January 3, 2007

Offense-Defense Tuesday Hot 11: West

The daily Hot 11 from the Offense-Defense 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 Tuesday's practice sessions.

The third edition of the Hot 11 for the West squad at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl features several familiar faces. Guys like receiver Dez Bryant, quarterback Jarrett Lee and Da'John Harris were all repeat selections, but newcomers like Kodi Burns and Rishaw Johnson show they too have what it takes to be one of the top players on the West roster.

Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Tuesday Hot 11: West

Kodi Burns, QB, Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside

Burns, an Auburn commitment, has made progress each and every practice. Finally on Tuesday morning he looked comfortable with the offense and was spinning the ball well and putting it right on the money. His athletic ability and ability to move around in the pocket might help the West offense bring another dimension to the table on Thursday night.

Dez Bryant, WR, Lufkin, Texas

It wouldn't be a Hot 11 without Bryant on the list. Bryant didn't do anything too spectacular on Tuesday, but he continues to be the most consistent player on the entire West roster. He catches everything thrown to him, and his crisp and precise routes are still the best on the team. He looks more and more like a future NFL receiver with hands of glue and an amazing leaping ability.

Jordan Campbell, LB, Norco, Calif.

Campbell has really caught on quickly and the West coaches love his leadership ability. He was asked to break the team down after practice and it's amazing how quick he picked up the defense. Don't forget, he missed the first day of practices because of flight delays. He was making all the calls yesterday and today he was even more vocal. Who knows what he'll be at USC, but he's got all the tools to be an impact player for the Trojans.

Da'John Harris, DL, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Another day, another dominating performance for Harris. The stud defensive tackle from California would have to rank right behind Bryant as the West's most impressive and most consistent player this week. He's been nothing short of spectacular all week long. He really disrupts blockers on almost every play, and he is able to use a number of different moves to get to the quarterback.

Rishaw Johnson, OL, Hammond, La.

Johnson looked like he brought his A game on Tuesday. The Ole Miss commitment drew rave reviews from the West offensive line coach Tommy Earley. "That's what we've been waiting for all week from you," Early shouted to Johnson after a good block in the morning session. "We knew you'd finally come around and get after it." It looks like things are finally on track from the big-time guard, and he should be able to carry that momentum into the game on Thursday.

Chad Jones, DB, Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab

Jones is having a good few days of practices. He intercepted a pass with one hand - his bad hand that's still in a cast - and the coaches called him "The Octopus" as he was running off the field. He was really impressive on run support and with his big frame it poses the question again - will he be a safety or linebacker in college? Either way it doesn't matter because he's a heck of a player.

Jarvis Jones, OL, Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated

Jones has been the West's most consistent offensive lineman. He has made the Hot 11 each day this week and there's no reason to believe that he's going to drop off of it. He's got the left tackle locked down for the West, and the talk about the matchup between Jones and the East defensive ends - especially Cliff Matthews and Carlos Dunlap - is already starting.

Jarrett Lee, QB, Brenham, Texas

Once again, Lee looks to be the most consistent quarterback on the West roster. He just seems like a natural fit for the type of offense that they're running. He's great on the short passes into the flat and he can really put some zip on the ball on the slants and quick hitches. Lee, an LSU commitment, really does have nice command of the huddle, too, and guys like Bryant think he's the top signal-caller that they've been working with.

Keenan Robinson, LB, Plano (Texas) East

Robinson is also a three-time member of the Hot 11, earning the honors every day after practice this week. There's no question that the Texas bound Robinson is the best outside linebacker on the West roster. He is so instinctual that it's amazing. He did have the hit of the day on inside run drills when he lit up UCLA bound running back Raymond Carter. The blindside hit sent Carter stumbling back.

Earl Thomas, ATH, Orange (Texas) West Orange Stark

Earlier in the week, Thomas was listed as a defensive back, and he'll definitely still play quite a bit there in the game, but watch out for him elsewhere on the field on Thursday. The Texas commitment moved some to the offensive side on Tuesday morning, and he'll be a really nice X-factor for the West. Expect him to be used in a number of different situations. And don't be surprised if there are a few tricks up the sleeves when Thomas is in the game.

Christian Tupou, DL, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant

Tupou has really come into his own in the last three practices. He blew up several run plays and would have had a big tackle for a loss on a screen pass in passing drills. On the play, Tupou beat the hook block and sprinted into the flat where he was able to disrupt the play for what would have been at least a 5-yard loss. He's also made major strides in run-stopping situations. He's easily one of the most improved defensive players in the camp.

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