Practices begin Wednesday for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and there are plenty of storylines as players begin to transition to playing in college. There will be a tremendous uptick in competition, and Scout takes a look at Five Burning Questions entering the week of practice:
1. Who will emerge as the go to quarterback for the West team?
The West team has struggled to throw the ball in recent years so it
will be interesting to see if one of the three quarterbacks can step
up and emerge in this one.
Terry Wilson is an Oregon commit and a true dual-threat signal caller.
He can beat a defense with his arm and his legs. Dillon Sterling-Cole,
who is heading to Arizona State, impressed this past summer when he
competed at the Elite 11 and The Opening.
Zach Smith, a Baylor commit, is a pro-style QB with a quick
release and an accurate arm. All three are talented, and whomever gets
hot will likely have the chance to lead the team in the fourth quarter.
2. Which West squad players could boost their stock with a strong week of practice?
Oregon defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, a UCLA commit, is a dominant
lineman who looks great on film. This week will be a big step up in
competition for him, but if he shows the same high level of strength and
quickness he shows on tape, he could be in line for a fourth star.
Colorado safety/linebacker JoJo Domann is one of the most instinctual
players in the country and always seems to be a few steps ahead of
everyone else. The Nebraska commit can line up at multiple spots and a
strong showing by him could see his ranking elevated as well.
3. Which East squad players could boost their stock with a strong week of practice?
Penn State commit Danny Dalton is an elite athlete and he was nearly impossible to cover during his senior year in Massachusetts, but he was not huge on the camp/combine circuit so not too many eyeballs were on him. The week of practice will be a marked step up in competition, and if Dalton handles it well, he will be in line for a fourth star. He can get down the field and he shows good hands on tape, and if his blocking ability goes along with it, he is in line for a push up the rankings.
Like Dalton, Notre Dame linebacker commit Jamir Jones does not play top competition, but he made big strides from his junior to senior season. This will be a proving ground to see if he has the athleticism and speed to play outside linebacker at an elite level, and doing so will enable him to move up the rankings, and maybe even grab a fourth star.
4. How does Khaleke Hudson fare at safety?
Schools are recruiting Khaleke Hudson to play either safety or running back, and he has no preference. But the McKeesport (Pa.) High standout is heading out to Orange County as a safety, although running back depth could push to the offensive side during the week of practice. Penn State, UCLA, Michigan and Pittsburgh are each pushign hard for Hudson, but in various spots.
Scout rates Hudson as an athlete, but that could change after his performance during the week of Semper Fi practice based on how he fits into the secondary, or if he is asked to move to running back.
5. Can Clemson commits impact recruiting?
Clemson has a pair of commits on the East -- Sean Pollard and Tavares Chase -- and they will have a chance to spend a lot of time with recevier Diondre Overton (Clemson and Tennessee). Also, kicker Taylor Sheets is considering Clemson and South Carolina. Whether it is during practice or during down time, Chase and Pollard will be able to sell the Clemson vision to Overton. And if the Tigers beat Oklahoma in the semifinals, it will give them even more to talk about.
National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report