U.S. Army All-American Bowl: East Practice

SAN ANTONIO - The East's practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl could resemble a future Notre Dame football practice. The Irish had five commits and six prospects they are still in the running for, practicing at Gustafson Stadium, Monday morning and afternoon. Then there is still Armando Allen and Mike Ragone who are injured and have yet to arrive in San Antonio.

Similar to the West, the East were broken down by position, taught intricacies of the position, then brought back together for seven-on-seven drills and then 11-on-11.

The Irish guys looked good, even Gary Gray who is slowed by an ankle and shoulder injury. You could tell the 5-foot-11, 165-pound corner was a step slower than usual, but he is still moving around well. The defensive backs were mostly working on different types of zone coverage and breaking on the ball when it's in the air. Gray had good instincts on where the quarterback was going with the ball and making a move to break it up.

Receivers Duval Kamara and Greg Little look good running their routes and have good hands. I didn't see a drop by them all day. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Kamara had a nice acrobatic catch on a fly pattern.

Defensive end Justin Trattou is very quick. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was able to get to the quarterback using his first step and quickness. He is also not against contact. He looked good mixing it up during one-on-one drills against offensive lineman.

Aaron Nagel physically stacks up with every linebacker on his team. He seems to like contact and pushes off blockers well. In seven-on-seven, a lot of balls were caught in his zone. It could've been just a great pass and route, or Nagel needs to improve a bit in this department. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Lemont, Ill. product has been seeing a speed coach back home to get faster before arriving at Notre Dame.

Now for the guys still considering the Irish.

Robert Hughes is faster in person than he looks on film. On top of that, you can easily see why the 5-foot-11, 228-pound back is a punishing runner. He also got a look at punt return. Nothing stood out in that area.

Chris Little is the biggest guy playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman needs to get quicker, but when he gets his hands on you, he engulfs you. In one-on-one drills, his first go-round, teammates stopped and yelled dang Chris when he ate up a defender and put him to the ground.

Lorenzo Edwards is 100 percent and looked like the best linebacker there. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder does everything well, from running, to hitting, to coverage. You can say the same about Chris Donald.

Major Wright was exceptional at breaking on the football and making plays. If Eric Berry wouldn't have been out there, Wright would've been the best defensive back. Berry picked off two passes in 11-on-11 towards the end of practice.

Ben Martin and Martez Wilson were similar in that they aren't very big defensive ends, but they don't mind pushing and shoving, and they are quick. Just because they are small doesn't mean they will be pancaked. Coming off the edge, both 225-pounders are fast and quick. They matched up very well with the big offensive linemen.

Noel Devine, Scout.com's top-ranked running back made it to practice halfway through. He was the quickest guy on the field. I saw at least one run he would have took to the house in limited carries.

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