January 2, 2007

Offense-Defense Monday Hot 11: East

The daily Hot 11 from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com.

Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Monday Hot 11: East

Morgan Burnett, S, College Park (Ga.) North Clayton

Burnett showed tremendous closing speed throughout both sessions. During the morning practice, he broke on a pass and took it back for a touchdown. He also was a big hitter in run support during a full contact scrimmage in the afternoon session. Burnett is still rotating with Penn State commit Chaz Powell, but saw an increased number of snaps Monday.

Wes Byrum, PK, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (Auburn)

Byrum continued to impress with his strong leg. He nailed field goals from 47 and 52 yards against a live rush and also came two yards short on a 57-yard attempt. Given his tremendous talent, Byrum could factor into the game in a major way and will certainly factor into the mix at Auburn next year.

Enrique Davis, RB, Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley (Auburn)

Davis continued to show of his skills during the practice sessions on Monday, capping a scrimmage with a 45-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. Davis continues to hold off Brandon Saine and Brian Maddox as the top running back for the East squad. Has speed, quick feet and size.

Joe Haden, WR, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly (Florida)

Haden has long arms and big hands for a player his height which helps him make tough catches at the receiver spot. He also is fast and a smooth athlete. Haden really seemed to get more comfortable between Sunday and Monday and that was noticeable during Monday's practice session when he made several catches during all of the drills.

Cliff Matthews, DE, Cheraw (S.C.) (South Carolina)

Matthews is on the Hot 11 for the second straight day. He continues to make big plays by using his speed to avoid blockers and get to the quarterback. Matthews' quick first step made him tough to stop during the one-on-one drills against the East offensive linemen. He also was good during the scrimmages.

Rolando McClain, LB, Decatur (Ala.) (Alabama)

McClain makes the Hot 11 for the second day in a row because for the second day in a row he was impressive. McClain has the complete package at linebacker. His size, speed, aggressiveness allow him to be good against the run while his long arms and athleticism make him good against the pass. He's also a natural leader and plays the game with passion.

Kerry Murphy, DT, Hoover (Ala.)

Murphy isn't in the best shape, but showed superior quickness during the one-on-one drills during the morning session and also made several big plays during the afternoon drills and the scrimmage. Murphy has loads of potential once he makes up his mind to commit to being great and he showed a whole lot of that potential on Monday.

Andrew Nuss, OL, Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge (Notre Dame)

Multiple players and analysts at the event feel that Nuss has had the best two days along the offensive line. Nuss is big, tough and moves his feet well. To be ready for college, he needs to add bulk, but has the frame to do so. Nuss uses his long arms and height to keep defenders at bay.

Brandon Paul, CB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln

Paul is playing one of the cornerback positions and uses his speed to his advantage with regards to coverage. He broke up several passes during both the morning and afternoon pass skel drills and was impressive during the full contact scrimmage. He's not very tall, but his speed and athleticism allow him to shine.

Quintin Richardson, OT, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley (South Carolina)

Richardson showed off his strength during the morning one-on-one drills. He locked on to several defensive ends and would not relent. Richardson's blocking was excellent during the afternoon session as well. His feet allow him to excel in pass blocking and he can be devastating when he gets into space and blocks downfield.

Kendall Smith, LB, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter (Florida State)

Smith showed off his outstanding lateral movement when he intercepted a pass and took it up the left sideline during the morning pass skel drills. It's a well-known fact that Smith is fast and an excellent tackler, but his ball skills were what impressed during the morning. In the afternoon, he again was very active.

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