A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook, where the West's top defensive prospect in 2013 made his college choice...
Big Fish Off the Board
The premier defensive prospect in the West, and the nation's top safety, Su'a Cravens, ended his recruitment on Wednesday, committing to USC, his childhood
favorite, at an announcement at his home.
The five-star Cravens, ranked #1 at safety nationally by Scout.com and a top
five prospect overall, became the third Trojan verbal in the top eight
nationally and fifth in the top 18, and gives USC the top defensive prospect in
the West in Cravens, to go with the West's top offensive prospect, Max Browne, a
"I always wanted to be a Trojan growing up, that was my dream school," said Cravens. "USC has everything I could want in a program. Location wasn't a factor for me. I would have gone anywhere, but being close to home is definitely a bonus."
The four-star had offers from all over the country, but early interest in
Washington, the Huskies and Steve Sarkisian were his first BCS offer, won out in
"I just had a great feel for the school after I took my visit last week," Williams said. "I felt so comfortable with the players and the coaches and I love the offense. I felt a great chemistry there with everyone and I also loved the city and so did my family.
"I came home Thursday night and knew right away that Washington was the place."
And Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill quarterback Trevor Hodge committed to Iowa State, another California passer coming off the board and the second year in a
row the Cyclones got their quarterback from the Golden State.
The West's top offensive lineman, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah,
has narrowed down his list to a top five of USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma and Cal.
Five more West Coast prospects were selected to The Opening next month in
and Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue, both Scout 100 members, were
invited and were joined by fellow Scout 300 members Darren Carrington, a
four-star receiver out of San Diego (Calif.) Horizon and Fresno (Calif.) Central
cornerback L.J. Moore. The fifth prospect was Oakland NFTC DB MVP Kevin King, a cornerback from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd.
Drew Wolitarsky -
WR - Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon In line to become the most
prolific receiver in California history, recruiting had been a little slow out
of the gate for Wolitarsky, with only offers from Army and Arizona. But
this week, Minnesota, Nevada and Hawaii all offered the three-star.
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.