West Recruit Roundtable: 2016 Spring Emergers

Scout.com West analysts discuss their picks for the top emerger from the 2016 class this spring...

In our second installment of the West Recruiting Roundtable, we asked our analysts to name the player they expect to really position themselves for a big recruiting haul with the college camps coming up, The Opening and other events during the summer.

In our next installment the team names the 2016 prospect that impressed them the most during the spring when they saw them in person and how they think their recruitment has benefited from their emergence.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Westlake (Calif.) quarterback Malik Henry had a great spring and earned his spot as an early 5-star prospect. He was very impressive at the big Pylon 7v7 tournament in Las Vegas, might have had the best day at the first Elite 11 Regional Camp in Santa Monica and then looked very good at the SoCal NIKE Camp as well. Henry has improve in so many areas since his sophomore season including his arm strength, accuracy and feel for the position and has a very nice upside to him.

Brandon Huffman
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic running back Brandon Wellington was originally a four-star outside linebacker on Scout but is now a four-star at running back and his performance at the Oregon NFC pretty much sealed that.  We saw Wellington twice during the season and he starred on defense both times but also made some plays on offense.  Still, it wasn't until the Oregon NFTC that he solidified his stance as a running back. He's well put together, at about 6-0, 215, runs really well, has good feet and cutback ability and catches the ball extremely well. He may be the top overall skill prospect in the Northwest, regardless of class. Wellington already has a handful of offers and his recruitment will only blossom more.

Jason Jewell
Southwest Recruiting Analyst

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep defensive end Connor Murphy has good bloodlines, being the younger brother of former Stanford All-American DE, Trent Murphy, Connor has all of the tools to be just as successful as his brother. He has limited sophomore film but when you see him in person, you know he has a chance to be special. He is a lean 6-7 235 pounds, runs very well, works hard and is strong. I think he has a chance to play a number of positions in college including, defensive end, tight end, defensive tackle or offensive tackle.

Doug Kimmel
Mountain Recruiting Analyst

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton receiver Simi Fehoko has looked a good as anyone on the 7-on-7 circuit this spring. Fehoko has been playing wide receiver and strong safety and has dominated the competition at every event he has been to. After the Pylon 7 on 7 event in Vegas, Clemson and Utah offered Fehoko within 24 hours. At the UteShoot continued to make every thing look easy, catching a few touchdowns per game and shutting down the deep ball playing safety. Fehoko pulled in a BYU offer after tearing it up at their Junior Day camp, and is heading out to Stanford to look for similar results.


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