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January 2, 2014
Evaluating UGA Prospects at Army Bowl
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The U.S. Army All American Bowl has a Georgia Bulldog feel to it in 2014.
With six commitments in the game, all of which will play for the East team, UGA fans from across the country will get a good look at the future of the Georgia program on Saturday a noon on NBC.
The game is still a few days away but Thursday was the third full day of practices in San Antonio and as was the case during previous days, the Bulldog pledges put on a show.
Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (Lakewood; St. Petersburg, Fla., 13 videos available ») appears to be the most athletic and physical offensive lineman on the East team. Wynn measures in at around 6-foot-3 but possesses the length of a prospect that is much taller. He has excellent feet and flexibility. Wynn is at his best when blocking in space where he can use his quickness to gain leverage and get movement. His most impressive play of the day was when he drove Norcross linebacker Kevin Mouhon 15 yards downfield on an inside handoff.
Defensive back Malkom Parrish (Brooks County, 9 videos available ») had another strong showing on Thursday and, like Wynn, the South Georgia playmaker has been one of the week's top overall performers. Parrish is playing safety for the East and he is all over the field. The 5-foot-10 defensive back has the compact body type to excel at the safety position and he loves contact but he also possesses the loose hips and ball skills to play cornerback. When the East offense was able to get the edge in 11-on-11 period it was because Parrish wasn't in in drill. The Rivals100 prospect flashes elite range and will get a shot to show what he can do with the ball in his hands as a kick returner this week.
Running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, 7 videos available ») does it all at his position, and he does it extremely well. He runs with speed and power, and he has the suddeness to make guys miss in space. He shows soft hands out of the backfield and at times he appears as if he just wants to punish linebackers at the second level in the run game. When going about his business in drills, Chubb goes full speed and works hard on perfecting his form as a blocker and pass catcher. The Rivals100 prospect is making a strong case to be a five-star prospect this week.
Running back Sony Michel (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla., 26 videos available ») has overshadowed Chubb through much of the process with his five-star rating. A case could be made this week that the roles have been reversed. Michel is having a great weak of practice in San Antonio and is showing more power than he has in the past. On one run today, a couple of onlookers mistook Michel for Chubb when he lowered his shoulder and drove a linebacker into the endzone when the East team was doing red zone drills. Michel has been very smooth out of the backfield as a receiver and he appears to be regaining the explosiveness he possessed prior to a serious knee injury in his sophomore season. Michel will join Parrish as the deep back for the East on kickoff returns and you could see a package with Chubb and the South Florida native in the same backfield.
Offensive lineman Dyshon Sims (Lowndes, 2 videos available ») has been hampered by a knee injury he sustained on the first day of practice this week. The Valdosta native hopes to participate in the game on Saturday, but the 6-foot-4, 280 pounder has impressed in limited work this week. On Monday Sims, working at right and left tackle, more than held his own in one-on-one drills and is ahead of the curve as a pass blocker according to East coaches. Sims is the type of offensive lineman that could play all five positions up front but with his length, he appears to fit best at tackle.
Quarterback Jacob Park (Stratford; Goose Creek, S.C., 8 videos available ») won't return home before he starts his career at Georgia as an early enrollee. Saturday will mark the end of Park's prep career and if he plays how he has practiced, it will be a memorable game for the four-star prospect. Park has shown excellent pocket presence in practice this week. He has made great decisions this week and even when throwing into a stiff wind Park has made the long and intermediate throws with great velocity and accuracy.