Army Bowl West: Thursday stock report
SAN ANTONIO -- The West squad took the field at Comalander Stadium in the Blossom Athletic Center for the third day of practice. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is just a few days away, and the West worked in full pads during the two-hour session. Plays were made by several, and now it is time to see whose stock did what.
1. ATH Jack Jones, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Recruiting wrap: Jones is down to a final five of Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC, with the Trojans considered the frontrunners.
Performance: The four-star is making a case for best cornerback in the event, proving to be a difficult challenge for any receiver that lines up against him. Jones had an interception during the live portion of practice, reading the quarterback and jumping a slant route to beat the receiver for the ball. On the very next play, the speedster sent another message by knocking away a pass down field.
2. LB Curtis Robinson, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Recruiting wrap: Robinson is committed to Stanford.
Performance: With the West offense still working on its timing and rhythm, the five-star linebacker was a menace on the outside. Robinson disrupted a number of plays by bursting into the backfield and getting to the quarterback with his speed and relentless pursuit. He reads plays incredibly well and that allows him to attack with aggression.
3. TE Devin Asiasi, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Recruiting wrap: Asiasi visited UCLA before the dead period and has trips to Washington (Jan. 15), Alabama (Jan. 22) and USC (Jan. 29) remaining before National Signing Day.
Performance: The massive prospect is one of the biggest players on the roster yet he moves remarkably well down field and through his routes. Asiasi has been a favorite for the West quarterbacks throughout the week and that continued Thursday, especially in the red zone. He had a couple nice grabs near the goal line where he could use his size to beat defenders.
4. QB Shea Patterson, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Recruiting Wrap: Patterson will enroll early at Ole Miss
Performance: There has not been a more consistent quarterback throughout the week for the West. He continues to deliver the most catchable, well-placed ball, and it doesn't matter whether he is on the run or set in the pocket. His footwork and quick release are going to make him trouble for the East on gameday.
5. WR Tyler Vaughns, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Recruiting wrap: Vaughns is committed to USC but is considering an official visit to Alabama as well.
Performance: Another prospect that has been pushing for five-star status, Vaughns had an impressive showing against a tough secondary. He gains separation with ease and is a threat on underneath routes as well as over the top. The future Trojan glides through space and showed a great feel for how to offset coverages.
6. LB Erick Fowler, Manor (Texas)
Recruiting Wrap: Fowler is committed to LSU, but he will visit Texas in January. Oklahoma, Oregon and TCU also remain in the mix.
Performance: Fowler worked at defensive end and linebacker on Thursday and brought the heat off the edge. During OL/DL drills he showed his quick first step and the ability to work inside as well as out. During team he brought more pressure off the edge and he moved very well in space.
7. LB Caleb Kelly, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Recruiting wrap: Kelly is down to a final three of Oregon, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
Performance: On one play Thursday, the five-star linebacker blitzed from the right side and blew past an offensive tackle to get to the quarterback. He also had a big interception that would have gone for a touchdown if it had been a real game. Kelly was very solid in coverage but also showed a knack for getting to the football.
8. CB David Long, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Recruiting wrap: Long has an upcoming official visit to Washington for the weekend of Jan. 15, and the Huskies are considered to be a leader for his signature. Michigan and Notre Dame are also in the conversation.
Performance: The four-star corner stayed with receivers throughout practice. He has great footwork and that allows him to keep up through breaks in routes and seems to always be a step ahead. Long made a nice read on an out route to knock away a pass and also forced a turnover by stripping a receiver down field.
9. WR Donnie Corley, Detroit (Mich) Martin Luther King
Recruiting Wrap: Michigan State was Corley’s early leader, but Michigan, Ohio State, and Tennessee are right there. He plans to announce at the Army Bowl.
Performance: Thursday was another strong day for Corley. His brightest highlight was a one handed catch which he made while adjusting to a ball thrown over the wrong shoulder. He was able to consistently get downfield, and create separation with solid routes.
10. OL Michael Onwenu, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Recruiting Wrap: Onwenu is committed to Michigan
Performance: The big guard put in a solid day’s work on Thursday. His strong initial punch knocked more than a few defensive linemen off track and he was able to anchor down and stand up Jordan Elliott on one particular rep.
1. QB K.J. Costello, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic
Recruiting wrap: Costello is committed to Stanford.
Performance: It’s been a rough couple days for the four-star quarterback after suffering a hand injury when he hit a helmet on a follow through in the first practice. Costello was far too inconsistent Thursday, missing open receivers down field, overthrowing others near the red zone and misfiring on other routes. A lot of it is timing, but his throwing motion appears longer than usual, too.
2. OL Frank Martin, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Recruiting wrap: Martin might visit Arizona State before National Signing Day, but he seems firmly committed to USC.
Performance: Quicker defensive ends gave Martin a lot of trouble, particularly because his feet were too slow to react. The USC commit has struggled all week to keep defenders in front of him and, when it’s a 1-on-1 battle, Martin appears to be in recovery mode from the start.
3. QB Brandon Peters, Avon (Ind.)
Recruiting Wrap: Peters is committed to Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.
Performance: Peters had a tough day finding his rhythm, and locating the football with consistency. He either floated the ball or skipped it, and his timing was off with his receivers throughout the Thursday practice. He was also picked off by Caleb Kelly during the team period.
4. DE Josh King, Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale South
Recruiting Wrap: King is committed to Michigan State
Performance: King has an impressive build, and a lot of length. However, he did not show the explosiveness he has shown over the past few days, and he was unable to generate the penetration into the backfield during inside drills.
5. S Chanse Sylvie, Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy
Recruiting Wrap: Sylvie is committed to Oklahoma
Performance: Thursday Sylvie got caught trying to peek into the backfield at the quarterback a few too many times. It cost him too and he got beat deep a few times as receivers caught his eyes drifting.