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January 4, 2003
All-America Bowl News & Notes
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The U.S. Army All-America Bowl is scheduled for 6 p.m. cst on Sunday in the Alamo Dome, but Saturday's festivities were dedicated to taking pictures for the media and a skills competition for the players.
In the skills competition, the East looked to have the advantage in the pass catching drills with the East's Ryan Mundy (right), Louis Irizarry, Greg Olsen and Vincent Davis capturing first place.
Olsen and Davis looked quite impressive for big tight ends having to make instant reactions to pass shot out of a passing machine from 10, 15 and 20 yards away.
The bests on the West in the pass catching drills were Texas commitment Limas Sweed and Arkansas standout Bret Smith. Smith looked extremely athletic showing his vertical leaping ability, while Sweed showcased a soft pair of hands.
In the passing competition, West quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Johnny DuRocher looked solid by nailing tiny targets in a screen about 15 yards away.
Wright, who is heading to Miami, looks eerily like Ken Dorsey. And DuRocher, an Oregon commitment, was a little thin but had an impressively strong arm.
THE EYEBALL TEST
If looks could kill, then Ohio defensive back Prescott Burgess would be deadly.
The Rivals100 selection looked all of 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, plus he has the frame that could make him an outstanding safety prospect or even allow him to grow to a solid looking outside linebacker prospect.
On the West side, film didn't do Cory Clark of Smithson Valley, Texas, justice. The Colorado commitment simply was one of the best looking and well put together prospects on hand Saturday.
Also looking deadly was Baltimore Gilman defensive lineman Victor Abiamiri. Abiamiri was solid as a rock and was extremely chiseled.
Speaking of Burgess, the standout defender said he was still thinking about announcing his decision between Ohio State and Michigan at halftime of the game.
"I'm pretty sure, but not 100 percent sure," Burgess said.
So will the Buckeyes' big win in the national championship game have an effect on his decision?
After pausing for a few seconds, Burgess replied with a sly smile.
"You'll see," he said.
SMU commitment Richuel Massey (right) has been a solid commitment to the Ponies for quite some time, but that's not the case anymore.
"I'm going to visit Texas next weekend," Massey, the three-star running back, said.
"If they offer me, then I'm going to have to do some thinking. I'm still committed to SMU, but I'm going to visit Texas and see what it's like and see what they have to offer."
Jorrie Adams of Jasper, Texas, has been the single most difficult prospect to reach in the state of Texas this recruiting season. So Rivals100 hoped talking to him in person on Saturday might help give a better glimpse of what he was thinking.
It didn't help.
Adams was about as elusive as a running back when asked about his status. All the Adams would confirm is that he's been to Texas A&M on an official visit.
After that, it he was mum on the subject.
Adams didn't answer a single question about what schools he was looking at or ones that he might visit.
Word was that he was going to take official visits to LSU and Oklahoma in early January, but when asked about it Adams didn't answer.
"Maybe," he said. "I don't know."