O-D Bowl: Day Three West Practice Notes

Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 31, 2008

The buzz around the practice today at the Offense-Defense Bowl was that former NFL great Jerry Rice stopped by practice to check out his son and the rest of the West squad. Whether it was his presence that motivated the kids or not, several players turned in outstanding performances, including Jerry Jr.

Jerry Rice Jr. was the star of the morning session. With his father watching and players from the East talking a lot of trash in his direction as a result, Rice turned in his finest performance of the three days. During one on ones, he made several tough catches, including an underthrown deep ball which he adjusted to and caught along the sidelines.

Chad Bumphis stood out again, which has been the norm over the course of this week. However, one receiver we haven’t mentioned much that had a great day was Blaine Ruiz. He caught almost everything thrown his way today and looked really natural catching the ball in drills. He isn’t super big or super fast, but runs nice routes and has great hands. Shawn Lynch had a nice day as well, although he didn’t make some of the “wow” plays the other receivers did.

The defensive backs also stepped up their game. Roland Pierce had his best session of the week, breaking up a couple passes. John Therrell, who is going to be a safety in college, fared well in one on ones and picked off two passes. On one, he was in great position, outboxed the receiver and went up for the ball at its highest point. Anthony Sanders made some nice plays, but also was beaten a couple times to the inside.

Fritz Rock is improving as a defensive back. He made a nice break on one pass, but allowed a bullet of a pass by Chris Garrett to get by him. He is big and I could see him as a strong safety or weakside linebacker, but there are a number of schools still recruiting him for wide receiver. The best defensive back of the session was Prinz Kande. He had tight coverage on every rep he took and broke up several passes.

On the quarterbacking front, Raymond Cotton was icing his elbow quite a bit and as a result, spent a lot of the morning handing off. Jordan Luallen again was high on a number of his passes over the middle, but threw the out well today. Garrett, for the second straight day, looked really strong. He has the arm strength to get the ball into tighter coverage.

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