We've said it many times but the 2015 class out West is a good one and just keeps getting better. After strong spring and summer performances, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive lineman Clayton Johnston and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame wide out C.J. Sanders are all new four-star prospects by Scout.com.
Davis, a Washington State commit, is the fastest football player in the Golden State and plays fast on the field as well. He's versatile enough to play running back, receiver or corner in college but will play slot receiver for the Cougs.
He's an explosive game breaker, capable of scoring from anywhere on the field and has looked very comfortable catching the ball at multiple 7v7 events this summer. He should fit in very well in Washington State's offense and put up huge numbers over the coming years.
Johnston, a USC commit, earned his scholarship offer from the Trojans after a dominant showing at their Lineman Camp earlier in the summer. The physical transformation for the big tackle has been nothing short of amazing this past year as he had put on almost 40 pounds while improving his athleticism as well.
At 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, Johnston just looks how a franchise left tackle should look. He has long arms, moves with ease and with the increased size has come increased strength, toughness and confidence. The big lineman is poised for a very big senior year.
Sanders, a Notre Dame commit, transferred back to the West Coast after playing the last few years in Tennessee. Like Davis, Sanders is a home run hitter with tremendous speed and clocked the fastest 40 time at The Opening with a blazing 4.32.
Davis showed he was more than just a speed guy as he had a great showing at The Opening and was easily one of the top pass catchers at the event. He's a slot guy who should be a dangerous return man and could be used out of the backfield as well.
More big movers in the Scout 300:
*Salem Hills (Utah) athlete Porter Gustin moved up 15 spots and is now the No. 49 overall recruit in the nation. Gustin is a physical player with size, speed and toughness. He has the ability to play outside 'backer in college but with his frame, we envision him continuing to fill out and playing as a rush end at the next level.
*Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral tackle Keenan Walker moved up 16 spots and is now the No. 76 rated recruit in the nation. The Arizona commit was lights out at The Opening and looks like an early contributor at right or left tackle. He has a prototype frame, very good feet and plays with a serious mean streak.
*Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin continues to climb up the charts and is now our No. 3 rated pass catcher out West and No. 13 overall nationally. Irwin gets plenty of recognition for his hands and route running ability but not enough for his size and underrated speed. He's a solid 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, runs in the low 4.6 range and just knows how to get open.
*Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae jumped 30 spots and is now the No. 196 recruit in the nation. Potoae has size, quickness off the edge and a relentless motor. He's strong at the point and has the ability to chase down plays from behind as well. He shows off the versatility to play multiple spots along the defensive line and has a very nice upside to him.
After strong performances at The Opening, a pair of UCLA commits made sizable jumps in the Scout 300. San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson jumped up 30 spots and is now the No. 211 prospect nationally and Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry is now the nation's top center prospect and the No. 216 recruit nationally.
Johnson can play receiver or corner in college and is one of the region's most explosive players. At 5-11, 190 pounds, he blazed a 4.37-40, 4.09 shuttle and jumped 35" in the vertical during the SPARQ testing at The Opening. He'll start off as a slot receiver for the Bruins in college.
Ulu-Perry plays tackle for St. Louis and has only recently been working out at center. He showed he's a quick learner in Beaverton and was arguably the top interior lineman at The Opening. He was the only player to slow down mammoth tackle Kahlil McKenzie and combines great upper body strength with superior lateral mobility.
Several other three-star prospects made big jumps as well and right on the four-star borderline.
*San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte athlete Quenton Meeks has always impressed us on both sides of the ball. He could end up at receiver, corner or safety but is currently our No. 48 rated corner. He has impressive size and body control and a documented 40" vertical leap.
*La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Anthony Camargo moved from the No. 31 OLB to the No. 19 MLB nationally. He's a big, physical player who runs well enough to be the Lancers primary running back this coming season.
*Valencia's (Calif.) JayJay Wilson is yet another player who just reeks of versatility. He was rated with the receivers but he's now our No. 40 OLB nationally. He catches the ball as well as anyone and could develop into a pass catching tight end or add size and move to the defensive line. He's currently a ball hawking safety and is a tremendous all around talent.
*San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Sam Darnold had a strong spring/summer and really emerged as a national prospect after being a relative unknown heading in to the spring. The USC commit has a great frame- strong and athletic, is solid mechanically and can move around and make plays with his legs. After playing just three games as a junior, big things are expected of Darnold this year.
*Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita defensive end Rick Wade saw his stock soar this past spring once colleges came to visit him and saw what he looked like. At 6-6, 230 pounds, some colleges felt Wade moved well enough to offer as a linebacker including Oregon and USC. A few others offered as a tight end. We like him as a strong side defensive end and feel he could end up 260 pounds by his sophomore year.