A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook, where a couple of Pacific Northwest programs land some four-star commits...
Both Oregon and Washington held their spring games last weekend, with Oregon
having a handful of recruits in, namely five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer (Calif.), and Washington a much-larger affair, coupling
their Junior Day with their spring game at Century Link Field.
While Oregon didn't receive any verbals from their visitors, they did get one
from one of their chief targets, Evan Voeller, a four-star offensive tackle from
West Linn (Ore.). Interestingly, Voeller was in Seattle just days before
for the Huskies' Spring Game.
But Oregon won out for one of the top prospects in the Northwest in the 2013
"After I took some visits, I just noticed that with everything that's going
on at Oregon, it's really special. They're changing the game and I really want
to be a part of that," Voeller told Chris Courtney of eDuck.com.
The Huskies, on the other hand, landed four verbals off the heels of their
Starting the run was Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Sean Constantine, the lone
in-state player to commit at their Junior Day, and the anchor of the Wolverines'
3A state title team this past fall. That night, Poway (Calif.) four-star
cornerback Derek Babiash pledged to the Huskies, the top-rated verbal to the
Huskies thus far.
On Sunday, Santa Margarita (Calif.) center Dane Crane told the Washington
coaches he was going to be a Husky and the next day, his teammate,
safety/outside linebacker Connor O'Brien followed suit and gave Washington a
The region's top running back, five-star Justin Davis from Stockton (Calif.)
Lincoln, will announce his college decision on Thursday, May 17th. The
#3-ranked running back nationally, Davis has 20+ offers but said he's focusing
primarily on USC, California and Washington.
UCLA is the last Pac-12 school to host their spring game, and the Bruins
will do so this weekend, at the Rose Bowl. West Coast prospects expected
to attend include five-star safeties Su'a Cravens from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista
Murrieta and Priest Willis from Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza, as well as
four-star prospects like defensive end Joe Mathis from Upland (Calif), tight end
Thomas Duarte from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
teammates, cornerback Chris Hawkins (a USC commit) and safety Tahaan Goodman and
Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kenneth Clark.
Colorado's aggressiveness in Southern California paid off with a verbal from
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive guard Colin Sutton. One half of the top
guard duo in the Southland, Sutton is plenty familiar with Colorado, his sister
training in Colorado Springs as a world-class swimmer and his father having
played football at Air Force. A top 20 guard nationally, Sutton is the top
commit on board to date for the Buffs.
The West's top defensive lineman, Placer (Calif.) defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes,
landed a much awaited offer from USC.
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams,
the top passer in California, was offered by Wisconsin.
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.