Today some of high school’s top talent will be going head to head when the Army All American Game kicks off. This game will features great players having the top 2 QB’s as well as having a plethora of talent at the other positions. With multiple 5-Stars competing today it is a great place to find potential impact freshman for next season. Here’s a breakdown of the top players in today’s game.
- Dexter Lawrence, DL: Lawrence is 3rd best player in the country and the second best defensive tackle behind only Rashan Gary, the top player in the country. Lawrence is a massive body coming in at 6’4” 327lbs. He uses his great size and strength to win matchups and at this stage in his career most offensive lineman struggle with him bull rushing. He has also shown great hand technique to this point in his career and can get inside of O-lineman without struggle. Lawrence can work to improve his first step but there are very few holes in his game. He is currently committed to Clemson and could join their starting defensive line next year.
- Jacob Eason, QB: Eason is the top quarterback in the class and the fourth best player in the country. Eason has good height at 6’5” but at 210lbs he’ll have to add weight at the college level. He is a pro style passer and has shown great accuracy for his age. He has a a very quick release and the ball gets out at high point so he rarely has to deal with his passes getting swatted at the line. He is committed to Georgia for next year and should compete for the starting job right away. Don’t be surprised if he’s talked about similarly to Josh Rosen was during this season.
- Shea Patterson, QB: Patterson the second best QB in this year’s class comes from high school powerhouse IMG Academy. Standing at 6’1” 192 lbs his build is a concern for the position but it is not a major problem. As a pro style passer he has shown great decision making and he throws the deep ball well. Patterson also does a great job of rolling out of the pocket on throws and doesn’t struggle to throw on the run. He’s currently committed to Ole Miss and although they could have Chad Kelly returning next season Patterson is a great talent that could push him for the starting job when he arrives on campus.
- Derrick Brown, DT: Brown is third defensive tackle in the top 10 and he comes in as the eighth best player in high school. He comes in at 6’3” 317 lbs and has a great combination of size and speed. He is not as strong as higher ranked recruit Dexter Lawrence but he is also extremely quick off the ball. Brown also does a great job of staying low when he goes in for rushes and because of that he often wins leverage. He’s expected to join QB Jacob Eason at Georgia next season and he could join a long list of great SEC defensive lineman and he could start finding that success next year.
- Isaac Nauta, TE: Nauta is top ranked tight end this year and ninth best player in the country. He comes in at 6’3” 244 lbs. and is extremely versatile. He is a great blocker already and has good size for the collegiate level. As well being able to play as a down lineman he can also slide out to the slot or line up as a wideout. His best skill is his route running though as he already shows a deep understanding of route concepts and he also does a phenomenal job of staying on his path after attempted re-routes. Experts predict him committing to Georgia and if him and Brown really do join QB Eason then they could be a special class coming into Athens next year.