UA Week: The Best of The Best

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Talent from across the country spend much of last week in Florida as an Under Armour All-American. What stars shined the brightest throughout the week? Find out here.

The players hit the practice field on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before playing the game live on ESPN inside Tropicana Field on Saturday.

Scout was on hand throughout the week and a list of prospects stood out.

Top Performers of the Week
Kadron Boone – Wide Receiver – 6-1/197 - Ocala (FL) – Team White
Final Report: Boone had an outstanding week and showed he belonged to mentioned with the top receivers in the South. He is missing that second gear, but that is all he doesn't have. Without that he is still fast enough to stretch the field and he has hands that are better than many on the next level already. He uses his body well to shield defenders, he runs good routes, and he was sound all week.

Recruiting: Committed to Texas Tech, but will look around with Leach out.

Mike Davis – Wide Receiver – 6-1/190 - Dallas (GA) – Team Black
Final Report: Davis capped off a very good week with a touchdown catch over Lamarcus Joyner in the game on Saturday. Team Black had an impressive receiver core and he may have been the most consistent from day one through the final buzzer. He knows what to do with the ball when it is thrown his way and he showed that in Florida.

Recruiting: Committed to Texas.

Jonathan Dowling – Safety – 6-3/175 - Bradenton (FL) – Team Black
Final Report: Dowling had about as good of a finish as anyone involved in the 2010 Under Armour All-America game. He picked off a couple passes in Thursday's practice and then picked off two more in the game on Saturday. There are still some questions about him in run support, but he has some great instincts, he closes on the ball well, he has receiver like hands, and he has the speed to take it to the house at safety. He could get a look at wideout at UF as well, but he showed he is one of the top safeties when it comes to coverage last week.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida.

Dominique Easley – Defensive Tackle – 6-1/260 - Staten Island (NY) – Team Black
Final Report: Easley started off a little slow on day one, but from there on he was arguably the top overall defensive lineman in this event. His first step was the best there and the way he anticipated the snap had him disrupting plays in practice and the game. He walked away with the MVP award for his team and rightfully so. He still needs to add weight to fit into that three technique position on the defensive line, but he has the frame to do so. He is going to be a force on the next level because of his quickness off the ball and leverage.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida.

William Gholston – Defensive End – 6-7/250 - Detroit (MI) - Team White
Final Report: Gholston lit it up in practice all week showing explosiveness off the edge and then athleticism when they dropped him outside in coverage at linebacker. He has the ideal frame for a defensive end on the next level and he used good quickness and length to disrupt the passing game all week. He did not make the impact expected in the game, but still was one of the top overall performers.

Recruiting: Committed to Michigan State.

Adrian Hubbard – Defensive End – 6-7/225 - Norcross (GA) – Team Black
Final Report: Hubbard was outplayed by his future teammate Alfy Hill on day one, but from then on he took over at defensive end. He had a sack in the game and a number of quarterback pressures as well. He really gets off the ball well and lining up in the seven technique is best for him because it gives him space to make his move. He is a very long athlete, but he does a nice job of dipping his shoulder and playing lower to get past that tackle on the edge. He has definitely locked in his fourth star.

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.

Justin Hunter – Wide Receiver – 6-4/172 - Virginia Beach (VA) - Team White
Final Report: Hunter and Mike Davis battled daily for the top receiver on their team and Davis had the better game, but Hunter had the better practice sessions. He was a little more shifty than expected and great body control when leaving the ground for a pass. His hands were strong, he was getting open daily, and with added strength he will become a real weapon in Baton Rouge.

Recruiting: Committed to LSU.

James Hurst – Offensive Tackle – 6-5/285 - Plainfield (IN) - Team White
Final Report: Hurst was the most consistent and most dominant offensive tackle on either team throughout the practices and the game. He is a real technician on the offensive line and plays with very good balance, nice use of hands, and very light feet. He struggled from time to time in pass protection, but he is above most at his position and will see very early playing time in Chapel Hill.

Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina.

Christian Jones – Linebacker – 6-4/215 - Oviedo (FL) - Team White
Final Report: Jones has as much upside as anyone that played in this game. He is a long and rangy linebacker with very good lateral movement and quickness. He is best when turned loose to chase the ball, so he needs to work on playing more assignment football, but his speed along with the potential growth will land him at strongside linebacker or possibly rush end on the next level.

Recruiting: Many consider FSU the frontrunner here, but Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee are some of the others still in it.

Demarcus Milliner – Cornerback – 6-0/185 - Millbrook (AL) - Team Black
Final Report: Milliner showed why he is a five-star corner daily in practice and again in the game on Saturday. He has everything you look for in a corner – size, ball skills, smarts, toughness, and short memory. This was one of the top overall prospects in this event and he showed so much day in and day out. He could play free safety as well, but he will fit in perfectly in Tuscaloosa at corner because of playing style and ability.

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.

Da'Rick Rogers – Wide Receiver – 6-3/207 - Calhoun (GA) - Team White
Final Report: Some of the top plays of the week were made by Rogers and he had teammates of his in admiration many times. He is a guy that makes those spectacular plays, but he still needs to bring that consistency every time the ball is thrown his way. He can lose focus at times and drop the passes he is supposed to catch. Still with his combination of size and speed, he is a top 20 player in the country and will make plays early in Athens.

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia.

Ian Silberman – Offensive Tackle – 6-6/278 - Orange Park (FL) – Team Black
Final Report: Silberman had a very good week and finished as one of the top overall offensive linemen in the Under Armour game. He has very good feet and looked better in run blocking than pass protection, but the ceiling is high for him. He looks like a defensive lineman physically and is very athletic, so look for him to add weight and improve his technique in Gainesville.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida.

Michael Taylor – Linebacker – 6-0/200 - Atlanta (GA) – Team White
Final Report: Scout reported his stock being up after day one and he did not do anything to take his name off that list. Even though he is a little undersized, he knows how to play the game and how to find the football. Taylor plays with a lot of energy and his instincts may have been the best of all on the second level in this game. He struggles some when linemen get their hands on him, so he needs to work on disengaging from blocks, but his play may earn him a fourth star later this month.

Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee, but plans to visit South Florida and North Carolina State in January.

George Uko – Defensive Tackle – 6-4/299 - Chino (CA) - Team White
Final Report: Uko committed to the Trojans on Christmas day and Pete Carroll has to be excited about what he is getting in this interior defense lineman. He is not just a body that takes up a gap, but he has very active hands and can really collapse the pocket. The key for him to be successful is playing low. He can come off the ball high, but when he doesn't and keeps his pad level low, he will drive the OL back into the backfield

Recruiting: Committed to USC.

Honorable Mention: Louis Nix, Demar Dorsey, Michael Dyer, Kenny Shaw, Evan Washington, Luke Joekel, Lamarcus Joyner, Jeff Luc, Alec Ogletree, Adrian White, and Phillip Sims.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at
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