West, Scout on the Town Recap

We were at a handful of games in the West this past weekend, including games in California and Washington.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Corona (Calif.) Santiago vs. Upland (Calif.)

Santiago 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett was as good as advertised and looks like a young Marcus Mariota. He's about 6-foot-5, very athletic and can run as good as most receivers. He has a very live arm and can make every throw on the field and as he continues to improve mechanically, he could be a very special player at the next level. Sharks safety Ron Robinson, a UCLA commit, has a great frame and could make the move to outside linebacker in college. He runs well and is a good all around athlete with solid ball skills.

Upland 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski rallied from a 1st quarter ankle injury and looked better than he has all season. Hilinski has very good mobility in the pocket but doesn't just take off and run, he'll buy time and find a receiver down the field. He has improved his arm strength and accuracy and is definitely a gamer. Wide out Trevor Wright is one of the most under-rated players in the state. He has great hands, runs clean routes and has better athleticism than given credit for. He can definitely play for someone in college. Virginia defensive back commit Jeff Farrar picked off his 5th pass of the year before going out with a lower body injury. Farrar has a solid frame and above average athleticism. Junior corner Elijah Jones was rarely tested but looked good in coverage and freshman running back Nathan Tilford had a breakout game running with power and speed.

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Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Richland (Wash.)

Federal Way 2015 running back Chico McClatcher had another big night, with three touchdowns, just like the first time we saw him. But this time, he added a touchdown pass on a trick play and a pair of interceptions, both part of the Eagles rally in the second half to move on to the state semifinals. McClatcher still isn't a big guy, and in fact, despite his two picks, gave up a couple of big pass plays when the receiver, who he gave up six inches too, caught passes by out-jumping and out-heighting him. Still, McClatcher was tight in his coverage. At running back, all three of his touchdowns came on options, where he stayed in his lane, took the pitch and darted up field to get into the end zone. On his touchdown pass, he actually got a penalty for illegal procedure early in the game, when Federal Way was set to run it. The next series, he cleanly went in motion, took the pitch, then threw the go-ahead touchdown pass. The four-star is pretty electric with the ball in his hands and while his size isn't ideal, he just continues to make plays.

Federal Way defensive back/quarterback Keenan Curran kept his team in the game, on both ends. After they got down early 14-0, Curran scored on a keeper, then another deficit saw him score on a keeper to keep the Eagles in striking distance. His biggest play, though, at least early on, was his pick in the third quarter after the Eagles had tied it. With Richland driving, Curran picked off a pass then returned it 50 yards and the next play, the Eagles scored on McClatcher's touchdown pass. Then offensively, facing a 4th and 10 with under two minutes left, and clinging to seven-point lead, Curran kept it, broke three tackles, and ran 40 yards to get down to the Richland 10. After trying to run out the clock, the Eagles turned it over on downs, and Curran, back at safety, broke up a lateral and recovered the fumble to seal the game.

Federal Way 2015 linebacker Jared Pulu was injured the first time we saw Federal Way but was back for the end of the season, and the Eagles are happy to have him back. The youngest of three brothers, the older two who were D-I players, Pulu may have the highest ceiling. He's a legit 6-foot-2 and while he's listed at 225, he looks about 205 pounds. So he needs to add weight. Because the speed and quickness and physicality are all there. Pulu had three sacks, all three using his speed to blow by the line to get into the backfield. He has active hands and had a drive-killing play where he tipped a pass that McClatcher picked to snuff out Richland's best scoring threat in the 4th quarter.

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Kristen Rogers, USCPlaybook.com
? Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey at Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw

It was another runaway game for Crenshaw as they dismantled Dorsey 58-12 Friday night. Leading the physical offensive charge for Crenshaw was senior quarterback Ajene Harris. A dual-threat quarterback, Harris ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, helping to rack up 537 total offensive yards for Crenshaw. Harris also had one of the most memorable moments of the game, breaking through for an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Harris, who originally committed early to San Diego State, flipped after receiving an offer from USC. Harris has been dealing primarily with the Trojans' receivers coach Tee Martin, and said once he received the offer; he knew he "had to jump on in." Adding that USC has always been his dream school. Harris also plays defensive back and has experience at wide receiver, but says he will let the USC coaches make the decision as to what he will play in college.

For Dorsey, senior receiver David Williams helped his team finally snap Crenshaw's six straight game shutout streak. Despite the loss, Williams said he would define Dorsey's season as "a good one," and said he "wouldn't want to play with any other team." Williams also plays safety for Dorsey, and looks to be more heavily recruiting on the defensive side of the ball. Williams currently boasts offers from Idaho, Yale, Hawaii, San Jose State, Colorado, Colorado State and North Dakota, but says his top three are Colorado, San Jose State and Yale.

Moving on to the next round of the LA City Division I Playoffs, Crenshaw will take on Venice in the semi finals.

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