January 9, 2007

East Meets West All-American Game Hot 11


The Hot 11 from the East-West game highlights 11 of the top performers over the course of the week of practice/workouts and performance during the game as determined by Rivals.com.

The following is the final Hot 11 from the East Meets West All-American game at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

East Meets West All-American Game Hot 11

Lamark Brown, S, St. Louis (Mo.) Hazelwood East

Committed to Kansas State

Kansas State has a special athlete heading its way in Brown. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder played safety and some cornerback during the course of the week and impressed. He moves well for a player his size and doesn't shy away from contact. Brown says he expects to play wide receiver for the Wildcats and should provide serious matchup problems if he develops at that position.

Tony Clemons, WR, New Kensington (Pa.) Valley

Committed to Michigan

Clemons has great size and speed and will develop into an outstanding target at Michigan. He didn't see very many balls during the game, but when he did you knew you were watching someone that was potentially special. His big body, combined with sure hands and good speed, give him tremendous upside. Plus, the Wolverines do an excellent job of developing receivers.

BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga (Tenn.) The McCallie School

Committed to Tennessee

Coleman has excellent size for a college quarterback. He also has a good arm and a good feel for the game, which allows him to be patient in the pocket and find his receivers downfield. David Cutcliffe knows a thing or two about quarterbacks and it appears he found a good one in Coleman, who had an outstanding game for the victorious West squad, completing 7-of-8 passes.

Jared Crick, DE, Cozad (Neb.)

Committed to Nebraska

Crick is quick and plays with a mean streak, but also has a high football I.Q. During practice, the West offensive lineman often remarked about how tough he was to block because he would show bull rush and then beat them with finesse and then do the exact opposite on the next play. Provided he develops as he should, the future Husker will be a force on the defensive line in Lincoln for the coming years.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Marietta (Ga.) Kell

Committed to Georgia Tech

Dwyer has great balance and good vision. He showed that he could be a tough inside runner as well as the ability to bounce it to the outside for the big gain. Dwyer also has good speed. The future Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket finished with a team-high 72 yards on 11 carries for the East squad. Expect Dwyer to play as a freshman in Atlanta.

Jerimy Finch, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central

Committed to Michigan

Finch is a big safety prospect with good range and athleticism. His strength is in run support, where he is very skilled. That leads some to speculate that he could end up at outside linebacker, which could be his natural position. Finch stood out during the entire week of practice and also during the game, where he stood out.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills

When talking about the nation's best tight end prospects, one should never forget to mention Gronkowski. He's big enough to be a dominant blocker, but also is a skilled enough athlete to run excellent pass patterns. Gronkowski's soft hands and speed also contribute to him being a big-play threat in the passing game. The East team didn't throw to Gronkowski or throw very much at all in general, but his one reception for 39 yards in the game showed his skill.

Peter Lalich, QB, Springfield (Va.) West Springfield

Committed to Virginia

Lalich has NFL size and is an accurate passer. He was the best overall quarterback prospect on the field Saturday, finishing 9-of-13 for 166 yards and a touchdown. Lalich has a bright future ahead of him once he receives some coaching and develops a bit. The Virginia commit will help the Cavaliers' program in a big way before all is said and done.

Kerry Neal, DE, Bunn (N.C.)

Committed to Notre Dame

Neal was electric coming off the edge during this event. His speed is what makes him go and he has plenty of it. While he has tremendous athleticism, what perhaps is most impressive about Neal is his motor and heart. He never stops and isn't afraid to stick his neck out to make a big play. The Notre Dame commit has the potential to help the Irish defense right away and at the very least will be a standout on the Notre Dame special teams next year.

Foswhitt Whittaker, RB, Pearland (Texas)

Committed to Texas

Whittaker was the best running back in the game, finishing with a game-high 127 yards on 19 carries. He's not the biggest back in the world, but he has outstanding vision and balance, which allows him to find the hole and makes him tough to bring down. Combined with those attributes, his excellent speed makes him a homerun threat.

Malcolm Williams, WR, Garland (Texas)

Committed to Texas

Williams has NFL size and speed and showed that he can make the big plays during the game. He only had three receptions, but totaled 99 receiving yards and caught a 59-yarder from fellow future Texas Longhorn G.J. Kinne with seconds remaining in the first half to give the West a 21-6 lead heading into the break. That showed the ability to make a play in the clutch, a must for any big-time receiver.

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