USAAAB: West Day One Practice Recap

There were numerous standouts on the mega-talented West squad in today's two practice sessions. Local (San Antonio Sam Houston) defensive end Javonte Magee made sure that he marked his home turf with several terrific plays.

The nation's top-ranked overall prospect, offensive tackle Arik Armstead, logged time with the defense at both end and tackle. On one play, Armstead got into the backfield and violently slung QB Zeke Pike for a sack.

Another end -- 6-foot-6 Javonte Magee -- is known for his quiet demeanor, but Magee was quite vocal during the full-contact practice. He was animated and fired up after dropping a running back for a loss. Magee caused big problems for the offensive line.

There were bright spots on offense for the West, however, starting with five-star WR Dorial Green-Beckham. The rangy wideout (pictured below) made difficult one-handed catches look easy.

"DGB is on another level than anyone else," said National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman, who also issued praise for WR Jordan Payton.

An uncommitted four-star prospect from Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.), Payton was easily the most charismatic and outgoing prospect during interview sessions. Payton went out of his way to shake hands and introduce himself to anyone in the vicinity.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder also hauled in a brilliant diving catch along the right sideline during the non-contact practice. Payton was perfectly covered on the play but somehow managed to come up with the football.

Michigan commit Ondre Pipkins appeared to be carrying excess weight, but it didn't prevent him from stuffing the run near the line of scrimmage on multiple occasions. Pipkins exlodes from his stance. He jumped offsides once and knocked offensive lineman Michael Starts several yards downfield.

The West has a nice contingent of running backs led by Byron Marshall (Oregon commit), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama commit), and Trey Williams (Texas A&M).

All three backs broke loose for substantial gains. Marshall is nimble and quick and will cut back across the grain for big yardage. At 205 pounds, Yeldon has a blend of size, power and speed. Williams, who led his team to a Texas state championship last month, left defenders in the dust with jukes in the open-field.

WR Durron Neal, an Oklahoma commit, caught a pass on an intermediate route and shed a tackle attempt from safety Edward Pope, who pounded the ground in frustration at the whiff.

RB Barry Sanders, DT Ellis McCarthy and LBs Brian Nance and Timothy Cole also impressed.

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