HOUSTON – Practices wrapped up on Saturday for the O/D All-American Bowl and here are five players from the National squad that impressed 247Sports the most over the course of the week.
DT Andrew Billings Waco (Texas) Waco
Billings is still undecided on where he will play at on the next level but whichever school lands him will be getting a big clog in the middle.
Billings is better suited for a defense where he can play the zero technique and when he lined up over the center this week he was more than one man can handle with his strength and the power he generates from his hips.
CB Rashard Robinson Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely
Robinson locked down on the National receivers all week and he plays with a swagger and level of confidence you want to see in corners. His footwork also looked a lot better with a smooth back pedal and his technique was very good where he stayed low and kept his frame square.
He needs to desperately add some weight and muscle to his 6-foot-2 frame, but Robinson still did a good job in press coverage of using his long arms to knock receivers off their routes and interrupt the timing on pass plays.
WR Dominic Walker Orlando (Fla.) Evans
It’s tough for quarterbacks and receivers to get on the same page at events like this, and the rain and wind made it even tougher. Walker still was able to use his athleticism to make some impressive catches outside of his frame.
When the field was in better condition on Saturday, Walker showed the ability to stick his foot in the ground and make sharp cuts and also get in and out of his breaks well. He is set to announce his decision between Nebraska and Florida State on Sunday and one of those schools will be getting a big playmaker.
LB Ro’Derrick Hoskins Orlando (Fla.) Evans
The field conditions were horrible all week so the coaches asked the players to hold back a lot. That did not stop Hoskins from going full speed to the point where the coaches had to get on him for throwing some big licks on guys trying to block him.
Hoskins flashed good speed at getting to the ball when it went away from him and the FSU commit was able to sift through traffic and get off blocks and make plays in the tackle box.
DE Dajaun Drennon Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
At first glance, Drennon looked a little light in the pants compared to the big offensive tackles on the National squad. However, once they went at it his explosiveness and quick first step overshadowed any concerns about his weight.
Drennon, who is committed to North Carolina, got to the quarterback consistently throughout the week and did so against some pretty good tackles in Tennessee commit Dan Skipper and fellow Tarheel pledge R.J. Prince. He has quick hands and was able to beat his opponents with his quickness on the outside and also with some inside moves.