SAN ANTONIO - "Wait, stop, hold it, let's do that again," the man barked at Alex Balducci, who just wasn't grasping his assignment.
And with that, Balducci, a four-star defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic, went over his lines again.
That's right, the players at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl get lessons in more than just football. A media training seminar early in the week helps them prepare for taping promos for the game.
Balducci, who has impressed off the field, wasn't exactly killing it in front of the camera.
"Look at how much he's sweating," quarterback Tyler Matthews of McPherson (Kan.) High said from the side to the howls of his teammates.
Balducci didn't deny his shortcomings.
"I just want to play," he said. "I guess it's good we do this sort of stuff and there'll be more of it in the future.
"But I just want to play football."
The chance to literally be in the spotlight was a mixed bag with most of the participants.
Some hated it. Most understood they needed to learn how to do it. And then there were those special few who seemingly have been pining for their prime-time moment since the day they stopped onto a field.
Or started watching SportsCenter.
"Are you kidding me? This is what I live for," said the smooth-talking KeiVarae Russell of Everett (Wash.) Mariner - before catching his slip of the tongue.
"I mean, not all that I live for - I live to play football, first," he said.
That being said, the four-star wide receiver was just at ease in front of a camera as he is in front of a cornerback. That, in fact, was what he said was the difference.
"Balducci is a defensive lineman," he said. "All those defensive lineman are so serious, all they care about its killing the quarterback.
"Receivers have all the style."
On this day - when talking the talk is all that matters - Russell was a five-star performer.