Thursday Practice Recap - East

John Skelton

Romeo Crennel's East team all-stars concluded their week of practice on Thursday morning with a spirited session which featured numerous passing drills and one-on-ones with the receivers and defensive backs.

Fordham signal caller John Skelton worked with the first team and he had his best practice of the week. Skelton's effortless throwing motion impressed scouts, and he showed an ability to drive the ball to the outside and in the seam.

"I'm starting to get a feel for my receivers and I really felt I threw the ball well today," Skelton said.

Northwestern's Mike Kafka would not be outdone, as he showed remarkable touch on corner routes in the end zone, and was still able to put the required zip on the ball to get it to his open men.

"The U" running back Javarris James flashed, as did UConn's Andre Dixon, as both ran with purpose and caught the ball well out of the backfield.

"JJ (James) and Dixon have both seemed to show flashes this week," East head coach and current Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said.

Wide receiver Blair White showed an ability to be nimble, and that combined with his excellent route running skills has not only had him noticed, but will likely keep him employed with an NFL team. Freddie Barnes continues to have the best hands of the group of receivers, but speed concerns are legitimate.

Army's Ali Villanueva continued to be the star of the tight end class as the 6'10", 285 lb. target looked athletic, and his hands are stellar for a player who has never played the position.

Tennessee tackle Chris Scott had a nice day as he more than held his own against the East's speed rushers. Scott, along with Indiana's Rodger Safford, III and Iowa's Kyle Calloway were the class of the offensive tackles.

Defensively, Torrell Troup was solid again, but needs some technical refinement.

"We're working with Torrell to use his hands more because he's going to need to do that on the next level," Crennel said.

Mississippi's Greg Hardy had his best practice of the week, as he was disruptive in one-on-one situations and really showed why many scouts have him pegged as an early pick. Ohio State's Doug Worthington seemed to move a little slow and it appeared as if he had some sort of leg injury.

As has been the case all week, USF's Kion Lewis and Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield have dominated at the linebacker position. Lewis is lightning quick to the football and Schofield seems to be comfortable while dropping into coverage.

In the secondary, the usual stars shined as the Chancellor's, Clemson's Chris and Virginia Tech's Kam continued to make big plays. Both players look head and shoulders above their competition. South Carolina's Darian Stewart showed an ability to be very quick to the football and Virginia Tech corner Stephan Virgil also starred in one-on-one situations.

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