Army All-American Game 2013: Top 5 Outstanding Performances
The 2013 Army All-American Game has concluded, and we saw another great game again this year. The East squad came out on top of the West, but everyone was a winner today in this great event.
With a game full of players who will be college starters and key contributors, it's hard to stand out. However, the following five guys really performed admirably and shined brightest among a game of stars.
Here are the top five outstanding performers from today's Army game.
5. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
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Eddie Vanderdoes and his 6'3", 305-pound frame was on the field today, and he made his presence felt. He showed great strength and the ability to anchor versus any blocker inside for the West squad.
USC would be wise to put the press on the Northern California native to get him to re-commit—if not, then someone is getting themselves a heck of a player.
Vanderdoes had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack in the game.
4. Derrick Henry, RB
Who says Derrick Henry will have to switch positions at Alabama? I think today he proved that he has the lateral quickness and natural running skills to stay as a ball-carrier when he arrives in Tuscaloosa next week.
The 6'3", 240-pound back showed a good wiggle today and flashed his speed. He capped off a solid week of practice today where he displayed the willingness to run better behind his pads and embraced contact.
Henry finished with 10 carries for 53 yards and one touchdown today.
3. Max Browne, QB
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Max Browne may not have set the world on fire today, but he showed good poise on the game-tying drive for the West.
He finished the game 4-of-7 for 52 yards and TD. He also tossed a pass that gave the West the lead during a two-point conversion.
The 6'5", 215-pound QB is headed to USC in a few weeks, and he showed the accuracy, command, touch and leadership that has gotten him to be one of the top QB prospects in the country this year.
2. Jaylon Smith, OLB
Jaylon Smith showcased his athleticism Saturday, as his fluid movement skills, intensity, speed and agility were all impressive. The 6'3", 220-pound OLB is headed to Notre Dame.
He finished the game with four tackles, helped get a stop for loss and also got loose and blocked a field goal. Notre Dame is getting a potential star in Smith, and he's expected to contribute almost immediately.
1. James Quick, WR
The player of the game today was James Quick, and Louisville fans should be beaming right now.
The 6'0", 185-pounder got behind the West defense a few times and flashed the potential to be a highly productive player for the Cardinals early in his career.
Quick totaled three catches for 71 yards and a TD from the WR position, and he also had a 31-yard kickoff return. Quick was today's most outstanding performer and showed why he's among the top WR prospects in the nation.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.