SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl practices kicked off on Wednesday morning in Southern California.
Jonathan Lockett proved to be a lockdown corner on Wednesday.
The West team worked out at Santa Ana Stadium with Cedar Hill, Texas, coach Joey McGuire serving as head coach of the team, fresh off of winning the Class 5A-Division II state championship.
As with all all-star games, a lot of the first day was spent working on installation and special teams. However, the West squad still got after it at times. The teams ran inside run drills, pass skeleton, seven-on-seven, lineman one-on-ones and full team drills at different times.
247Sports breaks down the top performers from Monday’s practice.
1. CB Jonathan Lockett – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei – The USC commit was in his own backyard and showed that he was more than comfortable working out in his hometown. Many of the defensive backs had very good days but it was Lockett who was the most outstanding. He drew rave reviews from the coaches as he was able to run downfield with the faster receivers as well as play physical at the line of scrimmage. He had a great interception in one-on-one drills where he blanketed the receiver, cut in front of him and took it to the house. It never made sense that USC did not offer him under the former staff and the Trojans will likely be glad they did with the new coaches.
2. DE Deondre Clark – Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass – The LSU commit was tough for the offensive linemen to block as he was so quick off the edge. Clark actually is pretty thick for a rush end so he doesn’t get pushed around against the run but, especially for his size, he has a very impressive first step. In both one-on-ones and inside run drills he was constantly getting pressure in the backfield. He easily blew up a zone read on one play.
3. OT Andrew Mike – Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino – The uncommitted offensive tackle has a great frame with plenty of room to grow. He is still very lean and can add some great muscle mass. He should be able to add that good weight without losing his athleticism and great footwork, which are his biggest strengths. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound four-star prospect was the only player to get the better of Clark on the day, winning two battles in a row. He needs to get stronger in the lower body to drive block better but he was outstanding in pass protection on Wednesday.
4. DT Zaycoven Henderson – Longview, Texas – The defensive tackle is not incredibly tall but is thick with a very strong lower body. The Texas commit plays with great leverage and was able to use it to get into the backfield both against the pass and the run. He also has a surprising quick burst when he needs it, showing he is not just a one-trick pony in using his strength. Henderson will enroll at Texas in just a few days and could make plenty of noise as a true freshman next year.
5. DB Nick Orr – DeSoto, Texas – The TCU commit will likely be an undersized safety for the Horned Frogs but he is spending this week at cornerback. Orr was very good in one-on-one drills, running downfield on a go route against Armanti Foreman for a pass breakup. Orr is known as a headhunter coming downhill against the run but he showed on Wednesday that he can play the pass just as well. He could end up seeing time this week and at TCU in a nickel role.
Zaycoven Henderson will enroll early at Texas.
6. OG D.J. Foster – Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast – The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Nebraska commit does not have ideal size by any means but he is able to almost always win his battles by being incredibly sound fundamentally and by moving his feet well. He was able to stonewall a couple of the stronger defensive tackles by getting a great punch and then chopping his feet.
Others who impressed: Carson (Calif.) St. John Bosco WR Shay Fields, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman OL Nick Gates, Bellevue (Wash.) DT Marcus Griffin, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne S Payton Hendrix, Jenks (Okla.) S Steven Parker
News and Notes:
-The West team was hit with a bit of an injury bug. Tight ends Carson Meier, an Oklahoma commit, and Matt Bushman, a BYU pledge, both came into the week with injuries and were not dressed out. Fellow tight end Logan Lister, a Rutgers early enrollee, dressed out on Wednesday but his week may be over after aggravating an injury suffered during the state championship game.
Texas A&M defensive end commit Qualen Cunningham is on crutches and in a cast after breaking a small bone near his foot. He suffered the injury late in the season but still played on it throughout the playoffs.
Miami quarterback commit Brad Kaaya missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness but should be good to go later in the week.
-Texas commit D'Onta Foreman was a first-team all-Greater Houston selection at running back but is playing a bit of an unfamiliar position this week in outside linebacker. Foreman played some defense this season but, when he did, it was as a defensive end. He says the Longhorns still plan to use him at running back.
-Oklahoma defensive back commit Marcus Green can play either cornerback or safety but is playing safety this week. He says that where he will likely play when he arrives in Norman as well.
-Virginia wide receiver commit Jeffery Farrar is playing defensive back this week. He looked comfortable there on Wednesday.
-Henderson and offensive guard Drew Clarkson had three very good battles in a row in the final reps of the one-on-one drills. It got heated between all the offensive and defensive linemen as the two went after it.
-After practice, a few of the players got into a very vocal but friendly argument about the strength of the conferences of the respective schools to which they were committed. Clark was the loudest of the bunch, declaring the SEC as the country’s superior conference but Henderson and Foster made their best cases for the Big 12 and Big Ten, respectively.