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Army Bowl: Overall Top Ten Performers

SAN ANTONIO -- After a week of practice plus the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game, Scout breaks down the top ten performers from San Antonio...

DT Aubrey Solomon - Leesburg (Ga.) Lee 


Solomon came into the week as one of the top defensive tackles in the 2017 class and he looked like it for the majority of his time in Texas. He was a bit lighter than he had been and it was evident with his quickness, especially through the first handful of practices, where he lived in the backfield whether or not it was a team drills, one-on-ones or during scrimmage sessions. He wasn't as effective in the power game, though he showed some signs of lower-body strength, and he was open about needing to round out his game as the week wore on. Solomon has the chance to be an instant-impact defender at the next level. Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and USC make up Solomon's top four.

DE Chase Young - Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha - Committed to Ohio State Buckeyes


Young came out of the gates a bit slow during the week but he seemingly improved with every practice, beginning with his ferocity off the edge. He has put on some good weight and improved his potential at the point of attack, but his bread and butter is still in his first step and ability to bend as a pass-rusher on the outside. The Ohio State verbal capped the week with a great performance in the game itself, hurrying the West QBs on several occasions in addition to his tackle for loss and fumble recovery for the East.

CB Deommodore Lenoir - Los Angeles (Calif) Salesian


The Scout 100 showed a national audience what he could do as a return man, with a tackle-breaking 72-yard kick return that set up a West touchdown. But throughout the week, it was at cornerback that the four-star shined, bringing constant effort, closing speed and pass-breakups against a bevy of West receivers. Lenoir, who is considering USC, UCLA, Oregon, North Carolina and Nebraska, was probably the most consistent defensive back for the West from Monday through Saturday.

WR Henry Ruggs - Montgomery (Ala.) Lee


In an East receiver group that performed very well throughout the week, Ruggs went from under-the-radar to standout as the week progressed. He got better and better, capping his Army Bowl week with a two-catch, 79-yard performance that included a 61-yard touchdown in the East's 27-17 win over the West. He can stretch the field vertically and line up outside or in the slot.  He'll visit Alabama and Florida State the next two weekends.

LB Jacob Phillips - Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature - Committed to Oklahoma Sooners


Phillips was very noticeable in practice with his size and speed. Then when the live game started, those same tools were on display again, except now we could see more of his physicality as well. Kids as big as he is do not usually move like he does and he clearly has a nose for the ball too. We think Oklahoma is getting a great one here.

DE Jaelan Phillips - Redlands (Calif.) East Valley - Committed to UCLA Bruins


From the beginning of the week until the end of the Army Bowl, there was no player for the West who brought it like Phillips did.  He was terrific all week in practice then followed it up during the game by constantly bring pressure to the East quarterbacks and flushing them from the pocket.  In the game, he had five tackles, one for loss and a quarterback hurry but looked like he was hurrying the quarterbacks more than the box score showed. The No. 1 defensive end in the country and a commit to UCLA, Phillips sealed that spot with his performance in San Antonio.

QB Jake Fromm - Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County - Committed to Georgia Bulldogs


The East quarterbacks were as good a trio as we have seen in this game. Hunter Johnson won MVP and was very deserving. Our team voted Fromm into this top ten because of his consistency during the week of practice. The Georgia commit, like Johnson, also threw a touchdown in the game. Fromm, Johnson and Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa all showed us that they have opportunities to be outstanding college signal callers.

DT Ja'len Parks - Newberry (Fla.) - Committed to Florida State Seminoles


There was a chance most of the East defensive linemen could be overshadowed by five-star teammates Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa, but Parks stood out on his own. He was at times dominant, especially during the Tuesday and Thursday practices. He consistently flashes a quick get-off and was effective as both a pass-rusher and run-defender.  Parks is a soft verbal to Florida State.

DT Jay Tufele - South Jordan (Utah) Bingham


Tufele and Phillips were neck and neck all week for the Defensive MVP for the West and while Phillips had a better game, Tufele may have had a better week in practice. He didn't lose a rep the entire week in the 1on1s, either against the West or the East, and was constantly getting a push into the backfield in team drills and locked up the top defensive tackle spot in the West.  Tufele is down to BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah. 

OT Walker Little - Fort Worth (Texas) Episcopal - Committed to Stanford Cardinal


The No. 2 tackle in the country will team with the No. 1 tackle in the country in college, with Little already committing to Stanford before arriving in San Antonio and Foster Sarell announcing for the Cardinal during the game.  That tackle tandem is as good a 1-2 tackle punch as we've seen in years and during the week, the Lone Star State native, ranked just behind Sarell in the positional rankings, had the slightly better week.  Little held his own against a very good East defensive front that included a pair of five-star pass-rushers in Iowa-bound A.J. Epenesa and Ohio State-bound Chase Young. Little is a massive, physical offensive tackle prospect with a very high ceiling as a pass-protector at the next level. 

Scout's Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Gabe Brooks, Greg Powers and John Garcia contributed to this report.


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