West Recruiting Notebook

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 five-star quarterback.

"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."

Meanwhile on Friday, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams committed to play at Washington.

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 the end.

"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."

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep's Tyler Bruggman, the lone four star quarterback from out West that is uncommitted, could be deciding soon, between Arizona State and Washington State.

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 Oregon.  Falah 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.

  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood receiver Inoke Lotulelei committed to UCLA.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic outside linebacker Carlos Carroll verballed to SMU.
  • Castle Rock (Colo.) Douglas County offensive lineman Blake Nowland committed to Colorado State.

    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.

  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman landed an offer from UCLA.
  • Fallbrook (Calif.) offensive lineman Sean Dowling, a UCLA commit, was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic tight end John Mundt got an offer from Duke while on an unofficial visit.
  • Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley linebacker Ryan Dunn was offered by Iowa State.
  • Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr safety Patrick Enewally was offered by Northwestern.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon running back Xavier Menifield was offered by Northwestern.
  • Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd cornerback Kevin King got a new offer from Utah.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey cornerback Daquawn Brown was offered by Washington.
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) defensive tackle Ryan Steele got an offer from Colorado State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback Cameron Walker picked up an offer from Washington.
  • Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete defensive end Will Pretty picked up his first offer from New Mexico State.
  • Tustin (Calif.) 2014 linebacker Greg Hoyd had Duke and New Mexico State offer.
  • Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt, also a UCLA commit, got an offer from Arizona.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West offensive tackle Chad Specht got his first offer, from Colorado.
  • Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma was offered by both Utah State and Colorado.
  • Oak Park (Calif.) defensive lineman Luca Bruno picked up an offer from New Mexico State.
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Keishawn Bierria was offered by Arizona
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian athlete Jermaine Kelly got an offer from Memphis.
  • Wilsonville (Ore.) receiver Tanner Shipley got offered by Wyoming.
  • Inglewood (Calif.) safety Tre Wilcoxen was offered by Ohio.

    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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