West Recruiting Notebook

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

February in Summer

With fall camp starting around the country this week, several of the West's top prospects got their commitments in before college coaches started to fully turn their attention to their season and the recruits start focusing on their own upcoming senior campaigns.

A flurry of commits came throughout the region, with a number of prospects ending their recruitments in the West, and even more out-of-region prospects giving verbals to Western programs.

Arizona seemed to be the busiest, with ten commitments coming in the last two weeks, including five in a two-day span on the heels of them hosting a number of prospects for the unveiling of their new football facilities.

Key in-state verbals to the Wildcats included Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood and Chandler (Ariz.) safety J.R. Hunt.  From out of state, the Wildcats reeled in Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta cornerback Kwesi Mashack and La Habra (Calif.) tight end Darrell Cloy.  And Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive tackle Sharif Williams followed his two Grizzlies teammates, safety Devon Brewer and running back Nick Wilson in verballing to the Wildcats.  From the JC ranks, Santa Ana (Calif.) defensive tackle Jeff Worthy, who signed with Boise State out of high school, also committed.  To add to the mix, former Texas quarterback Conner Brewer, who played at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, announced he was transferring to the Wildcats from the Longhorns.

Stanford grabbed three verbals, one from California, one from Georgia and one from Arizona.  Carlsbad (Calif.) outside linebacker Jordan Perez camped with the Cardinal and committed to them that same weekend.  Atlanta (Ga.) Pace cornerback Denzel Fisher committed later in the week and the same day, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy offensive lineman Austin Hall committed to the Cardinal.

UCLA pulled in three commitments, all from the secondary.  Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Ron Robinson got things underway and on Friday, Auburn (Ala.) cornerback Antreal Allen committed to the Bruins and later that night, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety Jojo McIntosh also pledged to the hometown Bruins.

Washington landed their third player from the state of Idaho, and their second from Coeur d'Alene when offensive lineman Matt James verballed to the Huskies.  He joins his CDA teammate Chase Blakley, a tight end and Boise (Idaho) Timberline defensive lineman Don Hill in committing to the Huskies from neighboring Idaho.

Washington State also went out of state to get a pair of NorCal prospects, first getting College of San Mateo (Calif.) cornerback Joseph Turner and then pulling in Napa (Calif.) offensive tackle Braden Eggert.

Arizona State went out of state to get a commitment from Allen (Texas) outside linebacker Christian Sam.

Utah got a potentially late addition to the 2013 class in Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive end Pita Taumoepenu

BYU reeled in an in-state standout in Syracuse (Utah) safety Kavika Fonua, the DB MVP at the Oregon NFTC.

Colorado State also had some in-state success of it's own in getting verbals from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian cornerback Marcus Wilson, Arvada (Colo.) Pomona offensive guard Zach Stefo and Loveland (Colo.) receiver John Freismuth.

San Jose State was able to flip San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley safety Maurice McKnight from San Diego State and also pulled in West Covina (Calif.) athlete Sidney Jones and Thousand Oaks (Calif.) offensive lineman Matt Spadaro.

Go Midwest, Young Men

Two of the West's top prospects at their respective positions chose to spurn several Western suitors and head to the Midwest.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain four-star receiver Mark Andrews committed to Oklahoma over offers from all over the country and much of the Pac-12.

Not much later, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson visited Notre Dame for a much-anticipated visit to South Bend and chose the Irish while there, committing to them over most of the Pac-12 and a few more national programs.

Mixon Names Top Ten, Sets Two More Visits

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon named his most recent top ten over the weekend.

The five-star trimmed his list to California, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington and Wisconsin.

Florida will get an official visit from Mixon on September 21st when the Gators host Tennessee.

Mixon also scheduled an official visit to Wisconsin for October 12th when the Badgers welcome Northwestern.

Visits to Texas A&M on September 13th and to Oklahoma on October 4th had already been previously set by Mixon.

  • Three players from California were selected to the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The newest additions to the roster are Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive guard Kammy Delp, Upland (Calif.) safety Jeff Farrar and La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd.

  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who signed with Notre Dame in February but enrolled at UCLA in June, was ruled eligible to play by the NCAA in the upcoming 2013 season.  The five-star Vanderdoes had enrolled at UCLA but had to appeal with the NCAA to be allowed to play this fall.  Had his appeal not been granted, Vanderdoes would have had to sit out the year and lose a year of eligibility.

    Tristen Hoge - OL - Pocatello (Idaho) Highland - 2015
    In a week that saw him get offers from North Carolina and Florida in the early part of the week, Hoge wrapped up his summer visit tour with a dominant performance at Stanford'S Friday Night Lights and also an offer from the Cardinal.  Hoge is the top offensive lineman in the West in the 2015 class and is already in double-digit offers.

  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) College linebacker Antonio Smothers committed to Arizona.
  • Iowa Western College cornerback Jamie Byrd committed to Arizona.

  • Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) fullback Devante Downs was offered by Nebraska.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker was offered by Texas A&M.
  • San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine 2015 defensive back Frank Buncom was offered by Stanford.
  • Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri was offered by Oregon.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 quarterback Ricky Town was offered by Stanford.
  • Folsom (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Jake Browning was offered by Washington and Washington State.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Jeremy McNichols was offered by Utah.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill 2015 receiver Isaiah Langley was offered by Cal.

    National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this notebook.

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