Top performers from the East team at Wednesday’s practice

SAN ANTONIO — 247Sports runs down top performers from the East squad during Wednesday’s practice, a two-session event that saw a lot of installation and special teams work in the morning before a lively joint afternoon practice vs. the West at the Alamodome. A team of 247Sports national recruiting and scouting analysts provided live coverage and the following breakdown of Wednesday’s top East Team performers.

ALPHA DOG: Jordan HallDL, Jacksonville (Fla.) Westside, Georgia signee

The 6-foot-3, 317-pounder measured with one of the top arm-length figures (35 1/2) during Monday’s check-in and has put that physical superiority to good use for two consecutive days. Hall dominated 1-on-1s, flashing dominant bull-rush power that rooted out even the most leverage-oriented, heavily-anchored interior offensive linemen at the event. Hall’s physical traits and functional athleticism make him an elite D-line prospect with NFL early-round potential.

NEXT FIVE DEFENSE

Keon KeeleyEDGE, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep, Alabama signee: A day after earning top honors, Keeley was right there in the thick of the discussion again. He wins with athleticism, strength, technique, you name it. Keeley was a menace in 1-on-1s during Wednesday afternoon’s joint practice, as well as during team action.

— Caleb Downs, S, Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek, Alabama signee: Hyper-aware with keen alertness, Downs plays from the back of the defense like an air traffic controller. He was making subtle pre-snap adjustments to his DB mates’ alignments during morning practice, then running step-for-step at times with receivers in the afternoon. He’s perhaps the best pure football player in the 2023 class and has an NFL pedigree that likely helps his feel for the game.

— Makari Vickers, S, Quincy (Fla.) Robert F. Munroe School, Oklahoma signee: Vickers looks like the type of defensive back who could move around the secondary, based on what we have seen this week. He was manning up on the outside with receivers as a true corner at times Wednesday and holding his own. He’s a stout, well-built defender who can run and tackle. Oklahoma got a really good one in Vickers.

— Whit Weeks, LB, Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County, LSU signee: Weeks played well in space for the second day in a row. He looks like a modern off-ball linebacker in his play style and functional athleticism, which not only allows him to patrol a wide run-game pursuit range, but competently track downfield if asked to match up with a back or tight end.

— Kayin Lee, CB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove, Auburn signee: two consecutive days Lee has repeatedly grabbed our attention. He’s a physical cover man who is plenty comfortable with mixing it up at the line of scrimmage with opposing receivers. He’s been disruptive at the catch point and got his paws on some throws.

TOP FIVE OFFENSE

Dante Moore, QB, Detroit Kings, UCLA signee: Moore separated himself from the rest of the quarterback field Wednesday with timing, accuracy, ball placement, and velocity. He punctuated his performance with a late-afternoon touchdown throw to Brandon Innis that saw Moore roll on the run to his right and loft a perfect ball toward the back pylon for an easy Inniss grab as the elite wideout separated from a defender. Moore got the ball out quickly, made good throws to multiple levels, and looked in command. He lived up to the hype in Wednesday’s practice.

Brandon Inniss, WR, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, Ohio State signee: Inniss accelerates after catches as fast as suddenly as any receiver through the first two days of practice. Inniss plays with a bully mentality and catches just about everything in his neighborhood. He’s an exceptionally high-floor player who also provides long-term potential.

Samson Okunlola, OT, Brockton (Mass.) Thayer Academy, Miami signee: similar to West’s Kadyn Proctor, Okunlola looks like a potential ready-to-play option once he arrives on campus. He’s a punchy assailant at the point of attack with an anvil-dropping sit-down ability to stone pass rushers in 1-on-1 reps. His huge base and long arms make him a high-ceiling pass protector.

Aidan Chiles, QB, Downey (Calif.), Oregon State signee: Chiles recovered from an early INT — a diving effort by Notre Dame-bound speedster Micah Bell — Wednesday afternoon to assemble a terrific performance. The big-framed passer looked more and more natural as the afternoon progressed, putting the ball in spots that gave only his receiver the chance to snag it. He capped his day with a perfectly executed red-zone read-option run for an easy jog into the end zone. His developmental upside is through the roof.

Jalen Brown, WR, Miami Gulliver Prep, LSU signee: Brown has long been known for his top-end speed, which derives from excellent track context. But Brown showed some position-specific nuance Tuesday, when he nabbed a couple of the better deep-ball snags of the day, while also taking a short target up an alley for a chunk play. Brown recovered from a drop or two to put together a great day.

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— Jaedn Skeete, WR, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial, Boston College signee: in strong contention for top offensive performers, Skeete definitely cemented a spot among the most consistent players during Wednesday afternoon’s joint session. He caught pass after pass as a reliable target to Chiles and Moore, exhibiting hands-catching acumen, sudden breaks on comebacks, and upfield juice after the catch.

— Jonas Duclona, ​​CB, Naples (Fla.), Wisconsin signee: Duclona had one of the afternoon’s better breakups on a 40-plus-yard deep ball to Cordale Russell that ended with Duclona crowding the catch point and dislodging the throw in the end zone. Duclona has looked the part earlier this week and we look forward to seeing more of him the rest of the event.

— Monroe Freeling, OT, Mount Pleasant (SC) Oceanside Collegiate Academy, Georgia signee: the 6-foot-6+, 294-pounder started the week with top honors on the “All-Lobby Team.” He supported that Wednesday with wins on a majority of his 1-on-1 reps and consistency in team action. He’s gonna get to Athens ahead of the curve as a pass protector with immense frame potential to become a run-game difference maker.

— Carnell Tate, WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, Ohio State signee: one of the most natural pass catchers in the country, Tate looked the part again Wednesday. His skill concentration on downfield targets and body control along the boundary and in traffic separates him as a truly elite receiver.

— DJ Chester, OT, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian, LSU signee: tons of credit needs to go to Chester, who’s playing center for the East this week. We entered the event thinking Chester might ultimately finish with an IOL designation; his arm length can live outside and he’s played plenty of tackle, but the 335-pounder has looked right at home on the inside this week as one of the more consistent O-line performers among a strong group.

— Tyler Scott, CB, Mableton (Ga.) Pebblebrook, uncommitted: approaching 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Scott uses his size to crowd and frustrate receivers. But he’s more than just a big corner. Scott showed encouraging hip fluidity with short-area agility and athleticism to stay sticky.

— J’ven Williams, OT, Reading (Pa.) Wyomissing, Penn State signee: Williams has played a lot of guard this week and looked comfortable, which comes as no surprise considering the run-heavy scheme he’s accustomed to. But make no mistake, his length (34-inch arms) and frame potential combine with movement he flashes regardless of alignment to create an elite tackle prospect.

— Malik Hartford, S, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, Ohio State signee: similarly, another day, another strong performance from Hartford, whose long-levered build and functional athleticism create one of the most impressive territory-devouring back-end defenders in attendance.

— Olsen Patt Henry, TE, Naples (Fla.) First Baptist Academy, Clemson signee: a true flex from the looks of his physical tools and athletic ability, Henry has assembled a couple of sneaky good days of practice. He plays like an outside receiver with personnel flexibility to line up in myriad scenarios.

— 247Sports’ Blair Angulo, Brandon Huffman, Cooper Petagna, and Steve Wiltfong contributed to this report.

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