SAN ANTONIO – Preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl started Monday with an extended practice, starting around 10 a.m. under sunny skies.
Four-star cornerback Jordan Fuller headlined the defense from a Notre Dame perspective as a tall, long defensive back who moves well. He lined up at cornerback on Monday but could be a free safety at the next level.
Fuller wasn’t afraid to play press coverage during the first practice. During one rep he ran with receiver Austin Mack Austin Mack (Ohio State) step-for-step only to see Mack make the catch. Fuller turned to swat the ball but did so just a touch early, allowing Mack a final bit of separation to make an over-the-shoulder catch.
Overall, Fuller played the route well and stayed on Mack’s hip. He only lacked in the final touch.
Another rep against DeKaylin Metcalf (Ole Miss) ended in a similar fashion. Fuller covered well only to see the ball just miss his grasp at the end. Finishing those plays is something Fuller said he wanted to correct moving forward this week.
Fuller also went against Demetris Robertson on a couple occasions. Robertson was probably the best receiver at East practice on Day One but did most of his work away from Fuller.
- Four-star linebacker Brendan Ferns made news off the field by officially trimming Notre Dame from his list. Ferns won’t visit the Irish and is likely to choose between Penn State and West Virginia.
- Five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a Clemson commitment, moved incredibly well for an interior defensive line prospect listed in the 300-pound range. Imposing physically and cut out of the mold often seen on SEC teams, Lawrence will be a valuable asset to the Tigers in years to come.
- One-time Notre Dame athlete target Marquez Callaway lined up mostly at defensive back. Callaway is super athletic. Wouldn’t surprise if he ended up on offense down the line.
- Had been hoping to see Ohio State defensive line commitment Jonathan Cooper against Notre Dame offensive tackle commitment Tommy Kraemer again, this time in pads. Kraemer got the win.
- Defensive lineman Julian Rochester (Georgia) might have been the most impressive prospect physically. Huge kid that looks to have tremendous upside.
- Five-star athlete Mecole Hardman is about as athletically gifted as you’ll find. He’s dynamic on film with the ball in his hands but I like using that at cornerback. Hardman has all the skills you’d need to be an elite cover guy.