SAN ANTONIO - A previously scheduled intra-squad scrimmage turned into a light practice for the East team on Wednesday, but there were still some big plays by the top prospects including Terrelle Pryor. Rivals.com was on hand for every rep as we break down the 11 best players from Wednesday.
The East held a light practice on Wednesday, but Adams deserves to be on this list because he has been so dominant through three practices. He lets almost nothing past him. The quarterbacks can rest easy that no defenders will hit them from their blind side. Adams anchors the line and hardly ever lets anyone through.
Beal, a Florida commit, leaves for Gainesville on Sunday, but first he plans to do some damage at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The middle linebacker is aggressive and powerful and is constantly trying to make plays. Beal is 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, but he moved well in Wednesday's practice and has had 120 or more tackles the last three seasons.
Cissoko had another solid day at cornerback. He bothers wide receivers because he's so physical and well built and has a knack for not letting them do what they want to do. Also used on special teams, Cissoko's burst and vision on kickoff return will be something to keep an eye on Saturday in the game.
Ferocious off the edge, Coples is asserting himself as one of the best defensive ends at the U.S. Army game. He uses his 6-foot-7 frame to his advantage and he is becoming unstoppable when he puts in maximum effort. Once he gets to the edge all he has to do is stick up his hands to knock down passes because he's so tall.
Fleming missed Tuesday's practice with a right shoulder stinger, but he came back on Wednesday with a vengeance. The Notre Dame commit does a nice job of keeping plays in front of him, he contains well and he does a solid job of moving laterally.
Forston did not have a chance to get in the backfield much because Wednesday's practice was so light, but he belongs on this list because he is still the most feared defensive tackle on the team. He almost makes it look too easy. Forston has great timing, a powerful burst and a relentless drive to bust past the offensive line. Many times he has accomplished that feat.
Posey is running solid routes, getting open, catching the ball and then his first step after he turns up the field is explosive. Not only is Posey a threat as a receiver, but he's also returning kicks which makes him even more dangerous. Posey and Terrelle Pryor have had solid chemistry all week.
Pryor, the nation's top-rated player, had his most consistent day. Maybe it was because practice was inside the Alamodome and the wind did not hold up his throws. Or maybe it was because Pryor is finally getting on the same page with his wide receivers. He hit Thomas. He hit Kenny Tate and Posey multiple times. Pryor is also a major threat running the ball. He's not the No. 1 player in the country for nothing.
Stoneburner found a seam and caught a long pass from Pryor in Tuesday's practice and he did the same thing Wednesday. He has good hands, runs good routes and when the ball is thrown his way he usually comes down with it. Stoneburner's attributes are invaluable. If the West focuses on shutting down the East's many top receivers, he could be a guy who will find open space and chances are he'll catch the ball and run with it.
Tate was special on the first day of practice and he almost duplicated that performance on Wednesday. Not only was Tate catching everything thrown his way during 7-on-7 drills, but he was getting wide open by running solid routes. Tate has strung together an impressive showing at the U.S. Army All-American game and is standing out among the many top-notch East wide receivers.
Thomas has mainly played at running back this week but he and Pryor connected on a long pass in 7-on-7 drills that was arguably the best play during the East's practice. Thomas is super fast and elusive coming out of the backfield and he does not mind getting knocked around when he takes a hand off. His speed gives him the ability to break a long run every time he touches the ball.