January 2, 2008
Under Armour: Wednesday Red Hot 11
ORLANDO, Fla. - Who will take leading roles Saturday when the Red team tries to win the first Under Armour All-Star Game? Wednesday's practice offered further indication. See who joined Omar Hunter on Rivals.com's Red team Hot 11 from Wednesday.
|Under Armour All Star Game Red Hot 11 |
Omar Hunter , DT, Buford (Ga.) Buford
The former Notre Dame commitment continues to show why he is one of the most coveted prospects on either roster. During one-on-one pass rushing drills, Hunter was the only defender to get any kind of a push. On one occasion, the 305-pound defensive tackle bull rushed USC commit Khaled Holmes straight back and made it to the quarterback with ease.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Pahokee (Fla.) Pahokee
On a day when the defensive backs consistently won matchups against the wideouts, Jenkins stood out among his peers in the secondary. A Red team coach commented that no receiver had caught a ball on the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Florida commit the entire day. He was able to shut down five-star receiver Julio Jones several times.
Dann O'Neill, OT, Grand Haven (Mich.)
The 6-foot-7, 300 pound Michigan commit is a mammoth on the offensive line. While physically imposing, he has the frame to add even more weight. However, he did not need any extra weight Wednesday in his one-on-one drills. When defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey tried to get low and out-muscle him, O'Neill was able to hold his ground.
Uona Kaveinga, LB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Leuzinger
The Red team coaches love the fire and intensity that the UCLA linebacker commit brings to the field. Although slightly undersized, Kaveinga has great technique and hits like a ton of bricks. After a swing pass was overthrown to big running back Darius Willis, the 6-foot, 225 pound Kaveinga laid a hit on him that left his teammates in awe.
Tyler Love, OT, Mountain Brook (Ala.)
At 6-foot-7, 280 pounds, the five-star Alabama commit is usually the biggest player on the line. However, he seems almost average in size compared to the rest of the Red squad's linemen. Like O'Neill, Love showed his strength while pass blocking against Humphrey. He was able to run the defensive tackle to the sideline on one play and stonewall him at the line on the next one.
Carson Wiggs, K, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
With the state of Texas loaded with kicker prospects in 2008, Purdue was able to sneak in and grab Wiggs from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. If Wednesday is any indication, the Boilermakers got a good one. Although the wind was a slight factor, he made four straight 57-yard field goals. He then decided to move back and try one from 62 yards out. After hitting off the crossbar, the ball bounced through the uprights.
Benjamin Jones, OT, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
The Georgia center commit doesn't look like the most imposing player, but when he puts the pads on he almost always produces. The Red coaches came away from Wednesday's practice raving about the 6-foot-3, 310 pounder and his prowess manning the middle of the line. Although he never matched up with Omar Hunter in one-on-one drills, Jones held his own against every defender he faced.
Charles Whitlock, CB, Chester (S.C.)
The South Carolina commit continues to be the biggest surprise on the entire Red roster. Whitlock has proven to a shut-down corner, although he also has the potential to play at receiver. Matched up with the much bigger Joshua Jarboe, Whitlock held the big physical receiver without a catch in their individual matchups.
Burton Scott, ATH, Prichard (Ala.) Vigor
At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, the Alabama commit is probably the best all-around athlete on the entire team. He did a bit of everything on both sides of the ball Wednesday. He caught a few passes offensively and defended the top receivers on the Red squad.
Khaled Holmes, OG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
The USC offensive guard commit looks ready to suit up in a college game now. He is one of the strongest players on the field and proved it by being the only linemen to stop Omar Hunter on the day. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Holmes will be tough for the Silver defenders to handle on Saturday.
Joshua Jarboe, WR, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
The defensive backs held the receivers in check for most of the day, but the 6-foot-3, 205 pound Jarboe showed what he is capable of when he got behind every defender on a deep post route to catch a perfectly thrown pass from Braden Hanson. He has been the biggest match-up problem for the Red defenders throughout the week.
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