The nation's top safety, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Juju Smith, stands atop the West's early list...
West: Early Top Ten Safeties
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Poly
Size: 6-1.5, 185
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Fresno State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin
The Skinny: Smith is the No. 2 overall prospect in the West and could easily move up to the top spot. His upside is off the charts at safety and he's a top five receiver in the region as well. Smith has all the tools to dominate at the next level- great size and toughness, he can cover a lot of ground, hits like a truck, has great ball skills and plays with great field awareness. He's a late bloomer so he's far from reaching his peak and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be.
Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State
Baker, the top overall prospect in the NW, is one of the most versatile players in the West and could be ranked a top five prospect at corner as well as running back. We like him at safety and feel his overall athleticism and play making skills should allow to play early in his college career. He doesn't have a typical safety frame, but he plays bigger than his size, has very good speed and is a very dangerous returning punts/kicks as well.