SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Day two is in the books for the East squad at the US Army All-American Bowl and it’s likely the last day of physical competition before Saturday’s game as both teams start to taper down their work through the end of the week. We take a look at the East’s top performer from Tuesday.
Nick Chubb was all business on Tuesday.
1. Nick Chubb, RB, Cedartown (Ga.) High School
With Chubb, you know when he has the ball before you see the number on his jersey. Not only does he show good athleticism and quickness but he is looking to punish defenders when they try to challenge him. A Georgia commit, Chubb is very similar in skill set to what Todd Gurley has brought to the Bulldogs.
2. Sony Michel, RB, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
If Chubb is Gurley, Michel is Keith Marshall. Michel has shown outstanding big play ability at the running back position but more importantly, he’s shown off an ability to run through tackles and to get behind his pads. He’s not at all a one-dimensional back. By adding Chubb and Michel to the Marshall Gurley combo already in place in Athens, Georgia will undoubedtly have one of the nation’s deepest and most talented backfields next season.
3. Travonte Valentine, DT, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic
The only thing more active than Travonte Valentine on the field is Valentine’s mouth off the field. The Miami commit is always talking, always joking and always having fun. Why not when you show off the kind of talent that he has displayed this week? When asking offensive linemen to name the toughest defender to block, Valentine is usually the answer without hesitation. He has been a beast this week and his ranking should rise accordingly.
4. Mason Cole, OG, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Cole was just solid and consistent all day long. He had his moments at offensive guard and right tackle but among a beat up offensive line, he is clearly the top athlete of the group. In the run game, Cole was also very good opening up holes, using leverage and power. Michigan looks to have stolen a good one out of the South.
5. Malkom Parrish, DB, Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County
Another Georgia commit to make the cut, Parrish was all over the field on defense and despite have one of the smallest frames on the field, looked like the most anxious to get in the mix. He is extremely quick and can get upfield and downfield without any wasted steps. Likely a cornerback on the next level, Parrish is going to create turnovers.
6. Quenton Nelson, OT, Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic
It looks like Nelson has locked down the starting left tackle spot for the East squad and deservedly so. Playing against a dominating defensive front, Nelson will lose the occasional rep but he has also had some dominating reps as well. When the East has run outside zone to Nelson’s side of the field, he has consistently beaten the defender in front of him and paved the way for solid gains. A Notre Dame commit, Nelson can be a multi-year starter at left tackle for the Irish.
7. Erick Smith, DB, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
Listed as a safety, Smith has been playing a lot of cornerback this week and not only is he capable but corner could be his position of the future. In drills, Smith has displayed some of the best ball skills and fluidity of any defender. It’s hard to remember him getting beat in the pass game all day either though a few very good breakups come to mind. Smith commits on Saturday and all signs point to Ohio State getting another good one out of Glenville.
8. Jacob Park, QB, Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford
Park was the most consistent and most effective quarterback on Tuesday for the East. When there was a big play on offense in the pass game, it usually came at the hands of Park. He throws a really nice deep ball with good touch and has all the physical ability you can ask for at the quarterback position.
9. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
He’s not as big as some other defensive linemen that are out in San Antonio but Nnadi is a big-time player. In a college football climate that sees some of the nation’s best defensive linemen – Aaron Donald, Will Sutton – as undersized defenders, there’s no reason why Nnadi can’t have that same kind of impact in college.
10. Bryson Allen-Williams, LB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
When Allen-Williams (listed at 6-2) measured in at Sunday’s check-in at 6-0.5, he said with a smile “it is what it is”. He’s proving this week that a full 6-2 isn’t necessary when you’ve can find the ball as effectively and run to it as quickly as Allen-Williams can. The South Carolina commit is just a football player that loves to be out competing.
11. Nick Ruffin, CB, Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X
Though he wasn’t given the opportunity to make a lot of big plays during scrimmage periods and 7on7, no defensive back has looked more natural in coverage than Ruffin in individual drills. The Auburn commit is definitely a stock-up type of performer this week.
The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at from the Alamodome with live television from NBC.