Semper Fi: In the Trenches

Poona Ford

Scout.com national analysts discuss which prospects on the offensive or defensive line from their region they are most looking forward to see throughout the week at the Semper Fi Bowl...

By: Brandon Huffman- National Analyst, West
Bellevue (Wash.) four-star defensive tackle Marcus Griffin is a player who I've seen a lot of the past couple of years.  He was the standout at the Oregon NFTC, earning MVP honors, then had an up-and-down showing at The Opening.  But he bounced back with a terrific senior season, including a four-game stretch in the playoffs where he was as dominant as he's ever been, on both the offensive and defensive line.  Griffin will have another chance to show his mettle against top national offensive linemen.

By: Brian Dohn- National Analyst, East
I am eager to see Holland (Pa.) Council Rock offensive guard Eric Gallo, who is committed to Virginia Tech. He was lightly recruited, as were a few of the Hokies' offensive line commits in the 2014 class, and I want to see how his power and explosion relates to playing against strong competition. On the defensive side, I want to see how Montclair (N.J.) High defensive end and Nebraska commit Darius Slade matches up with high-level offensive tackles. Slade is athletic and long, but I have not seen him play against strong competition.

By: Chad Simmons- National Analyst, Southeast
Poona Ford is a defensive tackle out of Hilton Head, S.C. and he dominated the NIKE Football Training Camp in Orlando last year. He wore out the competition and he had a big senior season as well. He is right around six feet tall, so he does not have the measurables all look for at his position, but he is very strong, he plays with leverage, and I am interested to see how he performs on this big stage against national prospects.

By: Greg Biggins- National Analyst, West
Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby is the No. 2 rated tackle out west but the competition in this game will be a major step up for him. The lineman looks very good on film, has excellent mobility and might be the most athletic lineman in the region. He'll be a great fit in Oregon's up tempo offense and if he shows enough physicality, he could be an early impact player in college.

By: Greg Powers- National Analyst, Midlands
Staying with a Texas A&M theme for the Semper Fi Bowl, defensive tackle DeShawn Washington is a player who I am very interested to see perform against top competition. I got the chance to see him in a camp setting, but have not got the chance to see him with the pads on in a live game. Washington is a quiet character, but on tape he is fierce and quick.

By: Jamie Newberg- National Analyst, Southeast
Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C.) was one of the top defensive line prospects I saw all spring during the camp/combine season. He's undersized at 6-foot-0 or so, but he plays with tremendous leverage and strength. He gets of the ball well and can move. I want to see what he can do against this type of competition. This kid may lack ideal size but he's a bonafide player. Ford is committed to Louisville.

By: Scott Kennedy- Director of Scouting
Defensive tackle Poona Ford is undersized by a lot of standards, but he's certainly big enough at 6'0/280. No one could block the Louisville commitment when he was at the Nike Camp, and I have a feeling no one is going to be able to handle him at Semper Fi either.

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