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Semper Fi West Day One: Stock Report

Recruiting wrap: Owens committed to UCLA in the spring and, despite officially visiting Nebraska during the season, solidified that pledge to the Bruins in an in-home meeting with head coach Jim Mora before the dead period.
Performance: The biggest knock on Owens the last year has been a set of inconsistent hands, but he was probably the most effective receiver Wednesday. The four-star prospect ran great routes, beating defensive backs underneath and over the top, and he also made a few plays near the sideline.
Amani Bledsoe
Lawrence, Kan.; No. 154 in Rivals250
Recruiting wrap: Bledsoe has a final five of Baylor, Kansas, N.C. State, Oklahoma and Oregon -- all of which he has officially visited. He told he intends to make a decision soon and doesn't want to wait until National Signing Day.
Performance: The four-star was maybe the most physically imposing linemen on the West team. He drew rave reviews for his work in the one-on-one battles and later made a handful of plays during the live period. Bledsoe has the size and savvy to contribute early at the next level.
Denzel Okafor
Lewisville, Texas; No. 243 in Rivals250
Recruiting wrap: Okafor committed to Texas in mid November and has set up his official visit there for next month.
Performance: The four-star lineman was solid throughout practice. He had perhaps the most impressive set of reps among the offensive linemen, beating his defender by staying in front and moving his feet very well. During the live period, Okafor moved laterally to open running lanes.
Shurod Thompson
Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty; No. 147 in Rivals250
Recruiting wrap: Thompson committed to Oregon State during the season but, given the departure of defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake to BYU, told earlier this week he would take an official visit to Utah next month.
Performance: If you couldn't see the four-star safety, you could certainly hear him. Thompson was tremendous in pass coverage but also a nuisance on shorter routes and in run support. On one play, the Oregon State commit read a slat route perfectly and knocked away what would have been a completion. His awareness and leadership skills were impressive.
Marcel Southall
Duncanville, Texas; No. 42 defensive tackle
Recruiting wrap: Southall already visited Oklahoma and intends to make three more stops before arriving at a choice. He has lined up a visit with Oklahoma State for the Jan. 15 weekend, and also has his sights set on trips to Miami and Ole Miss.
Performance: It was easy to see why several programs are still in hot pursuit of the three-star tackle. Southall was the pillar on the interior for the West defense during the 11-on-11 portion, often occupying two blockers inside and allowing the ends to get into the backfield. He won most of his one-on-one reps, too.
Troy Warner
San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills; No. 23 cornerback
Recruiting wrap: Following a coaching change and a final official trip to USC, Warner re-affirmed his commitment to BYU, where he is set to begin classes next week.
Performance: Whether it was run support near the line of scrimmage or single coverage on the edge, the four-star corner did it all. Warner did not back down from challenges and showed an ability to stay with receivers down field and reach for the ball. He had an interception near the goal line where he went up to beat several others for possession.
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Tyler Brown
Lexington, Okla.; No. 39 offensive guard
Recruiting wrap: Brown is committed to Oklahoma State.
Performance: The three-star had a rough day against several defensive tackles as they easily bumped him off to get around him. Brown moved fine but seemed to lack the punch to knock defenders back off the snap.
Zach Smith
Grandview, Texas; No. 11 pro-style quarterback
Recruiting wrap: Smith is committed to Baylor.
Performance: The arm strength is definitely there for the four-star prospect, but he lacked touch on some throws Wednesday. Smith overthrew several targets as he tried to zip every pass into tight spaces. His footwork was fine and so was his pocket awareness, but Smith had an inconsistent practice as a passer, which certainly happens in the all-star setting where rhythm with new teammates has yet to be established.
Logan Bathke
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran; No. 64 offensive tackle
Recruiting wrap: Bathke is committed to Oregon and won't take any other visits.
Performance: The one-on-one portion of practice was a rough one for Bathke, who was beat both off the edge with speed and beat inside with power. He has a frame that should translate well at the next level but he could need some time to develop more technique.
Blair Angulo
West Recruiting Analyst
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