West Recruiting Notebook

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.

  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Francis Owusu got his 13th offer from San Diego State
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake offensive lineman Thomas Oser landed his second Pac-12 offer, this one from Washington State.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) offensive lineman Sean Harlow is in double-digits, with Arizona State his 10th offer.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore picked up two Big 12 offers this week, with Texas Tech following Oklahoma.
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande 2014 quarterback JaJuan Lawson got his first offer from Arizona.
  • Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kenneth Clark had Miami offer him.
  • College of Sequoias (Calif.) defensive back Steven Nelson received a new offer from Texas Tech but is still committed to Georgia.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey safety Jayme Otomewo got a new offer from Ohio.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit cornerback Charles Okonkwo had Nevada become his third offer.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge picked up offers from Minnesota and Boston College this week.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback Cameron Walker landed offers from Arizona State and Boise State.
  • Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff added a Fresno State offer but remains committed to Cal.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah got offers from Oklahoma and Nebraska.
  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman got an offer from Oklahoma.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez had Arkansas offer him.
  • Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad was offered by California.
  • Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland was offered by Colorado.
  • Fountain Valley (Calif.) offensive lineman J.D. Hinnant was offered by Nebraska and Colorado.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook

    Brandon 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.
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