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Army Bowl: East Tuesday Standouts

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – After an intense first day of practice on Monday at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, it was a more laid back setting on Tuesday for the East team as they spent a lot more time on installation in preparation for Saturday’s game to be played at the Alamo Dome.

Five-star CB Kendall Fuller's day was highlighted by a leaping, one-handed INT down the field.

The East team was in full pads for the morning session and in just shells for the afternoon practice.

Overall Top Performer

If you haven’t heard already, the secondary for the East team is deep and talented, and Kendall Fuller led the way on Tuesday.

The five-star Virginia Tech commit was impeccable in coverage which included a filthy one-handed interception on a jump ball with Tyler Boyd. The 6-foot, 175-pound Fuller is a complete cornerback that is also strong in run support.

Other Top Performers

2. The running backs are another strength for the East team and on Tuesday it was uncommitted back Derrick Green leading the way. The 6-foot, 220-pound Green had several nice runs going into the heart of a strong defensive line and linebacker crew. Green is a powerful runner that doesn’t go down on first contact and has the ability to make people miss in tight areas. He runs low and sets up his blocks well. Ranked as the nation’s No. 5 running back and No. 45 prospect overall according to the 247Composite, Green ran really hard in-between the tackles.

3. Five-star USC commit Kenny Bigelow heated up during the 11-on-11 session. Super quick off the snap, the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Bigelow created a lot of pressure and again is very tough to block 1-on-1. It’s impressive how well Bigelow can run.

4. Alabama five-star commit Jonathan Allen was a live one on Tuesday coming off the edge. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Allen is a physical specimen with plenty more upside. He consistently defeated offensive linemen and also recovered a fumble on a botched quarterback to running back exchange. Allen is very fundamentally sound, knows how to play the position and he also knocked down several balls.

5. Uncommitted 247Composite five-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander turned it up a notch in 11-on-11 as well. One wow play, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Alexander was able to shed a blocker in the open field and come make a big hit on the ball carrier. Great feet and hips, Alexander is always strong in coverage. Rutgers, Florida, Texas A&M, Clemson, Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky all remain in the mix for Alexander.

6. Uncommitted receiver Shelton Gibson was the most productive receiver for the East on Tuesday, making a lot of plays downfield. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Shelton is fun to watch after the catch. Ohio State leads West Virginia with Kentucky and Tennessee also in the mix.

7. Florida State linebacker commit E.J. Levenberry was the top linebacker on Tuesday. A great build at 6-foot-3, 234-pounds, Levenberry is a smart football player that is always around the ball. He’s a big hitter and is also good in coverage. Levenberry covers a lot of ground.

8. Uncommitted five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil didn’t take a ton of reps on Tuesday but when he did he was dominant. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Tunsil is flexible and showed his great feet on this day. Alabama and Georgia are out in front of Florida State and Ole Miss.

9. LSU commit Frank Herron was easy to notice during position drills. A fluid athlete, moves very well for a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive lineman. Typically an end, Herron played tackle on Tuesday and is another lineman that can run.

10. UCLA pledge Christian Morris has put together a nice two days of practice. At 6-foot-7, 289-pounds, Morris moves well laterally, has long arms, and more than held his own against some of the West team’s elite pass rushers on Tuesday.

Notes

-Alabama five-star commit Derrick Henry is the third best running back on his team behind Green and Notre Dame pledge Greg Bryant, but he’s the best athlete on the field overall. He has the goods to be a running back at a big-time school, as he proved on one run where he went untouched around the end for what would have been a long touchdown. However, at 6-foot-3, 243-pounds in a phenomenal long and lean body, Henry may project better at another position.

-Linebackers Daniel McMillian, a Florida commit, and Clemson pledge Dorian O’Daniel, are on another level athletically compared to the other linebackers on the East team. They were the smoothest during position drills during the morning practice. McMillian was arguably one of the top three players overall at Monday’s practice. Tuesday he didn’t have a lot of opportunities to make plays.

-Michigan tight end commit Jake Butt (ankle) and Notre Dame offensive line pledge John Montelus (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday. Neither injury is considered serious.

-Auburn quarterback commit Jeremy Johnson was again the most consistent signal-caller and has a skill set that is perfect for Gus Malzahn’s offense. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Johnson throws a pretty ball and can also make plays with his legs.

-The first team defense on Tuesday was Alquadin Muhammad, Bigelow, Keith Bryant and Allen across the defensive line. The linebackers are Levenberry, McMillian and Notre Dame commit Doug Randolph. The secondary had Fuller and USC commit Jalen Ramsey at the corners, Florida pledge Nick Washington at one safety, and Michigan commit Dymonte Thomas and Georgia pledge Tray Matthews working at the other spot. Washington was impressive for a second-straight day, and Matthews is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound specimen that was in on a lot of plays.

-Penn State commit Brendan Mahon has never touched the football before in his life, but he’s doing a nice job transitioning to center this week. Georgia offensive line commit Brandon Kublanow has been strong at his guard position and Ohio State offensive tackle commit Evan Lisle plays with a mean streak. Lisle performed well throughout the day and also went toe-to-toe with USC defensive end commit Jason Hatcher following one play.

-Pittsburgh lean Tyler Boyd made several plays down the field on Tuesday including the catch of the day over Alexander in the end zone. West Virginia and Michigan State are also in the mix for Boyd who may decide on Saturday. Another receiver that will decide on Saturday is James Quick, who has been the best route runner over two days. He’ll choose between Louisville and Ohio State. Tony Stevens was a regular target for the East quarterbacks during 11-on-11. Texas A&M is looking like the team to beat for him on Saturday.

-Greg Bryant has the goods to be a great one in Notre Dame’s scheme. He accelerates quickly, runs well in between the tackles and can also catch the football. He’ll be tough to keep of the field as a true freshman in South Bend.

-Virginia running back commit Taquan Mizzell continues to impress at receiver. He has proven he can get open against some of the top cornerbacks in the country. Will also factor into the return game this week.

-Temple kicker Jim Cooper made 47-yard field goals with ease. He has the leg to be good well over 50 yards.

Sonny Shipp contributed to this report.

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