January 7, 2008

Offense-Defense: Final Hot 11

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The final outcome had the East beating the West by a score of 12-8 in the second Offense-Defense all-star game and the final is also evident in the Rivals.com final Hot 11 for the game. The East squad walks away with seven members, led by Corey Liuget, the unblockable defensive end from Hialeah, Fla. Who else left Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons impressed when the game ended?

In ranked order.

Offense-Defense All-Star Game: Final Hot 11

Corey Liuget, DE, East Squad

Pick a spot for Liuget and he'll dominate. He is listed by Rivals.com as the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the nation but he did most of his all-star week damage on the inside. David DeCastro had had a great week of practice at center for the West until he ran into Liuget. As he lined up all over the defensive line, no other offensive lineman fared much better. Several sacks from his defensive tackle position during Friday night's game says it all for Liuget. He was unblockable.

Armond Armstead, DE, West Squad

Armstead was right there with Liuget in terms of dominance and Armstead was doing it all week long. The West offensive linemen looked effective and capable in practice against every defender except Armstead. He has power and quickness and looked just as dominating on Friday night against the East squad as he did during practice. Like Liuget, Armstead has the versatility to move inside or outside and be equally dominating.

Earl Okine, DE, East Squad

While Armstead and Liuget were a step ahead of everybody during the week, Okine showed on Friday night that he wasn't too far behind. Okine earned the defensive MVP award due to his constant presence in the West backfield. He used his long frame and long arms to pressure the quarterback and track down ball carriers. On one play, he jumped the snap from the edge to take down the quarterback before he could get a handoff away.

Jeff Fuller, WR, West Squad

There were several big-bodied receivers on both teams this week but the biggest and best looked to be Fuller. He doesn't quite have the crispness in his route-running as a Melvin Ray or of some of the smaller wide receivers on his team, but he uses his big frame extremely well and displayed great hands all week. His lack of production during the game can be attributed to the weather and the pressure from the East defensive line more than any poor play on his part.

Marcus Dowtin, LB, East Squad

The East team featured a very good linebacking group that was deep and lacked any weaknesses. Throughout the week, Dowtin looked to be the most complete player of the group. He is a ferocious hitter who is put together extremely well physically. He has an athletic body which stops ball carriers dead in their tracks. He also showcased some good instincts in pass coverage during the week.

Aaron Hester, CB, West Squad

Hester displayed lockdown ability at the corner position for the West. Though he is very thin and will need to gain weight to take a collegiate pounding, he doesn't lack for strength. His is wiry strong and he has extremely long arms that help him in coverage. He didn't get a lot of opportunities to make plays on Friday night but if a cornerback's name isn't called very often that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Marc Anthony, CB, West Squad

Anthony is a slightly thicker version of Hester and there wasn't a lot of difference between the two this week. Anthony was very adept in pass coverage and made several interceptions throughout the week. He has a great, natural backpedal and is fluid in his movements and in his coverage. He also displayed some very good bad skills and knows how to catch the ball at its highest point.

Keith Wells, DE, East Squad

Wells certainly has the body to work with. He is tall with long arms and a great frame to add weight. He was active and had a great night on Friday night in the game, particularly in chasing down ball carriers from behind. He had several sacks and was helped by the pressure of Okine and Liuget but had his fair share of impressive plays himself. Wells' upside had the coaching staff impressed all week.

Melvin Ray, WR, East Squad

Ray is an ideal prototypical big receiver. He runs polished routes catches the ball very well with his hands away from his body and he showed precise and explosive change-of-direction skills. He had limited opportunities to make plays on Friday night but he did catch one jailbreak screen that he reversed the field on for a big critical gain. Ray showed a complete package as a receiver.

Mike Zordich, LB, East Squad

The Ohio native made the big play when it mattered on Friday night. Zordich had a solid week of practice and was in the midst of a very strong performance in Friday night's game when he broke things open with a strip on a 4th and 1 that he secured and returned 40 yards in the opposite direction for a touchdown. Zordich won the game's MVP award but it wasn't just due to the big fumble recovery. He showed great speed and athleticism all night.

Devoe Torrence, ATH, East Squad

There were four running backs that really looked good during the week. Torrence, Michael Shaw, Cyrus Gray and Jamal Womble all had very good, very productive weeks of practice. Torrence was the most productive and most consistent back of the four and showed great quickness in tight spaces and ran with a physical mentality that made him tough to tackle.

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