Scout Out West: Salesian vs. Workman

Scout takes a look at the top prospects from the Salesian-Workman game, including UCLA commit Jermaine Kelly, quarterback Jihad Vercher, and 2014 prospect Marquis Ware...

Game Scouted:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian vs. Covina (Calif.) Workman

Scout Out West
Jermaine Kelly – 6-2/185 - CB – Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2013
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
Scouting Report: Kelly did it all for the Mustangs, only to see penalties damper what would have been an impressive stat line. Kelly had an interception, where he went up the ladder to grab the ball at its highest point, to set up an early scoring drive. He had a 41-yard touchdown reception called back because of a procedure penalty on the running back, and had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown called back because of a block in the back. The UCLA commit, had a couple of other pass breakups, and around 50 yards receiving.
Jihad Vercher – 6-0/200 – QB – Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2013
Recruiting: Offers from Army and Northern Arizona
Scouting Report: Vercher is a guy we've been high on all spring and summer, and he showed just why, rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns and throwing two more, racking up nearly 400 yards in total offense. Vercher, who got an offer from Army last week, showed great poise in the pocket and good decision making, his lone interception coming off a deflected pass by his receiver.
Marquis Ware – 6-3/215 – ATH – Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2014
Recruiting: Offers from Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Memphis, Oregon State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington State
Scouting Report: Ware is one of the more physically impressive players in the 2014 class.  He had the biggest hit of the night, crushing a Workman player.  Unfortunately, while it was a good clean and legal hit, it seemed to draw the ire of the officials, who flagged him a couple more times for what appeared to be clean hits, and eventually ejected him.  He runs really well, and is a very good blocker, doing a great job of sealing his man off and allowing his back to get into the open field.  He catches the ball decently and runs decent routes.  He looks more comfortable on defense though, able to free lance a little more, looking better rushing the quarterback, but looking fine in pass coverage too.
Jamardre Cobb – 6-2/210 – ATH – Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2014
Recruiting: Offers from Colorado, Memphis, Washington State, Stanford
Scouting Report: Cobb had the best play of the night, a 40-yard touchdown run where he dipped his shoulder and lowered the boom on a linebacker than later in the run, taking on a safety with a good angle and giving him a stuff arm-shuck on his way to the end zone.  While he's not a natural running back, he looked like one on that run.  Like Ware, he can play on both sides of the ball, but defense is where he looks more natural, a prototypical MLB who can move from sideline to sideline.
Rodney Carr – 6-0/170 – DB – Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2014
Recruiting: Interest in several Western schools.
Scouting Report: Carr may not have the highlight reels that the other four Salesian prospects did, but he was arguably the most consistent player on the night.  He was in on just about every play on defense as a safety, doing a good job when playing up in the box and stopping the run, and also making some good tackles down field.  He's got great closing speed and very good ball skills.
Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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