West Recruiting Notebook

Several Pac-10 schools land commitments, while Boise State lands a slew, and more offers are out to a class of 2010 stud in this week's recruiting notebook...

Marcus Washington

Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista running back Marcus Washington decided to stay local, committing to Arizona State.

"I've always been an Arizona State fan," Washington told Scout.com. "They have always been my favorite. So I decided to commit (Thursday)."

Arizona, Utah and UNLV all had offered Washington, but the Sun Devils continued pursuit of Washington, with a leg injury, was a positive sign.

"Because they stuck with me that really made me want to commit there," Washington said.

Washington is the ninth commitment to the Sun Devils in this class.



Branden Warner
Compton (Calif.) College defensive tackle Branden Warner received a verbal offer earlier this week from UCLA.

On Tuesday night, Warner called the Bruin coaching staff to accept the offer.

"I just verbally committed to UCLA," said Warner. "I talked to the head coach, Coach Rick Neuheisel and the defensive coordinator, Coach DeWayne Walker and told them I was committing. They were really happy."

Warner had just recently heard from the Bruins, Washington State, Florida and LSU being the schools he had heard the most from.

I graduated in 2006 so I have two years to play my two seasons," said Warner.

Next weekend, Warner will take a scheduled official visit to Washington State. His plans to visit UCLA are tentatively set for mid-December.

Out of high school, Louisville and Southern Miss had offered Warner, who had a high enough GPA but didn't achieve the necessary test scores as a senior.

Michael Clay

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep linebacker Michael Clay, the top linebacker in Northern California, took his first official visit, to Colorado.

t was great there at Colorado," said Clay. "The facilities I loved them and the campus was really nice. And the weather was a lot better than I expected from Colorado, it was very nice weather and wasn't as cold as I thought it would be."

With Colorado being his first visit, Clay is anxious to see a couple of more schools before he decides.

"I'm going to Fresno State on December 12th and I have a tentative trip set up with Oregon for December 5th," said Clay. "I'm just going to take those three trips right now. My plan is to decide a week after the Fresno State visit. Right now, probably Oregon leads narrowly over Colorado and Fresno State."

Clay said that Colorado and Fresno State are recruiting him as a WILL with Oregon wanting him to play rover.

He also added that his top three are those schools, and the only one's he's considering.


Michael Philipp

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), the top uncommitted offensive lineman in California, will take his second official visit this weekend, and has three more in the works.

"I'm going to Oregon this Saturday, when they play Arizona," said Philipp. "That's my second visit I've got set, and I'm going to set up the other three."

The first visit Philipp took was to Cal, doing so in October. "It went good, I went when they played Arizona State," said Philipp. "Savai'i Eselu was my host and I basically hung out with all of the Polynesian guys there."

After the visit to Oregon, Philipp will set up trips to three more Pac-10 schools.

"I'm going to go to Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA, and I'm going to decide on those dates after," said Philipp. "I'm going to wait until I'm done with my visits to decide."

Philipp had initially thought about announcing his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, but now that won't happen.

"I know for sure the Oregon State and Stanford visits are going to be after the Army Game, so I'm going to wait until after the Army Game to decide," said Philipp. "UCLA will either be in December or January, too."

Those five schools, plus Arizona, round out the top schools for Philipp.

"Arizona is still one of my top schools," said Philipp, whose brother is at Arizona. "I know it's kind of weird that I'm not tripping there, but I know what Arizona's all about and I know what it takes to be a Wildcat. Those are my top six, all my trip schools and Arizona, but I don't have any favorites."

Sean Martin

Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Sean Martin came to a decision on his college choice as he watched UCLA host Oregon State on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Martin called up head coach Mike Riley, who was in the same stadium, and told Riley he wanted to be a Beaver.

"I told Coach Riley that I wanted to commit, and I've been hyper ever since," said Martin. "I wanted to commit sometime soon and I went to the game today and saw the coaches from afar after the game and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to call Coach Riley, and commit, so I just did."

The Beavers land one of the best cover corners in the Southland, a guy who stood out at every major Scout camp this spring and summer.

Oregon State had everything that Martin was looking for.

"The coaches, the school, the atmosphere, the fans," said Martin. "They all made my decision easy for me after I thought about it."


Other News and Notes from out West

Sean Parker

-Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive end Nicholas Alexander committed to Boise State as did Las Vegas (Nev.) Foothill lineman Jake Broyles.

-Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos running back Arby Fields committed to Northwestern.

-Encino (Calif.) Crespi running back Jeremiah McKibbins verballed to Army.

-La Mesa (Calif.) Helix tight end Levine Toilolo, a commit to Stanford, was admitted into Stanford, solidifying his commitment to the Cardinal.

-Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Sean Parker, a 2010 prospect, picked up his fifth and sixth offer, from Washington State and Minnesota.

-Teammate Tim Tucker, a 2009 linebacker, landed an offer from Arizona State


Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell & Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters contributed to this report

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