News and notes from day one from the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...

Jan. 5 -- The U.S. Army All-American West team hit the practice field at Blossom Athletic Center for the first time on Monday and here are some news and notes...

It was day one for U.S. Army All-American Bowl week, which meant a lot of Monday was spent on install for the West.

Still, there were moments of work, a lot of 1on1's and some live 11-on-11 at the end of the day.

Here are some news and notes from Day One from the West.

Top Performers

Jack Jones, ATH, Long Beach Poly

Jones was hands down the top defensive back on Monday, with a number of pass breakups, a pick-six and a couple of other near pick-sixes.  Jones was originally recruited as a receiver, but after shining in the offseason as a corner, most schools focused on him there and he's been terrific since making that move.  Monday was no different and Jones was the standout from his group.

Shea Patterson, QB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Patterson is the No. 1 quarterback in the country and he did nothing to make us think otherwise on Monday.  The quarterbacks as a group were generally good, with no one really struggling, but Patterson was on all day, throwing down field with ease and accuracy, but also looking pristine in the shorter and intermediate routes.

Jordan Elliott, DT, Houston (Texas) Westside

Elliott showed explosiveness, was demanding a double team and was putting pressure on players in the backfield.  Since the QBs weren't able to be hit, he had to settle for play-ending "sacks".  His quickness off the ball is indicative of the fact he played defensive end as a prep.

Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle

Asiasi is a big tight end, 6-5, 265-ish, but can absolutely run and catch like a lighter tight end.  He's a smooth pass-catcher with a big catch radius, has soft hands, runs tremendous routes and looks natural playing the position.  An excellent defensive lineman who many feel would flourish on defense in college, Asiasi still shows consistently that tight end is a position he'd play at a high level.  Playing in a run-oriented game in high school, Asiasi is already a good blocker but this game, and today in particular, showed what he can do when used as an offensive weapon.

Recruiting Buzz

-Detroit (Mich.) King defensive back LaVert Hill is undecided he will announce in the game on Saturday.  Hill said he wants to discuss with his family about whether he'll make his decision.  Schools in the mix for Hill are MichiganMichigan State and Tennessee.

-Long Beach (Calif.) Poly athlete Jack Jones is still focusing on his top five of Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.  He'll visit Alabama in mid-January but is leaving his 4th and 5th visits opened with no plans to take those trips.

-Oklahoma City (Okla.) Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore is making a final decision on Monday night on if he'll announce his decision on Saturday.  The four-star is still considering OklahomaTCU and has January official visits to Alabama and Oklahoma State.

-Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi will visit Washington on January 15th, Alabama on January 22nd and USC on January 29th and previously visited UCLA in December.

-Fort Bend (Texas) Elkins defensive lineman Ross Blacklock planned an Alabama official visit the weekend of January 15th and will visit TCU the following weekend.  Blacklock is also considering Houston and Texas A&M.

-Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback David Long decommited from Stanford last month and Michigan and Washington are at the top with his two hometown schools, UCLA and USC, trying to stay in the mix.  He'll announce in late January.

-Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback Shea Patterson is solidly committed to Mississippi and has put on his recruiting hat for the Rebels. The nation's No. 1 quarterback said this week he's personally recruiting Mique Juarez and Jeffery Simmons.

-Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly has set Signing Day as the day he'll announce and the five-star is focused on Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Surprise of the Day

Kingwood (Texas) athlete Sewo Olonilua was originally brought in to the game as a safety, but when Kyle Porter pulled out because of an injury, that left the West shorthanded at running back.

So Olonilua, a commit to TCU, made the switch to running back for the West, and got the majority of the reps in the backfield on Day One.

Olonilua caught the eye of West head coach Jim Benkert, who said he was impressed with Olonilua's ability to run and move and make the transition.  

Ranked as an athlete by Scout, Olonilua could end up playing running back for the Horned Frogs.

Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks contributed to this report.


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