The West 150

The nation's top player, Arik Armstead, heads the list of the West 150 for the Class of 2012...

It's a stellar year for offensive linemen out West, so it's no surprise that five of the top seven players in the region are linemen.

Led by the nation's #1 prospect, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead, and the #3 prospect, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol offensive tackle Andrus Peat, the West has an unprecedented five five-star offensive linemen, and the best 1-2 punch on the offensive line since the Tyron Smith/Matt Kalil class in 2008.

Washington has a pair of five-star linemen in Puyallup (Wash.) guard Joshua Garnett, ranked #1 at his position nationally, and in tackle Zach Banner from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes.  Kyle Murphy from San Clemente (Calif.), rounds out the five-star linemen.

There are skill players too in the West, including the nation's premier safety, Shaquille Thompson from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant and receiver Bryce Treggs from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, the lone offensive skill prospect in the Scout Top 50.

Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy is the region's premier defensive lineman, a five-star and a top five defensive tackle nationally.

Just about each state in the region has a four-star prospect, with Armstead, Peat and Garnett joined by Ronnie Stanley from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman as Nevada's top prospect, Eagle quarterback Tanner Mangum leading the way for Idaho, Isaac Seumalo from Corvallis headlining Oregon's rankings, Troy Hinds from Kaysville Davis the top player in Utah and Paul Thurston the top prospect in Colorado.

Here is Scout.com's Preseason West 150.

2012 West 150
Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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