West Preseason Roundtable: 2015 Rising Stock

The West recruiting team talks about which 2015 prospect saw their stock rise the most during the summer...

In our first installment of the West Preseason Roundtable, we asked our analysts to name the marquee matchup in their region this fall. In today's second installment, our analysts name the one 2015 prospect who’s stock really started to rise during spring and summer and think that with a big fall, could be the conversation for a move into the Scout 300.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods missed his entire junior season due to a transfer but had a great spring and summer. He picked up double digit offers before committing to UCLA after schools watched him workout either at Upland or various summer camps. He's a big kid, all of 6-3, 210 pounds but can run, is physical, loves contact and shows great range on the field. He should have a big season.

Brandon Huffman
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha safety Dylan Kane is one of the more versatile defensive backs in the West and looked good at the Oakland NFTC, testing well and measuring 6-3, 195. He can play corner or safety, and with his size and athleticism, has all the makings of a top-tier DB when he gets to Oregon, where he committed in the spring. We'll see Kane in action this weekend at the Honor Bowl in Sacramento and while it will be a step up in competition from what he's used to playing at Kamehameha, the ability he showed at the NFTC will keep it from being a stretch for him.

Jason Jewell
Southwest Recruiting Analyst

Gilbert (Ariz.) offensive tackle Steve Miller is one to watch. We haven't overlooked him, he is a three-star prospect, but that is just based on junior tape. The 2013 season was his first playing football and he showed raw potential. Fast forward a year and Miller looks like a polished prospect with four-star ability. He is 6-foot-5 and weighs 295 pounds but is lean. Miller has long arms and good feet. The sky is the limit for this Arizona State commit.

Doug Kimmel
Mountain Recruiting Analyst

Mika Tafua from Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha has been in the Scout 300 before, but after tearing ligaments in his knee in 2013, he fell off a bit. With that being said, the Kamehameha defensive end played through the injury and still produced at a high level. Tafua has spent the offseason getting healthy and could be a guy that turns a lot of heads this fall. I expect Tafau to find his way back into the Scout 300 by the time November rolls around.

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