West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook, including how the Penn State situation has affected recruiting out West, what #1-prospect Arik Armstead's visit plans are and Stanford's big visit weekend...

Western Fallout for Penn State

With all the turmoil coming out of Penn State, the recruiting reach for the Nittany Lions stretched as far West as Colorado, where they had a verbal from four-star offensive lineman Joey O'Connor out of Windsor (Colo.)

And O'Connor became the first public decommit in the wake of Joe Paterno's firing.

"I have decommitted from Penn State," O'Connor said on Thursday evening. "I'm going to explore all my options now."

O'Connor was one of 16 commits to Penn State, but became the first publicly decommit following a trying week in State College, which culminated with the resignation then ultimately the firing of Paterno.

The 6-3, 285-pounder had committed to the Nittany Lions in June over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Tennessee, UCLA and Utah.

Armstead's Busy Time of Year

After taking official visits to Alabama and Notre Dame, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead, Scout.com's #1-ranked prospect in 2012, looks to be filling two more official visits.

"We have a tentative schedule set," said his father, Guss. "We're going to USC this weekend for the Washington game, unofficially and then on Sunday, we're going to check in with UCLA unofficially and meet with the football and basketball coaches."

And then the following two weekends look to be official visits for Armstead.

"We'll be going to Oregon for the USC game next weekend officially," said Guss Armstead. "And then will be going to Auburn for the Alabama game the next weekend officially."

The final spot will be between three schools.

"We're still trying to work out something with Texas, Washington and California and Oklahoma is still in there but we haven't heard from them as much," said Guss Armstead.

Cardinal Host Big Recruiting Weekend

Stanford will be hosting Oregon on Saturday night in the de facto Pac-12 North title game.

The Cardinal are also using the weekend to bring in several top prospects, both committed and uncommitted.

The headliner is Andrus Peat, the #3-player nationally by Scout.com and a five-star offensive tackle from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol.  He'll be joined by four-star outside linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo, the #3-ranked outside backer nationally by Scout.com.  Three-star Ohio safety Bam Bradley will also be in attendance.

From the commits, four-star safety Alex Carter will come out from Virginia and three-star receiver Kodi Whitfield from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola will also be on The Farm.

Stanford is also expecting a number of top 2013 prospects.

Castro Shutting Things Down

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker Jeremy Castro was once a Washington commit, and then he switched to Oregon last month.

Castro was supposed to visit Washington this past weekend, but then said he was going to switch that to later in November.

Over the weekend, Castro said that he is done with visits.

"I'm not a soft commit to Oregon, I'm going hard with my commit to Oregon. I'm not taking anymore trips," said Castro.

Castro said that included no longer planning to visit Washington this month.

  • In addition to Armstead, Oregon will also get an official visit from four-star cornerback Kevon Seymour, who said this week he'll visit the Ducks when they host USC on the 19th.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) offensive tackle Steven Moore got a new offer, from Boise State, and said he has now completely opened things up in his recruitment, after being a longtime Arizona pledge.

  • Boise State will be welcoming in one of their top commits, outside linebacker Christopher Santini from San Jose (Calif.) Leland.

  • Washington State will be bringing in center Cory English from Auburn (Wash.) and Westlake (Calif.) defensive end Johnny Stuart.

  • Utah has UCLA coming in and another Los Angeles product visiting, South Gate (Calif.) South East athlete Robert Lewis, a commit to SMU.

  • Nevada will be hosting a commit in Cody Tuttle, a three-star receiver from Westlake (Calif.), and from uncommitted offensive lineman Josh Tupou from Buena Park (Calif.).

  • Arkansas will be hosting a pair of Arizona JC prospects in Blake Jackson and Mike Pennel.

  • Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive lineman Damion Turpin said he has committed to UCLA.

  • Arroyo Grande (Calif.) offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich committed to Oregon State after his visit to Corvallis.

    Christian Powell - FB/DT - Upland (Calif.)
    Powell's stock continues to rise as one of the top fullbacks in the West.  Powell landed a new offer, from Texas A&M, and will visit College Station officially next weekend, the 19th, and will be at Washington the week after.

  • Buena Park (Calif.) lineman Josh Tupou added an offer from Alabama State.

  • Buena Park (Calif.) lineman Oscar Barron also added a new offer from Alabama State.

  • El Segundo (Calif.) cornerback Kendall Brown got his second offer, from Brown.

    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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