West Recruiting Notebook

Several offensive lineman from the West make their commitments, with Utah, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State all landing verbals, UCLA gets a commitment from the 2010 class and several more prospects are setting visits and getting new offers...

Kapua Sai

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Kapua Sai will be heading to the mainland to play his college football, making the decision earlier this week.

"Kapua made his call this past Monday and committed to Utah," said Keanu Sai.

The three-star offensive lineman talked with the Utes coaches and let them know he was going to be a Ute.

"He spoke with Coach (Kyle) Whittingham, Coach (Charlie) Dickey and Coach (Kalani) Sitake," said Sai. "He's very excited and so were the coaches."

Sai stands 6-5, 300, and is one of the top offensive lineman in a great crop for Hawaii.

Grant Cisneros
Despite having a lameduck head coach, Washington landed a pair of commitments, one from in-state and one from out of state.

Marlion Barnett of Corona (Calif.) Santiago verballed to the Huskies minutes before they played UCLA at home last Saturday.

Two days later, Sumner (Wash.) offensive lineman Grant Cisneros did the same.

"I found out that they were going to honor the scholarships, so that's when I thought that would be the best place for me," Cisneros told Dawgman.com.  "I told (Chris) Tormey I was (committing), and coach (Charlie) Baggett. They seemed quite happy. Every time I saw them they were smiling and they sounded pretty excited. "I'm pretty much considering it a done deal.  

Meanwhile, Keith Price, the Huskies committed quarterback from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, took an official visit to Oregon this past weekend, but said he remains committed to the Huskies.

Grant Enger

Oregon State is in the middle of a run for the Roses, and recruits are catching notice.

One of those is Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea offensive lineman Grant Enger, who chose the Beavers earlier this week.

""It just felt like it was the right place for me and the best option," Enger told BeaverFootball.com.  "I called Mike Riley (to commit), they were pretty excited...and I talked to the other coaches too."

Enger was also offered by Stanford, Washington and Boise State

"I talk to (the coachers) once a week and I'm going down for the Civil War on an unofficial visit," Enger said. 

Enger is the 18th known commitment to the Beavers.


Nik Abele

Irvine (Calif.) offensive tackle Nik Abele (6-6, 250) is up to eight offers, and a few more Pac-10 schools are starting to get involved with him.

Abele has been offered by Arizona State and Oregon State, to go along with previous offers from Utah, Boise State, Nevada, UNLV, Colorado and San Diego State.

"Most schools want me as an offensive lineman, but San Diego State said I could play defense if I want," said Abele. "I would probably play right tackle in college.  UCLA has been sending me a lot of stuff and they're talking to me a lot. I just talked to Cal on the phone (on Monday night). UCLA said they wanted me as an offensive lineman and so did Cal."

Abele took his first official visit earlier this month to Colorado.

"It was awesome and the campus was cool," said Abele. "My host was Matt Bahr, freshman from Mission Viejo. Coach Hawkins said I could go in there and try defensive line but they liked me more on offense."

Abele is hoping to set up visits with Arizona State and Oregon State, having had to reschedule his trip to Tempe.

Kevin Greene

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral defensive end Kevin Greene took his second official visit last weekend, going to Colorado.

"I got a chance to visit Colorado and it was real nice," said Greene. "From the coaches to the school to the team, it was pretty cool. I wasn't up there for the full 48 hours, but from the time I was up there, it made a big impact When I thought about Colorado, I thought about snow. So this trip, I think it gave me a chance to see what it had to offer."

Next up for Greene is a visit to USC.

"I'm going to USC for the SC-Notre Dame. I want to get a chance to see USC for a full 48 hours, but if we win our playoff game, I'll have to reschedule. But I'm looking forward to that visit," said Greene.  "After that, I want to get a chance to visit Oregon and then I'm going to be looking at Arizona for my last visit."

Greene has previously visited Washington State.

"Before I visited Pullman, I had my doubts, but after going there, I thought, wow, I could really choose Washington State to be my home next year, just as I did with Colorado. Without checking out the school myself, I wouldn't have been fair to myself or the schools. So I'm trying to be open-minded as I look at each school and not get caught up in the emotions of it."

Paul Richardson

UCLA picked up its first commitment in the class of 2010, when Paul Richardson, a 6-2, 175-pound receiver from Los Alamitos (Calif.) committed to the Bruins.

 "I called up Coach (Reggie) Moore and then I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and I committed to UCLA (Wednesday)," said Richardson. "They were both really excited and said they can't wait for me to get up there."

It will still be awhile till Richardson shows up on the UCLA campus, as he wont even sign his NLI for 15 more months. But it was a long time coming.

"I basically made up my mind a while ago," said Richardson. "I was going to wait and go through the process, but I made up my mind and wanted to be a Bruin and I wanted to stay close to home."

Richardson has a long history with the Bruins, his dad having played receiver for UCLA from 1987-1990 and being a teammate of Moore and being coached by Neuheisel.

Jake Broyles

One of Las Vegas' top offensive lineman is leaving Las Vegas and heading to the Blue Turf.

Henderson (Nev.) Foothill offensive tackle Jake Broyles committed to Boise State at the tail end of his official visit to Boise.

"They offered me at the end of my visit and I told them I needed to call home and talk it over with my parents. The coaches talked to my dad and he called me and was kind of mad and was like "why haven't you committed yet? So I took that to mean they were ok with it," joked Broyles.

Broyles called the coaching staff back and let them know he was going to become a Bronco.

"My visit there was just awesome," said Broyles. "My host was Bronson Durrant from Oregon and I got to meet some of the other players and recruits. Boise is such a great city and it's a lot different than Vegas which is what I wanted. The players in that town are celebrities. They have such great fan support and all their fans are really die-hard for Boise State."


Other News and Notes from out West

Kamalani Alo

-Kahuku (Hawaii) linebacker Kamalani Alo and Kapolei (Hawaii) linebacker Chad Lopati both committed to homestate Hawaii.

-Phoenix (Ariz.) South Mountain offensive lineman Fred Thornton committed to Arizona State

-Kaysville (Utah) Davis defensive end James Cowser received his first offer from Air Force.

-San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep offensive lineman Kevin Danser received an offer from Stanford to join offers from Arizona and Washington.

-San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp has set official visits for UCLA on December 12 and Stanford on January 9th.

-San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral defensive end Kevin Greene will visit USC officially next weekend, the 29th.

-Lynwood (Wash.) defensive end Geoff Meinken will visit Washington State this weekend officially after having visited Stanford last weekend.  Meinken committed to Washington State during the summer but was offered by Stanford and was awaiting word on admission.

-Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley kicker Nolan Kohorst, a 2010 prospect, landed an offer from hometown UNLV.

-Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Nick Montana, another prospect in the class of 2010, was offered by Arizona, his second offer, joining Stanford.


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

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