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Semper Fi: Irish leading the East

FULLERTON, Calif. – On Wednesday, the East squad held its final full-speed practice heading into Friday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. It was the last opportunity before the game to get some meaningful reps and the next to last opportunity of the week to impress onlookers.

Devin Butler had multiple pass breakups on Wednesday afternoon.

We take a look at the top ten performers from the day.

1. Chikwe Obasih, DE, Brookfield (Wisc.) Central
Obasih plays the game fast. A Wisconsin commit and a Wisconsin native, he came to the game hoping to prove that Wisconsin athletes can play on the big stage and he’s doing that this week. Obasih was very effective as a pass-rusher with his speed and athleticism and he pursue the football with a lot of intensity.

2. Devin Butler, CB, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
On the hoof, Butler is physically one of the most well-equipped players in the East defensive backfield. After a solid day on Tuesday, Butler was outstanding on Wednesday using his long frame to disrupt receivers and showing the athleticism to stay on top of vertical routes and double moves. The Notre Dame commit looks like an elite defender.

3. Maurice Hurst Jr., DT, Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers
Hurst is the type of player that you don’t really notice when he’s standing in the huddle but as soon as the ball is snapped, he shows up quickly. His play on Wednesday was characterized by high effort, an intensity to get to the football, and quickness to get into the backfield. The Michigan commit has been one of the better practice players this week.

4. Jermaine Grace, LB, Hollywood (Fla.) Miramar
Grace will really show up when the play is live on Friday and he’s able to show off his tackling ability but even in “thud” and limited contact, Grace displays that nose for the ball that makes him special. Grace has safety type athleticism but really sees plays well and gets to the ball in a hurry.

5. Austin Allen, QB, Fayetteville (Ark.) High School
Allen has been steady throughout the week and continues to get better as he gets more comfortable with the offense. Allen is not big and his arm strength doesn’t wow you but he has the ability to make some really nice throws in both the short game and down the field. He has a tendency to make a terrible throw from time to time but as the week progresses, those are diminishing quickly.

6. Micah Kiser, LB, Baltimore (Md.) Gillman
Jamie Ortiz, the head coach of southern California power San Clemente High School, is the position coach for the linebackers and when asked who was standing out this week, Kiser is the first name that comes out of his mouth. The Virginia commit is a strong, muscular linebacker that shows really good quickness downhill and has a lot of disruptive potential.

7. Eddie Printz, QB, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
When you scan the group of quarterbacks, Printz is the one of the three that clearly possesses the most physical tools from a passing perspective. The Missouri commit has the size, he can make tough throws without overexerting himself and he’s shown the ability to make throws outside of the pocket as well. We’re excited to see him compete on Friday with live action.

8. Jimmy Hutchinson, P, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison
You don’t have to be a kicking guru to know that Hutchinson’s look like they’re supposed to. He has great leg extension, the ball jumps off his foot and his hang time has been very good. On Tuesday he had some bombs but he was punting with the wind. On Wednesday, the wind had died down but the Auburn commit was no less effective.

9. Michael Geiger, K, Toledo (Ohio) Ottawa Hills
Geiger is currently rated as the No. 1 kicker in the country by 247Sports and on Wednesday it was easy to see why. He can absolutely crush the ball and it gets up and off very quickly but maybe the most impressive part of Geiger’s game is that he hasn’t shanked one all week. His consistency is evident and it looks like Michigan State is getting a big time leg.

10. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Philadelphia (Pa.) William Penn Charter
McGlinchey is taking some time off from the basketball court to compete at the Semper Fidelis Bowl and that basketball athleticism shows up on the football field. With his 6-9 frame, McGlinchey has to really work to play with leverage but his foot quickness is very good and most importantly, he has a blue collar work ethic on ever rep. He takes pride in his work and looks to have the intangibles you want out of an offensive lineman.

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