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December 29, 2008
SAN ANTONIO ? Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down some of the top performers from Monday's West squad practices at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Army All-American Bowl West Standouts: Monday
OT David Barrent, 6-8/290, West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley
ASSETS: Excellent height, long arms and a tremendous frame that can hold another 25 pounds.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to improve his upper body strength which should help him hold his blocks longer.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Seemed to really pick the offensive plays up faster than most of the other linemen.
CONCLUSION: Barrent's best football is still ahead of him as he is nearly 290 pounds and looks thin. He will definitely use his football IQ to cross-train and be able to play more than one position on the offensive line.
OT Chris Faulk, 6-6/310, Slidell (La.) Northshore
ASSETS: Is very athletic and has the ability to play several positions along the offensive line.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Seems a bit top-heavy would like to see him add some lower body mass.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: He looked very adept at pulling on trap plays while at offensive guard.
CONCLUSION: Really has the size and effort level required too make a splash early in Baton Rouge. If he can pick up the offensive scheme he should make the two-deep chart by fall.
WR Randall Carroll, 5-11/175, Los Angeles Cathedral
ASSETS: Has big-time speed and practices harder than anyone I have seen.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to be more consistent catching the ball away from his body.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Possibly the smallest receiver, he actually did a nice job getting his body between the ball and the defender.
CONCLUSION: With his speed and effort he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Look for him to get a serious look as a return man at the next level.
DT/OT Deandre Coleman, 6-4/295, Seattle Garfield
ASSETS: Has great upper body strength supported by an athletic lower half.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Struggled to pick up the snap cadence while on offense.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Even though he is going to play defensive line at the next level, he gave 100 percent at offensive line on every practice snap.
CONCLUSION: He could easily play either side of the ball for the Golden Bears. If he can work on his pad level as a defensive lineman, he has the size to make an impact as a freshman.
WR Greg Timmons, 6-3/195, Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower
ASSETS: Has good height, good hands and runs precise routes.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Seemed to struggle on balls thrown behind him, needs to concentrate and make the tough catch look easy.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Had the nicest snag of the day with a shoestring catch between two defenders in very tight coverage.
CONCLUSION: Has the makings of a very good possession receiver in the Longhorn arsenal. He should win fans with the coaching staff because he is a high character, high effort guy.
LB Vontaze Burfict, 6-2/244, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
ASSETS: Has tremendous size and excellent lateral movement for a middle linebacker.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to maintain his current weight since he is already at his ideal playing size.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE: Watching his lateral movement in pursuit of Christine Michael was like watching an Olympic figure skater glide across the ice.
CONCLUSION: Should have a similar impact that Keith Rivers did coming out of high school. Once he learns to play assignment football he will average double-digit tackles in the Pac-10.