SAN ANTONIO -- While QB Jonathan Crompton and TB Toney Baker never got into the groove of the East offense, LB Derek Nicholson was one of the dominating players on the defensive side of the ball.
In a 35-3 spanking at the hands of the West All-Stars, Nicholson of Winston-Salem Mount Tabor recorded 9 total tackles including two for a loss. The Scout.com four-star recruit also hurried the quarterback twice, and recovered two squib kicks on special teams.
Despite starting the game, Baker of Jamestown Ragsdale was reduced to blocking duties for most of the All-American Bowl. He rushed only once for no yards. The Scout.com five-star recruit did have the lime light late in the fourth quarter when he announced his pledge to N.C. State.
Crompton, on the other hand, received a solid amount of reps, but the defensive pressure of the West and the constant shuffling of quarterbacks by the East coaches, never allowed the four-star Tennessee verbal to get into the flow of the game.
Crompton’s first snap was sent almost 15 yards behind him giving a good indication of how the day would go for the gunslinger. Only connecting on two screen passes, Crompton ended the day by completing 2-of-5 passes for -9 yards. He did rush four times for 16 yards.
Baker and Crompton now shift their focus to their future schools, while Nicholson concentrates on the remainder of his recruitment. Nicholson heads to Florida State this weekend and Miami the following weekend for official visits.