Under Armour All-American Game 2013: Top Offensive Stars to Watch
The future superstars of college football will be on display this Friday, as the nation's premier high school prospects will showcase their skills in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.
Alumni of this annual event include the likes of Braxton Miller and Jadeveon Clowney, so you can expect to see elite talent on both sides of the ball. Since I love me some points, though, we'll focus on the offensive players today.
Make sure you tune in to catch the following skill position players on Friday.
Kelvin Taylor, RB, Black Team
The son of former Pro Bowler Fred Taylor, Kelvin has clearly inherited some of his father's skills.
The first thing that stands out about Taylor is exceptional vision, which allows him to set up his blocks and find gaps in the defense. As you can see in the video above, he has a great sense of where the defenders are, and he makes his cuts accordingly.
Taylor also runs with a pleasantly nasty demeanor. He uses his 5'11", 216-pound frame to perfection, running over smaller defenders and breaking tackles at will.
Taylor has committed to the Florida Gators, so SEC fans will want to get a glimpse of him ASAP.
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Black Team
Hackenberg is the quintessential pocket passer, using his sound decision-making, arm strength and accuracy to pick apart opposing defenses. He has an absolute cannon for a right arm, and he can make every throw necessary to succeed at the next level.
The Penn State commit is also pretty mobile. He won't blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he can avoid defenders in the pocket and he's not afraid to lower his shoulder in the open field.
Hackenberg has the looks of a future Heisman candidate. He should give Big Ten coaches nightmares in the coming years.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, White Team
Treadwell is uncommitted, but his recent Twitter action suggests he will join Ole Miss next season. That's great news for Rebels fans, as Treadwell is the most talented wide receiver in a deep class.
The 6'3" Treadwell uses his height well, often soaring over defenders to catch jump balls. He has great timing and hands, which makes him a menace for defensive backs.
He's also got good top-end spend, and if he improves his short and intermediate routes, Treadwell will quickly become one of the most dangerous wide receivers in college football.
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