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Semper Fidelis Bowl wrap-up

CARSON, Calif. – The East won the second annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in dramatic fashion on Friday night to the tune of 17-14. Captained by Missouri quarterback commit Eddie Printz, the East drove 90 yards in 12 plays to find the end zone with six seconds left on the clock.

Ryan Switzer caught one pass on Friday night and it was the game-winning touchdown from Eddie Printz.

We take a look at the game’s top ten performers as well as some other news and notes from the night at the Home Depot Center in southern California.

Top peformers

1. Matt Alviti, QB, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South (Northwestern commit)
Rarely do you see as efficient of a performance from a quarterback in an All-American Game setting as the one Alviti put forward. He showed poise and improvisational skill and made some outstanding throws and runs. He finished with 10 of 12 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort.

2. Eddie Printz, QB, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter (Missouri commit)
Printz put together the game winning drive and threw the game-winning touchdown with six seconds remaining but that’s not the only reason he’s on this list. His 3 of 7 passing numbers are very misleading with several drops included in the tally and he made some of the best throws of the night, including a big completion to Latevius Rayford to set up the game-winning score.

3. Austin Hooper, DE, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
For much of the first half, Hooper was almost single-handedly throwing the East offense completely out of sync. His power off of the edge, and athleticism to re-trace and make plays downfield made him a nightmare assignment for the East offensive tackles. Oregon, Stanford and Cal are the favorites in Hooper’s recruitment.

4. Rami Hammad, OL, Irving (Texas) High School (Baylor commit)
A big reason why there are two West quarterbacks on this list is because the West had plenty of clean pockets to throw from and Hammad was a big reason why. He was outstanding all week long and closed things off with an elite performance in the game.

5. Jermaine Grace, LB, Hollywood (Fla.) Miramar
Grace is undersized but his nose for the ball is as big as they come. He led the East with eight tackles, including one sack and another tackle for loss. The guy just knows where the ball is going to be at all times. Miami is the current leader in his recruitment.

6. Devon Allen, WR, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
With six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, Allen was the most productive receiver in Friday’s game. His elite track speed allows him to eat up cushion and keep defensive backs on their heels and he was consistently open in the game setting. UCLA is the team to beat for Allen but a January Stanford visit looms large.

Elijah Qualls continued his dominating week with a few offensive highlights on Friday night.

7. Elijah Qualls, DT/ATH, Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande (Washington commit)
Qualls was probably the most consistently dominant defensive lineman all week and he kept that pace steady with a sack in Friday’s game. The 275-pounder also added a catch on a nine yard screen pass in which he flattened East safety Jeremy Cutrer.

8. Alex Collins, RB, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation
Collins was visibly upset following the East win and it’s hard to blame him. The nation’s No. 1 running back only got three carries but in those three opportunities, he actually was able to lead all rushers in the game with 25 yards. We saw Trent Richardson put up modest numbers in the Under Armour All-American Game as a senior but when he touched the ball, you knew he was special. Collins projected that same kind of vibe.

9. Nadir Barnwell, CB, Piscataway (N.J.) High School (Rutgers commit)
Barnwell is a sturdy, strong cornerback that will be able to support the run nicely on the next level but he has all kinds of athleticism to boot. The Rutgers commit had four solo tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups from his cornerback position.

10. Anu Solomon, QB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman (Arizona commit)
Solomon has the look of a gamer. When he was behind center, he just displayed a poise and comfort level throwing inside and outside of the pocket and using his feet effectively when necessary. He was an efficient 6 of 9 passing for 50 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 10 yards.

Commit recap

- In the first quarter, four-star running back David Williams announced his commitment to South Carolina. The Philadelphia native chose the Gamecocks over the likes of Arizona State, Penn State and Miami. His commitment helped push South Carolina up to No. 16 in the team recruiting rankings.

- The second commitment of the night came from Thomas Duarte out of Santa Anna (Calif.) Mater Dei. The versatile flex tight end committed to UCLA over his other three finalists of Oregon, Washington and Notre Dame. With his commitment, UCLA currently sits at No. 17 in the team recruiting rankings.

- The final commit of the night came out of John Ross, a wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan. Though Ross chose Washington, he still is considering an official visit in January to Arkansas or Arizona State. Washington’s 2013 class currently sits at No. 14 I the country and No. 2 in the Pac-12.

Game notes

- The strength of the West offensive line proved key in the win on Friday night. It limited the East to three sacks and gave its quarterbacks good protection at key moments during the game. Brayden Kearsley, Dane Crane, Sean Harlow, Sean Dowling and Kenny Lacy were among the game’s standouts up front.

- The East’s game winning touchdown drive was helped in large part by a big 37-yard catch by Vanderbilt commit Latevius Rayford near the sideline. With Printz scrambling to the outside, Rayford followed to the sideline 40 yards downfield and caught a beautifully thrown ball between two defenders.

- Levonte Whitfield had a couple of drops on the night but he also displayed his elite track speed with a 78-yard touchdown return on which he was never touched.

- In the kicking game, Jimmy Hutchinson showed what he had been displaying all week: big leg. The Auburn commit averaged 44 yards per punt on six attempts with a long of 58.

- Defensively there were several players that were candidates for top performer recognition. They include Micah Kiser (6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss), Maurice Hurst Jr. (3 tackles, 1 sack, multiple pressures), Peyton Pelluer (6 tackles), Victor Egu (4 tackles, .5 sacks), Paulo Lepua (3 tackles, 1 sack), Deon Hollins (1.5 sacks).

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