West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Visits Galore, Again

With just two weekends left for official visits before National Signing Day, most of the Pac-12 schools are hosting big weekends, save California, which is somewhat reeling from the coaching departures of Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau to Washington and it's Bay Area neighbor Stanford.

The rest of the conference, though, has a plethora of visitors in.

The Desert Schools

Rich Rodriguez has eight visitors coming in, including four in-state prospects like Dylan Cozens, Javon Williams and Cody Ippolito as well as Trey Griffey, the son of former MLB star Ken Griffey Jr.

Todd Graham has double-digit visitors, including four from Long Beach Poly, who've all committed, but gone soft on the verbals- Randall Goforth, Richard Smith, Matthew Rowe and Salamo Fiso.  The headliner is, though, Darreus Rogers, the four-star receiver committed to USC.

Big Weekend in the Southland

USC has some talent in the trenches this weekend, with five-star tackle Kyle Murphy, four-star center Hiva Lutui and four-star tackle Zach Banner as well as defensive lineman Leonard Williams from Florida and Aziz Shittu from Atwater Buhach Colony in Los Angeles.

UCLA has another double-digit weekend with five-star Bryce Treggs, a Cal commit, joined by another five-star new UCLA verbal Ellis McCarthy, as well as U.S. Army Bowl MVP Ishmael Adams, four-star linebacker Aaron Porter and Oregon commit Jeremy Castro in Westwood.  They're joined by two-star cornerback Justin Combs, and his famous father, Sean, "P-Diddy" Combs.

Lot Of Talent in Salt Lake City and Boulder

Utah has a number of in-state visitors this weekend, led by Brandon Fanaika, a Stanford commit, Chase Hansen, Austin Lee and Moana Ofahengaue.  They also have new JC commit Junior Salt in, after he decommitted from Florida.

Colorado will host four-star outside linebacker Seth Jacobs from Arroyo Grande (Calif.) as well as three-star defensive end Ewing Simmons as well as a familiar name in Derek McCartney, the grandson of legendary Colorado coach Bill McCartney.

Ducks, Beavers Hosting Prospects

Oregon State has the nation's premier offensive guard, five-star Isaac Seumalo, on campus.  Seumalo, a Corvallis native, and the son of Beavers defensive line coach Joe Seumalo visited USC last weekend, but the Beavers are trying to secure his verbal this week.  Joining him are commits like Dustin Stanton, Joel Skotte, Caleb Saulo and Chase Eldredge.

Oregon's has just a handful of visitors, but the main one is Jeremiah Poutasi, a four-star committed to Utah, who's always maintained Oregon as his dream school, as well as Bryan Harper, a two-way threat from Ontario (Calif.) Colony.

Evergreen State Schools Hosting Several

Washington made the biggest news this weekend with the hiring of Lupoi and Kiesau and they'll host five visitors this week, including Cal commit Jordan Payton, who's tripping to Washington thanks to the hiring of Kiesau.  The Huskies are also hosting a pair of Hawaii prospects in Luke Kaumatule, a Stanford verbal and Psalm Wooching.

Washington State is also capitalizing on Kiesau's departure from Berkeley, with four-star athlete Cedric Dozier, who'd been committed to the Bears, now visiting Pullman.  Another four-star receiver, Kenny Lawler ius at Washington State.  The Cougars are also hosting JC lineman Carlos Lozano as well as Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Alphonso Marsh.

West Visitors Nationwide

San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove cornerback Cleveland Wallace, who's been committed to Oregon State, is visiting Boise State this weekend.

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd defensive end Nehemiah Mitchell is visiting Buffalo this weekend.  Two of his defensive teammates have committed to Pac-12 schools.

  • The biggest news this week, aside from the Cal/Washington coaching changes, came from Ellis McCarthy.  The five-star committed to the Bears during the U.S. Army Bowl, but the departure of Lupoi, followed that evening by an in-home visit by Demetrice Martin from UCLA, flipped McCarthy to Westwood.
  • After that was the decision by the West's top prospect, lineman Arik Armstead from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, to wait until Signing Day to announce his decision.  Armstead was set to announce this week so he could enroll in classes, but will now hold out until February 1.
  • The biggest news this week, aside from the Cal/Washington coaching changes, came from Ellis McCarthy.  The five-star committed to the Bears during the U.S. Army Bowl, but the departure of Lupoi, followed that evening by an in-home visit by Demetrice Martin from UCLA, flipped McCarthy to Westwood.



  • Washington State had a grand haul this week, at the expense of SMU, snagging three former Mustang commits in four-star receiver Gabriel Marks, three-star receiver Robert Lewis and three-star linebacker Kache Palacio.
  • Oregon State got one of the best game-day players in the West in Bellevue (Wash.) cornerback Tyler Hasty.
  • Aside from McCarthy, UCLA landed verbals from three-star Nate Iese from Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon and quarterback T.J. Millweard from Texas as well as a 2013 quarterback Eddie Printz from Georgia.
  • Utah grabbed a pledge from Fontana (Calif.) A.B. Miller three-star linebacker Reshawn Hooker.




    Sua Cravens- OLB/DB - Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta & Michael Hutchings - OLB- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
    Cravens already one of the elite prospects nationally in the 2013 class, but Cravens, a Scout 100 member, landed three national offers this week, from Florida, Michigan and Nebraska.  Hutchings is a five-star in the 2013 class and he picked up a new offer from Oregon.


  • Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch athlete Jeffrey Coprich was offered by California.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) 2013 lineman Sean Harlow was offered by Utah.
  • UCLA offered Chandler (Ariz.) receiver Javon Williams. 
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 2013 quarterback Troy Williams, the City Section Player of the Year, was also offered by UCLA.
  • Ventura (Calif.) outside linebacker Nick Januska was offered by Utah State.
  • Cal Poly offered San Clemente (Calif.) all-state selection Christian Tober.

    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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