Six Notre Dame verbal commitments participated in the 4th annual Semper Fidelis All-American Game festivities at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 4.
Those six were: wide receiver C.J. Sanders (Sherman Oaks, Calif.); defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway (Bolingbrook, Ill.); defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum (Indianapolis, Ind.), defensive end/outside linebacker Bo Wallace (River Ridge, La.); safety Prentice McKinney (Dallas, Texas); and wide receiver Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill.), who was sidelined with an injury.
A little scampering slot receiver who barely was targeted by the West offense in the Semper Fidelis Game. Quality foot speed. Scoots around with a good forward lean..
Only came up with one catch in the game. Caught a turnout pass, was tossed backwards, stayed on his feet, and was tackled for no gain. Showed good hands in catching the pass around his knees. Also had a semi-difficult catch to make in which he looked over one shoulder and then had to spin his head around to look for the football over the other shoulder. Would have been a nice catch, but couldn’t come up with it.
Not a ton on which to evaluate him. Mainly asked to serve as a blocker on running plays, Sanders was a relatively reluctant participant in such activities.
A second-team defensive end for the West team who was said to have had a good week of practice by Irish Illustrated recruiting analyst Steve Hare.
On game day, offered a lot of activity/movement, but didn’t cover a lot of ground. Showed some aggressive strength with his hands, but runs like a tackle, lacks mobility, and played in a start-and-stop mode. On one play, he stopped, squared up, leaned back on his heels, and took way too much time getting his weight moving again when he decided to chase it. Had tough time getting off blocks. No consistency or fundamentally consistent pass-rush approach.
Saved his best for last. Came out of a four-point stance in the fourth quarter by showing a nice burst and getting to the football. Teamed with future Notre Dame teammate Brandon Tiassum to hold the edge and force a runner back into a Tiassum tackle.
Based upon game performance, a long way to go until he’s a viable option along the defensive line.
A second-team defensive end for the West team. Looks the part of a defensive tackle with a little bit of length. Brought into the game in the red zone and made the stop on running back L.J. Scott as he was bursting through the line. Got penetration on pass rush late in the first half. Saved his best for last when he doubled up with future Irish teammate Micah Dew-Treadway on a wide running play with Dew-Treadway forcing him back into Tiassum’s tackle.
Had a tough time in between those plays. Frequently pushed around and stood up by the opposition. A start-and-stopper. Did not aggressively chase plays from start to finish. Was walked seven yards backwards by an interior offensive lineman on a play in the final five minutes. Showed no interest in pursuing the football on the next play. Eventually fought through a block and made a stop shortly thereafter.
Left the field appearing to be favoring his right shoulder, which may have explained the inactivity during a few plays.
Served as one of four captains for the East squad. A long, active athlete who looks like he fits on a field of standouts. Provided good push on an outside pass rush as he locked the offensive lineman high and kept pushing him into the backfield.
Lacking bulk and a consistent punch against offensive tackles. Had trouble getting off blocks. Inconsistent use of his hands on pass rush. Technique all over the place: in a right-handed three-point stance on the left side; lined up in a sprinter-type two-point stance off the edge.
Played an aggressive brand of safety, frequently locking up on receivers in press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Ran stride-for-stride with receiver and turned to see the football on an early go-route up the sideline. Aggressively found a ball carrier in a pile of bodies. When in doubt, chose the more aggressive approach.
Took a late, wrong angle on a deep ball late in the first half. Called for pass interference when he allowed a receiver to cross his face, reached out and pulled the jersey. Dangerously ducked his head to make an open-field tackle on tight end Carl Tucker, although to his credit, he still managed to make the tackle.
Notes: Irish receiver commit Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill.) did not participate due to injury. Irish safety target Frank Buncom IV (San Diego, Calif.) also did not take part in the game…Players who caught the eye were massive defensive tackle Bryce English (uncommitted), defensive tackle Gage Cervenka (Clemson commit), linebacker Richard Moore (Texas A&M commit), and linebacker Drew Berger (Boise State commit)…Among coaches assisting for the West were former Notre Dame player and current Hamilton (Arizona) High School head coach Steve Belles, who coached current Irish cornerback Cole Luke.