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January 8, 2008

U.S. Army All-American Bowl awards

The nation's top prospects recently gathered in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted the action in the game and during the week in practice and offers up his awards for the All-Americans.

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U.S. Army All-American Awards
FASTEST PLAYER: D.J. Monroe CB, Angleton, Texas, Texas commit

Monroe demonstrated blazing speed on punt coverage and on pass defense all week in practice and then in the game.

Honorable Mention: Lamaar Thomas, ATH, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly, Ohio State commit

STRONGEST PLAYER: Baker Steinkuhler, OT, Lincoln (Neb.) Lincoln Southwest, Nebraska commit

Steinkuhler could excel at either offensive line or defensive line at the next level. I know his teammates were tired of going against him in practice, and at least one East offensive lineman said he was a beast in the game.

Honorable Mention: Marcus Forston, DT, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, Miami commit

BEST HANDS: Michael Floyd, WR, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall, Notre Dame commit

Floyd displayed great hands in the practice that I was able to witness first hand. He then showed off his pass-catching ability in the game, beating out future teammate Robert Blanton for a jump-ball touchdown.

Honorable Mention: Brice Butler, WR, Norcross, Ga., USC commit

BEST ARM: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Ballwin (MO) Parkway West, Missouri commit

Gabbert showed his arm on one tremendous throw. While scrambling to the far corner of the end zone, he threw across the field on an 11-yard pass off of his back foot.

Honorable Mention: Dayne Crist, QB, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, Notre Dame commit

MOST ACCURATE: Andrew Luck, Houston (Texas) Stratford, Stanford commit

Luck is a very intelligent quarterback with great touch on all of his passes. He finished the game 9 of 11 for 70 yards.

Honorable Mention: Gabbert

BEST AFTER THE CATCH: DeVier Posey, WR, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle, Ohio State commit

Posey looked exceptionally fast in practice with the ball in his hands. His speed really grabbed my attention in practice.

Honorable Mention: DeAndre Brown, Ocean Springs, Miss.

BEST COVER SKILLS: Boubacar Cissoko, CB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, Michigan commit

Cissoko was like a fly at a barbeque in practice all week. His fellow East teammate WR DeAndre Brown probably still feels like he is being covered.

Honorable Mention: Monroe

BEST FEET: Mike Adams, OT, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman, Ohio State commit

Adams is truly the definition of a dancing bear - an offensive lineman which moves with the grace of a ballet dancer.

Honorable Mention: Tyron Smith, CB, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, USC commit

BEST CLOSING SPEED: Lerentee McCray, LB, Dunnellon, FLa.

McCray was fast in practice all week, he chased down a dump pass to the sideline in the blink of an eye on one play. That play was designed to gain a lot more than it did.

Honorable Mention: Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East, Miami commit

BEST SURPRISE: Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, UCLA commit

Moore was a headhunter in practice and in the game. I saw him lay out his own teammate Austin Holt when they were only wearing shoulder pads and helmets.

Honorable Mention: Floyd

BEST RUSHER: Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette, Pa.

Pryor ran free all year in the state of Pennsylvania, and that continued in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as he led all rushers with 79 yards on ten carries.

Honorable Mention: MarQueis Gray, Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis, Minnesota commit


Brown proved all doubters that he was very deserving of his lofty ranking, leading the East squad in individual tackles and total tackles. But the tackle in the game really stood out was the one he chased Sam McGuffie from behind twenty yards down field.

Honorable Mention: Nigel Bradham, LB, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla, Florida State commit

MOST PHYSICAL: Steinkuhler

Steinkuhler backed up what I saw on film. He is a player that will stick his face mask in the opponents chest and drive them to the ground every chance he gets.

Honorable Mention: Forston


Adams is already a very highly rated offensive lineman, but he really wowed the Rivals.com staff all week with his foot speed and size. I can't tell you the number of times a staff member called me to let me know how amazed they were with Adams.

Honorable Mention: Floyd

STOCK DROPPING: Bryce Givens, Denver (Colo.) Mullen, Colorado commit

Givens is one tough nut on the field but he currently is only around 240 pounds. He is at least two more seasons away of seeing the field.

Honorable Mention: D.J. Shoemate, ATH, Anaheim (CA) Servite, USC commit

SPECIAL TEAMS STUD: Justin Sorensen, OT, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham, BYU commit

Sorensen is a physical freak as a kicker. He is one of the strongest high school students in the entire state of Utah. Add to this the fact that he made all of his kicks in the game and almost put a hole in the Alamodome with both of his punts and you have a top rated kicker in Sorenson.

Honorable Mention: Monroe

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