Commentary

Less hitting, but plenthy of buzz

Originally Published: January 4, 2011
By Craig Haubert and Billy Tucker | ESPN Recruiting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It was a helmets-only practice on Tuesday as game plans were refined and players got a chance to rest their legs a bit and concentrate mentally. There were still some standout performances, particularly by a great group of skill athletes.

Eli Rogers (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), a Louisville commit, continues to be a gamebreaker for the Red team. He has such great quickness and burst out of his cuts that its really difficult for defensive backs to give him any cushion.

• Although they weren't in full gear, Savon Huggins (Jackson, N.J./St. Peter's) keeps living up to the billing as one of this class' best everydown backs. He's not overly flashy but very well-rounded; reminds us of a faster version of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Marcus Roberson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) is a prospect who will likely jump into the ESPNU 150 after an outstanding showing this week. He has a great blend of size, speed and athleticism and is a scheme-versatile defensive back who could play corner, safety or nickel depending on where he ends up.

• Georgia-bound Justin Scott-Wesley (Camilla, Ga./Mitchell-Baker) certainly has great straight-line speed and has shown the ability to separate vs. some of faster defensive backs in the country. However, he does show some hip tightness at the top of his stem.

• We have talked about the strong performance by Stanford commit Amir Carlisle (Santa Clara, Calif./King's Academy) and it continued today. He looks like a natural pass-catcher, extends extremely well away from his body and transitions upfield quickly after the catch. We feel he will get a serious look as a slot/scat-back.

• Quarterback accuracy and efficiency was at its best today. As a group, there was less thinking and more just letting it fly. Oklahoma commit Kendal Thompson (Oklahoma City, Okla./Southmoore) may be the biggest surprise at the quarterback position this week.

• From observations and talking with coaches, it certainly seems that Florida State commit Giorgio Newberry (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central) has established himself as the most versatile big man in the 2011 class.

• No. 1-rated offensive tackle Christian Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), a current Longhorn verbal, has impressed us not only with his ability but also his competitive spirit. It hasn't been a smooth or dominant week but every time Westerman faced adversity he has fought back, which should serve him well at the next level.

• The kickers, USC-bound Andre Heidari (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale) and Texas A&M commit Taylor Bertolet (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township), were outstanding today. They were putting kickoffs out of the end zone from the college 30-yard line. Heidari and Bertolet also displayed some really impressive field goal range during the session.

Injury updates
• LSU wide receiver pledge Jarvis Landry (Convent, La./Lutcher) is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

• Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (Los Angeles, Calif./Woodland Hills-Taft), a future Trojan, is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

• Crimson Tide wide receiver commit Marvin Shinn (Mobile, Ala./Vigor) is out with a knee injury.

• Defensive back Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) is out due to a concussion sustained during the Crab Bowl.

• LSU offensive tackle pledge La'El Collins (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist), who was dealing with a minor ankle injury earlier in the week, appears good to go.

• Future Sooner defensive lineman Nathan Hughes (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) may have re-aggravated a broken wrist injury from earlier this year but should OK for Wednesday.

Billy Tucker

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