SAN ANTONIO - Quarterback Star Jackson had one of those days where he looked exceptionally comfortable in the pocket at practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was superb in 7-on-7 drills and placed a ball perfectly on a 40-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Brown. Rivals.com was on hand for every rep as we break down the 11 best players from Thursday.
The East offense worked on running plays toward the outside early on Thursday and Bradham kept pursuing the ball and making sure the running back did not get very far. He is fast and strong and has showed all week how agile he is at outside linebacker. Bradham had 436 tackles in the last three seasons. His production speaks for itself.
Brown has had a big postseason with an impressive performance at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and then his showing here at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His height makes him a matchup nightmare. His hands have been solid and multiples times this week he has caught touchdown passes during 7-on-7. When his team is near the goal line and they want to lob a pass into the end zone, it will probably be headed toward Brown. And he'll probably catch it.
Butler has incredibly long arms and his hands are great, too. The Southern California commit broke away from defenders multiple times during 7-on-7 work and he caught almost everything coming his way. Butler's length is a huge advantage and he said he and the quarterbacks are starting to get on the same page. That could mean Butler will have a big weekend.
The pint-sized cornerback is playing big this week. Day after day, he has been one of the best and most consistent players on defense and he was that way again on Thursday. He's physical at the line of scrimmage, has a tremendous backpedal and rarely gets beaten. His height will play a factor but his physical play makes up for his 5-foot-8 frame.
Forston put in another day of work which means he exploded through the line, spent a lot of time in the backfield and would have planted a few serious shots on the running backs if the East squad tackled in practice. The Miami commit has been the most consistent player so far and rarely misses a beat. He plays with desire and determination and has been solid all week.
Green is more slender than the other defensive ends but he uses his frame to his advantage by dodging blockers and attacking the quarterback or running back with ferocity. He fakes well and is quick off the line. Many times, the tackle doesn't have a chance to move his feet over in front of Green before he is getting in the backfield. Green's speed and his aggressiveness are his two biggest attributes.
Jackson was superb in 7-on-7 drills and he connected with DeAndre Brown for a 40-yard touchdown pass. The ball was perfectly placed and the Alabama commit had one of those days where he looked exceptionally comfortable in the pocket. He kept finding open receivers. The two plays before his TD pass to Brown, Jackson hit Jake Stoneburner and Brice Butler on nice throws.
Jones is working at center and left guard this week and it is the first time he ever snapped the ball in his high school career. Even still, he has picked up his new position well and has not made many mistakes. Jones has not been pushed back many times and has held his own against a fierce defensive front.
Sabino, an Ohio State pledge, is rarely out of position and he's solid at the point of attack. Quick and aggressive, Sabino is standing out among an impressive group of linebackers because he has brought his 'A' game all week. Rivals.com rates Sabino as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2008 class. He's showing that ranking is justified.
Smith said he wants to play safety in college and he looked the part in Thursday's practice by breaking up a bunch of passes and getting an interception. He played quarterback in high school so that is a bonus when trying to figure out what the offense will do. Smith had his best day and looked his most comfortable so far this week.
Tyson has a thick upper body and he has been plugging up the middle all week in practice. The Georgia commit moves forward well and did a solid job of getting down the line and disrupting sweeps in Thursday's workout. Defensive tackle is a premium position and Tyson has been a top-notch prospect all week.