Here's the One Stud You Have to Watch in This Year's Army and Under Armour Games
With both the US Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American Game taking place very soon, college football fans are switching into recruiting mode. As that transition occurs, now is a good time to get up to speed on Montravius Adams and Su'a Cravens.
Adams, playing in the Under Armour All-American Game, and Cravens in the US Army All-American Bowl are two elite athletes that every fan should know about. While most folks want to check out quarterbacks and look at which running backs or wide receivers will score big touchdowns, a defensive-minded guy like myself goes to the trenches and the secondary.
In Montravius Adams, you have a kid that is a special type of player on the front-line. If not for Robert Nkemdiche's dominance, it is likely that Adams would be the top recruit in the nation. The defensive tackle from Georgia is a big kid who possesses tremendous athletic ability.
As you watch the defensive linemen play, there are a couple of big things to watch. First and foremost, watch Adams' takeoff from the line of scrimmage. He shoots out of his stance and stays low, a critical element for any defensive linemen. The next big thing to watch is how he uses his power to push offensive linemen off the point, before using his hands to disengage and get to the ball carrier.
Adams is an uncommitted recruit, as of now, with an offer list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and plenty more. At the next level, he has the ability to play play just about every position on the defensive line. He possess the strength to play the longstick defensive end in a 3-4, the power to be a shaded nose in a 4-3 and the quickness to be a disruptive 2- or 3-technique as well.
Reports are that Adams has been limited at the Under Armour practice due to a sprained ankle, but if he suits up and gives it a go, be sure to keep an eye on what he is capable of.
Now let's move rom the trenches to the back end, and take a look at Su'a Cravens. In the US Army All-American Bowl, the safety from California will be putting his unique blend of athleticism and skill on display for the masses.
The USC commit is one of the top all-around athletes in the 2013 class and will likely find himself stepping in to replace T.J. McDonald, should he remain committed to the Trojans. When you watch Cravens, the total package is so great, but it is the little subtleties that truly separate him from the rest.
Cravens has a solid understanding of how to push his pedal and then get into and out of his breaks quickly. Avoiding double stepping or rounding off of breaks saves a defensive back time and turns tackles into pass break ups and pass break ups into interceptions.
There is more to Cravens' game than just playing the pass, though. He's comfortable playing in the box and is a sure tackler against the run. While it won't be on display during the US Army All-American Bowl, Cravens is also going to be a weapon, at the next level, as an aggressive blitzer who is capable of spilling plays or being the hammer from the outside.
You are going to hear plenty about the offensive guys, but do yourself a favor and check out Adams, Cravens and some of the other defensive talent in these games. There are some kids who can be truly special on defense at the next level, and getting to see them early is always a treat.
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