January 3, 2008

Under Armour: Wednesday's Expert View

ORLANDO, Fla. - As practice continues at the Under Armour All-Star game, Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every continues to get an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in the nation, like defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey. After Wednesday's practice sessions, Every singled out three players from both the Red and Silver squads and provides his thoughts on their skills and what they should improve.

Under Armour: Red Team

Jarvis Humphrey, 6-2, 290, DT, Cedar Hill (Texas) Cedar Hill

Assets: He is a very hard worker and excellent student of the game.

Needs improvement: He needs to add upper body strength to match the power in his lower body.

What was most impressive: He is being made to cross train at end and defensive tackle, and he is very good against the run.

Conclusion: He has all the tools and has been really well coached at Cedar Hill. He is a high effort kid with a good attitude. Texas should be real excited about him coming to Austin.

Tyler Westphal, 6-6, 230, DE, Menasha (Wis.) Menasha

Assets: He is a high motor guy with great height and long arms.

Needs improvement: He needs to add overall strength and size to his 6-foot-6 frame to reach the next level.

What was most impressive: He is the quickest end on the Red team.

Conclusion: He will most likely be a redshirt candidate but has an abundance of talent and Badger fans should be excited that he decided to stay in state.

Uona Kavienga, 6-0, 226, LB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Leuzinger

Assets: He is a tough, mean, and smart football player.

Needs improvement: He can get too worked up and over-excited at times. This isn't always bad but it could lead to some mental errors and unneeded penalties.

What was most impressive: He wowed everyone in attendance when he laid out Darius Willis to prevent him from catching a pass out of the backfield.

Conclusion:Robert Thomas if he sticks with the Bruins.

Under Armour: Silver Team

Matt Stankiewitch, 6-4, 295, C, Schuylkill Haven (Pa.) Blue Mountain

Assets: He has a great body for offensive guard or center. He has a great upper body to match his powerful lower body.

Needs improvement: Lateral movement.

What was most impressive: He did a good job picking up blitzing linebackers.

Conclusion: He has the body to come in and compete for playing time as a college true freshman.

Mark Buchanan, 6-6, 275, OT, Austin (Texas) Austin

Assets: He has good height and a great frame.

Needs improvement: : He will need added weight and strength to play tackle in college.

What was most impressive: He has really nice footwork and is light on his feet for a player his size.

Conclusion: He will also be a redshirt candidate but after a year in the Texas weight room, expect good things.

Braxston Cave, 6-4, 295, C, Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn

Assets: He is built like a bull and plays with an amazing amount of strength.

Needs improvement: He would benefit from added foot quickness.

What was most impressive: His matchups with Brandon Thompson were like watching two trains collide head on. Cave held his ground.

Conclusion: He is physically ready to compete in college, but whether or not he gets early playing time at Notre Dame will depend on his grasp of Charlie Weis's offense.

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