LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – On the first day of an all-star game, the first impressions are always a hot topic. At the 2013 Under Armour All-America game, that was certainly the case with several players standing out “on the hoof”.
"On the hoof", it doesn't get any better on the high school level than Ole Miss lean Robert Nkemdiche
Five that impressed
1. Robert Nkemdiche, SDE, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Not only was Nkemdiche the most dominant player in practice, but he would certainly be the first off the bus in an event loaded with top prospects. The Ole Miss lean is more than just 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, he has broad shoulders, tree trunk legs, a skinny waste for his size, perfect proportion and the frame to carry 305-310-pounds in the same manner.
2. Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn (Al.)
The Reuben Foster seen today and at the Alabama-Mississippi is just how one would draw up an inside linebacker – physically. Foster is 6-foot-1, 237-pounds, perfectly proportioned, with the ability to continue to add muscle mass to his upper body. One will not see a better looking linebacker on the hoof, unless LaVar Arrington were to suit up this week.
3. Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Ms.)
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Jones not only looks good getting off the bus right now, but he will blow up physically on the next level. Down the line, look for Jones to has a look very similar to Julius Peppers.
4. OJ Howard, TE, Prattville (Al.) Autauga
Howard is cut from the same mold of Chris Jones, just 30-pounds less at this point. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder’s upper body is ahead of his lower body in terms of development, but the Alabama commitment has the frame to carry 255-pounds or more perfectly proportioned in time.
5. Joey Bosa, DT, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
The Ohio State commitment is an attention grabber walking onto the field. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder is way ahead physically than most at the high school level, and it shows when standing next to his teammates. His look is that of very strong and powerful.
- Elijah Daniel (Avon, In.) is as physically impressive as a 6-foot-3, 249-pounder can be. After playing at around 230-pounds as a junior, Daniel now lives in the weight room and it shows with a ripped, nearly perfectly proportioned body type. He has the frame to carry 265-270-pounds in time.
Defensive end Tim Williams is one of the top athlets in the 2013 class pound for pound, but he has a lot of physical development needed.
- Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) and Yannick Ngakoue (Washington, DC/Friendship) were much bigger than Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnet) physically – both in height, weight and frame.
- Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Oh.) is well put together at 5-foot-11, 196-pounds with the frame to carry 215-pounds or more. While Marshall is likely to play receiver at Ohio State, he possesses a running back body type.
- Texas commitment Darius James (Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights) missed the majority of the season due to a twice broken foot. The time off showed. James is currently closer to 350-pounds than his listed 320 and will need to work his way back down to be where he ideally needs to be at the next level to play center.
- Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, SC) is an impressive looking athlete, even though he is only here to watch this week because he has a torn ACL. The 5-feet-11, 193-pounder has a compact build and is more muscular than your average receiver his age.
- Outside linebacker prospect Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has one of the most intriguing frames at this event. He's 6-feet-2 and 194 pounds, but has the narrowest set of hips on any backer here. The question is, given his frame, how much weight could Powell add?
- Guard Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, NC/Richmond) is generously listed at 6-feet-1, 330 pounds. With him wearing the event's tight-fitting jerseys, it's apparent he has some work to do to get his body college ready. Right now, there's a good bit of bad weight. Despite his unique frame, Crowder is one of the more flexible offensive linemen in town.
- Defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) is one of the top athletes pound for pound in the game and 2013 class. With that being said, he also has a ways to go physically as a defensive end at the next level. In defensive line drills, he looked noticeably smaller than most.
- USC commit Ty Isaac (Joliet, Il.) is the definition of a big back. He’s a legit 6-foot-2.5/6-3 and 220-pounds. He’s got the body type to add 15-20-pounds of good weight to his frame, and add to his versatility.
- Michigan offensive tackle commit Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Il../Manual) is a massing prospect at 6-foot-7, 315-pounds. There are offensive lineman that could be defined as more impressive “on the hoof”, but he baseline skill set plus physical upside makes him an intriguing prospect.
- Texas A&M commitment Noel Ellis (New Orleans, LA./Edna Karr) is not the biggest, fastest or strongest cornerback, but he’s one of those prospects that plays much better than his physical appearance.
- Fellow Texas A&M commitment Laqvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas) falls into the same category as Ellis, with the understanding Gonzalez may have as far to go from a physical development standpoint as any. There aren’t any quicker and with better change of direction with the ball, however.
Keith Niebuhr contributed to this report.