- Kyle Williams, Analyst, WeAreSC.com
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) -- The biggest highlight on the day for Seymour was his verbal commitment to USC. The speedy two-way athlete found his way to the ball to help make a couple of tackles and was flagged for pass interference, which led to an East touchdown.
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia) -- The big defensive tackle just knocked the air out of the Trojans coaching staff. McCarthy looked to be leaning towards USC, but announced that he will be taking his talents to California. But all is not lost for the Trojans, because they’ll have one more shot at McCarthy when he takes his official visit to USC in the next couple of weeks. McCarthy started the game at defensive tackle, and was moved to defensive end on the next series and would rotate at both positions throughout the game. He didn’t make any big-time plays and at times seemed to have trouble getting off blocks, but he did do enough to disrupt some reads by the running backs and was stout at the point of attack.
Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) -- The only USC commit on the offensive line, some see Tuerk battling for the left tackle job next fall, but he played right guard for the West the whole game. Tuerk looked comfortable at times lining up inside at guard and if he doesn’t get a starting role this season, he could very easily be competing for the utility man job on the line. Tuerk at time had trouble blocking up on the second level, but did make up for it at times with his physical play.
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) -- The left tackle who has narrowed down his choices to the top schools in the Pac-12 lined up at right tackle for this game. These kinds of games are tough for offensive lineman because of the short amount of time they have to prepare and gel with their other O-linemen. This game was not the best in Murphy’s short career. He didn’t look comfortable in a right-handed stance and at times failed to match the intensity of his opponent. However, I have seen Murphy at his best and I still feel he is one of the top offensive linemen in this recruiting class.
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) -- The massive left tackle had trouble against the speedier defensive ends, and it showed in the second quarter when he gave up an easy sack. Banner is still growing and hasn’t fully become comfortable in his own skin. With time and coaching he will be effective at the next level.
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) – Diggs has narrowed down his choices on the West Coast to USC and Cal in addition to Auburn, Florida, Maryland and Ohio State. The speedster had the ball in his hands several times throughout the game, with his best carry coming on a kickoff return. Diggs did get lucky in the first quarter when he fumbled the ball that was recovered by the West, but the officials had already ruled the play out of bounds.
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