Army Bowl West: Monday stock report
SAN ANTONIO -- All of the hype leading into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl took a back seat on Monday when the players finally took the field for the first practice of the week. Some players proved they were worth the hype while some others could have played better.
This list is not guaranteed to affect future changes in rankings. It only reflects one day of practice.
1. ATH Jack Jones, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Recruiting Wrap: Jones has a top five of Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. The Trojans may be emerging as the leader here.
Performance: The No. 3-ranked athlete prospect in the Rivals100, Jones lined up exclusively at cornerback Monday and was the most impactful player on the field. The 5-foot-10, 163-pounder could not be beat deep and he anticipated routes extremely well. He picked off a pass in 7-on-7 play and got his hands on at least four other passes. He was in perfect position throughout the day and always around the football.
2. WR Javon McKinley, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Recruiting Wrap: McKinely will announce his choice of Notre Dame, Oregon or Washington on Saturday.
Performance: McKinley was clearly the standout of the West wide receivers on Monday. He does not have the most dynamic downfield speed, but he is very explosive in the short and intermediate routes. And, while most of the receivers were struggling adjusting to the velocity of the quarterbacks, McKinley caught everything all day long and showed a wide catch radius.
3. DT Jordan Elliott, Houston (Texas) Westside
Recruiting Wrap: Elliott is committed to Michigan
Performance: From the beginning of the day, Elliott caught everyone's attention. His first step caused problems for interior linemen throughout the day. He was ready to play today and blew up play after play during team and inside drills. His lower body strength and quickness definitely stood out.
4. QB Shea Patterson, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Recruiting Wrap: Patterson is committed to Ole Miss and set to enroll there this month.
Performance: The quarterbacks on the West are definitely a strength of the team, and Patterson was the top dog on Day 1. The No. 3-ranked player in the Rivals100 is not big for the position at 6-foot-2 and 193 pounds, but he absolutely rifles the football. Patterson was also the most accurate of the three quarterbacks on the day, with his only errant passes coming when he rushed his motion and sailed a few high.
5. OL Landon Young, Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette
Recruiting Wrap: Young is committed to Kentucky
Performance: There may not be a better looking prospect on either team. He has a huge frame and has room to add some positive weight. During drills he was light on his feet, showed a very strong punch, and played with strong technique. He was able to handle the speed and power the best of all the West linemen on Day 1.
6. OL Tramonda Moore, Oklahoma City (Okla.) John Marshall
Recruiting Wrap: Oklahoma leads the way for Moore, with Oklahoma State and Alabama rounding out his top three.
Performance: There was not a more devastating blocker on the day. He finishes very strong and he handled prospects of all shapes and sizes. His block on Elliott to end the morning session was a work of art. He may be raw, but he has some great physical tools. He moves exceptionally well and he is explosive at the point of attack.
7. LB Caleb Kelly, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Recruiting Wrap: Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon are the top three for Kelly, who is expected to make a National Signing Day decision.
Performance: The West practices were non-contact on Day 1, so linebackers did not get much of a chance to stand out. Kelly, however, took advantages of the few chances he did get to make his presence felt. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound outside linebacker was always around the football in both pass coverage and run defense. Kelly takes great angles and got good depth in his drops.
8. DE Mark Jackson, Cibolo (Texas) Steele
Recruiting Wrap: Jackson is committed to Texas A&M, but he plans to visit Texas and Oklahoma this month.
Performance: Jackson is known for his quickness off the edge and he made his presence felt throughout the first day of practice. He was a terror for opposing tackles and he was able to put consistent pressure in the offensive backfield.
9. OL Drake Jackson, Versailles (Ky.) Woodford County
Recruiting Wrap: Jackson is committed to Kentucky
Performance: Quickness, intelligence, and strong technique are what Jackson is known for and he definitely made his presence felt. He may not be the biggest, but he is a bulldog at center and he is a relentless blocker.
10. WR Tren’Davian Dickson, Navasota (Texas)
Recruiting Wrap: Dickson committed to Baylor in November.
Performance: It was a quiet start to the day for Dickson, but he came on late in the day in 7-on-7 play. The West quarterbacks have plenty of arm strength to get the ball to the boundaries, and Dickson looks like a favorite target early in the week. He was sharp in his routes and was consistent with his hands on a day that several of his fellow wide receivers were struggling with drops.
1. DT Garrett Rand, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Recruiting Wrap: Rand committed to Wisconsin during his senior season.
Performance: Overall the West defensive line does not have great size, but Rand is still noticeably smaller than the rest of the group. The lack of size also translated into a lack of strength for the 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle. He was being pushed around by the interior of the offensive line and his athleticism was just okay for the position.
2. OL Frank Martin, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Recruiting Wrap: Martin is committed to USC
Performance: Martin has great size and a strong initial punch, but his footwork was slow and he had a hard time with quicker defensive ends throughout the first day of West practice. He was a step slow for much of the day as ends put pressure in the backfield.
3. WR Dylan Crawford, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic
Recruiting Wrap: Crawford is set to announce his commitment during Saturday’s telecast between Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Michigan, Miami and Georgia.
Performance: Physically the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Crawford was one of the most impressive looking wide receivers on the West. He has an easy, fluid stride and gets in and out of his breaks well. The issue Monday was Crawford fighting the football. Even easy passes with no defensive backs in the vicinity were being dropped, and priority No. 1 for a wide receiver is catching the football.
4. OL John Raridon, West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley
Recruiting Wrap: Raridon is a solid commitment to the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Performance: Raridon’s size was the one thing that really stood out. He was a bit on the small side and had some trouble with some of the bigger, more powerful defensive linemen. He did play with some good technique but the power moves were able to get the best of him.
5. WR Simi Fehoko, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Recruiting Wrap: Fehoko has been committed to Stanford since July.
Performance: Early on most of the wide receivers had issues with drops due to the velocity that the quarterbacks were throwing, but most adjusted throughout the day. Fehoko was not any worse than the group early, but did not adjust as well as the others as the day went on. The 6-foot-2, 178-pound pass catcher needs to add weight to his frame and develop his explosiveness to be effective on the outside.