West Recruiting Notebook

A look at some of the news and notes on the recruiting front from the West...

Visits Galore

With the All-American games all done, this weekend is shaping up to be one of the biggest official visit weekends in the West.

Several Pac-12 schools are hosting numerous visitors, while a number of the top prospects in the West are visiting national programs

West Visitors Nationwide

The West's top prospect in 2012, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove tackle Arik Armstead, is the headliner, taking his fifth, and final visit, to Auburn this weekend.

Oklahoma State, who finished #3 in the final polls, has a pair of California four-stars in this weekend in Arroyo Grande (Calif.) outside linebacker Seth Jacobs and Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey receiver Jaydon Mickens

In the Desert

Todd Graham's first big weekend at Arizona State will welcome a couple of commits in Oliver Johnson, Terrell Davis and Milo Jordan, and four-star JC running back Marion Grice out of their eight visitors.

Rich Rodriguez will host over 15 visitors at Arizona, led by four-star linebackers Deaysean Rippy and Dakota Conwell from Pennsylvania, as well as California prospects like C.J. Dozier and Bryan Harper, who've decommitted from Arizona State and Washington respectively.

Another Day in L.A.

The biggest weekend for new UCLA head coach Jim Mora will bring in 18 visitors, including four from prep power Euless (Texas) Trinity, with two commits, Hiva Lutui and Laia Moeakoila leading the way as well as the #3 quarterback nationally, New Jersey native Devin Fuller and Stanford commit Luke Kaumatule.

Meanwhile at USC, a pair of five-stars will be in Troy, Isaac Seumalo, the nation's top guard and a commit to Oregon State as well as Tracy Howard from Florida. They also have 10 other Scout 300 prospects visiting.

Lot Of Talent on The Farm and in Utah

Stanford has three five-stars and three four-stars on campus this weekend, including the nation's #2 quarterback Jameis Winston, a Florida State verbal and five-star tackle Kyle Murphy and five-star guard Joshua Garnett.

Utah will also have a plethora of talent, including committed quarterback Travis Wilson and USC verbal Pui Vatuvei among others.

Beavers, Ducks Welcome Guests

Oregon's lone visitor is a big one, Dallas (Texas) Skyline receiver Thomas Johnson, a decommit from Texas.

Oregon State will welcome four-star receiver Kenny Lawler from Upland (Calif.) as its headliner.

Evergreen State Visitors

Washington's newly shaped defensive staff comes at a good time, with three Long Beach Poly visitors in, including Salamo Fiso, Randall Goforth and Alonzo Williams leading the way.

Washington State has four-star receiver Gabriel Marks and three former SMU commits in Pullman, like Khalil Pettway, a now-verbal to Washington State as well as Robert Lewis and Kache Palacio.

  • Several of the West's top prospects are set to take official visits next weekend, with USC, UCLA and Washington all set for additional big weekends.



  • UCLA got a pledge from Upland (Calif.) fullback Christian Powell.

  • The Bruins also landed a verbal from Colby Cyburt, a three-star tackle from Mission Viejo (Calif.)
  • Hawaii native Kiha Sai committed to the home-state Warriors after being a Utah commit.

  • Mount Sac. (Calif.) defensive lineman Junior Salt flipped his verbal from Florida to Utah.




    Nick Januska - OLB/DB - Ventura (Calif.)
    After a stellar season for the Cougars, Januska has added three Mountain West offers in the past week.


  • Culver City (Calif.) safety Yamen Sanders has been offered by Wyoming and Arizona.

  • San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic running back J.J. Stavola was offered by Air Force.

    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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