good. He doesn't play in a passing offense but was still a factor. He move well and his hands are an asset.

Offensive line
Zach Hannon, Rockhurt High (Kansas City, Mo.) – Nebraska
Hannon's strength is his run blocking, but he is also solid in pass protection. His feet continue to move and that allows him to keep his position and not rely solely on his strength and talent.

Bryce King, Dillion (S.C.) High – South Carolina
Plays center and is smart and quick. He will be able to pull and has a low center of gravity.

Alan Knott, Sandy Creek High (Tyrone, Ga.) – South Carolina
Knott has the body to play offensive guard and can run block and get out in front of running plays when he is pulled.

Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter High (Philadelphia) – Notre Dame
McGlinchey is a big, long offensive tackle who bends well and is quick to get to the second level to make plays. He plays with a good pad level and finishes blocks.

D.J. Park, Dillion (S.C.) High – South Carolina
Four-star offensive tackle is strong and powerful. He is a balanced player and excels at run blocker, but he needs to lower his pad level and work on his ability to bend.

Tight end
Tyler Provo, American Heritage High (Delray Beach, Fla.) – Syracuse
Provo already is a good blocker, and his focus is on running better routes and improving his hands. Improving his speed is also on his agenda for getting better, but he is 6-3, 235 and has a good build for Syracuse's scheme.

Defensive end
Tashawn Bower, Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) – Auburn
Bower needs to work on his flexibility but his speed, burst and 6-5, 235-pound frame make him a coveted prospect. He can drop into coverage and also rush the passer. He worked hard to improve his hands as a senior, and he now sheds blocks quickly and can run plays down from behind.

Alec James, Brookefield (Wisc.) East High – Wisconsin
James plays fast and can chase plays down from the back side. He gets up the field in a hurry and is versatile enough to be used in coverage in certain schemes.

Shaun McGee, Brookwood High (Lawrenceville, Ga.) – Georgia
He is athletic and runs well, can play in space and is quick. His ability to get off blocks needs to improve but he could be used as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

Chikwe Obasih, Brookfield (Wisc.) High – Wisconsin
His athleticism and quick feet gave headaches to offensive linemen all season. He has a few moves, including a nasty spin, and he chases plays until the whistle. Strength and size are areas he needs to improve.

Defensive tackle
Darius Paige, Foley (Ala.) High – Alabama
Paige is very good at the point of attack and he finishes plays. He drives his blocker backward and drives his legs, but he needs to improve his speed and his ability to play to sideline-to-sideline.

Darrien Howard, Chaminade-Julienne High (Dayton, Ohio) – West Virginia
He is a big, physical linebacker who runs well despite his size. He can play in space and run down plays at the sideline before the running back can turn the corner. He is also a very good run stopper.

Marcus Newby, Quince Orchard High (Gaithersburg, Md.) – Nebraska
Newby is a bit undersized but he runs well and attacks plays. He is comfortable playing in space but also isn't afraid to hit and get involved in the running game.

Anthony Averett, Woodbury (N.J.) High – Alabama
Averett is long, has tremendous burst and speed, which is everything Alabama wants in a cover cornerback. He needs to become stronger and more physical against the run, but he has the assets that cannot be taught.

Nadir Barnwell, Piscataway (N.J.) High – Rutgers
Barnwell has stellar change of direction and quick feet, which makes up for a lack of elite speed. He may be a safety in college, but he can play physical and he reads plays well in front of him.

Devin Butler, Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.) – Notre Dame
Butler has the length and aggressiveness to play tight coverage, breaks on the ball well and has very good hands. He also tracks the ball well and plays physical.

Ross Douglas, Avon (Ohio) High – Michigan
Douglas has the tools to play cornerback, but he is green at the position. He can change direction quickly and can be physical, but he lacks experience.

Jeremy Cutrer, Sumner High (Kentwood, La.) – LSU
Cutrer is extremely athletic and his length (he's 6-3) gives his a huge advantage. He gets up on balls and isn't afraid of contact, but he has to work on his aggressiveness.

Ahmad Thomas, Miami Central – Oklahoma
It remains to be seen wither Thomas will grow into an outside linebacker or play safety, but he will play in the secondary in this game. He reads the run well and comes up and can make big hits. He is fundamentally sound in the tackling game.

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