2015 Semper Fi All-American Game notebook
The 2015 Semper Fi All-American Game took place on Sunday night in Carson, CA, as the East team defeated the West squad 24-3.
College football fans were able to see some of the top high school players in the country during the game, and some of them made verbal pledges to schools ahead of February's National Signing Day.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the showcase event in California.
— Detroit's Tyriq Thompson is going to be a stellar defender at Michigan State. The linebacker notched a team-best six solo tackles and displayed very good athleticism while chasing down defenders. He is good against the run and sound versus the pass, and he should make Spartan fans excited for his arrival.
— In addition to Thompson, Sparty also has a pledge from Ohio running back L.J. Scott, who rushed for more than 70 yards on 16 carries and showed off his pass-catching skills as well. The big-bodied offensive star is one of the better backs in the country and should compete with Delton Williams, Gerald Holmes and Madre London for carries next year with Jeremy Langford being gone. Arizona quarterback Brian Lewerke, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 33 touchdown passes in 2014, has a strong arm and good mobility. He is also an MSU pledge.
— Like Scott, Ja'Mycal Hasty showed off his physical running style in the game. He had 10 carries and two catches while holding up well despite being just 5-9 and 185 pounds. He is committed to Baylor.
— Ohio State quarterback commit Joe Burrow looked very solid against tough competition. The knock on him has been that he doesn't face a strong high school schedule, so it was good for him to play well against a higher level of defenders. He went 9-of-12 passing for 123 yards for the East team in the contest, and the Buckeyes are getting a signal-caller that has good arm strength and the ability to make plays with his feet as well.
— USC could get immediate impact from defensive lineman Noah Jefferson, a 6-5, 280-pound Las Vegas product. He showed good burst off of the line, recording two sacks, and he could fit into the D-Line rotation next fall for a team that will still have depth issues. Of course, Leonard Williams will be off playing in the NFL, too. He's a disruptive force with good size.
— Notre Dame had six players in the game, Ohio State and Clemson had five, while Oklahoma had four players competing in the contest. Michigan State, Texas and Texas A&M each had three pledges playing. One of the Irish pledges is C.J. Sanders, a California slot receiver who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds at The Opening last summer. Miles Boykin didn't play because of injury, but the receiver has good size and could develop as an athletic tight end in South Bend.
— Uncommitted defensive back Holton Hill led the state of Texas with 12 interceptions this past season. He is one of the better corners in the country and could be in play for LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and Baylor.
— New York prospect Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is one of the better tight ends in the country. He also plays defensive end and has said he is down to USC, Alabama, Oregon and UCLA. He grew up a Trojans fan despite his dad playing at Michigan.
— Pennsylvania prospect Kyle Shurmur, who is the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, is committed to Vanderbilt.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.