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Local athletes compete in the 2012 U.S. ARMY ALL AMERICAN BOWL
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published January 6, 2012

Compton Dominguez’s Brandon Beaver is one of 90 high school football stars to be chosen to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All American Bowl.

Six local football players will participate with the nation’s top 90 high school football stars playing in the U.S. Army All American Bowl on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST

Inglewood’s Derrick Woods (WR, 6-1, 180, Oklahoma), Oaks Christian’s Ishmael Adams (CB, 5-10, 185, UCLA), Compton Dominguez’s Brandon Beaver (CB, 6-1, 176), Downey’s Jabari Ruffin (LB, 6-4,230, USC), Pasadena Muir’s Kevon Seymour  (CB, 6-0, 170), and Encino Crespi’s Jordan Simmons (OT, 6-5, 333, USC) will play in the game.

Woods has committed to Oklahoma.  He is strong wide athlete who has a running back-like feel to his game. His combination of size and athleticism allows him to catch balls over his head, adjust to the ball at its highest point and use his body to shield defenders. He is a decisive return man and a slashing runner in the open field while displaying deceptive top-end speed.

“The biggest strength for Woods is his versatility,” said Adam Gorney, West Recruiting Analyst.  “He can line up at wide receiver and make big plays because he has outstanding, breakaway speed or he can also play defensive back with plenty of skill.”

Adams has committed to UCLA.  He has a great feel for the game. Combine that with his strength, quickness and physical nature and he is a top-notch defensive back. He excels in man-to-man coverage and knows how to read what the offense is trying to do, which allows him to jump routes and close fast. He is a good tackler and uses his physicality in run defense. He is a smooth athlete who backpedals well and has the ball skills to make game-changing plays.??“Adams might be a tad smaller than some elite cornerbacks but he’s physical at the line, plays with a level of meanness and really competes on every down,” Gorney said.  “He likes to prove himself and that intensity shines through on the field.”

Beaver is a rangy defensive back who has great awareness and ball skills. He covers a lot of ground and uses his length well in recovery. He quickly reads plays and provides support defending the run. His understanding of the game allows him to use angles and correctly position himself. Beaver has good size, which helps him to match up against bigger receivers and helps him in man-to-man coverage.

“Beaver is not super physical nor is he super athletic but he has great technique and outstanding timing when the ball is in the air,” Gorney said.  “Rarely will Beaver ever get beaten by a wide receiver and he’s always around the ball when a play needs to be made.”

Ruffin is committed to USC.  He is a gifted athlete with great size who plays linebacker, wide receiver and running back. On the defensive side of the ball, his athleticism lets him defeat blockers, plug holes and make plays in the running game, as well as cover backs and receivers. He plays well in space, shows excellent range and reads plays quickly. Ruffin is a big hitter who knows how to play downhill. ??“Ruffin has outstanding size as an outside linebacker and he can still get out in coverage and defend tight ends or receivers,” Gorney said.  “What’s also impressive is that he has great ball skills and can make plays all over the field. Plus, he’s not afraid to hit.”

Seymour is a big-play player who had high school success on both sides of the ball. He is quick with great footwork, which allows him to stay fluid and change directions well. He plays a physical style and is effective against both the run and pass. He knows how to close on underneath patterns and attack the football. Seymour also is a smart player who plays with a good degree of awareness.??“Seymour loves to play physical and has great timing to make his hits,” Gorney said.  “It’s rare that quarterbacks throw his way though, since Seymour is a lockdown corner who uses his hands well, is great on the jam at the line and athletic enough to keep up with any receiver.”

Simmons is committed to USC.  His massive size is a great asset and helps his impressive drive blocking, power and strength, particularly in the run game. He moves well for a lineman of his size and possesses good punch off the line. His long arms and quick hands help him in pass protection. He has the foot quickness to get to defenders on the second level.??“Simmons has played offensive tackle but his future could be at offensive guard based on his build,” Gorney said.  “Not many players get around Simmons, who extends his arms really well and is very powerful. Once he engages, it’s tough to move him.”

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Lattimore, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.


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