Commentary

Pair of top linemen bolster UA roster

Benedict, Cann join top prospects from Florida, Texas heading to Orlando

Updated: April 9, 2009, 5:34 PM ET
By Jc Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

Two of the country's best offensive line prospects, a Texas linebacker, an athlete from Alabama and four prospects from talent-rich South Florida highlight the next wave of selections for the third annual Under Armour All-America Game, the nation's premier high school all-star football game.

Offensive tackle Brent Benedict (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) and center A.J. Cann (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Erhardt) both could be the top prospects at their respective positions.

Some college programs feel that Benedict, who recently picked up an offer from Southern California and had early tenders from Florida and Georgia, could be the top overall prospect in the Sunshine State in this year's class.

Cann, a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder who is one of the best true center prospects, plays both sides of the ball for his high school team. He's picked up offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia and others early in the process.

Cann, along with defensive end Corey Miller (Duncan, S.C./James F. Byrnes) and cornerback John Fulton (Manning, S.C./Manning) continues the tradition of the top players from the Palmetto State heading to Orlando for the game. In addition to Bowers, the inaugural game featured All-SEC wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia, who prepped at Summerville (S.C.) High School.

Safeties Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe), DaMario Jeffery (Columbia, S.C./Columbia) and defensive end Sam Montgomery (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) came to Orlando for the 2009 contest. Gilmore, Holloman and Jeffery signed with South Carolina while Montgomery signed with LSU.

"I was deciding if I had been selected to play in both the Under Armour All-America game and the U.S. Army All-American game, I definitely wanted to play in the Under Armour All-America game," Cann said.

Cann is the second Under Armour All-American in three years from Class A Bamberg-Erhardt High in rural South Carolina. Clemson's DaQuan Bowers, ESPN's top-ranked overall prospect in the Class of 2008, played in the inaugural game.

"We work hard here," Cann said. "We keep working hard and that's what you get when you work hard."

Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Texas A&M also have offered Cann.

"I think (playing in the game) is going to make me a better player," he said. "Competing against the best players will make me a better player."

Texas linebacker commit Aaron Benson (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) becomes the third Lone Star State linebacker named to the roster, joining Corey Nelson (Dallas, Texas/Skyline) and Shaun Lewis (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower). Benson had 155 tackles last season, included 17 for loss.

Wide receiver James Louis (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community), defensive tackle Todd Chandler (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), defensive end Corey Lemonier (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) and safety Demar Dorsey (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) all were added from South Florida.

Louis (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community) is one of the top receivers in the country. The big-bodied wideout has been outstanding in recent prospect combines and camps and caught 56 passes for 1,128 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Being named to the roster fulfills a longtime goal for Louis.

"Ever since my sophomore year in high school, I was looking forward to possibly playing in the Under Armour All-America Game," Louis said. "Now that I am in it, I am really looking forward to being in it and being a part of it."

Louis joins Chris Dunkley (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach), who was announced previously, as the second receiver from Palm Beach County in the game and the third in the past two games. Pahokee's Nu'Keese Richardson, who signed with Tennessee in the Class of 2009, was in last year's game.

Chandler comes from a tradition-rich high school and had 20 tackles for loss a season ago. The 6-1, 283-pounder recently was the best interior defensive lineman at recent prospect camp and impressed ESPN/Scouts Inc.'s Craig Haubert, who scouted him during the event.

"He was quick off the ball in one-on-one drills, was violent with his hands with the ability to strike blockers and work past," Haubert wrote. "He also showed he could use his lack of height to get lower then blockers and power his way back. Chandler had a good day and helped solidify our thought that he is amongst the top prospects in the nation at his position."

Lemonier is a physically-impressive defensive end that had excellent showings at camps and combines in the Miami area in recent weeks. The 6-4, 239-pounder has scholarship offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida, Alabama, LSU and others.

"I am just really excited about playing in the game," he said. "I can't wait to go against the best players in the nation."

Dorsey seemingly came out of nowhere when he committed early to the defending national champion Florida Gators. Shortly after that pledge got him on the radar, Dorsey was one of the top performers at the Under Armour combine in Orlando, the day of the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game.

Measuring in at 6-feet, 175 pounds, Dorsey ran a screaming 4.25 second 40-yard dash, had a 39.5-inch vertical leap and ran the pro shuttle in 4.19. Oh, and on top of that he's an excellent football player as the Scouts Inc. staff felt like he can be an outstanding college player after breaking down his film.

On the recruiting front, Dorsey remains committed to the Gators but is looking around a bit. Florida State and Miami are two programs he is interested in.

Finally, Demarcus Milliner (Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore) committed to the UA game as well. The athlete, who projects to either a wide receiver or safety in college, is a smooth athlete with a good blend of size, speed and quickness. Has a knack for making the big play on both sides of the ball and on special teams. He is considering Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Stanford right now.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.