Turnovers Too Much to Overcome
If you only saw the stat sheet, you would have thought the West won this one comfortably. They had 398 total yards to the East's 191, more than twice the first downs- 21-8 and almost twice the time of possession.
The big difference was turnovers along with a huge special teams play by Zechariah McPhearson. On the West's opening possession, they attempted a 55 yard field goal, which was short and caught by McPhearson in the back of the end zone.
The Penn State commit weaved his way 97 yards before being tackled at the West three-yard line. The East would punch it one play later to get on the board. The West had two crucial fumbles that led directly to scores and also threw two interceptions and that ended up being the story of the game.
Kareem Takes Home MVP Honors
The standouts of the Semper Fidelis Bowl game was the East squad defensive line, most notably Khalid Kareem, Caleb Roddy, Ron Johnson Jr. and Kobe Jones. Throughout the week at practices, the defensive line made things difficult for the East offense but now facing the West, they looked even more dominant.
Kareem stole the show scoring on a 14 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter and then followed with an 80 yard fumble recovery in the 3rd that led to another Eat touchdown.
The Notre Dame commit, ranked No. 281 in the Scout 300, is a big, physical rush end with size and mobility. He's very to block and showed a high motor, active hands and was a deserving choice as game MVP.
Clemson Lands a Good One
It was a big pickup for the Tigers, literally and figuratively as Overton is rated No. 265 in the Scout 300 and at 6-5, 195 pounds, is a huge target.
Overton uses his huge frame very well, boxing out smaller defensive backs, shows soft hands and should be a major threat in the red zone and in jump ball situations.
Hudson Worthy of Rankings Boost
McKeesport (Pa.) defensive back Khaleke Hudson was recently upgraded to four-star status and he proved all week he was definitely worthy of the bump. Hudson is a tough, physical safety who loves to hit.
At 6-1, 200 pounds, Hudson has a strong, powerful build and is a prototype down hill safety who can fly off the hash in run support. He's also a plus athlete who runs well and looks very comfortable playing in space.
Pennamon Shows He's a Gamer
Manvel (Texas) running back D'Vaughn Pennamon had a quiet week and never flashed the ability he shows on his game tape. The size, speed and toughness were evident but we had yet to see him breakout during any of the practices.
It was a different story on Sunday as Pennamon rushed for a game high 124 yards on 15 carries (8.2 ave) to go with three catches for 20 more yards.
The Mississippi commit showed a nice burst hitting the hole, a little more wiggle in space than we expected and the power to finish every run falling forward. He has all the physical tools to not only play but excel at the next level.
Howard Flashes Huge Upside
Westlake (Calif.) wide out Theo Howard came in to this week with a lofty reputation as a Scout 100 prospect, ranked No. 49 in the country.
Big things were expected of him but on the teams first practice, Howard struggled catching the ball and looked a little tight. As the week went on, he got a little better every day, flashing his explosive speed, polished route running and ability to run after the catch.
Howard looked the part on Sunday hauling in five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. He had no problem getting open and showed his rare ability to make a play after the catch. The UCLA commit will report to school on Monday as an early graduate and might be the best receiver prospect the Bruins have brought in, in a long time.