11:48 AM Update
11:37 AM Update
Full team drills continue…Hayden Retting finds Steven Mitchell who created plenty of space for an easy 20-yard reception.
How about Torrodney Prevot? The four-star defensive end out of Houston, Texas?
"Torrodney Prevot is undersize for a defensive lineman but has length and quickness on the edge," Randy just told me. "But he's going to have to develop to be an every down player on the line."
11:24 AM Update
Still a steady rain coming down in San Antonio. Su'a Cravens with a gray-hoodie walking around on the field. If anyone has windshield wipers they could put on the pressbox, that would be great.
Randy Taylor, Director of Recruiting at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, just checked in with the pressbox, he's weathering the storm from the stands and says Nico Falah is the most athletic looking lineman here.
In one-on-one drills?
"I love No. 81, he's got tremendous feet and is a really good slot player," Randy just said, noting he's not a typical SC receiver. No. 81? Yes, that's Steven Mitchell. "Mitchell is a terrific route runner, creates separation with his feet. Concern? Playing him as an X because of the press coverage – he's quick enough – but would be better in a slot because he's a bit undersized. First impression? Unassuming kid until you see him move."
"I like [Chris] Hawkins, he's got a natural back-pedal, sticks his foot in the ground and breaks on the ball."
No, we aren't even paying Randy to pump-up USC commits. He's down there with mostly just numbers in hands.
"No. 26 – he's a sturdy looking kid. Just looks the part." No. 26? None other than 5-star tailback Justin Davis.
Intangibles report, Michael Hutchings and Steven Mitchell look like they are having the most fun out there. Not a big surprise to see that from Mitchell. Remember, he's the guy who had offers in the double-digits but was holding out for USC's Rising Stars camp to prove he was good enough to get a Trojan offer. He's an attitude you want to have around.
11:10 AM Update
What started as a drizzle has turned into a steady rain here in San Antonio. Not quite the bowl-week practice forecast these guys could've been hoping for (okay, I wasn't hoping for it either.)
One-on-one drills continue, Chris Hawkins covers Ricky Seals-Jones breaking up a would-be 40-yard touchdown. Hawkins breaks up another pass, again intended for Seals-Jones. Max Browne with a 25-yard completion to Texas-commit Jake Oliver. LSU-commit Hayden Rettig is finding a trusting target ins Steven Mitchell.
11:00 AM Update
Time for lineman drills… A'Shawn Robinson, the Texas commit who recently took an official visit to USC, is at defensive end. Nico Falah is lining up opposite of his future teammate Torrodney Prevot. Max Browne is under center. Michael Hutchings looks like he thought starting at ¾ speed was a good choice until he took a blast from LSU-commit Josh Boutte…
And on the other end of the field, it's one-on-one drills. Max Browne with two uncharacteristic over-throws of his receivers…
10:55 AM Update
Moving into positional drills and there's a connection USC fans will come to see in the future, five-star quarterback Max Browne connecting with five-star running back Justin Davis. Yes, Davis making a 20-yard catch from Browne.
10:00 AM Update Good morning, at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, Texas for the first morning session of Army All-American Bowl practice. Checking out the west team this morning, which features nine USC commits, 10 if you count once-verbally committed Eddie Vanderdoes.
Noticeably not dressed for the west team are Kylie Fitts and Su'a Cravens.
Initial thoughts from the FOX Sports NEXT pressbox, guys who standout physically looking down on the field are Isaiah Golden and Ricky Seals-Jones, both are Texas A&M commits, and the country's top linebacker Jalen Smith had a body that no doubt stood out. He's committed to Notre Dame.
Randy Taylor is the Director of Recruiting at NCSA Athletic Recruiting and has over 30 years of experience in college football including time on the staffs at Illinois, UCLA, and Minnesota.