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December 31, 2008MORE: White team | Black team | UA rosters | Army AA Bowl coverage | More all-star coverage
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The countdown to Sunday's Under Armour All-American Game officially began Wednesday with the start of practice for the White team and the Black team. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons breaks down the top Black team performers from Wednesday's workout.
Black Team Hot 11 - Wednesday
RB Jaamal Berry
5-10/185, Miami Palmetto
Whatever you want out of a tailback it looks like Berry can provide. He is quick to find the hole and even quicker running through it. He's got a great burst and acceleration and he has versatility as a pass-catcher. He has the skill set of an all-purpose back but a thick body structure. He can take a beating and will lower his head if he has to.
WR Duron Carter
6-3/183, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Look for Carter to make a lot of noise in the Big Ten. His size and hands are an immediate advantage but where Carter really sets himself apart is with his savvy. The son of NFL legend Cris Carter has clearly had some instruction from his father. He knows how to get open, finds the holes in the defense with ease and he knows how to get off the line of scrimmage in press coverage. Though he doesn't have elite speed, Carter still found a way to burn more than one athletic cornerback on fly patterns in one-on-ones.
WR Andre Debose
6-0/170, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole
You can't say enough about Debose's speed. While his track speed is well documented, it really translates when the pads are on, something that is not always the case. Debose is also comfortable catching the ball and has good ball skills. Debose is a smaller framed prospect but has a build that should allow him to add just that little bit of mass that will ready him to take a college hit.
6-4/205, Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis
All of the quarterbacks struggled to a certain degree on Wednesday and Gilbert was no different. He threw several interceptions and he looked like he was still adjusting to the speed of the game, regularly underthrowing deep routes and fly routes. However, Gilbert did show a big arm and was great at hitting receivers on intermediate and timing routes. If Gilbert is asked to thread an out route between two defenders or to put the ball on a rope, he is probably the best quarterback on either team at doing it.
6-3/263, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso
McAllister showed great diversity and athleticism as a strong edge defender. He's quick and explosive off the snap and no offensive lineman on the Black team was able to consistently find an answer for him in team play. Even when he wasn't making plays, McAllister was disrupting the offense by driving his opponents into the backfield.
6-0/267, Greenville (Fla.) Madison
McDaniel has developed well physically over the last year and though he doesn't have ideal height, he does have the size to be a major factor on the next level. At defensive line, McDaniel is great with his hands and shows a lot of polish and diversity with his pass rush abilities. McDaniel has good feet and quickness and is a penetrating defensive tackle that will likely spend a lot of time in the offensive backfield at the next level.
6-2/194, McDonough (Ga.) Henry County
Patterson has good size and strength for a wide receiver and will always look good on the hoof but at times his production has been inconsistent. Consistency was a non-issue on Wednesday as Patterson may have been the most consistent receiver out of a loaded receiving corps on the Black team. Patterson runs very precise routes, caught the ball with confidence away from his body and showed the ability to run any kind of route against some elite defensive backs.
ATH Greg Reid
5-9/175, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
No defensive back on either team put on a more spectacular display than Reid. An option quarterback for his high-powered high school offense, Reid's athleticism has never been in question but in the past he has shown some inconsistency in his coverage skills. He looked totally comfortable in coverage on Wednesday. He had great anticipation skills, make-up speed and played the ball beautifully all afternoon. Reid does not have ideal size at corner but that didn't hurt him Wednesday. Against All-Americans it is tough to remember any one-on-one reps that Reid lost.
5-9/151, Pahokee (Fla.)
Richardson is a great complement to Andre Debose because in a lot of ways they are the same player. Debose may be faster but Richardson may be even better in space. Richardson has some of the best feet in Orlando running routes and getting off press coverage. His change of direction ability is off the charts and he will be a tough matchup even though he may be the smallest player in the game.
6-1/179, Houston Cypress Ridge
Shepard does not have the arm strength of some of the other elite quarterbacks at the UA All-American Game but that is maybe the only place that he is noticeably behind. Shepard's mechanics are there and his hard work over the past two years on his quarterback play is evident. Shepard was as accurate and consistent as any other quarterback and he added the scary dimension of the run threat. When Shepard tucked the ball to run, he showed flashes of the kind of athleticism that have many people calling him the best athlete in the country.
6-6/290, Wolfforth (Tex.) Frenship
Walters is a text book offensive line prospect. He has the best offensive line body in Orlando and he adds good knee bend and hip flexibility to his strong frame. Walters also has versatility. He is starting at center for the Black team but he has the size and athleticism to play all five positions on the offensive line. Though he struggled some with shotgun snaps, Walters has a lot to like on the offensive line.