The West's Emerging Offensive Prospects

A look at the emerging offensive players out West as the evaluation period gets started, and which players who are looking to add their first FBS offers into the mix...

Conner Manning
Quarterback, El Toro (Calif.)
The QB MVP of the SoCal NFTC, Manning broke Matt Barkley's single-season passing record for Orange County.  He's ridiculously productive and while he's not the biggest guy nor has the strongest arm, he runs an offense and just wins and should see offers come in this spring as coaches make their way to the O.C.

Kani Benoit
Running Back, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
At 6-0 190, Benoit has the bulk to run between the tackles but has the speed to get to the edge. Catches the ball well out of the backfield as well. South Dakota State is only offer currently.

Olito Thompson
Running Back, Concord (Calif.)
The 5-10, 220-pound Thompson is also a rugby player, but made his mark last year as the state's leading rusher, running for nearly 3,500 yards and for 34 touchdowns.  He's got good, not great speed, but he's a workhorse back, who's physical between the tackles and carry the load throughout a game.  Overshadowed by De La Salle in his backyard, as coaches stop by DLS this spring, you can expect them to stop by Concord as well.

River Cracraft
Receiver, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
On a team with five players with FBS offers, including four on offense, Cracraft should be the sixth when the spring finishes up.  Quarterback Johnny Stanton's favorite target, Cracraft is deceptively fast, sure handed and a very good route-runner and always makes the clutch catch.

A.J. Holman
Receiver, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Like Cracraft, Holman plays in the difficult Trinity League, the toughest league in the Southland, so he's been productive against some of the top defenses in the West.  OLu is always a stop for college coaches although a coaching change at OLu could be the reason things are a little slow.  But Holman could get offers as coaches get a chance to see him workout this spring as order has been restored.

Mat Boesen
Tight End, Torrance (Calif.) West
One of the top performers at the IMG/Madden 7on7, Boesen has good height and a good frame, but just needs to add some weight.  He's still a pretty physical player and is a very good receiving tight end and should fit in well with an offense that likes to split it's tight end out.

Max Rich
Offensive Line, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Rich has great size at 6'7" 290lbs. Rich looks like a prototypical tackle, with the long arms and feet to handle edge rushers. Rich jumped on to our radar last year when he put in a stellar performance against Army All-American and Oregon commit Alex Balducci. Rich might be lighter than the 290lbs he is listed at and needs to add more weight to his frame before college. Rich landed his first offer this past week from the University of North Dakota.

Travis Fister
Offensive Line, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic
At 6-3 260, Fister doesn't have the size to be an offensive tackle at the next level but certainly has the skills to be an offensive guard. South Dakota State has offered but linemen with Fister's skill set and a near 4.0 GPA, get recruited heavily.

Steven Gurrola
Offensive Line, Glendale (Ariz.) College
Has some of the nastiest film you'll see this year. Plays through the whistle, blocks at the second and third levels and explodes on defenders, Utah State, where his brother played, is his only offer. He is listed at 6-2 290 and it is legit. But in this day and age of people faking heights and weights, college coaches are skeptical if he is 6-2 or 5-11. Once they come through GCC and see him in person, he will have 10 offers

Charlie Renfree
Offensive Line, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Literally 100 schools may stop by Brophy to see Tyler Bruggman and Devon Allen, Renfree won't be offerless for long. He has a great motor, is strong and experienced.

Nick Whitton
Offensive Line, Villa Park (Calif.)
Whitton plays through the whistle and is a high motor guy, very athletic and does a great job getting to the second level. He has the balance an coordination to stay on his feet when engaging a linebacker and plays with a serious mean streak at all time.

Greg Biggins, Jason Jewell, Jake Worthen and Brandon Huffman contributed to this team.

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