SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Thursday morning, the Army Bowl All-Americans got their last padded tune up before Saturday’s NBC broadcast. We take a look at the day’s top performers.
1. Artavis Scott, WR, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Scott is one of the most noticeable wide receivers during individual drills on air because he’s so smooth and natural but on Thursday he made plays when it counted too. He was the top deep threat of the day and got behind the East DBs on several occasions, catching at least three long balls over the top of the defense. He’ll be a ultra-productive player in that wide open Clemson offense.
2. Isaiah Wynn, OG, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood
Wynn has been injured some this week but when he’s been in, he’s been extremely effective. Part of a slew of Georgia commits that have been performing well, Wynn had a great day on Thursday, opening up some big holes for the running backs and at one point driving a linebacker towards the sideline on an inside run.
3. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Nnadi is the most consistent presence in the backfield for the East. He doesn’t always make the most spectacular plays but he has a high motor, rarely gets beat in one-on-one matchups and he is extremely powerful. Virginia Tech is considered the team to beat for Nnadi and he’d fit in well with that Hokie DL tradition.
4. Will Grier, QB, Charlotte (N.C.) Davidson Day
Grier has struggled at times early this week but as he has begun to adjust to the players around him he has looked consistently more comfortable. On Thursday, he hit on several big throws downfield despite some windy conditions. The Florida commit looks like he has the inside track on the starting job for the East.
5. Shaun Hamilton, LB, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
At the linebacker position, sometimes it pays to just do your job and that’s what Hamilton did on Thursday. He was in the right spot for his run fits, dropped into pass coverage effectively and he stumbled into some very nice tackles, an interception and a pass deflection because of that. We expect Hamilton to be a steady presence for Alabama because of that consistency in doing his job.
6. Nick Chubb, RB, Cedartown (Ga.) Cedartown
Nick Chubb has been spectacular this week in practice and Thursday was no difference. There’s not much left to say that hasn’t already been said, Chubb was fast through the hole, physical when he got there and he just looks to be on a different speed. He is living up to his five-star billing this week.
7. Khairi Clark, DT, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna
Thursday was clearly the Khairi Clark’s best day of work. The Florida commit opened up the scrimmage period with a couple of tackle for loss penetrations and he was extremely active all afternoon. Thursday we saw the explosiveness that we’ve been looking for out of the 300-plus pounder.
8. Nick Ruffin, CB, Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X
Ruffin has been terrific all week long and it was another good day for him on Thursday. Ruffin closes quickly on short-game passes and shows an enthusiasm for tackling in support. He also showed some instincts, once nearly picking a ball off by dropping off of an underneath WR in cover 2 and defending a deep smash route.
9. Sony Michel, RB, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
After practice, commits from other programs were joking that it’s not fair for Georgia to be getting both Chubb and Michel and that really has been the case this week. Michel once again impressed as much with his deceptive power as with his speed and quickness.
10. Todd Kelly Jr., S, Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb
Another prospect that played his high school ball against subpar competition, Kelly is adjusting nicely and had a good day on Thursday. Kelly may struggle with some of the quicker slot wide receivers in coverage but he is very capable of locking down tight ends and running backs in coverage and he showed off that ability on several occasions Thursday, flashing some good range in the process as well.
11. Bryson Allen-Williams, LB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
It’s impossible to ignore Allen-Williams who has stood out this week as much for his vigor and excitement to run around and work as anything else. A South Carolina commitment, the Gamecocks look to be getting an overachiever that’s plenty talented as is.