West Edges East in Semper Fidelis Bowl

By Alex on January 3, 2012 at 8:34p
Diamond (left) was versatile for the EastDiamond (left) and the East came up just short

At Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, the West edged the East by a score of 17-14 in the inaugural edition of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The East started the scoring off, as QB Phillip Nelson (Minnesota verbal) hit one-time Buckeye target, WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn verbal) on a long score to put the East squad, wearing blue, up 7-0 early.

The West answered quickly and then some scoring the next two touchdowns in the first half to take a 14-7 lead. On the first of those scores, QB Jeff Lindquist (Washington verbal) connected with uncommitted prospect WR Jaydon Mickens on a score. For the second touchdown, Lindquist once again got a score through the air, this time hitting WR Kendrius Whitehead, also uncommitted to put the West squad ahead.

After a long return to the West 30 yard line, the East squad went back to work with a little over a minute remaining in the half. QB Nick Patti (Boise State verbal) of Dr. Phillips High School in Florida worked some magic in tying the game up at 14-14, as he tossed a pass on the run to TE Maxx Williams (Minnesota verbal) in the back of the end zone to leave the East team all knotted up heading into the half.

The third quarter came and went, with a combination of stellar defense and some poor offense contributing to a scoreless period. Still remaining tied at 14-14, you could tell that the offensive units weren't playing as one cohesive group, something they are not expected to be considering they only have a week or so of practice together. This is the main reason why in combines and events like this that the defensive players usually shine, as it is easier for them to make more natural plays as individuals than it is for an offensive player.

The fourth quarter was much of the same with very little scoring during a good part of the frame. Finally, the West drove down to the East 30 yard line and faced a fourth down, deciding to trot kicker Marshall Morgan (Georgia verbal) onto the field. The future Bulldog drilled the 47 yard attempt through the middle of the uprights to give the West a 17-14 lead.

The East made another valiant effort, with QB Wes Lunt (Oklahoma State verbal) leading the charge in a comeback drive down the field. It looked like Lunt was going to have mission accomplished, but DB Deontay Greenberry (Notre Dame verbal) had something to say, intercepting a pass deep in West territory to seal the deal and end the game in his team's favor.

The Buckeyes had five recruiting targets playing in the game, including OL Jordan Diamond, LB Camren Williams, and DB Demetrious Cox of the East, as well as DB Bam Bradley and OL Alex Kozan of the West.

Looking first at Diamond, he played both tackle positions and both guard positions throughout the game, showing versatility that may be needed at the college level. I thought he looked best on the outside at tackle, but if the chance to see the field first comes at guard, he showed he was definitely capable of playing the position as well. I thought he could do a better job of the hustle plays after the initial hits on the line and getting to the second level, but Diamond definitely lived up to his billing as one of the top tackles in the country and the Buckeyes would be lucky to have him. He will decide on Signing Day between OSU, Wisconsin, Auburn, Michigan, and Arkansas.

Williams was an absolute monster at linebacker and was constantly making plays throughout the game. He was extremely impressive in pursuit of the run, but what is scary is that he looked even more fluid in defending the pass. Williams has great instincts and athleticism and you can now see why Urban Meyer is in such hot pursuit of the Massachusetts native. Williams is currently a soft verbal to Penn State and will decide between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes after PSU names a head coach and he takes his official visit to Happy Valley and an unofficial visit to Columbus.

Cox started in the secondary at safety for the East and had an up and down night. Against the run he looked fantastic, closing quickly in pursuit of the runner and wrapping-up and driving the ball carrier with great force. On the other hand, against the pass, Cox looked lost at times and needs to work on that part of his game before he gets to the next level. He will choose between OSU, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Pitt, and Notre Dame. I don't expect the Buckeyes to win this one, but there is definitely still some time left.

Bradley didn't play much in the first half for reasons not known, but came in the second half with a bang, making a couple good hits against both the run and the pass. Bam looked to be the real deal, and reminded me a lot of Jermale Hines while he was at Ohio State. Many think Bradley could outgrow the safety position, so a move to the STAR position if he comes to OSU is not out of the picture. Bam is down to the Buckeyes, Stanford, Pitt, and Michigan State, and delayed his announcement from this game to later in January to take a visit to East Lansing and take a bit more time on his college choice.

Finally, Kozan looked very good at his more natural position of guard, after playing his high school career at tackle. He showed great ability to excel at that spot against both the run and the pass at the next level and I believe that is where he will play next year. It was rumored he was supposed to originally commit to Ohio State at the game, but was told to hold off by Meyer and the staff, as they want to see how things shake out in the numbers game. I think Kozan wants to come to OSU, but he will get shut out of this class and instead choose one of his other suitors including Iowa, Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Michigan, and others.


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Buckeyejason's picture

Why does every guy we go after get mentioned as "possibly a Guard"? We need Tackles BAD! Diamond and Kozan better play tackle or we're (censored)!!


JakeBuckeye's picture

Hey man, we already are censored. Urban is making the team delete their twitter accounts.

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

This is now believed to not be true

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

JakeBuckeye's picture

I actually knew that, but I wanted to make my stupid little joke haha.

Alex's picture

Diamond is a tackle.....so is Dodson and Decker...reason why all 3 are above O'Connor and Kozan on our board

ThirdLegLouie's picture

All the scouting services have O'Connor pegged as an OT. Also, I looked at Rivals the other day, and I think O'Connor is even higher rated than Diamond, Decker, or Dodson as an OT. Why is O'Connor not getting love from the buckeyes as a tackle?

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Squirrel Master's picture

Actually I wouldn't mind a guard like Kozan. Right now we have Mewhort playing guard and he is not a guard. We need help across the line. Even a good center recruit, if high enough, would be a nice grab. I like how Urban is working both lines cuz OSU needs help there the most. LB like Williams would just be the cherry on the top of a great class already.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

How does Minnesota have two commits in an all star game?

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Alex's picture

they actually have a decent class believe it or not

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Great work Alex! Thanks for all the updates and review!

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

BoFuquel's picture

Good job Alex. Just got home from The Brasky Game. Wow was that ever fun.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Yep, thanks for the great info Alex and 11W staff.    Looking forward to Signing Day. 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Don't know where to put this, but I guess the sugar bowl recognizes cfl rules on field goals.

You CANNOT have ANY players moving forward at the snap in American football.

That was a false start on the ot field goal.

I hope they are undefeated when we crush their souls next year.

Payback for Coop.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

matti's picture

and va tech got jobbed on that td catch that was reversed the other reviews were not even that close and were considered catches those officials sucks ass

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Judging by your user name, you'll have to pick one of ur 2 most hated teams to not win at Jerry world next September. As much as I would like a no loss CCAA team to roll into c-bus next november, I think several teams will have already exposed that team, and have eaten dinards cereal already. On the road with 'bama. Revenge road game with the Domers. I haven't checked, but a road game with wisky would be good for their repayment for this season, too. Oh, yes, and then the buckeyes' bowl game


ih8rolltyde's picture

Junior Hemmingway or what the Hell ever was crying like a little girl.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Brutus's picture

Probably because this was his first and only bowl win. It's a pretty sad statement when any four year Michigan player has only won one bowl game.  But I guess we shouldn't throw stones.  At least they won. 

Remember the days when 11-2 was considered a let down season? God, I hope things change quickly.

biggy84's picture

Hemingway sounded like he had never seen the inside of a college classroom.

madhatterhater's picture

I was hoping to hear a yabba dabba do, but it never happened. Also Beamer is not that great of a coach.

go bucks