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January 5, 2013

Semper Fidelis recap

The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson (Calif.) featured eight prospects from Northern California. The West team was handed a heartbreaking 17-14 loss in the final seconds, but a pair of Washington commits from NorCal shined.

Matt Anderson 6-foot-0, 175 pounds K San Ramon Valley: Anderson was
2-for-2 on his extra point attempts, but the Cal commit was not asked to do much more. The left-footed kicker was not given a chance to show his leg on kickoffs as he was asked to kick it short. The East did have a kick return for a touchdown, but that obviously could not be blamed on the kicker.

Aaron Cochran 6-foot-8, 350 pounds OT Buhach Colony: The massive offensive lineman spent his time at right tackle. Cochran provides a huge frame and is a strong run blocker when he gets his hands on a defender. Once he engages with a defender, he is a powerful, downhill mauler. He also showed some solid agility when he was out in space. However, Cochran struggles handling speed rushers and was sometimes caught off balance. The biggest question with Cochran is if he can handle bigger, quicker Division I athletes when he drops back in pass protection. The tackle holds offers from 13 Division I programs and is currently uncommitted.

Darrell Daniels 6-foot-4, 205 pounds WR Freedom: The big, long-armed wideout had a stellar performance. His night was highlighted by a nine yard touchdown catch on a slant route. He also had a huge block on a quarterback scramble in the same drive. Daniels, a Washington commit, finished with another catch to total 13 yards on two targets. He was also a gunner on the punt team and almost forced a fumble on a monster tackle. It was a good overall performance for Daniels who is the top receiver in Northern California.

Victor Egu 6-foot-3, 217 pounds LB De La Salle: Egu had a sack and another tackle in the game along with a special teams tackle on the opening kickoff. He was typically seen in zone coverage due to All-Star game rules. The Cal commit is athletic and a sound tackler who can become a solid linebacker at the next level.

Jared Goff 6-foot-4, 190 pounds QB Marin Catholic: Goff is a lanky, strong-armed quarterback who showed excellent accuracy. He finished 4-for-7 with 29 yards and showed some athleticism with a six yard run on an option read. The Cal commit did slightly underthrow a deep ball to an open receiver, but he does have the arm to make those throws. He will need to add some bulk, but should see some playing time in the Pac-12 down the road.

Austin Hooper 6-foot-4, 233 pounds DE De La Salle: The uncommitted prospect displayed his ability to disrupt plays off the edge. He had a sack and a half and almost had another one late in the second quarter. Hooper needs to add bulk to stay at defensive end, but has long arms and uses his hands well. Although slightly skinny for a defensive end, Hooper has also drawn interest as a tight end. He is a high energy prospect who understands the game and holds offers from almost every
Pac-12 program.

John Mundt 6-foot-5, 235 pounds TE Central Catholic: Mundt had one catch in the game for 14 yards. He typically ran seam routes and displayed good hands as his catch was slightly underthrown. The Oregon commit seems to be more of a pass catching tight end, but is a sound blocker as well.

Elijah Qualls 6-foot-1, 282 pounds RB/DT Casa Grande: It is rare to see prospects play on both sides of the ball in all-star games, but Qualls was one of those few. Offensively, he caught a screen pass for 10 yards as he trucked a defender in his path. He also had consecutive carries in short yardage situations to pick up a first down. However, it was on defense where Qualls stood out. He had a mammoth tackle for a loss in the first quarter where he threw down a ball carrier with ease. The Washington commit consistently collapsed the pocket and even drew some double teams. Although slightly undersized at defensive tackle, Qualls is exceptionally quick off the snap and maintains good balance throughout a play. He was the top performer among NorCal participants.


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