Buckeye-bound Ginn, OU-bound Bomar, Peterson shine in San Antonio
Posted: Tuesday December 30, 2003 2:42AM; Updated: Saturday January 3, 2004 7:37PM
By Allen Wallace, TheInsiders.com
Here's a brief rundown on some of the prospects who stood out in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl played in San Antonio on Saturday. The three most impressive players in my opinion were DB Ted Ginn (East squad, game MVP), RB Adrian Peterson (West squad) and QB Rhett Bomar (West squad). Both Peterson and Bomar are headed to Oklahoma, while Ginn committed to Ohio State.
West (with college commitment in parentheses)
QB Rhett Bomar (Oklahoma): Moves and throws very well. Excellent poise. Cool customer. Comes back quickly from mistakes. Nice touch and steps away from pressure adeptly. Will turn many a breakdown into a gain for a first down. Great overall feel for the game. Faster than I thought.
WR Cameron Colvin: Two superior over-the-shoulder TD catches (both questionable but very convincing displays of athletic ability). Nice work on special teams too. Can really hit. Instinctive. Great adjustments to the ball. Big play capability.
TE Zach Miller: This is a TE who can go deep. Runs very well and made a nice catch on an underthrown ball from Washington commitment Matt Tuisasospo.
RB Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma): Nice feet for an excellent-sized back (6-foot-2, 205 pounds). Likes to run over people. Tricky, explosive off his plants. Great drive and determination. Smells the end zone. One of top two players on the field, along with Ted Ginn. You can tell he's a driven talent. Very competitive. Beats the first tackle most every time. Thoroughbred.
DE Jeff Schweiger (USC): Looked good coming off the edge. Explosive, talented pass rusher who can really burst into the backside of a QB. His pressure caused a pick and another sack. Gets off the ball quickly. With a little weight and more strength should be fantastic in college.
DE/WR Anthony Vernaglia (Notre Dame): Big hitter. Breaks well on the ball. Seems to be a natural ballplayer who shows a good sense for the game and knows where to be.
DE Walter Winter (Washington): Good speed. Sideline-to-sideline ability.
DB Ted Ginn (Ohio State): Elusive, fast, fluid, instinctive. Pure gamebreaker with good size. Punt returner deluxe. Afterburners! Man among boys along with Adrian Peterson. Track star who is also a football player. Well-developed cover skills. Amazing 98-yard kickoff return for a TD. Winner of the Pete Dawkins game MVP trophy.
DB Kyle Jackson (Florida): Nice pick early in game. Athletic and big.
LB/DE Tim Jamison: Unblockable. Sheds blocks well and puts excellent pressure on the QB. Good motor and nice size. Truly an elite prospect. Surprised me.
WR Dwayne Jarrett: 6-5 and leaps well (6-6 high jump). Great hands. Strong. Positions well against DBs. Easily blocks off defenders. Really gets up high. Will get heavier and have even more leverage. Reminds me of Mike Williams.
QB Xavier Lee: Boy, can this kid run. Fast. Could play as either QB or WR, but his heart is set on QB. One of the more interesting prospects on the field. Will not announce until his high school banquet.
DL Demario Pressley: Flexible, tough, strong in the middle.
LB/FB Brian Toal: Tough! Prefers LB but showed terrific power running skills and would make a formidable FB or short-yardage runner. Finds running lanes. Extremely aggressive. Pure football player who with any room whatsoever inside the five is a guaranteed six points.
WR/ATH Ray Williams: Excellent vision and acceleration. Nice cut-back across the grain for TD. Nearly returned an onside kick for a score in the fourth quarter. Great timing.
LB Willie Williams: Most impressive LB in game. Great change of direction. Excellent hitter -- will really stand you up. A real force who will dictate schemes.