West Recruiting Notebook

Nebraska goes into the Golden State to land a tight end, and several schools host official visitors, in another busy week out West...

J.T. Kerr

San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch tight end J.T. Kerr had been leaning towards Nebraska since he took an unofficial visit to Lincoln during the summer.

Late Wednesday night, before calling it a day, he called Nebraska coach Bo Pellini and gave him some good news.

"I committed to Nebraska (on Wednesday night)," said Kerr. "I committed to Coach Pellini."

The Huskers were one of the first schools to offer Kerr, along with Arizona and San Diego State, and despite getting a lot of attention from several West Coast schools, the pull from the Huskers, coupled with his visit to Nebraska made the Huskers tough to beat.

So Kerr gave Nebraska a commitment, and he's thrilled with his decision.

"I feel like I can become the best football player I can be at Nebraska and I just felt like it was a perfect fit," said Kerr.

Keenan Graham
The West's top defensive end, Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado's Keenan Graham, returned from his second official visit, this one to Wisconsin.

"It was a really great trip out there, I had a really good time," said Graham. "It was a lot different than Nebraska, but the fans and the atmosphere were a lot alike. It was my second visit, so I'm glad I got to see another school."

Hosted by Leonard Hubbard, Graham enjoyed the time he spent with the current Badger players.

"The players were really cool and helpful and just told me why they picked Wisconsin and all of the good things about the school. The fans there really support the team so that was cool to see."

With trips to Nebraska and Wisconsin under his belt, Graham is hoping to take all five of his visits, and he'll visit another Big 12 school this weekend.

"I'm going to Colorado and then I have two more visits I'm going to take, I just have to figure out where. But I'm planning on taking all of my trips," said Graham.

Everett Benyard

San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic tackle Everett Benyard (6-7, 314), made his first visit to Oregon over the weekend, and for the mammoth offensive lineman, it was also his first official visit.

"He liked it, it was his first official visit and it went over well," said his father, Everett Sr., who joined his son on the visit. "It was his first time to Oregon, and I mean, the atmosphere was terrific."

Benyard spent time with much of the coaching staff, and enjoyed that aspect of the visit.

"He loved the team and that atmosphere and it was great, but the coaches, they really took him up under their wing and they took care of him," said Benyard Sr. "They broke out all of the coaches on him, and he spent a lot of time with the O-Line coach (Steve Greatwood) and the head coach, Coach (Mike) Bellotti, and spent time with all of them.  The facilities were awesome, they were top-notch.  We thought Notre Dame was top-notch, this was top notch.  Everett has a very strong interest in Oregon. I don't know that he has a favorite, but he does like Oregon"


Anthony Anderson

The Ducks also hosted a pair of commits in La Mesa (Calif.) Helix defensive end Anthony Anderson and Pittsburg (Calif.) cornerback Avery Patterson.

"It was my second time there, because I took an unofficial during the summer, but this one was a lot more exciting. I got to feel the atmosphere of the game and get a chance to see more things this time around," said Patterson.  ""I've been solid the whole time, but the trip reassured me that Oregon is the right place.  When they were warming up, I kind of wanted to go out and play right then and when they were coming out of the tunnel, that was cool."

Anderson echoed what his future teammate said.

 "It was my first time to Oregon and it was really nice up there and real beautiful. There were a lot of trees and it's a beautiful campus. I loved the campus. After going there this weekend, that sealed it for me.  What stood out to me was pretty much the environment, and how the fans were going nuts at the game," said Anderson. "They knew who we were, and started cheering for us and welcoming us."

Also visiting Eugene over the weekend, on an unofficial trip, was 2010 quarterback Nick Montana from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.


Charles Siddoway
Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon offensive lineman also made the quick trip to Oregon over the weekend, but it was his first weekend in three weeks that he wasn't on an official visit.

He started it off by visiting UCLA.

"I liked my visit to UCLA a lot, it was really great. I got to talk to a lot of the coaches (Rick Neuheisel, Bob Palcic and Tim Hauck) quite a bit because I was the only recruit on my visit.  I really liked them. They said they want me to play tackle and that I just need to get stronger and I could probably play early. It was my first time on campus and it was really nice and the area was really nice."

The following weekend, Siddoway visited Cal.

"I liked Cal quite a bit, it's a great school in a cool area," said Siddoway. "Justin Cheadle was my host on that visit and we got along great. I got to meet with Coach (Jeff) Tedford and he seems like a great coach and is pretty nice. Coach (Ron) Gould is who is recruiting me and they also want me to play tackle."

Siddoway is planning to visit Alabama when the Tide hosts Auburn in November.


Reggie Dunn

Other News and Notes from out West

Aside from Keenan Graham, Colorado will be hosting Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Clark Evans.  The big, athletic Evans committed to the Buffs in the summer.

UCLA will host two official visitors, both who will be coming from the Islands.  Kapolei (Hawaii) offensive lineman Stan Hasiak will be in Westwood this weekend as will Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou running back Dalton Hilliard.

Former Oregon State signee Reggie Dunn, a four star in the class of 2007, is now at Compton College and schools haven't forgotten him.  Dunn has offers from Utah, Oregon State, Arizona and Kansas State.

Oregon State became the first school to offer Santa Cruz (Calif.) safety Zeke Sanders, doing so last week.


Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this report

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