All-American Bowl: East team’s top performers at Wednesday’s practice


SAN ANTONIO — 247Sports defeated top performers from the East’s roster during Wednesday’s practice, a two-session event that saw many installed and special teams work out in the morning ahead of a lively afternoon practice together against West at the Alamodome. A team of national recruiting and scouting analysts from 247Sports provided live coverage and the following breakdown of the East team’s top players on Wednesday.

ALPHA DOG: Jordan HallDL, Jacksonville (Fla.) Westside, Georgia Signer

The 6-foot-3, 317-pounder was measured at one of the best arm length numbers (35 1/2) at check-in Monday and has put that physical superiority to good use on two straight days. Hall dominated the 1-on-1 matches and displayed a dominant bull rush power that weeded out even the most leveraged, heavily anchored inside offensive linemen at the event. Hall’s physical attributes and functional athleticism make him an elite D-Line prospect with NFL early-round potential.

NEXT FIVE DEFENSE

Keon KeeleyEDGE, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep, Alabama signee: A day after receiving the top award, Keeley was back in the thick of the discussion. He wins with athleticism, strength, technique, you name it. Keeley was a threat in the 1-on-1 game during Wednesday afternoon’s joint practice session, as well as during team action.

— Caleb Downs, S, Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek, Alabama Signer: Overly alert and with great vigilance, Downs plays from behind the defense like an air traffic controller. He would make subtle pre-snap adjustments to his DB peers’ alignments during morning practice, then sometimes run step-by-step with receivers in the afternoon. He may be the best all-football player in the class of 2023 and has an NFL pedigree that likely supports his feel for the game.

— Makari Vickers, S, Quincy (Fla.) Robert F. Munroe School, Oklahoma signee: Vickers looks like the kind of defender that could move to the secondary side based on what we’ve seen this week. He was intermittently occupied with receivers as a true corner on Wednesday and held his ground. He is a strong, well-built defender who can run and attack. Oklahoma got a really good one in Vickers.

— Whit Weeks, LB, Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County, Signatory of LSU: Weeks played well in space for the second straight day. He looks like a modern day off-ball linebacker in his style of play and functional athleticism, which not only allows him to patrol a wide pursuit range in running play, but is also adept at tracking down the downfield when asked to hit with a back or Match tight end.

— Kayin Lee, CB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove, Auburn signee: For two consecutive days, Lee has repeatedly caught our attention. He’s a physical coverman who’s adept at confusing it with opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage. He was disruptive at the catch point and got his paws on a few throws.

TOP FIVE INJURIES

Dante Moore, QB, Detroit King, UCLA signee: Moore separated himself from the rest of the quarterback field on Wednesday with timing, accuracy, ball placement and speed. He punctuated his performance with a late-afternoon touchdown throw against Brandon Innis that saw Moore roll to his right on the run and threw a perfect ball toward the back pylon to easily grab Inniss as the elite wideout went from separated from a defender. Moore got the ball out quickly, made good throws up multiple levels and looked command. He lived up to the hype in training on Wednesday.

Brandon Inniss, WR, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, Ohio State Signatory: Inniss accelerates after catches as fast as any receiver during the first two days of practice. Playing with a bully mentality, Inniss catches just about everything in his neighborhood. He’s an exceptional high-floor player who also offers long-term potential.

Samson Okunlola, OT, Brockton (Mass.) Thayer Academy, Miami Signer: Much like West’s Kadyn Proctor, Okunlola looks like a potential playable option once he arrives on campus. He’s a hard-hitting attacker at the point of attack with an anvil-lowering sit ability to stone pass rushers in 1v1 reps. Its huge base and long arms make it a pass guard for high ceilings.

Aidan Chiles, QB, Downey (California), Oregon State signee: Chiles recovered from an early INT — a dive attempt by a Notre Dame-bound speedster Micah Bell — Wednesday afternoon to put together a terrific performance. The large-framed passer seemed increasingly natural as the afternoon progressed, placing the ball in places where only his receiver had a chance to catch it. He capped his day with a perfectly executed Red Zone Read Option run for an easy jog to the end zone. Its development advantage is through the roof.

Jalen Brown, WR, Miami Gulliver Prep, LSU signee: Brown has long been known for his top speed, which comes from an excellent track context. But Brown showed some position-specific nuance Tuesday as he snagged a couple of the day’s better deep ball snags while also capturing a short target for a chunk play in an alley. Brown recovered from a drop or two to put together a great day.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON PRACTICE

– Jaedn Skeete, WR, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial, Boston College signatory: In a fierce battle for top offensive players, Skeete definitely cemented a place among the most consistent players during Wednesday afternoon’s joint session. He caught pass after pass as a reliable target for Chiles and Moore, and displayed acumen at hand-catching, sudden breaks on comebacks, and upfield juice after the catch.

— Jonas Duclona, ​​CB, Naples (Fla.), signatory from Wisconsin: Duclona had one of the better stoppages of the afternoon with a 40+ yard ball on Cordale Russell that ended with Duclona overfilling the catch point and dislodging the throw in the end zone. Duclona took on the role earlier this week and we look forward to seeing more from him throughout the rest of the event.

— Monroe Freeling, OT, Mount Pleasant (SC) Oceanside Collegiate Academy, Georgia signee: The 294-pounder, 6-foot-6+ started the week with top honors on the ‘all-lobby team’. He assisted this Wednesday with wins in most of his 1-on-1 replays and consistency in team action. He will come to Athens as a pass guard with immense frame potential ahead of the corner to become a run-game difference maker.

— Carnell Tate, WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, Ohio State Signatory: Tate, one of the country’s most natural pass catchers, looked the part again on Wednesday. His ability to focus on targets in the field and his body control along the border and in traffic make him a true elite receiver.

— DJ Chester, OT, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian, LSU signee: Chester, who plays for the East at center this week, has to be given a lot of credit. We attended the event and thought Chester might end up with an IOL designation; His arm’s length can live outside and he’s played plenty of tackle, but the 335-pounder has felt right at home inside as one of the more consistent O-Line performers in a strong group this week.

–Tyler Scott, CB, Mableton (Ga.) Pebblebrook, uncommitted: Approaching 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Scott uses his size to push and frustrate receivers. But he’s more than just a big corner. Scott showed encouraging hip fluidity with short-range agility and athleticism to stay sticky.

— J’ven Williams, OT, Reading (Pa.) Wyomissing, Penn State signee: Williams has played a lot of guard this week and looked comfortable, which is no surprise given the run-heavy schedule he’s used to. But make no mistake, its length (34-inch arms) and frame potential combine with the movement it exhibits regardless of orientation to create an elite tackle vantage point.

— Malik Hartford, S, West Chester (Ohio) Signatory of Lakota West, Ohio: similarly, another day, another strong showing from Hartford, whose elongated physique and functional athleticism create one of the most formidable territory-eating defenders at the end of those in attendance.

— Olsen Patt Henry, TE, First Baptist Academy of Naples (Fla.), signatory of Clemson: A true flex from the looks of his physical tools and athletic ability, Henry has racked up a few sneaky good days of training. He plays like an outside receiver with personal flexibility to line up in myriad scenarios.

– Blair Angulo, Brandon Huffman, Cooper Petagna and Steve Wiltfong from 247Sports contributed to this report.

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