Breaking down the UA All-Americans

Originally Published: April 4, 2013
By RecruitingNation | ESPN.com

So want to know more about this year's Under Armour All-Americans? Here are the evals for the players who have already committed to play in this year's event. While grades, stars and rankings are still to be determined, these evals offer a look at each player's strengths and weaknesses.

Reminder, this is just an initial release and this is hardly the final roster. This list will continue to grow as more and more of the nation's top prospects commit to play in the game.

Athletes

ATH Adoree' Jackson
Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
College: Undecided

One of the more explosive and electric athletes in this class, Jackson comes from a program that has produced its share of playmakers, including USC standout Marqise Lee, and Jackson is cut in that same mold. He has modest size but excellent speed and burst. A fast-twitched athlete who goes 0-to-60 in a hurry on offense, making him a dangerous threat with the ball in his hands and equally valuable on defense with his ability to recover and limit receiver separation. He also excels as a returner, as he's a nightmare to contain in the open field and difficult to wrap up in tight spaces as well.
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ATH J.C. Jackson
Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
College: Florida State

This is one of the more speedy and explosive offensive perimeter players in this class. Jackson possesses above-average height on a frame that still needs to add mass and strength. Shows the ability to get behind the defense on vertical routes and eats up cushion rapidly off the line. Shows very good initial quickness, actually flashes downfield quickness in stride and shows a second gear burst he can hit to run under the football or split defenders.
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ATH Tyler Luatua
La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada
College: Undecided

Luatua is a versatile prospect who could draw interest from recruiters on both sides of the ball. He could be a promising defensive prospect as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 OLB but will likely find himself on the offensive side of the ball at the next level. His athleticism and size can allow him to offer good production and versatility as a tight end.
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ATH Jabrill Peppers
Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
College: Undecided

Whether deployed as an offensive or defensive skill position or as a returner, Peppers is a playmaker with explosive speed, smooth movements and excellent athleticism. He's very confident in his skills, and he should be. This young man is a game changer and could project at a few different positions at the next level but DB might be the spot. Has good overall size with height, length and a muscular frame that should continue to fill out and add strength. Has sudden movements but can also accelerate at a premium level with great top-end speed.
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ATH Michiah Quick
Fresno, Calif./Central East
College: Undecided

This dude is an explosive jet of a weapon and might be one of the best skill position players this class has to offer -- and at more than one position. Has some De'Anthony Thomas traits, only Quick is not as frail. He is a lean, fluid player with nice height. He is a home run waiting to happen. This is one of those guys who are playing at a different pace than everyone else. He is a smooth and flexible glider who does not look like he is moving all that fast, but he is, and he's very elusive.
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ATH Bo Scarbrough
Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge
College: Alabama

Big, strong, athletic and straight-line fast with impressive ball skills, Scarbrough is one of the more physically gifted and impressive athletes this class has to offer. He could get recruited at multiple positions in college but might fit into a hybrid RB/H-back role on offense. He has a strong, powerful frame as a running back, with deceptive lateral agility and quickness. He's well-built, but his tall and somewhat high-cut frame draws concern from a durability standpoint, as does his upright running style, but he has very good feet and can effectively pick and stab his way through traffic to avoid the direct hit.
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ATH JuJu Smith
Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly
College: Undecided

While Smith is an impressive wide receiver, his greatest upside might be on defense as a safety. He is a physically imposing player, but more in presence than stature. That doesn't mean he doesn't have quality size -- he does -- but he plays bigger than he is.
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Cornerbacks

CB Kalvaraz Bessent
Kingsland, Ga./Camden County
College: Alabama

Bessent is a savvy, athletic, polished cornerback prospect who still has a high ceiling. He's well-versed in the nuances of the position and highly skilled. He has the height, length and leaping skills you look for out on the perimeter to match up with today's bigger college receivers. Has good, not great, speed and perhaps better range than true top-end speed. Quick, fluid and smooth in his movements for a corner with his height.
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CB Marlon Humphrey
Hoover, Ala./Hoover
College: Undecided

It's rare to find cornerbacks as well-versed and well-rounded as Humphrey coming out of high school. He has the size, speed, hips and football intelligence coveted at the position and his coverage and run support skills are of equal quality. He will also make the big play on special teams as a kick blocker or coverage guy.
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CB Jalen Tabor
Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy
College: Undecided

Tabor is another tall, athletic and scheme-versatile corner in this class who could get recruited to play CB or safety. Very good height with lean bulk. He has a strong, explosive frame and knows how to use it and play physical when the scheme or technique calls for it. Runs well, has good acceleration and long-striding speed to make up ground. Lacks elite speed, though, and has better range, making safety a good possibility in college given his size.
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CB Nick Watkins
Dallas/Bishop Dunne
College: Undecided

Watkins is a gifted athlete and very good overall football player who actually could get recruited to play on either side of the ball. We feel corner will likely be the spot he settles on, as his size, speed and fluid transitional skills out on the perimeter are coveted at the college level. He's a natural playmaker at the position, with great ball skills. Aside from having great physical attributes, Watkins also has great recognition skills and innate awareness of where he is on the field at all times.
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Defensive Line

DT Andrew Brown
Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith
College: Undecided

Brown is a defensive lineman with experience at the end position but made a move inside as a junior, which is a more ideal fit for him. He is a big kid with room to further physically develop, especially throughout his upper body. He has good height, and with some time in a college weight program and some reworking of his body composition, he should be able to easily play at or over the 300-pound mark. He is an explosive player who can be a disruptive presence inside.
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DE Lorenzo Carter
Norcross, Ga./Norcross
College: Undecided

Carter is a long, lean, wiry defensive end. He is a bit in the mold of former Norcross product Adrian Hubbard, who is now with Alabama. Carter is a bit more of a hybrid type DE/OLB defender as well, and he has some experience in that role. He needs to work to continue to pack on some more good mass to his lengthy frame, and that should come with a focus on football.
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DT Thomas Holley
Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln
College: Undecided

Holley is a prospect who has barely begun to scratch the surface of his abilities. A basketball player, he just took to the gridiron as a junior and has played in a limited amount of games, but considering his lack of experience he looks to have taken to the game very well and displays promising upside. He must look like a monster on the hardwood, as he has very good natural size for the trenches at this stage, especially considering his background in basketball. He looks to carry his weight well with solid muscular development and room for continued physical growth.
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DT Gerald Willis III
New Orleans/Edna Karr
College: Undecided

Willis is a defensive line prospect who can bring some scheme versatility to the table. He has solid height and a thick build, especially through his lower body, and looks to have some room to fill out. He could potentially fit as a 3-4 DT or could transition to the next level as a 4-3 end, which he plays now, but with further physical development we feel he will likely end up sliding inside if he continues to play in a system that utilizes a four-man front.
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Linebackers

OLB Dillon Bates
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra
College: Undecided

When it comes to alignment and assignment football, there are few linebackers in this class as smart, fundamentally sound and disciplined as Bates. Comes from a strong bloodline (his dad is former Tennessee Vols star and NFL standout Bill Bates) and it shows in his instincts and overall football savvy. He's tall with a well-built frame, good playing strength and pursuit speed.
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ILB Kain Daub
Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
College: Undecided

Daub is a big, fast and physical inside linebacker who already looks the part of a major college ILB. Very active and productive football player -- not just an inside plugger. He's a heavy hitter who has big-play burst as well as sideline-to-sideline range, but his best attributes might be his downhill attack skills as both a run filler and pass-rusher. He's a man among boys from a physical standpoint.
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ILB Raekwon McMillan
Hinesville, Ga./ Liberty County
College: Undecided

McMillan is a beast between the tackles and a deceptively athletic prospect given his great bulk. Physically ready to make the college jump, he's a fast-filling, high-motored linebacker with the ability to make plays inside or out. He has great size and can close fast with impressive burst and strength, which allows him to take on and defeat blockers and run through ball carriers as a tackler.
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ILB Tre Williams
Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul's Episcopal
College: Undecided

Williams shows flashes of being a legit inside linebacker prospect and has a lot of physical ability to warrant attention on the recruiting trail. He has a tall, lengthy frame that is already filled out with good lean bulk and has room to pack on more. Flashes better pursuit burst from tackle to tackle than long speed. Still has the ability to turn and run and make plays sideline to sideline. His length and sound pursuit angles allow him to cover more ground than his speed on paper would indicate.
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Offensive Line

OT Andy Bauer
Saint Louis/De Smet Jesuit
College: Ole Miss

Bauer is a big, nasty O-line prospect. He has very good overall size at this stage with a thick build and some room for continued growth with some work in a college weight program. He is a right tackle in high school and will likely transition to the next level at that spot but could end up sliding inside to guard.
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OG Garrett Brumfield
Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School
College: Undecided

Brumfield is a physical and promising offensive line prospect. He looks to predominantly play tackle but will end up sliding inside at the next level. He has adequate height and bulk at this stage but possesses a lengthy frame with room to continue to fill out and looks to possess a nice reach for his height. He is a knee bender with good hip and ankle flexion. Possesses excellent lower-body playing strength.
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OT Juwann Bushnell-Beatty
Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
College: Undecided

Bushell-Beatty possesses good height and bulk as an O-line prospect and with some time in a college weight program looks to have a frame that can still support a little more good size. In the run game he can smother defenders and gain more positional leverage, but when he gets good placement with his hands and keeps his pad level down, he can push defenders off the line.
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OT Kc McDermott
Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central
College: Miami

McDermott is the third in the line of some good O-line prospects from his family in recent years, and the 2014 edition is the biggest and arguably the most promising of the group. His younger brothers were interior guys, but Kc should find a home at tackle with very good height and a solid build, with room to still add more needed good mass with time in a college weight program. He has room to improve his playing strength but is a fairly strong, mauling run blocker.
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OG Sam Mustipher
Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
College: Undecided

Mustipher has experience on both sides of the ball, but we feel his best fit will be on offense at the next level. He plays tackle but will likely end up sliding inside to guard and could potentially be developed as a center. He has good height and a lean build for his listed weight and looks to possess good physical upside. He possesses good initial quickness and can quickly get into defenders.
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OG Ross Pierschbacher
Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls
College: Iowa

You click on the film and it's easy to become a fan of Pierschbacher, as he comes to play. He does not have imposing size with just adequate height and bulk, but he displays good playing strength and lines up and gets after it. He is a high school offensive tackle and could transition to the next level at that position, but we wouldn't at all be surprised to see him develop at guard. He lacks some in ideal size but looks to have a thick, sturdy build with a frame that can still support some more good mass.
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OT Damian Prince
Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara
College: Undecided

This is a big boy who is more than capable of getting things done in the trenches. Size is no issue with Prince, as he is a tall kid with good bulk, and with some time in a college weight program and a little reworking of his big and long frame, he could still pack on good size. With his size and good raw strength, he can be a people mover in the run game. Flashes the ability to get out of his stance and into defenders with good quickness. When he gets moving and makes contact, he can deliver a jarring blow.
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OT Cameron Robinson
West Monroe, La./West Monroe
College: Undecided

This is not just a big dude who can push people around in the trenches -- Robinson can move very well and is capable of dishing out some punishment beyond the line of scrimmage as well. Size is not an issue, and despite his massive measurables he actually still has physical upside, as he looks to have a build that can be transformed and improved with time in a college weight program.
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OG Braden Smith
Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
College: Undecided

A physically impressive kid, Smith is someone you want leading the way, whether it's on a running play, off the bus or into a dark alley. He is a tall kid with a muscular lifter's build and very good upper- and lower-body strength. While he's a well put together prospect and still young with room for some growth, he is much closer to his physical ceiling at this stage.
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OT Casey Tucker
Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton
College: USC

Tucker can be a physical and active offensive lineman. He has good height and playing strength but needs to continue to fill out his rangy frame and add more good mass. He can be a tough and nasty run-blocker who can drive defenders off the ball.
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Quarterbacks

QB-PP Keller Chryst
Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto
College: Undecided

Chryst is an extremely polished and well-groomed pocket passer with the size, arm strength and poise to become a premier passer for the next level. Chryst reminds us of a stronger-armed Chad Pennington and he works almost exclusively from under center, which is becoming more and more rare. He is fundamentally sound in terms of his drop, set and release.
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QB-PP David Cornwell
Norman, Okla./ Norman North
College: Undecided

This is a player who has really grown by leaps and bounds from his sophomore year to junior year. Cornwell not only possesses exactly what you want physically in terms of stature and tools, he is a much better athlete than you might think. Big, strong and poised with the natural arm talent to strike any region of the field with ease. Has a Joe Flacco feel to him. Possesses a quick and powerful stroke.
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QB-DT Justice Hansen
Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe
College: Undecided

Hansen has a real riverboat gambler feel to him. He has an excellent combination of height, bulk, strength and mobility, and he is only going to fill out more. He is a quick, sure decision-maker who can extend plays with movement when the pattern doesn't express itself on rhythm. He displays exceptional poise and toughness under pressure in contact situations, makes a lot of plays when things break down and is extremely resourceful.
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QB-PP Wilton Speight
Richmond, Va./Collegiate School
College: Michigan

This guy has some juice to him. The more you watch Speight, the more subtle, savvy traits show up. Physically, he reminds us of Brock Osweiler (the Arizona State Osweiler, not the high school version). He possesses great size and adequate bulk. He's strong with deceptively good mobility and athleticism. Stands tall and is balanced in the pocket. Drop speed and set up is quick and steady. Plays with poise and confidence in his abilities. He's a man among boys physically at this level, makes throws under pressure and will challenge defenders at this level when on the move.
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QB-DT Deshaun Watson
Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville
College: Clemson

Watson is very reminiscent of Class of 2012 signal -caller Jameis Winston, who signed with FSU, both in stature and style. Watson has good height and is slender, with better than average efficient movements. He possesses average strength at this stage, but with the upside to really bulk up. He is a very savvy and confident player with a nice feel for the game and a presence for what is going on around him. He's poised and calm.
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Running Backs

RB Dalvin Cook
Miami/Miami Central
College: Clemson

As talented as Cook is, he might not receive as much hype as his backfield counterpart Joseph Yearby, but he should. Cook is a true home run threat at the RB position, and while he's not as complete of a back as Yearby, he has arguably better top-end speed and overall athleticism.

His vision and natural skill set at the position are improving. and while we feel he could develop into a fine DB at the next level, it might be hard for teams not to want to get the ball in his hands on offense. He has exceptional foot quickness and speed.
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RB Leonard Fournette
New Orleans/Saint Augustine
College: Undecided

They don't make them this big and fast often at the running back position. Fournette is a college- ready back with excellent measurables. He runs hard and seems to get stronger with more carries. He's very impressive from a physical standpoint and defines the term "load back." He displays very good speed for his size. It's not quite elite speed, but at 232 pounds he will still outrun most DBs with second-level angles.
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RB Joseph Yearby
Miami/Miami Central
College: Miami

One of the more explosive and elusive backs this class has to offer, Yearby is a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. Has gifted feet and body control. He's built low to the ground, with a compact, muscular build that is tightly wound and extremely fast-twitched, making him very difficult to wrap up cleanly. Explosive back who can turn even the smallest crease of daylight into a big gainer.
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Safeties

S Quin Blanding
Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside
College: Virginia

A two-way athlete with impressive skill sets at both receiver and safety, Blanding, we feel, will end up on the defensive side of the ball in college and will likely be an early contributor. He's versatile and doesn't have many limitations as a back-end defender. The game really comes easily to this player, as he often makes big, momentum-changing plays that appear effortless. He possesses a great blend of size, range, athleticism and ball skills as a high-point safety. What makes Blanding so attractive as a college prospect is his well-rounded skill set at the position and potential to be an interchangeable free or strong safety depending on need and scheme. He has ideal size, with a tall, muscular frame that should continue to fill out and could get over the 200-pound range in college while retaining his great range and athleticism.
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S Ronnie Clark
Calera, Ala./Calera
College: Undecided

Clark certainly looks the part. He is rangy and physical with a bulky frame and might be a best fit on defense despite making a lot of plays on offense as a utility weapon. Possesses very good playing strength. Builds to adequate top-end speed without showing great burst. He is a safety/outside linebacker hybrid with nice range in coverage. He has a great frame and the ability to add bulk to hold up versus the run as a full-time player near the line of scrimmage. He is a smooth athlete for his size, shows good hips, can turn and gain depth in zone coverage and shows good diagnostic and recognition skills.
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Tight End

TE-H Kevin Crosby
Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt
College: Undecided

Crosby is a prospect with the athletic ability to be recruited on either side of the ball, but we feel his best fit at the next level is clearly on offense, where he could develop nicely as an H-back. He has a good, thick build. He lacks some in ideal height but possesses an above-average wingspan for his build and could potentially still grow a bit. He demonstrates the tools to be a productive part of an offense's passing attack, whether from an inline position or flexed out. He possesses good speed and very good first-step quickness.
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Wide Receivers

WR Malachi Dupre
River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian
College: Undecided

This is a player who stands out the more you watch him, but he does not get a ton of opportunities due to the offensive scheme. However, Dupre makes the most of them with big plays and touchdowns. He's big, with a very good frame and length for the position. Possesses a physical build. Speed does not jump out at you, but you appreciate it the more you watch.
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WR Ermon Lane
Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior
College: Undecided

Lane is a playmaker with sleek, fluid movements and the ability to play both inside and outside. He displays good height and has a leaner build, but looks to be able to add size and bulk while keeping his speed. His speed is good, but he's a bit of a short stepper. He shows he can gain separation at the high school level. He has a quick first step to get into a route and flashes some lateral suddenness off the line.
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WR Speedy Noil
New Orleans/Edna Karr
College: Undecided

This kid is a flat-out jet. Not only is Noil fast, but he could play multiple positions with a quick acclimation and minimal learning curve. Has good height but minimal bulk. He is lean and sleek. Has a Percy Harvin feel to him. Plays as a Wildcat QB who is just good enough to keep you honest with his arm, but he is there for one reason.
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WR Travis Rudolph
West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
College: Undecided

Rudolph grows on you the more you watch him, and you really gain an appreciation for his versatility and playmaking ability on both sides of the football. He possesses good height, layered, lean mass, better than average playing strength and good top-end speed. Has a very quick initial move off the line of scrimmage to threaten deep with good acceleration to top-end speed. Shows an array of moves off the line to beat press and is very sudden to avoid with someone in his face.
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WR Cameron Sims
Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish
College: Undecided

There are a lot of big receivers in this class, but few who possess the quick-twitch athleticism and speed you want combined with the size. Sims is one of them. He runs well given his size. Possesses great height, lean mass and nimble feet. Shows surprising quickness for a tall WR off the line. Pressures the defense and can get to top speed rapidly. Naturally adjusts to man or zone by separating or settling as he comes into an open area. Sims has a very wide wingspan and is a flexible guy in terms of body control.
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