What we learned from Under Armour All-America practice Tuesday in Orlando:
1. Telling these players to take it easy on their own teammates is like driving a Maserati in first.
Black team safety Holland Fisher of Manchester (Midlothian, Va.), who said he plans to sign with Virginia Tech, woke up the practice with a full-speed stop on Norcross, Ga., running back Alvin Kamara, who also plays for the Black team.
"It was just instinct, being able to read it and make a play," Fisher said. "I had the perfect opportunity to come down and make a big play."
"He told me he wasn't going to let me run past him," Kamara said. "If I was on defense, I wouldn't let anybody run past me either. I went up to him and said, 'I'm going to run you over next time.'
After that, the intensity picked up as Keanu Neal of South Sumter (Bushnell, Fla.) got in a few solid shots as well.
"I'd like to hit guys, but they told us we couldn't really hit our own teammates," Neal said. "But some guys did it anyway and they didn't have a problem with it. So, I'm thinking, 'I guess we can hit now.' "
2. Under Armour players, accustomed to getting by alone on talent, find the speed and strength of their fellow players takes some getting used to.
"The kids who are here are the best in the country," said Gilman (Baltimore) defensive tackle Henry Poggi. "My technique is still really good and that shows that technique works all the time. But when I get sloppy, and I could get away with it in high school because guys were smaller than me, I can't get away with it here."
Kelvin Taylor set records playing for Class 2A Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.), but knows he's playing against college level players this week.
"They're quicker, they're faster, they're stronger," Taylor said. "You can't have no plays off. … Everything I did in high school is still working for me. You have to hit the hole, make them miss, but you can't hesitate at all."
"We're all adjusting to the speed, because I don't think anyone here is used to playing with this many Division I kids on the field," said Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy quarterback Christian Hackenberg. "It's basically playing a college football game. You play a little more conservative because everyone is moving at such a faster pace."