NCF On The Trail: 2014 UA Game
@TomLuginbill Who is a rather low-profile player that is really impressing you in practices this week? #AskLoogs— Shiloh Skinner (@ShilohSkinner29) December 30, 2013
Here’s are a few: WR Isaiah McKenzie is a bolt of lightning. He can really run, and while he may lack ideal measurables, he has some Tavon Austin qualities. RB Jeff Jones has flown way under the radar during the recruiting cycle and has been very impressive with his speed and explosiveness. We are still trying to figure out why no one is recruiting OC Jacob Bragg. We are hoping this week will open up some eyes. He has looked good. Considering four of our six original QBs have gone down to injuries and won’t be playing, we have been pleased with the likes of Rafe Peavey, Morgan Mahalak and Sean White as well. DT Garrald McDowell may be undersized, but he has been overlooked much in the same was as Isaac Gross was a couple years back down here for a lack of size.
@TomLuginbill thoughts on Cameron Robinson #askloogs— Phillip Cassady (@pcassady) December 30, 2013
Uniquely talented. There are only two comparable players at offensive tackle in the seven years of the Under Armour All-America Game we feel would be fair. One is Cyrus Kouandjio at Alabama and the other is Andrus Peat at Stanford. He is more than worthy of being the No. 1-ranked overall player in this class, and in all honesty, Leonard Fournette is 1, Jabrill Peppers is 1a and Cameron Robinson is 1b. He possesses all the traits you look for in an offensive tackle -- both mentally and physically, and maybe most importantly, he has a tremendous amount of pride. It is very important to him to play good. He plays as if he’s always being evaluated or compared to someone. There are never any guarantees, but it was very clear when we had Kouandjio in the Under Armour Game, he was going to be a three-and-out first round NFL draft choice. Cameron Robinson is technically better at the same stage so that should tell you something.
@TomLuginbill How does Chad Thomas look so far? #askloogs— B Nak (@illusionwriter8) December 30, 2013
Really good. In a class that features very few pure pass rush guys, Thomas excels in this area. He has also bulked up both in his upper and lower body, which is helping him utilize a bit more power off the edge. And he's not always having to reply on the speed rush. Now he can covert speed to power with a bit more strength. He’s not where he needs to be yet technique-wise, but he does use his hands and shows flashes of having a plan. The best thing about Thomas is his high ceiling for development. He is only going to get bigger, stronger and more polished which allows for growth and to be a better player down the road.
@TomLuginbill how is Roc Thomas doing compared to Leonard Fournette? #AskLoogs— RealLife (@zionhill1) December 30, 2013
They compare in more ways than you might think. Thomas does not carry the same weight, but they have very similar builds. They are on the same team so you get to see them in drills back-to-back getting reps. Fournette may be a little further along as a pass catcher from an experience standpoint. You are asking a very difficult question because as impressive as Thomas is, I don’t know if you can truly compare anyone to Fournette. He is a unique guy. However, as far as Auburn is concerned, Roc Thomas is the ideal fit, and that is all that matters. He adds power and explosiveness to a downhill counter/power game, yet he is still able to bounce plays to the edge and take it the distance.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- LSU's drive for five commitments at the Under Armour All-America Game ended shortly after it kicked off. Tigers fans vented their frustrations when receiver Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) committed to Texas A&M and his high school teammate, defensive tackle Gerald Willis III, picked Florida. It mushroomed when Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) committed to SEC West rival Alabama later in the game.
But LSU still managed to walk away with the biggest prize of the 2014 recruiting calendar when No.1-ranked Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) committed to the Tigers. In the end, Fournette wasn't some consolation prize. His decision will mean more to LSU fans than any of the other players who got away. Fournette -- who had 44 yards rushing and 46 yards receiving in the game -- is the best running back to come out of the high school ranks since Adrian Peterson was tearing through defenses as a Texas high school legend. Just like Peterson, Fournette has lofty expectations for himself when he arrives in Baton Rouge, La.
"I plan on winning a Heisman and a national championship with my fellow teammates," Fournette said while surrounded by a throng of microphones and television cameras. "I can handle the pressure. I can handle it."
Before you complain about Fournette saying that, don't forget that Peterson stormed into Norman, Okla., as a true freshman and was a Heisman finalist and led Oklahoma to the 2005 BCS National Championship Game. He said similar things when he was coming out of high school and was able to handle the pressure of those expectations.
Fournette could do the same.
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Les Miles and LSU kept the nation’s No. 1 prospect, RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) at home. It’s a crucial commit for the Tigers, and one that could pay dividends right away.
What will Fournette bring to Baton Rouge? Let’s break it down:
ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) committed to LSU on Thursday at the Under Armour All-America Game. The nation's No. 23 overall prospect and No. 3 safety gives LSU another crucial commitment in a perennially dominant secondary.
How will Adams fit in defensive coordinator John Chavis’ defense? Let’s break it down:
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What will he bring to coach Kevin Sumlin’s crew? Let’s break it down:
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Jabrill Peppers. He just gets it. Easily adjusts and adapts to what is asked of him. Very coachable and humble, but he knows he good. Michigan does not have a skilled player on its team like him. I know it is easy to make the Charles Woodson comparisons here, but let’s allow the kid to make a name for himself by carving out his own niche. He is more than capable of playing both ways if needed, but as far as cover corners go, he is a more explosive version of Dee Milliner, and we love that he welcomes contact too. He is mature and knows that there are high expectations for him to perform.
@TomLuginbill who are u most impressed with so far #AskLoogs— Jack Hutchinson (@saintballa11 41m) December 30, 2013