Scout on the Town - West Recap

Here's a recap of Scout on the Town - West Recap from this weekend's high school football action. Our scouts where in California, Washington, and Arizona watching standouts like Thomas Duarte, Devante Downs, Kani Benoit and many more.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Mater Dei Santa Ana(Calif.) vs Santa Monica (Calif.)

Monarch two-way standout Thomas Duarte was tremendous and is easily among the top handful of players in the region. Mostly known as a pass catching tight end/receiver, Duarte had his moments catching the ball and is a brutal matchup for defenses. Duarte has slimmed down and looks noticeably quicker. He's still too big for an opposing corner or safety and way too athletic for a linebacker to check. On defense, he really had an impact with four sacks in the first half and was relentless at outside linebacker. The 6-3, 225 pound athlete is still open in his recruitment but Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and USC are on his short list.

Monarch junior corner Jonathan Lockett looked very good and should be recruited at the national level. He has good size, is very smooth and plays with a high football IQ. He has excellent ball awareness and can play the pass and the run equally well. Lockett plays physical and shows the speed and hips to turn and run with receivers down the field. Some have questioned Lockett's top end speed but the athlete definitely plays fast and is an elite prospect.

Monarch offensive lineman Dave Bright is a big, right tackle prospect who looks all of 6-5, 285 pounds. Bright moves pretty well, plays with great technique and finishes his blocks. He doesn't show elite athleticism right now but is much improved from a year ago in his lateral mobility and has some definite upside to him. San Diego State along with Pac 12 schools Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah have all offered.

Santa Monica receiver Sebastian LaRue had a quiet game for the Vikings as the Monarchs did a nice job of keeping him in check. Larue is more quick than fast and has a nice burst off the ball. He has good hands and will give you some nice yards after the catch. Larue also looked good at corner and could play on either side of the ball in college. The athlete said he's still very solid with USC but will take his official visits and mentioned Ohio State, Washington State and Texas A&M as potential destinations.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) vs. Lynnwood (Wash.)

Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), is an intriguing two-way threat from the 2014 class. While he looks like an ideal linebacker, he was a little stiff for the position, not getting a great push coming off the edge, or showing real explosion. Offensively, though, Downs looks like an optimal power-back. With decent speed, and good size (6-2, 230), he's a load to handle up the middle and does a good job of keeping his legs going and gaining yards after contact. He rushed for 125 yards and four touchdowns, and had two touchdowns called back. Originally we had him as an outside linebacker, but his best position in college, at this stage at least, is likely as a power back, fullback type.

Andrew Basham (Lynnwood, Wash.), is a three-star defensive lineman and a commit to Washington. Unfortunately, Basham wasn't at the game, after missing school because of sickness, so we didn't get a chance to see him.

Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Graham-Kapowsin (Wash.)
Chico McClatcher (Federal Way, Wash.), is not a big kid, but he's fast. At about 5-7, 155, and just a sophomore (2015 class), he looks a lot like DeAnthony Thomas did at this age, undersized, but difficult to do anything to because of how shifty and speedy he is. He had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 58-yard touchdown reception. He also had a 67-yard run that set up a touchdown, with nearly 250 all-purpose yards in a 62-28 victory. He still has plenty of time to grow and get bigger, but he's already got elite speed and quickness and is just a playmaker.

Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Seattle (Wash.) Kings vs Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy

BYU quarterback commit Billy Green took the game over for Kings. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound prospect tallied six total touchdowns, including 5 through the air. Kings won the game 40-15, knocking off the top ranked team in 2A, making it the first time they had beaten Archbishop Murphy in thirteen years. Green showed great accuracy and patience in the pocket.

Seattle (Wash.) Kings offensive lineman Mason Friedline put in a solid performance. Friedline shocked many when he chose Yale over offers from multiple Pac-12 programs. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman didn't dominate the game like expected, but did make a couple of big plays on defense in the second half.

Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep vs Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap
Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine quarterback and Colorado commit Sefo Liufau put in a solid performance. Liufau threw a beautiful touchdown pass on the first drive of the game, hitting Calvin Chandler on a corner route. However, Prep quickly took control of the game and Liufau rarely dropped back to pass after the first quarter. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound prospect did run for a pair of touchdowns on quarterback sneaks.

After catching the touchdown pass from Liufau early in the game, Calvin Chandler also suffered from his team's big lead and abandoning of the pass. Chandler stood out on defense, where he was used almost everywhere. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete was lined up at safety, but also spent plenty of time down in the box and on designed blitzes. Chandler now holds offers from Air Force, Navy and Wyoming.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Analyst
Phoenix (Az.) Thunderbird vs Phoenix (Az.) Greenway

This game features two of the state's running backs. Thunderbird's Kani Benoit is currenty a three-star back and has done nothing this season to second guess that. The 6-foot-0, 200 pound Benoit has rushed for 669 yards and 10 touchdowns. Benoit currently has offers from New Mexico State, Idaho, and a handful of FCS programs.

Greenway's Mark Dogbah centered 2012 with less notoriety but has played great thus far. He has rushed for 738 yards and is averaging almost 10 yards per carry. Dogbah does not have an offer yet.

Chandler (Az.) vs Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe
This has all of the makings of an exciting game. These are the top two teams in Division-one, both are undefeated and both are loaded with FBS caliber players.

Mt. Pointe is led by a strong group in the trenches with UCLA commit Kenny Lacy and junior Natrell Curtis starting both ways. The Pride also feature one of the state's top playmakers in junior Jalen Brown. Both Brown and Curtis have double-digit offers already. Runningback Thomas Warren has been offered by New Mexico State.

Chandler is known for having tremendous skill athletes and this year is no different. Quarterback Darell Garretson, a San Jose State commit, is off to a very good year. He is competing 67% of his passes and has thrown 11 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions. Garretson has spread the ball around, hitting 8 different receivers for touchdwn passes. Senior Mitch McCulley is leading the Wolves in receptions, followed by two-star tighend Patrick Baldenegro.

In the secondary, keep an eye on junior safety J.R. Hunt. He already has been offered by UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona. Tyler Shank is Chandler's top offensive lineman. He has an offer from Idaho.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey vs. Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete

Although Dorsey fell short in Thursday night's match up versus Paraclete in a down-to-the-last-minute two point loss (26-24), there was a highlight: wide receiver Delvon Hardaway. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound prospect holds an offer from San Jose State, and it didn't hurt that the Spartans' coaches were out watching Hardaway have his biggest game yet. The prospect had six catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns including a beautiful fifty-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Reginald Bell in the first quarter, as well as a 21-yard touchdown pass at the end of the half. Should his mid-season highlight tape mirror his performance on Thursday, Hardaway should expect a few more offers to come his way.

Cornerback Daquawn Brown holds a large number of offers and said after the game that he "for sure" wants to take his visits to Washington, Arizona State, and UCLA. Brown plays on both sides of the ball and said that he really enjoys playing receiver, but is prepared to play wherever he is needed at the college level.

Also impressive for Dorsey was 2014 athlete David Williams, who played on offense, defense, and special teams, though FOX Sports NEXT projects him at receiver. Williams is hearing from the likes of UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Ohio, California, and UTEP and is definitely an underclassman to keep an eye on.

All three players, as well as safety Jayme Otomewo and linebacker Marquise Harris, were at the Rose Bowl for UCLA's victory over Nebraska. Each of the players discussed that they were impressed with the way the Bruins' team had improved from last season and were especially happy to witness former Dorsey running back and current Bruin Johnathan Franklin's Pac-12 Player of the Week performance.

Downey (Calif.) vs. Fountain Valley (Calif.)
Fountain Valley offensive tackle J.D. Hinnant (6-5, 270) already looks like he can play college ball, having put on about ten pounds of muscle during the off-season. Though in the past he had played on both sides of the ball, there were only a select number of series in which Hinnant played defense in the Barons' 24-10 win over Downey. After the game, Hinnant confirmed he will be taking an official visit to Nebraska on September 29th, when the Huskers host Wisconsin. Hinnant also said he will be taking an official visit to Oregon on October 17th, the only other visit he has planned. He holds offers from the majority of the Pac-12, among others, and says he's also seriously talking with Oregon State, Duke, and California.

Linebacker Sean Finley (Fountain Valley) holds offers from Arizona, Nevada, and South Dakota and said post-game that he's very interested in all three programs and wants to take his visits during his team's bye week (Week 9), but has no official plans quite yet.

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