West Recruiting Notebook

It has been a pretty hectic past few days out West with a handful of new commitments including four that came down late Friday night.

News and Notes:

*You don't see too many players make commitments following a football game but that's just what happened after the Upland (Calif.)- Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) game last Friday. Upland safety James Johnson and Rancho Cucamonga linebackers Alani and Viliami Latu all announced for Arizona State.

Johnson and the Latu twins actually played on the same Pop Warner team growing up and talked following the game about committing together. With ASU assistant coaches Joe Lorig and Chris Ball on hand for the game, it gave the trio motivation to make the announcement sooner rather than later.

"Me and A.J (Alani) have been feeling ASU for a while now," Viliami said. "We have family out there, it's in the Pac 12 and they're an up and coming program. We're both very excited for sure."

The twins wanted to play together in college and had mutual offers from Arizona, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State and Utah State. The Aztecs were the runner up in this one.

Johnson chose ASU over offers from Arizona, Fresno State, Houston, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State and Wyoming. He took an unofficial visit to ASU two months ago and the Sun Devils were well out in front ever since.

*Also committing late Friday night was Las Costa Canyon (Calif.) offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry. Quessenberry announced for the Bruins following his game on the Pigskin Prep Report. California, Nebraska and San Diego State were his other finalists.

The Bruins made up a lot of ground in landing Quessenberry. Back in the summer, they were barely in his top five but were able to rally late.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Klemm, their OL coach and I like the direction the program is going in," Quessenberry said. "There's a different feel to the program and I just feel really comfortable there. I think I can come in and make an early impact and it's a great overall fit for me."

Quessenberry plays tackle at La Costa Canyon but was recruited to play center/guard for the Bruins.

*Long Beach Jordan (Calif.) wide out John Ross visited Oregon over the weekend and the Ducks are a co-leader right now.

"I had a real good time, it was an amazing visit," Ross said. "The facilities and the game atmosphere were the things that really stood out. The facilities are incredible, I've never seen anything like that before. Not just the football facilities, the academic center is just as impressive.

"Oregon and Washington are probably my top two right now and UCLA is right there as well," Ross said. "I also like Oregon State and I want to visit those schools. Nebraska and Wisconsin are in the picture as well."

*Visalia (Calif.) College of the Sequoias defensive back Steven Nelson took an official visit to Oregon State over the weekend. Nelson originally hails from Georgia and is a Bulldog commit. He earlier visited Texas Tech but said the visit to Corvallis was his best yet.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches, especially Rod Perry, the DB coach," Nelson said. "I'm still committed to Georgia but I just want to take my visits and see what else is out there and have something to compare to Georgia."

*Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback and Arizona commit Brandon Cox took a surprise visit to Utah over the weekend. The signal caller said he loved his time out in Salt Lake City but added his commitment to Arizona remains solid.

*Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma also visited Oregon State after checking out Colorado the previous week. Palma enjoyed both visits but after receiving an offer from Stanford last week, it's tough to imagine anyone beating out the Cardinal.

*Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure junior tight end Bryce Dixon is starting to see his stock really blow up. Miami was his first offer followed by Washington. On Tuesday, Cal, Colorado and Ohio State all offered the athlete. Dixon will take an unofficial visit to Miami this coming weekend.

* Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure sophomore quarterback Ricky Town will visit Miami this weekend with his teammate, Bryce Dixon. Town has a chance to be a national prospect in two years and has been very impressive this season. He's still waiting for his first scholarship offer to roll in and it wouldn't be a shock if it came from the Canes.

*Can one game really make a difference? That would be a big yes for Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt. Hunt committed to Cal in the summer but was giving UCLA a hard look in the last month or so.

In fact, Hunt said the winner of last weekend's Cal-UCLA game would have a big leg up on where he would attend college. The Bears ended up blowing out the Bruins and Hunt said his commitment to Cal is now very solid once again.

*Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish linebacker Caleb Tucker will take an official visit to Washington this weekend when the Huskies take on USC. Tucker committed to UW at their Rising Stars Camp in the summer.

- While Tucker will likely be the only official visitor to UW, several unofficial visitors will be on hand including San Clemente (Calif.) offensive lineman Sean Harlow and Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande defensive lineman Elijah Qualls.

*According to Jake Worthen, Washington offered standout Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) junior running back Devante Downs Monday night and the Huskies lead comfortably at the moment. Could Downs make an early commitment? It definitely sounds possible.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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