The Opening: Huffman on ND Prospects, Part II

A few handfuls of prospects Notre Dame is targeting in 2012 recruiting class participated in "The Opening" at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman was there. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about a number of prospects still on Notre Dame's board, and he gave scouting reports based on their performances.

A plethora of Notre Dame commits and prospects took part in "The Opening" Nike event early this month, and Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman was at the event.

Huffman provided in -depth breakdowns of prospects Notre Dame is recruiting, and here is the second part of his analysis from the event:

CB/WR Armani Reeves, 5-10, 185, Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.)
Huffman says: I liked him a lot. He's a real good athlete. He's real smooth, a good runner. He's not stiff at all. I think corner or receiver, but he can play either one if he wanted to. I like him as a corner, though. He's definitely one of those guys who can get on the field and return kicks and punts.

LaDarrell McNeil S LaDarrell McNeil, 6-2, 190, A Maceo Smith High (Dallas)
Huffman says: I can definitely see why he's a safety. He is a physical presence out there. He's one of those guys in the 7-on-7 setting, you can't really fully appreciate because you can't lay anybody out. But you can see the way he covers the field, if they were in pads, he would just destroy people. He's not overly big, probably 6-1, 185 pounds, but he looks like he's a lot bigger.
He looks like the way he patrols the secondary, if a guy comes over the middle, he's going to knock the (stuffing) out of him. His ability to cover, his closing spread, the way he breaks on the ball.

RB Keivarae Russell, 5-11, 170, Mariner High (Everett, Wash.)
Huffman says: He didn't get a lot of help from his quarterback. He did have a play the first day where he embarrassed (a cornerback). He caught a pass along the sideline, and (the cornerback) came up and Russell made a move and (the cornerback) went flying and Russell scored the only touchdown for his team in three games. He's an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and I think he's going to end up a slot guy in college.

Jordan Simmons OG Jordan Simmon, 6-5, 330, Crespi High (Encino, Calif.)
Huffman says: He struggled a little bit, and he even admitted he struggled a little bit. He did ok the first day. He threw (one defensive lineman) to the ground and pancaked him, but the second day he struggled a little more. If you're quicker, that's where you're going to get him because of how massive he is. Once he gets you in his grasp, it's over for you. But for as big as he is, he's surprising agile.


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