Practices begin Monday, but preparation is well underway and FOXSportsNEXT recruiting analysts Greg Biggins and Brian Dohn answer early questions in anticipation of the event.
Skill prospect on the West you are most excited to see on a big stage? Why?
Biggins says: Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep wide out Devon Allen missed all of the big spring/summer football events because he was running track. This will be an opportunity to see Allen face off against some of the nation's best defensive backs and it will be interesting to see how Allen fares. There is no questioning his size or straight line speed, this game will allow Allen to answer any questions some may have about his toughness and fluidity in and out of his breaks.
Skill prospect on the East you are most excited to see on a big stage? Why?
Dohn says: Five-star running back Alex Collins is rated as the No. 6 running back in the nation, and everything out of Florida says he is well worth it. This is the chance to see Collins' explosion, vision and balance. All-star game practices aren't always the best way to gauge a running back, but Collins is so athletic it should shine through. And it will also show why Florida is pushing so hard for him.
Offensive line prospect from on the West you are most excited to see on big stage and why?
Biggins says: Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive lineman Dane Crane is an elite center prospect and may have been the state's most dominant lineman this past season. He's incredibly strong, with a great frame and just the right amount of nastiness. If you were building a profile of what your ideal center would look like, Crane would likely have just about every attribute. He's also very intelligent with a great work ethic and a strong performance all week could put him in the conversation as the nation's best center.
Offensive line prospect from on the East you are most excited to see on big stage and why?
Dohn says: It is Mike McGlinchey from Philadelphia (Pa.) Penn Charter High. McGlinchey, who is committed to Notre Dame, is 6-foot-8, 275 pounds and blocks down the field. He is long and lean, but also has very good feet. He always loved Notre Dame, and committed as soon as he was able to get an offer and get to campus. Philadelphia doesn't get a ton of respect for high school football, but McGlinchey can set the tone. He is long and it will be fun to see how he handles himself in one-on-ones.
Underrated and under-touted prospect on the West you think highly of?
Biggins says: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Keishawn Bierria looked good over the spring/summer during the 7-on-7 circuit and then had a big senior season. He has a great frame for a weak side linebacker, can run and cover and is a huge hitter. For whatever reason, he never got the love he deserved from a lot of the Pac 12 college programs but someone will get an absolute steal come Signing Day.
Underrated and under-touted prospect on the East you think highly of?
Dohn says: The Gillman School (Baltimore) outside linebacker Micah Kiser is committed to Virginia, which say his talent early and was an early suitor. He is athletic and has very good length, but he is overlooked on a program that this year was led by Michigan commit Henry Poggi and 2014 defensive end Melvin Keihn and classmate Troy Vincent Jr. Kiser will need to show he can handle coverage, but he's 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and can play close to the line of scrimmage.
Top storyline on the West?
Biggins says: All year we've been calling this the year of the defensive back out West and this game will feature some of the best the region has to offer. Fresno (Calif.) Central corner Johnny Johnson and Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Cole Luke are both elite prospects and ranked among the top five corners in the region. Johnson's teammate L.J. Moore and Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Daquawn Brown can really play as well and it should be fun to see how they match up with the standout receivers from the East squad.
Top storyline on the East?
Dohn says: Some of New Jersey's top recruited players are in the game, and they are heading to big-time programs in the SEC and Big Ten. Woodbury (N.J.) High cornerback Anthony Averett is going to Alabama. He had a solid senior season, but is still learning how to use his body in coverage. Alabama likes his length and elite speed. Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) defensive end Tashawn Bower showed marked improvement as a senior and is committed to Auburn while Glassboro (N.J.) High running back Corey Clement pulled back his commitment from Pittsburgh and chose Wisconsin only to see the Badgers staff undergo a huge change. Finally, Nadir Barnwell of Piscataway (N.J.) High fought through injuries to his shoulder and is heading to Rutgers, which should be in the Big Ten by 2014.
Top player on the East you want to see, and why?
Biggins says: Our guys in the South absolutely love Plantation (Fla.) South Plantation running back Alex Collins. In fact, there is some debate that his national ranking at No. 6 is way underrated. Could he actually be the top back in entire country? A strong week of practices could definitely catapult him in that direction.
Top player on the West you want to see, and why?
Dohn says: Four-star cornerback Cole Luke of Hamilton High (Chandler, Ariz.) has speed, acceleration and is instinctual, but he needs to add weight to his frame. How he stacks up time and again in one-on-one drills and how hard he competes will be something worth noting. Being a Notre Dame commit will increase the size of the target on Cole.