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Semper Fi West: Husky commits shine

SANTA ANA, Calif.- The second day of West practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl featured a dominant showing by the defensive linemen and some spark in the passing game from the quarterbacks and receivers.

Oklahoma commit Hatari Byrd was impressive at safety during the West practice Tuesday for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The session, which lasted just less than three hours at Santa Ana Stadium, featured plenty of one-on-one, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work and even the “Oklahoma” drill for a while (running backs, linebackers, offensive linemen, defensive linemen and lots of hitting). 

Here’s a look at the top 10 performers from the practice, including a trio Washington commits. Collectively, the Huskies, who have the nation’s No. 14 recruiting class according to 247Sports, had the best group of commitments on the field Tuesday.

Top 10

1- Elijah Qualls, DT, Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande

Qualls is just a great football player and while that is evident on film, the Washington commit has been dominant at defensive tackle through the first two days of practice for the game. He’s one of those guys that may not pass the eyeball test, but he’s extremely quick and strong and should be an early contributor and productive player for the Huskies.

2- Hatari Byrd, S, Fresno (Calif.) Central East

The headhunting Byrd displayed outstanding closing speed and athleticism during the session. For a time, we felt that the Oklahoma commit could very well end up growing into a linebacker and while that is still possible, after watching him in coverage Tuesday, he may just be a big safety. Byrd flies around, is good in pursuit and is a huge plus in defending the run game. He’s a definite stock up prospect based on what we saw.

3- Daeshon Hall, DE, Lancaster (Texas)

Size plus athleticism and hands make Washington commit Darrell Daniels a potentially great receiver at the college level.

Another Washington commit, Hall was a handful for most of the offensive linemen he faced on Tuesday. He has an extremely quick first step and uses his hands well to ward off potential blockers. Hall is still somewhat raw and was receiving instruction from the West coaching staff after nearly every rep and he will have to put on good weight and strength in college. That being said, he has a very high ceiling and the athletic ability to become a dominant pass rusher in college.

4- Christian LaCouture, DE/DT, Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest

LaCouture played inside most of the practice and the first thing that stands out about him is his strength. He was able to bull rush nearly every offensive lineman he faced with ease. With that, the LSU commit possesses plus athleticism when he slides inside and squares off against offensive guards and centers, so long term that could very well be where his highest upside is.

5- Darren Carrington, WR, San Diego (Calif.) Freedom

Carrington is a slick, rangy receiver with excellent hands and route running ability. The Oregon commit did not drop many passes when we were watching and seems to have enough speed to make things happen if he gets loose in the open field. His quickness and knack for catching made him a matchup problem with nearly every defensive back he faced.

6- Darrell Daniels, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom

The third Washington commit on the list, Daniels’ size is the first thing that stands out. He can body up against defensive backs and make the tough catch in traffic using his hands, which were good Tuesday. When the West quarterbacks were able to get him the ball, he was a tough out for the secondary.

7- Rami Hammad, OL, Irving (Texas)

Hammad, who is committed to Baylor, continues to impress. He’s playing tackle in this game, even though he projects as an offensive guard, and more than held his own against the talented defensive linemen that he squared off against. Hammad has excellent feet and is athletic for his size. He’s a great fit for what the Bears do on offense and is a definite stock-up prospect based on the first two days of Semper Fi practice.

8-Naashon Hughes, LB, Harker Heights (Texas)

Hughes is how you draw up a linebacker prospect. He’s 6-foot-3, has the frame to fill out and can run. On Tuesday, he impressed with his lateral ability and was good when asked to cover as well as against the run. Though Texas, where he is committed, has all sorts of defensive personnel issues, chances are you will hear from him after a redshirt year as he fills out his frame and gains strength. Still, there’s a lot for the Longhorns to be excited about with this one.

9- Reggie Chevis, LB, Houston (Texas) Sharpstown

Chevis is one of those bigger inside linebacker prospects that impress you with the way they can move laterally. During the Oklahoma drill, he showed excellent instincts and quickness in stopping a ball carrier that had gotten a good block and was heading past him. The Texas A&M commit is the type of prospect that you’ve seen play linebacker for the Aggies over the years- big and can move, not overly tall. He and Hughes are two different types of prospects, but both have the potential to be excellent.

10- Jared Goff, QB, Greenbrae (Calif.) Marin Catholic

The West quarterbacks have struggled with accuracy during the first two days of practice, but toward the end of Tuesday’s session, Goff, who is committed to California, started settling in and made multiple good throws on the run, finding Daniels once who made a nice play in traffic. Goff has the ability to be the best signal caller in the game and you started to see that Tuesday.

JC Shurburtt is the National Recruiting Director for 247Sports. Follow him on Twitter @jcshurburtt

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