East: Morning Standouts
Penn State commitment DaQuan Jones is turning heads with his powerful and aggressive play. The coaches are working him hard on some technical points, but he plays hard and has made an impression.
“I still think DaQuan is best interior linemen here,” Scout.com director of scouting Scott Kennedy said. “In 1-1’s, only player that had success against him was Trammel Williams.”
Several other players on the East have impressed Kennedy this week.
“I think the best overall athlete on field is between T.J. Stripling and Darius Robinson. Desmond Brown has been making a fairly seamless transition to safety after playing corner much of the year. Brown’s head coach at Cherokee County played him at corner this year to reign in some of his aggressiveness.”
Out of the offensive linemen, Kevin Schloemer again had a nice day. He needs to get stronger, but is solid in pass protection. Austin Shepherd had the best morning, winning the majority of his reps during one on ones. The coaches are working with him on technique, particularly drive blocking, but he was outstanding.
LSU commitment Cam Fordham, who has been playing tight end, is seeing extensive action at fullback and has been the East’s best inside runner.
The secondary on the East has been good. Bashaud Breeland had a good day yet again and Tony Grimes had a nice afternoon as well, breaking up several passes.
East Injury Notes: Skyler Schofner and Caleb Farris both sat own this morning with the stomach flu. Shawn Green had a knee injury but walked off under his own power. David Beasley, one of yesterday’s standouts, missed several reps complaining of severe headache.
East Recruiting Notes: Denzel McCoy said that Tennessee, Notre Dame and Auburn were still trying to get him to come in for a visit, but he doesn’t want to risk his opportunity with Georgia Tech so he’s not visiting anyone. He says he did not even ask Yellowjackets head coach Paul Johnson about the visits, deciding to decline on his own.
Other East Notes: Ted Meline was working as the 1st team punt returner. B.J. Bostic was working at gunner.
West: Morning Notes - by Brian Dohn
The bumps and strains of a second day of practice at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl left both sides short-handed for a bit, but also gave more opportunity for players to stand out.
West running back and Oklahoma commit Brennan Clay looked sensational in the morning with quickness through the hole and speed once he gets into the secondary. His most impressive play was a 30-yard touchdown run through the left side of the line.
On a cold and windy day, the West quarterbacks continued to shake off the rust of not much practice the last few weeks and timing was an issue, although Texas commit Casey McCoy finished with some consistency and a few well-thrown balls.
During one-on-one bump-and-run drills, the West defensive backs got the better of the play, but a pair of Oklahoma commits in receivers Joseph Powell and Kenny Stills both were able to get loose. However, throws from quarterbacks Pete Thomas (Colorado State commit) and Terrance Broadway (Houston commit) were usually well off the mark as the receivers and quarterbacks work on their timing, and depth of routes.
Another Oklahoma commit making his presence felt was defensive tackle Torrea Peterson, who was disruptive in running drills. Frankly, the offensive linemen had trouble blocking him on plays to the right side of the formation.
The West likely will be down a running back after uncommitted Derek Cole suffered what appeared to be a concussion.
West receiver and UCLA commit Paul Richardson caught the ire of the coaching staff on numerous occasions for not running routes hard enough.
USC commit and defensive back Dion Bailey displayed nice footwork and closing speed in drills.
Additional East Notes: Tight end Alex Smith practiced today after sitting out yesterday. Cornerbacks Mylan Hicks and Shaquille Richardson had nice reps in 1-1s. Both drew praise from the coaching staff. Brennan Clay is working as the first team punt returner. Justin Parker, an uncommitted linebacker scheduled to take visits to Clemson, LSU, and Georgia Tech later this month, worked out in a South Carolina Gamecocks undershirt yesterday and Gamecock sweatpants today. Rumors continue to circulate around him possibly committing this weekend at the game. Chris Smith rolled his ankle this morning in practice and sat out the end of the morning session and will sit out of the afternoon session for precautionary reasons as well.
Youth All-Star Has Familiar Last Name
The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl is preceded this Saturday, by several youth games featuring the top youngsters from across the country, spanning ages 7-14.
Quarterbacking one of the East squads on the 12 year old group will be Casey Vick, a lefty quarterback from Newport News, Virginia. He is the nephew of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.