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Semper Fi: LSU commits stand out on Day 2

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Several college programs were represented well Thursday in the second practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Here are the schools that had the best showings in the three-hour session for the East at Fullerton College.

1. LSU Tigers

Caleb Roddy
Caleb Roddy

The Tigers were represented well on each side of the ball. On defense, three-star Caleb Roddy was arguably the most dominant lineman in practice, shedding blockers well to get into the backfield. He was disciplined against zone-read plays and disruptive inside, forcing backs out wide and quarterbacks to rush through their progressions. On offense, tight end Jamal Pettigrew was impressive and looked physically ready to contribute early at LSU. The three-star prospect made a few nice catches and had some good moments in the flat before turning up field.

2. Penn State Nittany Lions

Danny Dalton
Danny Dalton ()

Several future Nittany Lions made plays on Thursday. Defensive end Cameron Brown had a solid showing in run support and has a long frame that should translate well early at the next level. Danny Dalton has the look of the prototypical Big Ten tight end and, on one play, made a great catch after setting a block to start. Cornerback Zechariah McPhearson showed flashes of being dangerous on punt return duties and safety Andrew Pryts did well manning the middle of the field.

3. Clemson Tigers

Sean Pollard (No. 78)
Sean Pollard (No. 78) ()

Four-star wide receiver T.J. Chase had the best catch of the day, hauling in a touchdown on a deep route down the sideline. After lulling defenders to sleep with comeback and curl routes, he finally let loose and made a tremendous play on the ball going up for it in the end zone. Offensive lineman Sean Pollard also shined at offensive guard, particularly as a run blocker opening up lanes.

4. Michigan Wolverines

Brad Hawkins Jr.
Brad Hawkins Jr. ()

Brad Hawkins Jr. created buzz in the first day of practice, having perhaps the most consistent performance of the group, and he followed that up with another good showing Thursday. The four-star receiver showed a feel for soft spots in coverage and appeared comfortable working near the sideline in tight coverage. The Wolverines also had a representative on the defensive side, with Ron Johnson Jr. looking like one of the more physical defensive ends on the roster and earning praise from the coaching staff for his relentless pursuit.

West Virginia Mountaineers

Jake Long
Jake Long ()

Running back Martell Pettaway made the most of his opportunities, showing his abilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He displayed a good burst turning the corner up field. Cornerback Jake Long stayed with receivers through their routes and didn’t get beat over the top.