SAN ANTONIO, Texas- Another dominant practice by a defensive tackle highlighted the second West practice for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Tuesday at Blossom Athletic Center. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome with live television from NBC. Here are the top 11 performers/prospects from Tuesday’s West practice.
Josh Frazier displayed dominating potential.
1- Josh Frazier, DT, Springdale (Ark.) Har-ber
If Alabama misses on Matt Elam on Saturday, it may not really matter as long as Frazier develops and stays healthy. Frazier was dominant against the run and rushing the passer on Tuesday- he’s tough to block on the interior, extremely strong and athletic and was just all-around dominant.
2- Kyle Allen, QB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
The longer Tuesday’s practice went on, the more Allen showed why he’s the top-ranked pro-style quarterback prospect in the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. The Texas A&M commit went downfield with excellent accuracy and chances are he makes a big play or two on Saturday in the passing game to wow the crowd.
3- Damon Webb, CB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Webb has been a standout in every setting during this recruiting cycle- in camps and combines, at workouts, in practices and games and now here competing against many of the best receivers in the country. He shut his man down in press coverage. He shut his man down playing off. He can legitimately shut down an entire side of the field. Ohio State is getting the best of the recent string of Cass Tech cornerbacks for sure.
4- Malik McDowell, DL, Southfield (Mich.)
If it were not for Frazier, McDowell would have been the top defensive line performer on the West. The 6-foot-6, 296-pound McDowell can play inside or outside and is a handful (he also could be an elite offensive tackle if he wanted to be). Right now, Michigan State leads Michigan but this one is far from over and will be one of the top recruiting storylines in the country down the stretch.
Drew Barker had a good day on Tuesday
5- Toa Lobendahn, OL, La Habra (Calif.)
Lobendahn, who will enroll at USC early, is skilled enough to see the field next season for the Trojans, depending on how quickly he develops. There were several top offensive line showings on Tuesday, but Lobendahn was the best and most consistent. The 6-foot-3, 293-pounder is just an outstanding technician, is athletic and strong and can really move for a big man.
6- Brian Wallace, OT, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers
Wallace emerged as an elite prospect at the FBU Top Gun Camp this summer and his stock has continued to rise since. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Wallace has long arms, is one of the most athletic tackle prospects in the country and on Tuesday seemed to put it all together against a somewhat fierce West defensive line. The coaching staff for the West squad praised his ability- something several major programs have been quietly saying off the record for months. He will pick Alabama or Arkansas on Saturday and he’s not a done deal either way. The Razorbacks are definitely in this one.
7- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian
Through two days of practice, we are seeing why McCaffrey, the No. 3 all-purpose back in the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings, received all of those accolades in the state of Colorado during the last three seasons. The Stanford commit has perhaps been the most consistently dominant offensive performer during the first two days of practice.
8- Jalen Brown, WR, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Brown was the top receiver prospect by a hair during Tuesday’s session simply because he showed the ability to get open deep and make the big play from time-to-time. Brown is very consistent, he’s sneaky athletic and fast and the Oregon commit (enrolling there next week) is an excellent fit for the Ducks’ high-octane system.
9- Trey Quinn, WR, Lake Charles (La.) Barbe
Quinn is one of the best route runners we’ve ever seen at any of these national all-star games. Most of his receptions during Tuesday’s practice were shorter routes, but he gets open in tight spaces. We expect him to be an early contributor at LSU based on his polish at the position and he should be a top performer here in San Antonio for the entire week.
10- Drew Barker, QB, Hebron (Ky.) Conner
We knew coming in because of the level of competition he faces in the state of Kentucky that Barker may have a learning curve in terms of the speed of the game. We also knew that knowing Barker, he would pick things up quickly and he has. During one play in particular, under a rush from Frazier and McDowell, Barker avoided the pressure and fired a strike down the field to an open Brown. It was an impressive play- the type you would expect from a highly-regarded quarterback prospect. Barker will enroll at the University of Kentucky soon and depending on how quickly he develops, it could be 2015 at the latest before he’s a starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
11- Frank Iheanacho, WR, Houston (Texas) Westside
Iheanacho has all the physical tools and sort of came into his own on Tuesday. The tall pass catcher- in his first full year of high-level organized football- had perhaps the most impressive catches of the day. Iheanacho will announce his decision during the game Saturday and it’s expected to be Texas A&M (Mike Evans Part II, anyone?) or maybe Oregon.
National Recruiting Insider Steve Wiltfong and Recruiting Insider Justin Hopkins contributed to this report