USAAAB: West Recruiting Notebook

A handful of recruiting nuggets from some of the top recruits on the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, including some rescheduling of announcements...

The nation's top receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest, will be waiting until National Signing Day to announce his commitment.

"I'm going to have (the ceremony) at the school gym, and have it packed," he smiled.

When asked which hats will be aligned on the table, he listed, "Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Missouri, and Texas."

His only official visit, thus far, has been to Texas. And while he has been on several unofficials to the other four schools, he notes he does not currently have any officials scheduled to them.

Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall running back Barry Sanders, who will be announcing his commitment at the game, reports a final four of Stanford, Florida State, Alabama, and Oklahoma State.

Euless (Texas) Trinity linebacker Brian Nance will also be announcing at the game, among a Top Three of Arkansas, Baylor, and UCLA.

Who are Michigan commits Ondre Pipkins, James Ross, and Royce Jenkins-Stone after this week?

"We dont have time to recruit," admitted Pipkins, "They got us on a time schedule, it's boom boom boom."

"-In our regular conversations we might just say some 'Go Blue' real quick," Ross quickly added with a smile.

"Yeah, just to put that mind in there, but really, pretty much right now people got their minds made up," continued Pipkins. "To me it's like, if you go to Michigan, you go to Michigan. If you don't, we're still going to be Michigan at the end of the day."

Carthage (Texas) athlete Edward Pope is committed to TCU, but said he will consider taking visits to Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State, but said he has not set up any official visits.

Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove Arik Armstead, the nation's #1-prospect, said he's down to five schools: California, Texas, Oregon, Auburn and Notre Dame.  Armstead said that USC, where he was a longtime commit, is out and that UCLA is no longer in the picture.

Armstead said he may visit Texas unofficially following the conclusion of the U.S. Army Bowl (Austin is just over an hour away from San Antonio) and could use his fifth and final official visit to Auburn, but that it's uncertain.

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony defensive lineman Aziz Shittu has taken two trips, to Texas A&M and Cal and will take three trips in January.

"I'm going to Stanford on January 13th, USC on January 20th and UCLA on January 27th," said Shittu.  "Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA are my top four schools and I'll decide on Signing Day."

Monrovia (Calif.) five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy said he's planning on visiting Cal, USC and UCLA officially in January, and fit in a visit to Arizona State.

Those four, plus Oregon, comprise his top five, but two stand out.

"I'm looking to USC and Cal right now, and Cal is at the top," said McCarthy.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety Shaquille Thompson has taken all five visits and said he will announce on Saturday.

Thompson said he's considering Cal, Washington, USC, UCLA and Notre Dame and that Arizona State, where he visited officially, is out.

"I'm announcing on Saturday, but I'm still going to take an unofficial visit to UCLA the week after I get back," said Thompson. 

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Jordan Payton will announce on Saturday, from three schools.

"I'm deciding between Cal, UCLA and Notre Dame," said Payton.

Payton said that Cal and UCLA were the two he was focusing on.

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir cornerback Kevon Seymour said he was down to four schools.

"I'm down to Cal, Oregon, USC and UCLA," said Seymour. 

Seymour was going to commit on Saturday, but will wait till he returns to Southern California.

"I was going to commit on Saturday, but I'm not," said Seymour.  "I'm going to do it at Muir."

Erin Hartigan and Mike Coppage contributed to this report

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