USAAAB: Thursday West Report

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- recaps some of the action from the West practice field on Thursday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...

Tyrone Swoopes had his best showing of the week. After practice he admitted that he felt really comfortable in this session and it showed in the results. After the first couple of practices where he was shooting it long to wide receivers he found his groove and dropped in a couple of terrific deep throws, putting enough air underneath of his passes to allow the receivers to run underneath it. His best pass of the day may have come on a vertical seam route to future Texas teammate Jake Oliver during team drills. He stepped up in the pocket and put the ball right over Oliver's shoulder and right in to his hands about 35 yards down the field, over a defensive back who had tight coverage on the play.

Running Back:
With only an afternoon session it is hard to pick a necessary standout. Thomas Tyner had the best play down the field on a pass from Swoopes that resulted in a touchdown. Tyner has been very good every day he has been on the field. Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott had a decent showing on alight day of practice. He flashed on a couple of runs and even though it was not an offensive play while he was playing safety he broke on a route and almost had a pick six, but dropped the ball. Still showed his athleticism.

Wide Receiver:
Ricky Seals-Jones was battling through some little injury issues, but still had a huge day. He made some very impressive down the field plays. He is so big and smooth that he almost lulls defenders to sleep a little before exploding over them to make a huge play. John Diarse also had a solid day. He was running impressive routes and getting separation and he also has very soft and reliable set of hands.

Offensive Line:
Josh Boutte had a very strong showing. On one play he threw Justin Manning to the ground and then pushed his face in to the turf. I like offensive guards who play with a little bit of nasty and Boutte plays with a lot of nasty. After practice he jokingly said Manning "was mad" after the exchange. He is powerful at the point of attack and good with his hands. He still needs to work on his flexibility, but will easily clear lanes for what is expected to be a powerful LSU rushing attack in college. Texas commit Kent Perkins also had a nice day of one-on-one action. He looks to be the prototypical right tackle. Strong up front with feet good enough to pass protect.

Defensive Linemen:
The nation's No. 2 and No. 3 tackles, Eddie Vanderdoes and A'Shawn Robinson, lived up to their billing, both having great days. Vanderdoes, had the quarterbacks been fair game, would have crushed Tyrone Swoopes, blowing past Reeve Koehler and into the backfield before holding up. Another time, Vanderdoes shot past Deon Mix into the backfield. Robinson is a load for the interior linemen to block, but his best play came when he was stride for stride with Altee Tenpenny on a reverse and running him out of bounds. Joe Mathis also had a nice moment, picking off a botched snap in the air and taking it back for a touchdown.

Jaylon Smith is the nation's premier outside linebacker, and he continues to cement himself there. He's tremendous in coverage, and in the 1on1s against the running backs, is impossible to separate from. He had a nice deflection of a pass that forced an interception. Tim Kimbrough also looked really good in coverage. He's fluid, moves really well in space and has active hands and is pretty physical.

Defensive Backs:
Tahaan Goodman had one of the best days of any of the defensive backs. He was great in coverage, showing the ability to stick in the receivers' hip pocket and making separation non-existant. His prep teammate, Chris Hawkins, lost a couple of early reps to Ricky Seals-Jones, but bounced back and had a good showing the second part of practice, with a near pick and another deflection. Jourdan Lewis also was one of the more consistent defensive backs on the day.

National Analysts Greg Powers and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

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