USAAAB: Tuesday West Recruiting Notebook

A look at some of the news and notes on the recruiting front from the West practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...

San Clemente (Calif.) five-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy has yet to cut down his list of five schools (California, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Florida), but will take two more visits later this month.

He heads to Stanford on the 13th and will visit USC on the 20th. Murphy originally planned to announce his commitment during the US Army All-American Game, but because his team played late into the season and he had to postpone some visits, he will now wait until the end of the month.


Fort Mitchell (Ky.) Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike is talking up Auburn as much as he can, but knows that there are more Tiger targets at the Under Armour Game in Orlando.

Pike is enrolling early; he'll be flying out of San Antonio on Sunday and will then leave for Auburn on Monday.


Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver was just offered by Oklahoma and is planning on taking an official visit to Norman on January 20th.

Other schools still in the mix are Washington, Nebraska, Arizona, and Utah, which he will also officially visit on January 13th.


A couple of Oklahoma commits, have been using the week to recruit for the Sooners.

Inglewood (Calif.) athlete Derrick Woods said he's enjoying competing with future teammate Durron Neal and both are recruiting for the Sooners, especially with Zach Banner and Brandon Beaver as well as Dorial Green-Beckham.


Four-star defensive end Javonte Magee, of San Antonio (Texas) Sam Houston, will be announcing his commitment on National Signing Day. He reports he will be choosing among his final three of Baylor, Texas A&M, and Missouri.

"Texas A&M and Baylor, I really love the coaches," explains Magee. "I really love Terrell Williams and I really love Coach Achuff. With Missouri, I was shocked because I was really going up there (Dec. 9) to have fun, and I really liked it up there, so that's why they're in my Top Three."


Four-star Houston-area receiver Bralon Addison and five-star running back Trey Williams still remain committed to Texas A&M and will be making their official visit to College Station with fellow commits next weekend.  But both noted they will be taking visits elsewhere afterward.

Both athletes will be traveling to Arkansas Jan. 20. Addison will then fly to Oregon Jan. 28, while Williams heads to Oklahoma State.

"I'm solid on Texas A&M, but why not go fly for free and eat for free for a weekend," said Addison.

Williams added, "Growing up as a little kid, you want those offers. Once a college shows me love, I'm going to show love back."


Four-star Dallas-area safety LaDarrell McNeil says he is still committed to Tennessee, and will be making his official to Knoxville January 13, but is also scheduled to make official visits to Arkansas (January 20) and Oklahoma State (January 28).

"I want to make sure I'm making the right decision for me," said McNeil. "Arkansas just got a new defensive coordinator from Ohio State, and we created a relationship. He was like, 'you got to come up here and see the place.  I've been there (Arkansas) for games, but I've never been there to stay, so I just want to go and check out the place."


Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes offensive tackle Zach Banner said he's down to three schools: Oklahoma, USC and Washington.

Banner said he had originally planned to announce a week after the U.S. Army Bowl but said that will have to change as he's still planning to take an official visit to USC and will either do it the 13th of January or the 20th.

The five-star said he'd announce when he'll take his USC visit this week then when he'll announce his final choice.


Banner's teammate at Lakes, Cedric Dozier, had some travel issues which kept him from coming to San Antonio until Monday, but he slid right in to practice on Tuesday and had a good day.

The Cal commit also said he's not wasting anytime recruiting for the Bears, working primarily on Shaquille Thompson, Jordan Payton, Aziz Shittu and Arik Armstead.


On the same note, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams, who committed to UCLA last week, said he's working on some guys of his own to come to Westwood with him.

The four-star said he's trying with Shaquille Thompson, Kevon Seymour and his Oaks Christian teammate, Jordan Payton.


San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Byron Marshall said he enjoyed watching the Rose Bowl on Monday and seeing his future school, Oregon, win it. 

Marshall said he and Alex Balducci, another Oregon pledge, watched the game together.

The four-star said he's only taking one more official visit, to Oregon later this month, and that his trip to Cal was more out of loyalty to the Bears being one of his first offers, but that he's solid to the Ducks.  He also said he's hopeful that LaMichael James returns to Eugene next year, but that he's ready if called upon should James leave.


Erin Hartigan, Annabel Stephan and Mike Coppage contributed to this report

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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