West Recruiting Notebook

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

Five-Stars Trim List

A couple of the West's top prospects in the 2015 class started working towards narrowing their lists down to a more manageable group.

With the season closing in and official visits getting ready to be set, two SoCal five-stars began to trim their schools.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South named a top five, spread across the country.

Lucier-South's list, which was in no order, included Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA.

Meanwhile, Gardena (Calif.) Serra outside linebacker John Houston named a top 13, which was spread even wider.

Houston announced a top 13.

Houston's top 13, in no order, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

More Four-Stars Narrow List

It wasn't just the five-stars who cut some schools, a pair of four-stars from the West also started thinning things in their recruitment.

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett named a top five that is heavy on Pac-12 schools, four of the five coming from that conference.

Scarlett Named His Top Five

Scarlett's top five is Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington from the Pac-12 and Notre Dame rounded it out.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom also named a top five, with two of the same schools as Scarlett.

Buncom's top five is Duke, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA and Vanderbilt.


  • Bellevue (Wash.) offensive tackle Henry Roberts, the top offensive lineman in Washington, will announce from three schools on August 28th.  The four-star, who has offers from every Pac-12 school, will choose from Stanford, USC and Washington at a team event according to Scott Eklund of Dawgman.com.
  • Tyler Bruggman, a four-star quarterback in 2013 out of Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep, who signed with Washington State and spent his first year there, announced he was transferring to Louisville.


    Najee Harris - ATH - Antioch (Calif.) - 2017
    Harris was one of the top underclassmen we saw at the Oakland NFTC in May and the sophomore-to-be got his third and fourth offers last week, from Hawaii and Utah.  Harris, who can play receiver, running back our safety, now has three Pac-12 offers, from the Utes, hometown Cal and UCLA.

  • Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis committed to Washington State.
  • Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) linebacker Drew Berger committed to Boise State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) City College punter Matt Mengel committed to UCLA.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Cedric Bigge-Duren committed to Washington State.
  • Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods committed to UCLA.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) punter Blake Johnson committed to Washington State.
  • Folsom (Calif.) offensive guard Cody Creason committed to Arizona.
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande kicker Matt Abramo committed to Washington State.
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial defensive tackle Brett Tonz committed to Colorado.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe linebacker Taylor Powell committed to Nevada.

  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry was offered by Texas.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by UCLA.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom center Dominic Fredrickson was offered by Boise State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown was offered by Nebraska.
  • Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage cornerback Sam Hinn was offered by Utah.
  • Denver (Colo.) Mullen safety James Jones was offered by Northern Colorado and Sacramento State.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte defensive back Quenton Meeks was offered by Vanderbilt.
  • Sandy (Utah) Alta safety Quinn Fabrizio was offered by Colorado.
  • Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate Chris Taylor-Yamanoha was offered by Utah State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo was offered by Southern Illinois.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Washington State.
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial linebacker Dedrick Young was offered by Nebraska.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin was offered by UCLA.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by San Diego State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman lineman Jackson Perry was offered by Utah State.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Navy.
  • Glenwood Springs (Colo.) 2017 athlete Dante Sparaco was offered by Colorado State.

    Keisean Lucier-South Highlights at The Opening:

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel contributed to this notebook


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