SAN ANTONIO - The most action of the week occurred on Wednesday as the East team participated in an intra-squad scrimmage that was supposed to be devoid of physical contact. However, led by offensive tackle Eric Shrive and others, there was plenty of hitting going on. The following are the top performers for the East on Wednesday.
6-4/200, Cheshire (Conn.) Cheshire Academy
Adams is emerging as a deep threat for the East squad and he continued that trend in the scrimmage. He beat cornerback Michael Carter for a long touchdown on a post pattern and caught a few passes in traffic using his strong hands. He's a physical receiver with deceptive speed.
6-1/218, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central
Bostic started things off in the scrimmage with a big hit on wide receiver Jeremy Gallon following a nice catch and he played well in coverage for the East defense. Bostic, playing middle linebacker, was also key in limiting the East rushing attack to just a few yards.
6-0/215, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East
Brown didn't get many carries as the East worked out of the spread and threw the ball for the most part, but on one running play he illustrated his open field ability with one of the best spin moves you'll ever see. Brown has also been a capable receiver all week long and made another big catch in the scrimmage, adjusting to a ball thrown behind him.
6-5/317, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
The big man has been the talk of the week in recruiting circles with his impending decision, but on Wednesday it was his play that stood out. Campbell was pressed into double duty in the scrimmage as a defensive tackle and as a left tackle on offense and played both positions well. He got a push on defense and freed the linebackers and on offense he shook off the rust at tackle and limited Donte Moss and others for the most part.
6-2/230, Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Charles has become the fiery leader of the offense with his intensity and willingness to pay the price to make a catch and gain extra yardage. In the scrimmage, he made multiple catches and flashed his quickness and good hands. He also fired up the offense with a verbal exchange with numerous members of the defense after a late hit.
6-2/192, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Downs is known more for his offensive prowess in high school but he has proven to be an outstanding defensive player all week. In the scrimmage he had an interception, nice man-to-man coverage on a long pass down the sidelines and he made a nice open field tackle on the slippery Gallon.
6-0/198, Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Murray struggled for the most part on Tuesday but he was back in form in the scrimmage. He completed a beautiful touchdown pass to Adams down the middle and threw a rope to his high school teammate Charles for another big gainer. Murray proved once again that when he gets time in the pocket, he can pick apart a secondary and drop the ball between the corner and the safety with ease.
6-3/217, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military
Newsome threw for two touchdowns including a beautiful connection to fellow Virginia prospect Logan Thomas down the left sideline for a score. He was much more decisive in the scrimmage while also flashing his running ability a little bit. And after taking a huge hit from Shayne Skov that left him dizzy, his competitive nature took over as he was clearly upset at being removed from the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.
6-7/285, Scranton (Pa.) West Scranton
It's not easy for offensive linemen to get noticed in a scrimmage, especially on a team that runs the spread, but Shrive was very impressive on Wednesday. From his left guard position he made many key blocks including a couple downfield and his intensity was evident. His grappling match with East defensive tackle John Simon really got things going for both sides and amped up the physical nature of the scrimmage.
6-2/235, Pawling (NY) Trinity Pawling
Skov had his best day by far on Wednesday by moving forward instead of backwards off the snap. He shot the gap at top speed on an inside handoff to Bryce Brown and leveled the five-star running back. Later in the scrimmage he hit Orson Charles after a completion that nearly started a brawl and he knocked Kevin Newsome out of the scrimmage with another big tackle.
6-6/233, Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville
The five-star arrived with a vengeance on Wednesday, making numerous big catches including a long touchdown pass from Kevin Newsome. Thomas has been shaking the rust off this week after playing quarterback for his high school team the last two seasons and Wednesday he was the matchup nightmare many expected coming in.