- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) was the lone USC commit in Thursday's Under Armour All-America Game, and while his Black team was defeated 49-16 by the White team, Cope-Fitzpatrick provided a highlight for his squad.
The big tight end hauled in his team's lone touchdown, going up in the end zone and turning his body completely around to snag a ball thrown over his opposite shoulder. Cope-Fitzpatrick added a first-down grab early in the game, making a solid catch on an out route before hitting the sideline. There were a couple miscues, which prove there is still room for development, but Cope-Fitzpatrick capped off a solid week with a very nice performance in the game, complete with a victory sign after his touchdown.
Of the USC targets, it has hard not to notice defensive lineman Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), who registered a sack and improved his stock as much as anybody during the week-long event. Williams engaged in several terrific one-on-one battles with fellow USC target Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis).
Athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chapparal) hauled in two passes, including a touchdown, and was able to show some of speed on two kickoff returns. He was never afforded an opportunity to really get out in space, but every time he touches the ball, he shows a glimpse of his ability.
Offensive tackle Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) didn't have the best week of practice, but turned it on during the game. The Black team offensive line was put under constant pressure by the White team defensive ends, but Peat held up well against the rush. He also showed some athleticism, getting into the second level and taking part in kickoff returns.
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