Semper Fi: Top 5 Surprise performers (West)

There has been some great performances all week during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and several big names have lived up to the hype. There has always been some surprise performances by players we knew could play but didn't realize they were this good.

Here's a look at the top five surprise performers of the week who have exceeded expectations.

1. Peyton Pelluer, LB, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline- Washington State

Pelleur is what you call a football player. He's not the biggest or most athletic player on the field but is one of the most affective. He has great football instincts and is always around the ball. He has a great feel for the position, plays with a high football IQ and has obviously been very well coached coming from Skyline. He's a tackling machine and should have a big game on Friday.

2. Kendrick Foster, RB, Peoria (Ill.) Richwoods- Illinois

Foster is not real big, but he's extremely quick and isn't afraid to run between the tackles. He's a decisive runner who runs very hard and has speed to get outside and can make you miss in the open field. He has also showed very good hands out of the backfield and has probably been the best running back for the West squad.

3. Xavier Shepherd, WR, Lakewood (Calif.)- Utah

The wide receiver group was probably the deepest position for the West squad and Shepherd has taken a backseat to no one. He missed part of Monday's practice with a foot injury but was one of the top five offensive performers on Tuesday and had another great day on Wednesday. Shepherd has great speed and quickness and has caught the ball very well all week.

4. Daquawn Brown, DB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey- Washington State

Just like with the receiver group, the crop of defensive backs is very deep as well. Brown has been as good as any corner in the West. He's a natural athlete who moves effortlessly. Brown has very good feet, has solid cover skills and is a physical corner who will come up and make a play in run support. He's a very confident player as well and could see the field early for the Cougars.

5. Rami Hammad, OL, Irving (Texas)- Baylor

Hammad is rated the No. 29 offensive guard in the nation. After seeing him this week, it's tough to imagine there being 29 better offensive linemen, including tackles and centers, anywhere in the country. It's not a stretch to say Hammad has been the most dominant offensive player for the West all week and his upside as a guard or tackle, where he has played all week, is considerable.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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