West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Commitment Saturday

The UCLA-Oregon State game on Saturday brought a couple of commits, one for each the Beavers and the Bruins.

Early in the day, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Poasi Moala committed to UCLA.  A commit to Washington originally, Moala flipped his verbal to the Bruins

"It's kind of a dream come true for me and my whole family," Moala told Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "UCLA is the local school and I've always wanted to go there. My family wanted me stay close to home but location wasn't the only reason I liked UCLA."

Following the game, the Beavers picked up a commitment of their own, on the heels of their road win over the Bruins.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit safety Justin Strong pledged to the Beavers.

 "Honestly, the personalities of all the coaches and the way their players play was what made them the pick," said Strong. "Last week, while I was playing my game at A.B. Miller, I look up and there is an plane flying over me in neon orange lights saying "Go Beavs" and that made me feel like family and a part of the program."

Strong becomes the fifth player from the Inland Empire to commit to the Beavers.

  • Three Western prospects visited Notre Dame this weekend officially, for the Irish-Michigan game.  Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore and Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton cornerback Cole Luke were joined by Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad in South Bend.



  • Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial defensive end Jaylen Ruiz committed to Fresno State.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) College and former Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison cornerback Davion Orphey committed to BYU.



    Phillip Carter - WR - Folsom (Calif.)
    After getting a few offers for safety, Carter has been racking up good numbers as a receiver, and now schools are getting in the mix, with Air Force and San Jose State having offered, and a number of Pac-12 schools requesting film.


  • La Mesa (Calif.) Helix running back Michael Adkins was offered by Air Force.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook

    Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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