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December 31, 2008
Army analysis: East stars
SAN ANTONIO – Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down some of the top performers from Tuesday's East squad practices at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Army All-American Bowl East Standouts: Tuesday
CB Corey Brown, 6-1/180, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
ASSETS: Has quick feet and very good body control.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Is a bit on the thin side so he needs to add about 10 to 15 pounds.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Really did a nice job of cutting and planting while running routes.
CONCLUSION: Even though he is playing offense in this game, don't be surprised if he plays either corner or free safety at Ohio State. Seemed to fight the ball some in practice, but on video he is one of the best ball-hawking DBs I have seen this year.
OT Marcus Hall, 6-5/290, Cleveland Glenville
ASSETS: Has good height and a great overall physique for an offensive tackle.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to work some on his flexibility, he is not a natural knee bender and he also has a tendency to play high at the point of attack.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: The most physically impressive offensive lineman on the East squad. He is not someone you are just going to beat one-on-one without using sound technique.
CONCLUSION: Physically is ready to compete right now for a position on almost any two-deep chart in America. Look for him to play right offensive tackle and also be cross-trained at offensive guard in college.
DE Anthony LaLota, 6-6/260, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School
ASSETS: Excellent height, great frame and long arms.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Really needs to work on pad level at the point of attack. He cannot get by on size and strength alone against this level of competition.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Seems to be a high-effort guy that really wants to get better as a defensive end.
CONCLUSION: Most likely a redshirt candidate next season as he continues to learn his position and acclimate to playing against stiffer competition. His excellent frame is meant for long-term success.
OT Morgan Moses, 6-7/347, Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook
ASSETS: He is just a mammoth along the offensive front and has long arms and big hands.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to redistribute some of his body weight which should help him with his flexibility and lateral movement.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: He is one of the more dominating run blockers on either squad.
CONCLUSION: Morgan has a world of potential and will only continue to get better. Since he is being recruited as an offensive tackle, he most likely will redshirt while he works on his pass protection. After that he could become an all-conference type player wherever he ends up.
DT Tyler Stockton, 6-1/290, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School
ASSETS: Knows how to use his low center of gravity and power to gain leverage at he point of attack.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to watch his weight since he is already maxed out on his frame. He does not need to loose any of his quickness off the ball.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Gave the taller interior linemen fits as he would submarine them and wreak havoc in the backfield.
CONCLUSION: Should do a nice job as a run-stuffing machine at Notre Dame. Stockton will likely need to redshirt and use that time working on redistributing some body weight.
OG Brennan Williams, 6-6/272, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial
ASSETS: Has an excellent frame and is a natural knee bender.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Right now he is a little light in the pants and needs to add at least 20 more pounds to be effective as an offensive lineman at the next level.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: During individual work was one of the most athletic and natural athletes on the east team.
CONCLUSION: Williams could actually project at four offensive line positions and possibly defensive tackle at the next level. He has a tremendous frame to work with and watching him physically mature at the next level should be a treat.