On the other side, the West's strengths are at quarterback, running back, defensive line and linebackers.
Mustain (Springdale, Ark.) is the top-rated quarterback in the country and he leads this West squad. Mustain has had an impressive two days of practice and has looked sharp. Equally impressive has been Jevan Snead (Stephenville, Texas). The West have an edge here.
The running backs are so talented. DeMarco Murray (Las Vegas, Nev.) has been the most consistent of this group but Michael Goodson (Klein, Texas) has been the most spectacular, making some Reggie Bush-type of runs over the first four practice sessions. Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Texas) is cat-quick and has great feet, balance and vision.
The West defensive line could be the most dominating group of any on either team. Leading the way are the guys on the inside at defensive tackle, most notably Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Al Woods (Elton, La.). They have been as impressive as anyone on either side of the ball. Both are so strong, quick, and agile. On the edge at defensive end are Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs, Miss.), Jermaine Williams (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Eddie Jones (Kilgore, Texas).
Linebackers Sergio Kindle (Dallas), Dustin Earnest (Texarkana, Texas), Anthony Lewis (Haltom City, Texas), and Allen Bradford (Colton, Calif.) are a quick bunch that pack a punch and a smaller unit than what the East will field.
Other players to watch are East quarterback Tim Tebow (St. Augustine, Fla.) and defensive end Jared Odrick (Lebanon, Pa.) while some more West standouts are wide receivers David Ausberry (Lemoore, Calif.) and Ken Beasley (Orange, Texas) and cornerback Jai Eugene (Destrehan, La.).
There is a tradition that has developed at this all-star game -- and that's of prospects making their commitments during the game on national TV (1 p.m. on NBC). Ausberry, Terrence Austin (Long Beach, Calif.), Bradford, Matt Carufel (St. Paul, Minn.), Maurice Evans (Middle Village, N.Y.), Joseph Faifili (Kahuku, Hi.), Derrick Hill (Oakland, Calif.), Butch Lewis (Aurora, Co.), Jarrell Miller, Murray, Robert Rose (Cleveland, Ohio), Devin Ross (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Spikes, and A.J. Wallace (Pomfret, Md.) are all planning to make their announcements.