SAN ANTONIO — 247Sports runs down top performers from the West squad during Wednesday’s practice, which led to a combined afternoon session with the East team at the Alamodome. A team of 247Sports national recruiting and scouting analysts provided live coverage and the following breakdown of Wednesday’s top West performers, headlined by high-ceiling four-star Jelani McDonald from Waco (Texas) Connally.
Alpha Dog: Jelani McDonald – CB – Uncommitted
One of the best recorded athletes coming into the week, Texas native Jelani McDonald has not disappointed since hitting the gridiron in San Antonio. Measuring in at 6-foot-1 ¾ and 197-pounds on Monday, McDonald’s athleticism has been on full display as he had his strongest day yet on Wednesday which included a strong outing against Ohio State signee Carnell Tate and a handful of others during the 11-on-11 team period. A physical specimen, what’s been most impressive about McDonald’s performance this week has been his ability to adapt to a corner position that is somewhat new to him. An upside prospect with an ascending ceiling, McDonald is one of the most intriguing prospects in attendance this week as he has the skill set to develop into a day one NFL Draft choice.
Next Five Defense
Keldric Faulk – DL – Auburn
A continuous force throughout Wednesday morning’s practice session, Auburn defensive line signee Keldric Faulk continues to impress during his time here in San Antonio. A multi-sport athlete with a two-way background at Highland Home High School in Alabama, Faulk measured in at 6-foot-5 ¼ and 269-pounds on Monday as he has displayed the position versatility throughout the week to be utilized in a variety of fronts at the next level. Faulk’s surge comes in light of opposing offensive linemen struggling with his length and quickness off the line of scrimmage as well as the power the Auburn signee has flashed throughout the last couple of days. Bubbling with upside, Faulk is certainly a name that has helped himself so far.
Tommarrion Parker – DL – Clemson
A consistent presence throughout the first two days of full practices, Clemson signee Tommarrion Parker continues to make a name for himself as one of the most steady defensive line prospects in the country. A standout from Central High School in Alabama, Parker’s effectiveness when it comes to rushing the quarterback is hard to ignore. For the second consecutive day the Clemson signee proved difficult to block for opposing offensive linemen, showing the ability to consistently win with his suddenness and heavy hands as a pass rusher. Measuring in at 6-foot-2 ¾ and 248-pounds on Monday, the Alabama native doesn’t blow you away physically but is arguably the best defensive linemen in attendance when it comes to understanding leverage and technique, a welcoming sign for a Clemson program of immediate help on the defensive line.
Johnny Bowens – DL – Oregon
A late addition to the All-American Bowl roster on Wednesday, Oregon signee Johnny Bowens wasted no time acclimatizing himself to the speed of the game in San Antonio. Somewhat of a tweener at 6-foot-3 and 265-pounds, Bowens’ combination of athleticism and initial quickness provided plenty of fits during Wednesday’s 1-on-1 period. A smooth mover for his size, Bowens impressed with his ability to win in a variety of ways at different positions along the defensive line. As we’re always quick to remember, finding size and athleticism at the defensive line position on the west coast is not an easy task, which makes Dan Lanning’s addition of a prospect of Bowens’ stature from Texas even more important.
Calvin Simpson-Hunt – CB – Ohio State
One of the more physically impressive defensive backs in attendance, Calvin Simpson-Hunt appears ready to make an impact sooner rather than later once he arrives in Columbus to suit up for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes. The Texas native measured in on Monday at 5-foot-10 ½ and 191-pounds as he’s currently in possession of one of the most collegiate ready frames of prospects in attendance. Already boasting an impressive track and field background, speed is certainly not a concern for Simpson-Hunt as his top-end speed was on display a handful of times in pass coverage. Although the Top247 standout can hold his own on the perimeter, Simpson-Hunt’s size and profile for the position could lend him to see more time as a nickel corner at the next level.
Samuel Omosigho – LB – Oklahoma
A dynamic three-phase player out of Texas, Oklahoma bound Samuel Omosigho figures to factor in as a nice defensive chess piece for Brent Venables and the Sooners for years to come. A capable three down backer, Omosigho impressed on Wednesday with his natural ability to drop in coverage and showed off excellent athleticism in space as he possesses the ideal skill set to defend modern day pass heavy offenses. A traitsy athlete, Omosigho appears to be the perfect fit for a defensive minded coach that prioritizes his playmakers on that side of the ball.
Next Five Offense
Cordale Russell – WR – TCU
Heading to a program that knows a thing or two about wide receiver development, Cordale Russell appears to be a perfect fit for what’s an explosive Sonny Dykes offence. Checking in at 6-foot-1 ¾ and 202-pounds, Russell boasts a physical frame with excellent play strength that’s allowed him to create separation throughout the week. Showing the ability to get vertical on a couple of occasions, Russell has some qualities you can’t teach that includes his ability to attack 50/50 balls and a wide catch radius. If there’s an area of the TCU’s signee’s game he’ll have to clean up, it will be his dependability as a pass catcher where he saw two or three easy receptions hit the turf. A physically gifted prospect, Russell has the chance to exceed expectations in Fort Worth.
Kadyn Proctor – OT – Alabama
Widely regarded as the best offensive lineman in the country coming into the week, it’s safe to say Kadyn Proctor has lived up to the billing so far in San Antonio. A mainstay on the left side of the line for the West squad, Proctor’s natural ability to move defenders in the run game has aligned with our expectations coming into the week. Checking in at 6-foot-5 ½ and 348-pounds on Monday, Proctor carries his weight exceptionally well and showed improvement as a pass protector in Wednesday’s practice as he won his fair share of 1-on-1 battles.
Spencer Fano – OT – Utah
Ranked the best offensive lineman in the west coast footprint, Utah Utes signee Spencer Fano has had about as solid of a two days in San Antonio as anyone could ask for. Lining up at four of the five offensive line spots this week, Fano has consistently held his own against some of the best pass rushers in the country. Although there were some size concerns coming into this week’s All-American Bowl, Fano has quieted critics with his outstanding play and position versatility showing that he can be relied upon at a number of different spots along the offensive line. Joining an ascending Utah program, Fano should provide a big boost along the Utes’ line of scrimmage as they aim to be a consistent force come December and January.
Malachi Coleman – ATH – Nebraska
We know Matt Rhule loves speed so it’s easy to see why Malachi Coleman is such a natural fit in Lincoln, Nebraska. Checking in at 6-foot-3 ¼ and 189-pounds on Monday, Coleman and his 10.46 100-meter speed have continued to flash throughout the week in San Antonio. Regarded as a straight line burner coming into the week, Coleman has shown a little bit more wiggle and ability to separate in the short area than we’ve previously seen. With a dynamic skill set and a long frame, the Nebraska signee has no shortage of ability to outperform his ranking at the next level.
Rueben Owens – RB – Texas A&M
Ranked the No. 1 running back in the country for a reason, Reuben Owens has shown time and again this week he’s one of the best prospects in the nation. A dynamic north south runner that shows the ability to get downhill in a hurry, Owens has displayed the make you miss ability and elusiveness at the second level that are consistently found in premiere backs. Not typically known for his pass catching ability out of the backfield, Owens has turned some heads with his ability as a receiver down the field. Expect the Texas native to see the field early in College Station.
More notes from Wednesday
- Notre Dame CB signee Micah Bell made a couple of nice plays today, including a diving interception during the 7-on-7 portion of practice. A speedy defensive back, Bell has shown some promise as he’s settled in at the corner spot the last two days.
- Michigan State EDGE signee Yes, Jobe continues to be one of the most disruptive forces here in San Antonio. A high motor player with excellent athletic traits, Jobe has the chance to develop into a special pass rusher at the next level.
- Louisville ATH commit Jamari Johnson flashed a few times today as he’s working out at the tight end position this week in San Antonio. A jumbo athlete at 6-foot-3 and 270-pounds, Johnson’s natural athleticism has continued to come to the surface this week as he has the clay to mold into a dependable pass catcher at the next level.
- Ole Miss SAF signee Braxton Myers had his moments throughout Wednesday’s practice as he remained active in pass coverage and positioned himself well throughout the afternoon even though he came up on the short end of the stick a few times.
- Alabama EDGE signee Yhonzae Pierre continues to boost his stock as he’s been one of the best prospects in attendance this week. Pierre’s combination of first step explosiveness and quickness have been too much for almost every opposing offensive lineman in San Antonio.