ND Verbal Commits at West Practice

SAN ANTONIO - Dayne Crist continued to impress as the West's best quarterback at Tuesday afternoon's practice held at the Blossom Athletic Center. Receiver Michael Floyd, offensive guard Trevor Robinson, and linebacker Anthony McDonald didn't performed so bad themselves.

Following lunch, the West broke into individual drills before wrapping up the shortened workout with some 11-on-11.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Crist looks bigger in person than he does on television, as judged by when he was on Notre Dame's campus for a practice during the fall. He looks bigger than that in pads. He has the build of an NFL quarterback already.

The word among Scout.com scouts around practice was that Crist has been the most consistent passer on the short and intermediate routes of the three quarterbacks, and has the strongest arm. He will battle Blaine Gabbert and Andrew Luck for Saturday's start in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl held inside the Alamo Dome.

Crist wasn't really asked to throw the ball downfield in the segment we saw, but on one play, he picked up a fumbled snap and flicked it about 60 yards down field.

Robinson is easy to notice with his air flapping in the strong Texas wind behind him. He's big, strong, has good footwork, not great, and needs to continue to get better with his pass-protection technique. Very solid against the run, definitely his strong point. Two days in, he looks like the West's starter at right guard.

On a few toss plays, Robinson moved real well on the perimeter, which is something Notre Dame's current guards struggle with.

While Dan Buckner has been getting praised for being the team's most athletic receiver, Floyd is the most complete pass catcher on the roster. Scouts said that he and Crist looked good together, hooking up on a few routes during one-on-one drills in the morning.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Floyd has good size, good speed, good agility and is fundamentally sound. He isn't a guy that is going to wow you in one particular area, but has no weakness as a football player.

McDonald has been playing well, but has been slightly overshadowed by the play of Mike Mauti and Lynn Katoa.

In practice, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound McDonald found the ball quickly, and plays with great technique and instinct.

Gerell Robinson has been playing safety this week, even though his three finalists, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State like him at receiver. He said he feels much more comfortable at the position on Tuesday than he did the day before.

Based by the evidence on Tuesday, you can see why some college coaches would love to have the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Robinson in their secondary. He showed great range, and is a real fluid athlete.

On Wednesday, we will be at the Alamo Dome for media day from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Central Time). The intra-squad scrimmage will be held from 1:45 to 5 p.m.

Stay tuned.

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