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West Practice Report: McKinley eyes reps

SAN ANTONIO – The West spent Tuesday’s abbreviated practice tuning its offense, defense and special teams in preparation for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.

SAN ANTONIO – During Tuesday’s practice Irish Illustrated focused on two of Notre Dame’s top remaining targets:: Javon McKinley and Caleb Kelly.

McKinley, a four-star wide receiver from Corona, Calif., was active in the early parts of practice catching passes from quarterbacks Shea Patterson (Ole Miss), K.J. Costello (Stanford) and Brandon Peters (Michigan).

He was flawless in the passing skeleton drill and caught one pass in the seven-on-seven portion of practice.

McKinley later told Irish Illustrated he still is fully intent on choosing from between Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington live on NBC during Saturday’s game.

Some off the field news at Notre Dame caught McKinley’s attention.

“(There was) an eye-opener about two days ago with Will Fuller announcing his going into the draft,” McKinley said. “It’s a great opportunity for going in early to start going into that school.”

USC commit Trevon Sidney also performed well on Tuesday. He lacks McKinley’s size but he’s the shiftier of the two and fits in well as a slot receiver.

He suffered a minor non-contact injury when his foot got caught in the turf but he returned to action after a short recovery period.

Sidney committed to USC in July and hasn’t wavered but he did tell Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown he could be interested in visiting other schools, including Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Washington.

“I haven’t really heard from any of them in a while because pretty much of the commitment, but I’m still trying to get down there,” Sidney said. “I’ll have to try and get back in contact with them and see if I can.”

Irish target Donnie Corley was the lone West wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass during the seven-on-seven drill.

Corley appears to be favoring Ohio State and Michigan but has talked about a potential visit to South Bend.

Defensively, there wasn’t much to see as the West spent most of the practice walking through formations and assignments.

Kelly moved around some during the 7-on-7 portion and full team work, although none of it included full contact or tackling to the ground.

Overall, he moved well with receivers. There were a few times Kelly got matched up against McKinley in coverage. Kelly didn’t get tested and neither was going full speed. Kelly did, however, run well down field.

Come game time, it’ll be much more interesting to see how involved Kelly is from his linebacker spot with regular tackling involved.


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