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2011 UA game roster breakdown

Originally Published: October 13, 2010
By Billy Tucker | ESPN Recruiting

Here's a breakdown of every prospect by position in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.

Quarterbacks

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comQB Jeff Driskel chose Florida over offers from Auburn, LSU and Tennessee, among others.

This year's quarterback class features some of the top-rated prospects in the country and a very polished group collectively. It's headlined by the premier signal-caller in the ESPNU 150 -- five-star prospect Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty). The Florida commit has all the physical tools and measurables sought in a high school prospect, including great arm strength and athleticism. Braxton Miller (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) is staying in state as well, and has a powerful arm to make all the throws and speed to move the chains on the ground. Kiehl Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Shiloh Christian) also has great dual-threat attributes in the spread and a very high ceiling for the coaching staff at Auburn to develop. Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) might not hold the national acclaim of other passers in this group, but the UCLA commit reminds us of Donovan McNabb and is one of the better athletes at the position in 2011. Kendal Thompson (Moore, Okla./Southmore) is staying in state to play for the Sooners, and they getting a highly productive, athletic quarterback with good spread attributes along with a competitive nature. Max Wittek (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Mater Dei) continues the Mater Dei quarterback tradition at USC and in the Under Armour All-America Game. He has polished fundamentals, like his predecessor, Matt Barkley.

Running backs

The four running backs in this game have a couple of attributes in common -- they are explosive and big enough to carry the load at the next level. The group is led by Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver), the No. 1 overall back in the ESPNU 150. The five-star runner can hurt defenses with great outside speed or between the tackles with striking burst and deceptive power. Savon Huggins (Jersey City, N.J./Saint Peter's) is one of the more well-rounded backs in the 2011 class. He's fast, strong and decisive between the tackles. The state of Texas is loaded at running back this year, and Oklahoma commit Brandon Williams (Brookshire, Texas/Brookshire) could emerge as one of the Lone Star State's best with his promising size-to-speed ratio. The game-breaker of this group is speedster Mike Bellamy (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte), a Clemson commit, who draws worthy comparisons to former Tigers RB C.J. Spiller.

Wide receivers

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Gerry HamiltonJaJuan Story chose Florida over Florida State, Miami and LSU, among others.

The wide receiver group is a dynamic one with some big-play receivers spread throughout the roster. Bradley Sylve (Port Sulphur, La./South Plaquemines) will give Alabama another future playmaker, as he possesses home run-threat speed and explosiveness. Ja'Juan Story (Brooksville, Fla./Nature Coast) has sought-after height and speed on the outside, and could emerge as an early vertical threat for Florida. Malcolm Mitchell (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) is one of the more underrated receivers in this group, but he has great hands and balls skills and is an equally impressive defensive back. Tacoi Sumler (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) is arguably the quickest slot receiver in the country and has found an ideal home in Chip Kelly's offense at Oregon. Jarvis Landry (Lutcher, La./Lutcher) is a smooth and fluid pass-catcher with soft hands; he could get utilized inside and out for the in-state Tigers. Some are comparing Alabama commit Marvin Shinn's (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) rare blend of size and athleticism to current Crimson Tide wideout and Alabama native Julio Jones. Notre Dame commit DaVaris Daniels (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) is one of the best wideouts in the Midwest and for good reason; he is tall, naturally smooth and very athletic. One of the best athletes in this class, the electrifying Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit High) has big-play potential every time he touches the ball. Georgia commit Justin Scott-Wesley (Camilla, Ga./Mitchell Baker) is the true burner of this group and should help the Bulldogs' vertical passing game early in his career. Eli Rogers (Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern) is an explosive receiver with both big-play and big-catch attributes all wrapped into one package. Quan Bray (LaGrange, Ga./Troup County Comprehensive) is one of the top athletes in this entire class, and while he could easily line up at another offensive or defensive position, he will be playing wide receiver. Stanford commit Amir Carlisle (Sunnyvale, Calif./King's Academy) is a shifty, explosive runner who is going to play slot receiver in the Under Armour All-America Game. Jamal Turner (Arlington, Texas/Sam Houston) is one of the most exciting skilled athletes this class has to offer and draws comparisons to Russell Shepard. The Nebraska commit will line up at receiver in this game. Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif./Woodland Hills) is a tall, productive receiver with good body control. He is especially good running short to medium routes.

Tight ends

This group of tight ends has the size you are looking for at the position but also possesses the playmaking ability that is not always easy to find. Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) headlines this unit, and is one of the premier tight ends in the country thanks to his elite size, soft hands and good speed to move the chains after the catch. Malcolm Faciane (Picayune, Miss./Picayune Memorial), who is injured for this game, might be falling under the radar nationally compared to Rome, but we feel the Alabama commit has similar measurables and ability. Future BC Eagle Brian Miller (Andover, Mass./Andover) is also injured, but is one of the more athletic tight ends in this class and fits more of an H-back type role. Ben Koyack (Oil City, Pa./Oil City) is a polished pass-catcher who fits really well into Brian Kelly's system at Notre Dame. A.C. Leonard (Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian) is a well-rounded football player who could play multiple positions in this game but will be deployed at tight end. Brandon Fulse (Fort Meade, Fla./Fort Meade Senior) is a strong in-line blocker who does a good job of getting hand placement and can be tough to beat once he gets locked on.

Offensive linemen

Christian Westerman
JC ShurburttChristian Westerman chose Texas over USC, Oklahoma and Arizona, among others.

The offensive line boasts a group of big but athletic tackles who can keep quarterbacks upright, as well as a tenacious and physical interior group. An unprecedented amount of talent is represented at tackle, as the top three rated at the position, all five-stars, will suit up in Orlando, Fla. Texas commit Christian Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) holds the No. 1 OT spot thanks to his dominating run strength and a finishing attitude not often seen at the high school level. It's rare to find an offensive tackle as big and athletic as Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic). With La'El Collins (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist), LSU keeps one of the more athletic and dominant tackles in the country in state. Brey Cook (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) will keep his rare blend of size, strength and athleticism in state with the Razorbacks. Versatile, highly athletic Florida State commit Giorgio Newberry (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) could easily be taking reps with the defensive line in this game but shows more upside at offensive tackle. Oregon commit Andre Yruretagoyena (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) is lean at this stage, but he is aggressive and agile and can block in space -- ideal attributes for the system he is joining in Eugene, Ore. Future Seminole Bobby Hart (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) will be the youngest of this talented O-line group, and one of the more promising with his great size and length to develop. Texas Tech commit Le'Raven Clark (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) displays the aggressive, tough finishing attitude we like to see in offensive linemen.

On the inside, Cyrus Hobbi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is the top-rated guard in the country with his sought-after size, athleticism and toughness. Mitch Smothers (Springdale, Ark./Springdale) is well-rounded and could develop into a dominant run- or pass-blocker for Arkansas. Spencer Region (Cullman, Ala./Cullman) is a massive guard with dominant playing strength and explosion off the ball. Miami commit Marcus Jackson (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach Senior) is a tenacious blocker who looks to punish defenders with great explosiveness. Kiaro Holts (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) is headed to North Carolina and could challenge for early playing time with his striking run-blocking strength. Auburn pledge Thomas O'Reilly (Marietta, Ga./Alan C. Pope) will bring great explosion off the ball and a finishing attitude in the trenches to the Tigers. Fellow Auburn commit Reese Dismukes (Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort) is one of the best centers we have seen in recent years with his coveted strength, athleticism and toughness at the position. Alabama pledge Ryan Kelly (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) has emerged as one of the more promising centers and overall linemen in the country, but will not be able to play in the game due to injury. Trey Pettis (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) has the size, quickness and sought-after technique at the position, and is staying in state to play for Florida State. Penn State commit Angelo Mangiro (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) is a tough, aggressive player with the finishing attitude who can dominate opponents. Mo Latu (Gilbert, Ariz./Perry) may not be the best prospect at any one of the positions he plays, but he is a big guy who does well and is productive at whatever he is asked to do.

Kickers

USC commit Andre Heidari (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale) and Texas A&M commit Taylor Bertolet (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) will handle the kicking and punting duties. Heidari is one of the more consistent kickers in the country. Bertolet has striking leg strength on kickoffs and field goals. USC commit Peter McBride (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and Zach Ewan (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) will handle long snapping duties and is one of the best in the country.

Defensive linemen

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Courtesy Gerry HamiltonAnthonyJohnson chose the in-state Tigers over USC, Oklahoma and Miami, among others.

The group of defensive linemen is led by the top two players in the ESPNU 150: DE Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe) and DT Anthony Johnson (New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker). Clowney leads a group of dynamic and dangerous pass-rushers on the edge thanks to his size, speed and athleticism, which will make an immediate impact at the next level. Steve Miller (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) is playing in state for the Buckeyes and is a well-balanced run defender who also can get after the quarterback. Xzavier Dickson (Griffin, Ga./Griffin) is an explosive and athletic football player who can create havoc off the edge on defense or make the big grab at tight end. Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) is the son of a former NFL defensive end, and that can be seen in his pass-rushing skill set. Miami commit Anthony Chickillo (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) is a well-balanced defensive end with good quickness, hand strength and productivity around the ball. Oklahoma commit Nathan Hughes (Klein, Texas/Klein Oak) is a non-flashy end but is a tough, versatile and good overall prospect who could play inside or out in Norman, Okla.

On the interior, Johnson's excellent get-off and disruptiveness in the trenches has earned him the No. 2 overall spot in the ESPNU 150 and potentially early playing time in Baton Rouge, La., as a Tiger. Texas commit Desmond Jackson (Houston, Texas/Westfield) is well-rounded and difficult to block inside with his good blend of strength, leverage and hand technique. Todd Barr (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) lacks ideal measurables, but has a great motor, quickness off the ball and knows how to read blocks. USC commit Antwaun Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Woodland Hills-Taft) shows flashes of great explosiveness and disruptiveness in the trenches. Gabe Wright (Columbus, Ga./Carver) lacks some polish, but his raw strength, power and intensity are sough after inside. Kevin McReynolds (Washington, D.C./Saint Johns Prep) is fundamentally sound, physical and productive without a lot of flash. Oklahoma commit Jordan Phillips (Towanda, Kan./Circle) flashes the ability to get-off the ball well and can be tough at the point of attack. Christian Heyward (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) is a promising defensive tackle prospect who offers some versatility, good ability and continued upside.

Linebackers

Collectively, the 2011 linebacker unit is versatile and explosive. On the outside, Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson Senior) is the No. 1 ranked prospect at the position with all the physical tools to play early at the next level. Alabama commit Trey DePriest (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) is the best in the Midwest, and follows in the footsteps of fellow Under Armour alum and Ohio stud linebacker Jordan Hicks. Future Gator Ryan Shazier (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) is making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in college and should develop into a disruptive vertical attacker. Vinnie Sunseri (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) might be undersized but is explosive and will be playing in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with DePriest and a host of other Under Armour All-Americans. On the inside, Stanford commit James Vaughters (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) has ideal measurables between the tackles as well as strength, range and intensity. A.J. Johnson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) could play inside or out for Tennessee, and possesses very good playing speed and instincts. Anthony Wallace (Dallas, Texas/Skyline) is perhaps the purest inside run-stopper and a strong downhill filler. Michigan State commit Lawrence Thomas (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) has prototypical size for a linebacker prospect and has the coveted versatility to play inside, outside or with his hand on the ground. Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) is a very strong and productive downhill run defender with deceptive feet and quickness. A prospect who is physically ready to make the jump to inside linebacker at the next level.

Cornerbacks

Quandre Diggs
Gerry Hamilton for ESPN.comQuandre Diggs chose Texas over Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU, among others.

The 2011 Under Armour cornerback class has its share of speedsters and athletes. Quandre Diggs (Angleton, Texas/Angleton), Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake) and Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/Saints Vincent and Mary) are the top three in the ESPNU 150 cornerback rankings. Diggs, the younger brother of former Texas Longhorns and current San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer, has great ball skills and athleticism. Waisome is one of the natural cover corners in this class and its fiercest competitor. Grant has elite quickness and sticks tightly to receivers out of their breaks. Overall, he's a talented athlete with good ball and leaping skills (41-inch vertical) that have earned him close to 30 offers. Demetrious Nicholson (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) is the top DB out of Virginia in 2011, and one of the more fluid and smoothest corners nationally. Danzel Williams (Arlington, Texas/James Martin) has the skill set to play running back in college, but we feel this talented prospect with excellent feet might project best at corner. Texas commit Josh Turner (Oklahoma City, Okla./Millwood) has the ball skills and athleticism to shine in all three phases of the game for the Longhorns. Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman), a smooth and fluid defensive back, is one of the better athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region this year and could get recruited at multiple positions in college. Florida commit De'Ante Saunders (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) has the foot-quickness and redirection skills to provide great coverage on quicker slots in man and off coverages.

Safeties

This Under Armour safety class is comprised of some real high-end talent and scheme-versatile defensive backs. FSU commit Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community) has arguably the best blend of size, athleticism and ball skills in the entire class. As a pure well-rounded safety at the high school level, they don't get much better than Alabama commit Hasean Clinton-Dix (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips). Keelin Smith (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast) is 6-foot-3, rangy and sleek in his movement skills. He's one of many talented safety commits for FSU this year. Erique Florence (Valley, Ala./Valley) is your typical hybrid; he's big, fast and physical. Jabari Gorman (Miami, Fla./Monsignor Edward Pace) is scheme versatile, rangy and very instinctive patrolling his deep zone. Four-star ATH Marqise Lee (Gardena, Calif./Juniperro Serra) will line up at safety in this game and although he's relatively new to the game of football, he has quickly emerged into top-level defender.

Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school levels.

Billy Tucker

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• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.