West Recruiting Notebook

News and notes from the recruiting circles out West, including a Scout Top 50 prospect committing to a Pac-10 school and a slew of offers going out to several of the West's top prospects...


Jalen Grimble

The biggest news out West was the commitment of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive end Jalen Grimble to USC.

The top player in Nevada, and a member of the Scout 50 (ranked #5-nationally by Scout.com), Grimble will be joining his cousin Xavier Grimble, Scout.com's #1-ranked tight end in the class of 2010, in Los Angeles.

"The first thing I loved about USC is the academics. It really means something and you are lucky to be put in a position to be accepted and go to the school from an academic standpoint. The second thing I loved about the school is the tradition. The things they have accomplished is bar none better than any of the schools out there. I would say over the past ten years they have done more than what some schools have accomplished since they have been a university," Grimble told Scout.com's Greg Powers.

The addition of Grimble to the Trojans' 2011 class is a huge boost, as they already have a verbal from another Scout 50 defensive lineman, Antwaun Woods from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.

 




Jeff Worthy

Whittier (Calif.) Christian defensive tackle Jeff Worthy is showing that a strong performance at the Nike Football Training Camp pays dividends.

Despite only having one offer, from SMU, prior to the Nike Camp, the word is getting out on Worthy, who's picked up offers from Nebraska and Arizona State this week.

The offer from the Huskers is one that stands out for Worthy.

 "They have produced some big NFL prospects, so I think to myself ‘what if I go to Nebraska, could they turn me into this NFL superstar?' I believe in myself that I can do it. I need a coach knows that I can do it. Nebraska visited the school and Coach Sanders was recruiting me but I hadn't heard anything from them. Then they emailed me and said they thought I'd fit in great with their system. They're coming down on May 17th to watch me practice. Coach (Bo) Pelini produced Glen Dorsey and Ndamukong Suh, so my thought is if I decided to go there, they could turn me into one of those players."

Worthy said his top three was SMU, Nebraska and childhood favorite, UCLA


 

Matthew Lyons

o one has a bigger recruiting class in the Pacific Northwest than Washington, who has 10 commitments so far in the 2011 class.

They landed a pair of verbals over the weekend, from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey linebacker Matthew Lyons and from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline defensive end Connor Cree.

Lyons was an early offer recipient from the Huskies and pulled the trigger when visiting Seattle for the Huskies' Spring Game.

"I wanted to do it sooner, but my Mom wanted me to see the campus and stuff," Lyons told Scout.com's Scott Eklund. "It was actually better than what I thought it was going to be. They gave us a whole little tour of it. We saw everything in-depth. The first thing I noticed was the weather. I thought it would always be cold, but when I got here some sun started showing up. I also noticed that it was also more academics-based than what I thought it would be."

Cree was plenty familiar Washington, growing up just across Lake Washington from Montlake.

"I was really thinking about which school I really wanted to go to," Cree told Dawgman.com. "I really enjoyed my trip to Boise State and they showed me a lot of things about their program that were great, but in the end, after I talked to my family and with coach (Doug) Nussmeier, I just decided there was no reason for me to wait any longer."

 




Jordan Rigsbee

The top offensive lineman in California in the 2011 class is Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley's Jordan Rigsbee.

No stranger to the recruiting game, his older brother was a four-star in the 2008 class by Scout.com, before signing with California and his father was the longtime coach at Butte (Calif.) College, coaching Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rigsbee has several offers, and a top five.

 "I have nine altogether, from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Arizona, Duke, Boise State and San Diego State and then I'm hearing from UCLA and USC could be really close. I'm liking a lot of the Pac-10 really, and I'm going to Boise State (this week)."

The Broncos and Cal are his top two, with Oregon, Washington and Arizona also in the mix.


 

Andre Yruretagoyena

Andre Yruretagoyena, in any other year, would be the top lineman in Arizona, and he is one of the premier lineman nationally. 

Despite being behind Christian Westerman in the state and regional rankings, there are plenty of suitors for Yruretagoyena

In fact, he's up to 16 offers, with the latest coming out of the SEC this week.

Yruretagoyena (6-5 265) tells Scout.com, "Arkansas came to the school today and offered. I am really excited about it. Arkansas is sick! They have amazing history, great coaches, have crazy fans and play in the toughest conference in college football."

 



Rahim Cassell

For months, Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Rahim Cassell (6-1, 215) toiled in his recruitment without an offer.

Then in the span of a couple weeks, Cassell went from offerless to the owner of 15 offers.

"Truthfully, I didn't expect any offers until my senior year started," said Cassell. "But ever since Arizona State gave me that first offer, everyone it seems has been offering me."

The offer sheet shows offers from Duke, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, SMU, Oregon State, Minnesota, San Diego State, Purdue, Idaho, Nebraska and Cal.

And more could be coming.

"Boise State and Fresno State could be next," said Cassell. "And UCLA, I've been conversing with Coach (Clark) Lea and they could offer too. I went up there for their Junior Day and they like me."


 

Jalen Jefferson

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure linebacker Jalen Jefferson has been on the receiving end of a pair of Pac-10 offers, with California and Arizona the latest to offer the three-star linebacker.

Those offers join offers from Iowa State, Washington, Washington State and Arizona State for Jefferson.

 "My top five is USC, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington," said Jefferson.

Jefferson, though, said he was in no rush to make a decision.

 




Devin Lucien

Other News and Notes from out West

Plenty of offers have filtered out in the last week, to both 2011 and 2012 prospects.

Higley (Ariz.) athlete Kelvin Fisher picked up his ninth offer, this one coming from Boise State.

Arkansas became the 20th school to offer Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr.

Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead, the top lineman prospect in the state of California in 2012, was offered by USC, where his older brother Armond plays defensive end.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien has added offers from Iowa State (where two teammates signed in February) and Oregon State to go with Tulsa, Illinois, Colorado and Air Force.

Wyoming became the first school to offer Salem (Ore.) West Salem quarterback Brett Smith and then New Mexico State followed suit a day later.

Arizona and Washington offered Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial passer Cody Kessler.

Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita tight end Jarett Finau was offered by Arizona, his first.

Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Patrick Onwuasor, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr receiver Josh Perkins and Gardena (Calif.) fullback Dezden Petty were all offered by San Diego State.

Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep defensive end Charlie Hopkins added offers from UCLA and Oregon to offers from Idaho, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Stanford, with the Cardinal and Huskies still in the lead.

2012 prospect Troy Hinds from Kaysville (Utah) Davis, has picked up offers from Nebraska, Washington State and Weber State.

La Mirada (Calif.) offensive lineman E.J. Galvez committed to Nevada immediately after the Pack offered him.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty quarterback Kyle Boehm was offered by San Diego State and Texas Tech.

Arizona State became the third school, after Washington and Nebraska, to offer Mission Viejo (Calif.) linebacker Tre Madden.

Northern Arizona offered Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive backs Kameron Jackson, a solid commit to Washington, and Dabness Atkins as well as Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Aaron Davis.

Another Washington commit, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Evan Zeger, was offered by hometown UNLV.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez quarterback Chris Brown was offered by Cal Poly.

Colorado State, Northern Arizona and Idaho offered Lakewood (Calif.) cornerback Rashad Wadood, giving him five offers, with previous offers from Washington State and Arizona State.

 


Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell, Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters and Scout.com's Kevin Carden, Scott Eklund and Mario Gomez contributed to this report


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