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Best Players from Team West's Tuesday Practice

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SAN ANTONIO — National analysts at 247Sports had an early opportunity Tuesday to see the West team during All-American Bowl practice, which continues throughout the week. We provide a summary of top performers on both sides of the ball, plus some additional notes from the practice schedule for two sessions, morning and afternoon, at Trinity University.

ALPHA DOG: Yhonzae Pierre, EDGE, Eufala (Wing.) — Alabama signer

Over the course of two practice sessions, Pierre’s number has repeatedly appeared in the discussion of today’s highlights.

“Who’s that wearing 19 again? Oh yeah, that’s Yhonzae Pierre, duh.”

Pierre took a lot of pressure during a few different 11-on-11 micro-scrimmage sessions, while also winning the vast majority of his 1-on-1 replays against what looks to be one of the best Western offensive line groups we’ve seen in the All- American Cup.

Pierre wins with explosive early athleticism, hitting bigger, slower tackles or slipping under and around inside blockers. His only hiccup came against a 6-foot, 310-pound fire hydrant. Tyson Ruffins when Pierre, 1.80m and 100 kilos, repeated from an inside point on the D line in 1-on-1 action. But from start to finish, Pierre put together a more consistent good day than we’ve seen during West practice. He punctuated his quick passing performance with a completion in the final session of 11 on: Pierre leapt to catch a pass and snatched the ball out of the air to take it across.


— Tomarrion Parker, DL, Highland Home (Ala.), Clemson signatory: Perhaps the most impressive 1-on-1 performance on the defensive end of the ball has come from Top247 No. a traditional defensive lineman. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound has won rep after rep in 1-on-1 because of these traits, which suggest valuable personnel and scheme flexibility going forward.

— Bai Jobe, EDGE, Norman (Okla.) Community Christian School, Michigan State Signatory: The Top247 four-star played with a relentless engine, prompting a player of opposing offensive skill to approach saying, “Who’s 44 (Jobe), oh my God.” Jobe yelled from the edge on several occasions and showed impressive chasing athleticism when needed. He played loose and live throughout the day and won most of his replays 1-on-1.

— Anthony Hill, LB, Denton (Texas) Ryan, Texas Signer: vast chasing range is the name of the game for #1 linebacker and five-star Hill, who paired with Jobe on a supposed fleabag during the afternoon of 11 in action. Hill tracked limit to limit against the race, even cutting a perimeter cut alley to the ever-slippery Rueben Owens (more on it below) to end a team play session. Hill weighed in at 225 pounds during Monday’s check-in and brought a lean, athletic appearance and corresponding functional athleticism to the field on Tuesday.

— Jordan Shaw, CB, Downey (Calif.) St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, Indiana signatory: Shaw made some good sneaky coverage early in the morning session with a few interceptions in short to mid coverage: one skipping a route in the flat, the other on a QB receiver miscommunication he sniffed out along the boundary. He later added a deep ball pass break into single coverage to further show his awareness and skills on the ball.

— Joshua Mickens, EDGE, Indianapolis Lawrence Central, Ohio State Signatory: Taking a live look at Top247’s four-star passing hall provided valuable context on a player whose athletic profile suggests an immense advantage thanks to basketball and shot put. Mickens is quick on the ball and won three straight 1-on-1 reps at one point in the afternoon, executing different moves each time to win, including a dirty spin on the first rep that quickly freed him.


— Spencer Fano, OT, Provo (Utah) Timpview, Utah Signer: Tuesday’s practice marked the first live exposure for some of us to Fano, who stood just under 6’1 and 250 pounds with impressive 34-inch arms at Monday’s check-in. The four-star top 100 overall backed up those numbers with a stellar on-field performance on Tuesday, as he posted reps at tackle, guard and even center, winning in teams and 1-on-1s. point of attack for a longer athlete with ample bulking ability who is likely to live outside for the long haul.

— Ka’Morreun Pimpton, TE, Fort Worth (Texas) North Crowley, LSU Signatory: Pimpton’s long-term lead is through the roof and he showed why on Tuesday, particularly in the morning session. He’s a veritable nightmare for opposing defenders thanks to his 6-foot-1 height and monstrous build, which includes 36-inch arms, the longest we measured out of over 90 potential players during Monday’s check-in. . The four-star Top247 has the build of a flexible big tight end and the functional athleticism of a dominant outside receiver. Your future is bright.

— Malachi Coleman, WR/ATH, Lincoln (Neb.) East, Nebraska Signer: Coleman is one of the most intriguing prospects in this class. The overall top 100 prospect shined on both sides of the high school ball, but at this point, it seems obvious to us that their future is broad. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Coleman boasts elite height and length (33 1/2 arm), but his short-area quickness as a route runner and a run-after-catch threat separate him from what you might expect. can expect in your typical tall and lanky outer target.

— Rueben Owens, RB, El Campo (Texas), Texas Signer: Owens entered the week as the #1 running back and five stars on the Top247, and he showed why on Tuesday. He’s hell on wheels in the second tier, thanks to his elusiveness and ability to chain multiple moves together while maintaining speed. He’s also a great pass receiver and, despite a late drop lined up wide, caught the ball well during Tuesday.

— Malik Elzy, WR, Chicago Simeon, Uncommitted: The Midwest wideout has repeatedly shone in both practice sessions and looks like the type of pass receiver who could hit the field early in college. Approaching 6-foot-2 and north of 200 pounds, Elzy often wins with physical prowess, but her acceleration after the catch has stood out on several occasions. He can be an outside receiver’s bully thanks to his size and length, which includes arms over 33 inches that make him look like a linebacker or hoof edge defender.


— Five-star offensive offense bound for Alabama Kadyn Proctor lived up to expectations on Tuesday. The Top247’s #1 senior OT in the country mustered solid all-around performance in professional passing, running play and 1-on-1 replays. His versatility also shone through at one point when he switched to defensive tackle to win a 1-on-1 replay. Proctor’s vast two-way experience and athletic multi-sport profile combine with his 6-foot-1 and 348-pound frame—including 34-inch arms—to make him a college-roll-ready option. For good measure, he also threw a football over 50 yards virtually off guard at one point in the afternoon.

— Louisville Commitment Jamari Johnson, who announced his final decision during Saturday’s All-American Bowl, defended his MVP status, especially given a strong morning session. Johnson weighed 270 pounds at check-in Monday, but he moved very well on Tuesday, catching passes in traffic and running unhindered on field routes.

— Four-star sprinter bound for Texas Ryan Niblett used those wheels to make a handful of plays on the field during Tuesday’s practice. Niblett gets on top of the defensive backs in a hurry and uses his verified lane speed to stretch the field vertically. What he showed as a pass receiver was encouraging, especially when the receiving window was tighter than expected.

— Highland Home (Ala.) tops Top247 Top 100 Four Stars Keldric Faulk had its moments during Tuesday’s practice. He is arguably one of the most physically impressive prospects around and uses these traits from time to time. He can line up inside or on the edge and use his massive frame and length to win point-of-attack clashes. He’s just scratching the surface of what it could become in the long run.

— Featured Temple (Texas) and four stars on Top247 Mikal Harrison-Pilot made one of the most impressive catches of the day when he hit a deep ball into midfield for a play in traffic. Harrison-Pilot is one of the best pure football players in the senior class, and while he could play either side of the ball in college, he has asserted himself as an offensive weapon with enhanced athleticism over the past two seasons. He also announces his commitment decision on Saturday.

Austin Novosad (Oregon), Lincoln Kienholz (State of Ohio) and Pierce Clarkson (Louisville) shared quarterback duties for West. Novosad looked like the most natural shooter in the bunch, with perhaps the best field strength during Tuesday’s practice. Clarkson was generally good at short to mid range, and Kienholz probably had the best session of the afternoon of the three thanks to accuracy and ball placement. Quarterbacks often encounter a large learning curve in adapting to the star environment, so don’t be surprised if the signal callers improve as the week goes on.

— Bettors admittedly don’t tend to garner much attention at these star events, but the Texas A&M signee Tyler White asked some “what’s not?” reactions amongst the spectators with hard kick after hard kick sending high spirals beyond 50 yards while mixing a 50+ coffin corner boot inside the 5 yard line. Seriously, White’s mid-afternoon training booms almost put him in the top performers’ group. He is ranked #1 nationally among 2023 punters on 247Sports and he backed up that distinction on Tuesday.

— Ohio State’s Top247 four-star cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt looked like he could step onto campus and give you snaps today. In the neighborhood of 5ft 11 and 190 pounds, Simpson-Hunt has the necessary length and excellent track context to support the athleticism we see on the field.

— Speaking of impressive defensive quarterbacks, Top247 four stars Jelani McDonald, athlete, played in the secondary Tuesday, where he stood out over his colleagues. McDonald may legitimately possess the physical tools to become an off-the-ball linebacker, but his athleticism and playing ability should allow him to become a potential impact player regardless of long-term positional home.

— As noted above, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly offensive lineman Tyson Ruffins held his ground against some of the best pass rushers in the country during Tuesday’s practice. Playing primarily at left guard, the broad and sturdy Ruffins has shown he can drop anchor and nullify speed with his leverage and power. He also played left tackle in 11-on action, but make no mistake, Ruffins is a legitimate guard-to-guard contender at the next level.

— Florida State’s four-star running back signer Samuel Singleton outside of Fleming Island (Fla.) High School is at its best, going north to south as quickly as possible. This includes as a pass receiver, which Singleton showcased in the afternoon on a seam shot that saw Singleton track a deep ball with a fine concentration problem downfield.

— Blair Angulo and Brandon Huffman of 247Sports contributed to this report.