SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Monday marked the first session of the week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and while there were windy conditions to deal with, some top performers already began to reveal themselves.
Christian McCaffrey is the son of former NFL WR Ed McCaffrey.
1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian
McCaffrey was added to the West roster as an all-purpose athlete but he emerged from a talented pack as Monday’s best running back. He has outstanding pass-catching skills but McCaffrey was also one of the day’s most explosive runners.
2. Josh Frazier, DT, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber
One of the most physically imposing prospects in attendance, Frazier put that impressive frame to work on Monday. He moves the offensive line, collapses the pocket and if he doesn’t make a play, he frees up a teammate to get a tackle.
3. Trey Quinn, WR, Lake Charles (La.) Barbe
Working amid a group of big bodied wide receivers, Quinn does not have a mismatch frame but he gets open and he catches everything. The weather was not ideal on Monday with cold air and wind making it a wide receiver’s nightmare but Quinn still caught the ball naturally and got open against some talented DBs.
4. Naijiel Hale, CB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Hale isn’t going to turn any heads with his size or even with his straightline speed but he has outstanding instincts and anticipation skills that he was able to parlay into some very impressive defensive stops. Hale can also finish a play with great ball skills.
5. Damon Webb, CB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Ohio State commit
Webb had a few spectacular plays from the cornerback position as well and probably has the best ball skills of any defensive back for the West. He also is one of the most fluid in his back pedal and flipping his hips.
6. Kyle Allen, QB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Texas A&M commit
Due to the windy conditions, all of the quarterbacks struggled throwing the ball at times but Allen was the one that emerged from the pack throughout the day to have the most consistent day as a passer. Texas commit Jerrod Heard had his moments running the football but didn’t match Allen’s consistency as a thrower.
7. Joe Mixon, RB, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Checking in with a thick lower body and a strong frame, Mixon did it all on Monday, he showed burst out the backfield, outstanding hands and he even was proficient as a pass-blocker in protection. Royce Freeman and Nathan Starks also both had strong days at running back.
8. Jaden Gault, OT, Madison (Wisc.) Monona Gove
Early on, Gault looks to be the leader for the starting left tackle job and he certainly has the frame to take it on. He was steady all day long, showing good feet and quickness for his size and he really controls defenders when he gets his hands on them.
9. Kenny Young, LB, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
The linebacking group is outstanding for the West and Nyles Morgan, Clifton Garrett and Zach Whitley all deserve mention for their day as well but Young seemed to be around the ball all day long, deflecting passes, showing a good feel for space in his 1-on-1 reps and closing quickly on ball carriers.
10. Brian Wallace, OT, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers
Wallace has an outstanding offensive line body with extremely long arms, very little bad weight and broad shoulders. He is also extremely athletic and has quick twitch movement. He got beat a couple of times off the edge but still looked very capable. Expect him to be the starting right tackle for the West.
11. Malik McDowell, DE, Detroit (Mich.) Southfield
You can’t teach length and McDowell has that in spades. The 6-7 defender plays high at times but his athleticism allows him to get away with it. McDowell is probably the top pass-rushing threat for the West.