January 6, 2007

U.S. Army AA Bowl Friday Hot 11: West

[rl] The daily Hot 11 from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com. This breakdown is for the West squad after Wednesday's practice sessions.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - All week Rivals.com has covered the East and West practices extensively at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. After watching practice all week, here is the final Hot 11 on the West squad based on the complete body of work over the entire week.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Friday Hot 11: West

Terrance Toliver, WR, Hempstead (Texas)

If you add up the entire body of work for the West team in practice, Hempstead (Texas) wide receiver Terrance Toliver no doubt had the most impressive résumé. Toliver was virtually unstoppable at times and caught every ball that came his way.

Everson Griffen, DE, Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria

Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive end Everson Griffen is as impressive of a defensive line prospect that's been in San Antonio in a while. Griffen has 4.5 speed off the edge and he plays with a pad level that makes him nearly impossible to block.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

It's hard to find much wrong with West Lake (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The future Notre Dame signal caller is as polished of a quarterback to come out of the high school ranks in years. Clausen simply does not buckle under pressure and rarely do you see him make a mental error.

Joe McKnight, RB, Texarkana (Texas) Texas HS

Reggie Bush may be the only player more explosive in the city of New Orleans than Joe McKnight. All week the defenders on the West squad have raved about McKnight's explosive jets and ability to break big runs.

Donovan Warren, CB, Long Beach (Calf.) Poly

If you are looking for a lockdown corner from a proven high school program, look no further than Long Beach (Calf.) Poly's Donovan Warren. Poly has a long standing tradition of producing some of the best talent on the West coast, and Warren is definitely a "can't miss" type guy at cornerback.

Chris Galippo, LB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Chris Galippo is in a class above the rest of the linebackers on the West roster. Galippo has been consistent all week and has blown up several plays in the backfield. Don't be surprised if Galippo makes a few big plays on Saturday.

Tray Allen, OL, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prarie

The West offensive line is loaded with versatile players and nobody defines that better than South Grand Prairie's Tray Allen. The 6-foot-4, 290 pound Allen has the ability to play any position on the line.

Ryan Mallett, QB, Texarkana (Texas) Texas HS

Texarkana (Texas) Texas quarterback Ryan Mallett has become the unofficial captain of the West squad with his leadership skills this week in practice. Besides showing off his big-time arm, Mallett has punted, long-snapped and played wide receiver this week in practice. No player has ever had a stronger arm at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl than Mallett, who has thrown a football 87 yards before.

Niles Paul, WR, Omaha (Neb.) North

Omaha (Neb.) North wide receiver Niles Paul has established himself as the West's short yardage and possession guy. The West has several screen plays and short passing routes designed to go Paul's way on Saturday. He also runs great routes and has the ability to read blockers better than any wide receiver on the West.

Ryan Miller, OT, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine

The match-up of Littleton (Colo.) Columbine offensive tackle Ryan Miller and Griffen was a fun one to watch all week in practice. Miller is an absolute beast and there's a good chance he could see early time at Colorado next fall for head coach Dan Hawkins.

Michael Williams, DB, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

You could argue that nearly all of the West defensive backs belong in the Hot 11, but Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Michael Williams gets the nod for the final spot. Williams has solid coverage skills and has a physical presence on the field.

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