Wednesday morning I had a chance to watch the West squad prepare for the game. Notre Dame has three committed players on the West squad No. 78 Bartley Webb, No. 79 Chris Stewart, and No. 88 Konrad Reuland.
Bartley Webb had a tough morning on during offensive line drills against the West defensive lineman. For most the morning session his was going up against Notre Dame recruit No. 66 Butch Lewis. Webb is an extremely hard worker, and I know that he wasn't happy with his performance, so I expect him to step up the next couple days.
Chris Stewart played a little offensive guard and center on Wednesday. He really had a solid morning session and I heard that he continued that through the afternoon practice. Chris has been going up against several top defensive tackles, including No. 99 Al Woods and No. 97 Gerald McCoy. During the offensive versus defensive line drills, Stewart won all five of his battles. I expect Stewart to be good, but he has really exceed my expectations going against two very good players.
No. 88 Konrad Reuland really didn't have a chance to showcase his skills, but he looked good running routes, and showed that he can catch the ball.
Offensive lineman, No. 71 Matt Carufel continues to impress. He got beaten early, but he bounced back with a strong performance. Matt has looked good throughout the practice sessions.
Gerald McCoy continues to excel and he is living up to all of his billings. Gerald is both strong and quick. He has dominated throughout the bowl practices. Irish fans would love to see McCoy end up in South Bend, but he hasn't given any indication to where he is leaning.
Butch Lewis looked very good today going against Webb, and several of Scout.com's recruiting experts have raved about him. He's been playing defensive end, but I expect him to slide inside when he gets to college. Notre Dame has a very good shot at landing Lewis.