Artie Burns is a monster
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Day two of practices at the 2013 Under Armour All-America games is in the books. As was the story on day one, the nations top ranked prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) turned in a dominant performance along with a Miami defensive back commitment.
Artie Burns at Northwestern
Miami commitment Artie Burns turned in a terrific performance on day two.
Here is a look at Tuesday's top performers.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, SDE, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Not sure what else can be said about Nkemdiche. He lines up outside, he can win with first step quickness followed by power or technique turning the corner. He lines up inside, and he can win with a powerful bull rush, a very quick first step or the occasional spin move and close. His versatility to play end and slide into tackle sets him apart from other lineman in the class.
2. Artie Burns, CB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
Simply put, Burns enjoyed an otherworldly day at corner. Burns not only showed his pure speed, but also demonstrated his ability to redirect routes in press coverage, react and recover and close with physicality to ensure pass break ups. Over the course of two days, Burns has been very impressive athletically and physically with active hands.
3. Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Ms.)
While Jones suffered a stinger late on the second day of practice, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Mississippi State commit with a recent Alabama offer continued to prove he has as much upside as any in the 2013 class. His first step is not only quick, but covers so much ground and he plays with a low inside shoulder naturally.
4. Carl Lawson, WDE, Alpharetta, Ga.) Milton
Simply put, the 6-foot-2.5, 250-pound Lawson has a special first step. Not only is Lawson unblock able in this setting because of that special first step, and second step, but he also continues to use his strength and ability to win the leverage battle to his advantage.
5. Henry Poggi, DT, Baltimore (Md.) Gillman
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Michigan commitment lined up over the ball on Tuesday, and proved to be too quick and technically sound to be blocked one-on-one. Poggi not only flashed a quick first step, but also got small and used his hands to near perfection quickly dismissing would be blocking centers.
6. Kevin Olsen, QB, Wayne (NJ) Wayne Hills
The Miami commitment impressed with his overall command again on day two, along with his compact release and ability as a natural passer. Despite a breeze at times during the workout, the 6-foot-2.5, 190-pounder made sure throws in the intermediate game, and down the field in general. He also showed impressive pocket presence in the team portion of the practice.
7. Kelvin Taylor, RB, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day
It's difficult for a running back to stand out in the practice, all-star game type setting, but the 5-foot-10, 216-pounder did so on Tuesday. He showed his excellent vision and feet on numerous occasions, even bouncing a pair of zone plays to the outside and getting to the corner. As always, Taylor made cuts with ideal body control.
Kelvin Taylor at Glades Day School
Florida commitment Kelvin Taylor showed his excellent vision and feet in the hole on Tuesday.
8. Grant Hill, OG, Huntsville (Al.)
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Hill had a very strong showing in one-on-one's and team on today. He won back-to-back one-on-one's against fellow Alabama commit DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) with a strong punch, solid base and active feet, and showed more of that in the run game in team.
9. Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North
In a game with terrific tight end prospects, the Ohio State commit continues to shine. As the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder did at The Opening, Baugh catches everything in sight and has done so playing through contact and in traffic with very tight windows.
10. Alvin Kamara, APB, Norcross (Ga.)
Top247 four-star Kamara has real edge quickness, and it has shown up in spades thus far. Today, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder turned a number of zone plays into bursts to the edge getting to the corner with ease. As is always the case, Kamara also proved to have sure hands out of the backfield. Alabama and Georgia are considered the top two for the versatile back.