* In talking with coaches after practice, the primary strength of this year's team is team speed. On defense, the thing that they said stands out on film is that the players are fast enough that they're covering for each others' mistakes. And while that's a good thing, they made it clear that the defense would take a leap when they got their assignments right.
* All week, Notre Dame commitment Hunter Bivin has been mentioned as the top player on Team USA, with LSU commitment Ethan Pocic, Michigan commitment Logan Tuley-Tillman and Missouri commitment Alec Abeln also having strong weeks. But Wednesday was their top day as a group. With the line starting to come together and build cohesiveness, it was a better day for the running backs, with Akron commitment Conor Hundley breaking a long run early during the scrimmage.
* Darius Mosley of O'Fallon (Ill.) had his best day, with the smooth cornerback prospect picking off a pass early.
* Florida State commitment Jesus Wilson was outstanding, pulling in a diving catch while totally blanketed for a big gain, then roaring off a huge gain on a reverse. Desmond Wyatt came thisclose to breaking a 60-or-so yard touchdown on a reverse of his own. He used his speed to get the edge, and shot past the last defender, but in doing so had to tip-toe the sideline and just went out,
* Rockwood Summit (Mo.) linebacker Eric Beisel continued his strong play, especially between the tackles, while Cheshire (Conn.) linebacker Cory Jasudowich has been emerging as a player in the middle of the defense. Texas A&M commitment Reggie Chevis looked physical and active, and Team USA defensive coordinator Rick Streiff said Chevis was getting better every day.
* Timber Creek (N.J.) defensive end Dajaun Drennan had potentially his best day. He had a sack on a key third down play, then shut down another series when he leapt up and knocked down a pass on the line. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is the most athletic end on the Team USA roster, and he's making his impact felt.
* The running backs also made an impact in the passing game, with Tarean Folson catching a 60-plus yard touchdown on a streak route out of the backfield. The Cocoa (Fla.) product outran the safety after the catch for the score.
* Tottenville (N.Y.) receiver Tarean Folston had another nice day, pulling in some key catches. With his length and overall athleticism, he's been a tough matchup all week.
* Memphis commitment Brayden Scott and Missouri commitment Trent Hosick had another nice day throwing the ball. The standout quality for each player is his leadership ability, but both have done a nice job getting the ball to the considerable athletes at their disposal. And while both can run, Team USA offensive coordinator Chris Merritt said both had been encouraged to use their legs less this week.
* Streiff saved some of his biggest compliments for the three-man defensive tackle rotation of Kentucky commitment Jacob Hyde, Mississippi commitment Herbert Moore and uncommitted Fort Worth (Texas) Southwest's Tyler Colbert. Streiff said all three showed strength at the point of attack and moved well for such big players. Colbert is the smallest of the bunch at 315, but Streiff said he guessed Colbert's recruiting attention would pick up significantly once the season started.