West Recruiting Notebook

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

First Big Wave

Over a 36-hour span, there was the first big flurry of commitments from the West.

While only three players committed, two were Scout 300 prospects and the other was just outside the 300.

La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd got things going on Monday afternoon, committing to Oklahoma after spending the weekend in Norman.  The four-star had over 30 offers and chose the Sooners over a range of schools from across the country.

Later that day, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley four-star offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby, the #2-ranked player in the state of Nevada, committed to Oregon.

On Tuesday night, Jalen Harvey, a three-star receiver from El Cerrito (Calif.), committed to the local school, California.  One of three prospects from El Cerrito with BCS offers, Harvey is the first local commit to the Bears in this class.

Safety's Schools

The West's #2-ranked prospect, and the nation's top safety, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Juju Smith, named his top five this week.

"My top five is USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and UCLA," Smith told national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "I plan to visit all of those schools and then make a decision pretty close to Signing Day or whenever my last visit is. Right now, I don't have a leader, all those schools are cool and they're all recruiting me hard.

Smith hasn't ruled out anyone yet, though.

"If I had to pick the schools recruiting me the hardest, I would probably say Oklahoma State, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Arizona," Smith told Biggins. "Even though I have a top five, I'm still open to other schools and I know there's a long way to go in my recruitment."

  • UCLA went East to get a transfer, from Pennsylvania.  Rushel Shell, a five-star running back in the 2012 class, who played as a true freshman for Pittsburgh last fall, announced he would be transferring to UCLA and is hoping to be eligible this fall, while 2014 is more likely.  His transfer could change how many running backs the Bruins target in the 2014 class.

    Rasheem Green - DL - Gardena (Calif.) Serra - 2015 / John Houston - LB - Gardena (Calif.) Serra - 2015
    Serra, as usual, is loaded.  Aside from having the West's top player in 2014 and the top linebacker, as well as a Boise State commit at quarterback, two of it's top prospects might actually be in the 2015 class.  Linebacker John Houston, who was an all-underclass honoree at the L.A. NFTC last month, and Rasheem Green, a freaky athlete who also had a great weekend at both the NFSC and NFTC, both were offered by UCLA in the days after the camp.  This week, USC and Florida offered by Houston and Green, and Washington also offered by Green.  Expect both of these guys to be locks for the Scout 100 in the 2015 class, and this to just be the beginning of their rising stock.

  • American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson was offered by San Jose State and UC Davis.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao was offered by Wisconsin.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by Colorado State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) center Michael Trani was offered by Fresno State and Nevada.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon was offered by San Diego State.
  • Norco (Calif.) quarterback Coltin Gerhart was offered by Colorado.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Curtis Bolton was offered by Miami.
  • Butte (Calif.) College quarterback Nelson Fishback was offered by Western Kentucky.
  • Sammamish (Wash.) Eastlake safety Drew Lewis was offered by Wyoming.
  • Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe was offered by Washington State.
  • Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian running back Christian McCaffrey was offered by Ohio State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Kevin Dillman was offered by Nebraska.
  • Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman was offered by Florida.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North 2015 defensive lineman Jacob Daniel was offered by Cal and Wisconsin.
  • Menifee (Calif.) Heritage defensive end Sione Takitaki was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Zaire Andre was offered by Nebraska, San Jose State and Washington State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Tyler Cook was offered by Colorado and Washington State.
  • Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri was offered by Stanford.
  • Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 2015 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was offered by UCLA.
  • Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety Koa Farmer was offered by Colorado.
  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Deontay Estes was offered by San Diego State.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields was offered by Hawaii and San Jose State.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett was offered by Nebraska.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Henry linebacker Zach Brown was offered by San Diego State.
  • Norwalk (Calif.) running back Rashaad Penny was offered by San Diego State.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) cornerback Jace Whittaker was offered by Washington State and Nevada.
  • Diamond Bar (Calif.) 2015 receiver Cordell Broadus was offered by USC.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill athlete Bobby Okereke was offered by Boise State.
  • Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher was offered by Washington State.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) athlete Mikah Holder was offered by San Diego State, Nevada and Washington State.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) athlete Alijah Holder was offered by San Diego State, Nevada and Washington State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson was offered by Illinois.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Elijah Moody was offered by Hawaii.

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