On Wednesday, the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl took place at Chase Field in Phoenix, where the West edged out the East 17-14 with a late field goal. While the majority of the top high school talent is playing in either the Under Armour or Army All-American bowls this week, the game still had some of the top talent and was pretty competitive.
Committed USC linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) played on the East squad and was elected captain before the game. For most of the game, the majority of the plays were run away from him. Starr showed he had the ability to cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. He got in on a couple of tackles, but had his best play of the day in the second half with a good 5-yard tackle for a loss. On a couple of plays it looked like he was having trouble getting off blocks, but made up for it with good effort getting to the football.
Potential Trojans commit D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) was all over the field yesterday. The West coaches had Foster lining up at running back, wide receiver as well as taking snaps at quarterback in the Wildcat formation. Foster showed that he could be a lateral runner ,as well as showing he isn’t afraid to lower his pads and run downhill.
Notre Dame commit Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union), who USC has been going hard after, played a very good game for the West. Shepard looked fast in his drops and looked quick to close. Most of the balls were thrown away from his direction, but on the last play of the first quarter he almost came away with an interception.