Golden was far and away the star of the West's first practice. The defensive back from Fresno, California took the field and immediately started making big plays. Golden had an interception and two pass deflections during 7-on-7 drills and later added an interception during 11-on-11. The Arizona recruit blanketed the West's big receivers all day and made a play every time the ball was thrown his way.
Koehler was by far the top defensive tackle for the West squad on Monday. Koehler was a load in the middle and was nearly impossible to block during one-on-one drills. The big defensive tackle from Hawaii also looked good against the run in team drills and was a real high-energy player today.
Habern is a 6-4, 275-pound offensive guard that filled in at center on Monday for the West squad and stole the show on the line. Habern was the best offensive linemen during 1-on-1 drills and stopped all of the defensive linemen in their tracks with his great technique and quick feet. Habern is a very sound player that has great footwork and plays with good pad level. The Sooners recruits really showed well at today's practice.
R.J. Washington – DL, 6-4, 245 – Oklahoma
R.J. Washington used his quickness off the edge all day to cause havoc in the backfield. Washington was the fastest defensive linemen that we saw all day. Watching Washington battle against Matt Kalil on one-on-one drills was the highlight of the day for the big men in the trenches.
The 6-1, 200-pound running back from St.Bonaventure High School is the top rated back in the 2008 class by Scout.com and looked the part on Monday. Scott looked particularly good running between the tackles. Scott's combination of speed and power is what separates him from the other top backs.
Justin Johnson – RB, 6-1, 205 – Oklahoma
Much like Darrell Scott, Oklahoma recruit Justin Johnson ran tough inside and also broke off a couple of long runs. Of all the running backs on the West squad Johnson made the most big plays. The talented back from Gilmer, Texas is a great prospect for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Matt Kalil – OL, 6-7, 281 – USC
The big offensive tackle from California was the most consistent performer on the offensive line besides Habern. The 6-7, 281-pound tackle battled with R.J. Washington during one-on-one drills and was the only offensive linemen to slow Washington. The match-up between Washington and Kalil was the best of the day. The Trojans are getting a future star in Kalil.
The big, mobile quarterback looked very good during Monday's practices. Crist didn't make any big plays but looked good in the short passing game and had the most consistent day of all the quarterbacks. He has the quickness to hurt a defense with both his arm and his feet. Crist is a very good prospect headed to play for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.