As ESPN premiered its coverage of the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game, fans were given the opportunity to see the college stars of tomorrow today. Robert Nkemdiche garnered a lot of the attention but Notre Dame fans were able to catch glimpses of the commitments and targets involved with Notre Dame. Here are some of the notes and observations to take away from the 2nd day of practice (the first televised):
Hunter Bivin has an extremely large frame and looks very lean for 280 pounds. He can definitely work with Paul Longo to add 20 to 30 pounds of muscle in the next two years. In practice, Bivin was working at several positions but mainly at Center. He looks very tough and showed a nasty streak in an OL vs. DL drill where he drove the Defensive Linemen back. The other Notre Dame Offensive Line commitment Colin McGovern is injured and will not participate in practices or the game.
Alex Anzalone looks physically ready to contribute to Notre Dame in some way next season. When seeing the clips of Manti Te’o as an Under Armour All-American, his physical mass and girth are very similar. Anzalone might actually be more developed in the lower body than Te’o at this time. In the few glimpses that we had of Anzalone, he demonstrated good speed in pursuit and coverage. On one play, he forced an interception because of great coverage on a Tight End.
Tarean Folston, although being recruited as a Running Back for Notre Dame and Oregon, will be playing Cornerback for the Black Team in the Under Armour All-America Game. He looks very thick and could also contribute very early on for Notre Dame. He still plans to make his declaration during the game.
Sebastian LaRue worked mostly out of the slot at Receiver. He is very small and will need to add weight before competing at the college level. He shows very good hands and ball skills.
Max Redfield was not featured much during ESPN’s coverage but was taking reps at Safety. He also looks very lean and probably needs to add some good muscle before the 2013 season. He still will make his college decision between Notre Dame, USC and Ohio State.