A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...
Schools Out for Spring
With the evaluation period kicking in last week, this week saw a number of
schools blitzing the West Coast, especially those not in the Pac-12.
Both Oklahoma and Boston College hit the West Coast hard, with the Eagles and
Sooners offering a number of prospects.
The Eagles have their starting quarterback, Chase Rettig, calling Southern
California home, but they haven't been nearly as active in the past as they are
this year in the Golden State.
The Sooners, on the other hand, have long had a presence out West, and with
Mike Stoops, the former Arizona head coach, now back in Norman as the defensive
coordinator for his brother Bob, he's using his experience on the West Coast to
hit a bunch of West Coast schools. Tim Kish, who was Stoops' right hand
man and best recruiter while in Tucson, is also at Oklahoma, coaching the
linebackers for the Sooners.
Oklahoma was especially busy in Fresno this week, offering two Fresno
(Calif.) Central defensive backs, cornerback L.J. Moore and safety Hatari Byrd,
after previously offering teammate Johnny Johnson. The Sooners also
offered former Central cornerback Tee Shepard, who enrolled at Notre Dame in the
winter, but returned home to California and is weighing his options.
Both Washington and Oregon are hosting standout recruits this weekend for
their spring game. The Ducks have five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer (Calif.), in Eugene while the Huskies have three Scout
Top 50 prospects, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln running back Justin Davis, Oakley
(Calif.) Freedom receiver Darrell Daniels and Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver
Sebastian LaRue, among a long list of prospects in town.
Washington picked up its second commitment in the class of 2013, and like
its first, it came from an in-state prospect. Tumwater (Wash.) defensive
tackle Jaimie Bryant committed to the Huskies, joining Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
receiver Sammie Long, who did so last month.
Tyler Luatua - ATH - La Mirada (Calif.)- 2014
One of the premier prospects in the region in the 2014 class, Luatua was offered
by California on Tuesday but the bigger offer came on Monday when the national
champs, Alabama, offered him. Luatua's older brother, Isaac, was a
redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the Tide's national title team, but the
younger Luatua is the more versatile athlete of the two and Nick Saban extended
an early verbal offer, giving him five in all.
Fountain Valley (Calif.) offensive lineman J.D. Hinnant was offered by
Nebraska and Colorado.
National Recruiting Analyst Greg
Biggins contributed to this notebook
is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a 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.