Scout on the Town - West Recap

The FOXSportsNext/ recruiting analysts and field reporters were in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California this weekend.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
St. Bonaventure (Calif.) vs Santa Margarita (Calif.)

Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton played the entire second half with a torn ACL (revealed Saturday) and still led his team to a gutty come from behind win. They don't call him Johnny 'Tebow' for nothing, Stanton is one of the toughest quarterbacks I've ever covered. At 6-2, 225 pounds, he's a dual threat who made plays with arms and legs. He's very tough to bring down and is incredibly strong in his lower body. He has improved his arm strength and accuracy and made some big throws on the run, outside the pocket. His release is quicker than a year ago and he also looks more decisive throwing the ball. It's devastating news the Nebraska commit will have to miss the rest of the season.

Running back Ryan Wolpin had a big game and is an emerging talent for the Eagles. He's a quick, powerful back and very productive. He showed a nice burst through the hole and sealed the game late with a 50 yard touchdown run. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and always seems to make that first guy miss. His recruitment has been a bit slow as schools may question his size or top end speed but there is no doubt Wolpin is a player and could be a potential steal for someone.

Eagle offensive lineman Dane Crane was dominant and is on the short list when talking about the best lineman in the state. He's a true center who could play guard as well. The Washington commit is so strong, tough and physical and he just manhandles opposing lineman. He's smart, plays with a mean streak and a motor and is definitely one of the nation's best at his position. At a rock solid 6-3, 310 pounds, Crane is exactly what you're looking for in an interior lineman and don't be surprised to see him have an early impact for the Huskies.

Eagle defensive back Connor O'Brien is one of the most intense players you'll see on the field. He looks like a caged tiger pacing the field before the game and once the whistle blows, watch out. O'Brien is a headhunter and one of the biggest hitters in the state. He loves contact and is one of those players you love to have on your team, but hate to play against. O'Brien runs well enough but will make the move from safety to linebacker when he gets to Washington. At 6-3, 210 pounds, he has the frame to easily pack on an additional 25 pounds or so and has the ideal mentality to play closer to the line of scrimmage.

Eagle receiver River Cracraft, a Washington State commit, is a quick, shifty athlete with very soft hands. His speed is underrated and he shows the ability to run past people. He's al ready an advanced route runner and understands how to get open. He starts at corner for the Eagles as well and does a very nice job on the defensive side of the ball but his future is definitely at receiver and he's a great fit in the Cougars wide open passing offense.

Eagle offensive lineman Riley Sorenson is a mammoth tackle prospect at 6-5, 330 pounds. He's a mauler, very physical and finishes his blocks well. The key question on Sorenson has always been his weight and overall athleticism. He has dropped about 20 pounds since the spring and looks much better physically. He still needs work on his feet and overall lateral mobility. He doesn't have the same explosiveness he showed as a sophomore but it's coming and it would't be surprising to see the tackle move inside to guard in college.

St. Bonny sophomore quarterback Ricky Town has a chance to be a very special player down the road. The poise and pocket awareness he showed all game long would have been exceptional for a senior, more less a sophomore. He has an ideal frame that he can grow in to, and has every physical tool you can want. He's very accurate, throws with touch or with velocity when he needs to and is already very smart and heady in terms of his decision making. Town doesn't force throws and does a great job of buying time with his legs and scrambling for positive yardage when the pocket is closing in around him. With assumed development, Town will be one of the elite quarterbacks nationally in two years.

St. Bonny running back Zachary Green is a bulldozer who was great running between the tackles all game. He has a very powerful lower body and was dragging would be tacklers on each carry. Green has some burst through the hole and shows some good speed in the open field as well. He's not the kind of back that will break off a lot of big runs at the next level, but he'll move the chains and get you the tough yards, always pushing the pile forward. He had some huge collisions with Eagle safety Connor O'Brien, where the two future Pac 12 foes didn't give an inch to each other. Green projects as a workhorse back that can carry the load and will get stronger as the game goes on.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha vs. Portland (Ore.) Sunset
Thomas Tyner (Beaverton, Ore./Aloha), was bound to have a "down" game, considering the week before, he rushed for nearly 650 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. In this one, he "only" ran for 247 yards, on a workmanlike 41 carries, and scored two touchdowns. Tyner started strong, getting 50 yards on the first drive on seven carries, before hitting somewhat of a lull, including a fumble, and two stops on fourth and short. He got stronger in the second half, clearly showing he gets better as the games go on. He did fumble again in the second half, but it was largely because of how bad the toss was to him. In fact, his first touchdown, he took a terrible toss that he couldn't grab, picked it up off the ground, reversed field, and weaved to a 16-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, he gave Aloha breathing room, with another tackle-breaking run for 41 yards, where he showed his elite speed once he got in the open field, for a touchdown. One hangup with Tyner is he doesn't consistently break tackles, he went down a little too easy for guy of his speed and size, but stayed up more later in the game. He also didn't explode through the holes like you wanted to see. That said, he's excellent in the open field, once he got into wide open space, no one, at full speed, could catch him.

Brayden Kearsley (Beaverton, Ore./Aloha), looked as good as any other time we've seen him. He played tackle throughout the game (though he projects as a guard), and also played defensive tackle. In a very physical game, Kearsley played just about every snap during the game, and played extremely well. At tackle, he did a great job of sealing off his man to open holes for Tyner, and his drive-blocking was probably the best part of his game, with a number of blocks that turned into pancakes or had the end on roller skates. A couple of times, he'd chuck his defender, then turn to help the guard, and keep the pressure out of the backfield. Kearsley showed some really good agility and strength and plenty of nasty in the win.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne at Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Troy Williams is arguable the top quarterback in California and he had a solid game against one of the better defenses in the state. Williams, a Washington commit, has good size, a strong arm and has the ability to escape pressure and use his legs to hurt defenses as well. Williams had a 25-yard touchdown up the seam in the first quarter of play, and led Narbonne to a 22-9 win over Serra. There was speculation that UCLA could be after Williams but he said he hasn't heard from Bruins lately.

Keishawn Bierria was the defense player that had the biggest on the game with two key fumble recoveries. The three-star linebacker returned one fumble 54 yards for the score. Bierria looks like he has added good weight and is now 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. He was all over the field and is the hardest hitting linebacker that I have seen in person this season. Bierra already has six offers and said that Washington, Washington State, Utah, Iowa, Oregon and Wisconsin are all showing serious interest as well.

Cal wide receiver commit A.J. Richardson was once again one of Troy Williams favorite targets. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Richardson has a big frame and uses his size to shield smaller defensive backs in traffic. The three-star receiver had a good showing that included two key receptions for Narbonne.

Jalen Greene was known more for his running than his passing last season as a sophomore, but the Serra quarterback showed a lot of promise as a pocket passer on Friday. Greene has a very strong arm, and throws a good deep ball. He still needs to work on making good reads and being more accurate, but he has the potential to be one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in California next season.

2014 Serra linebacker Dwight Williams is one of the fastest linebackers that I have seen in a game or at camps in the offseason. He continues to develop in his play recognition and coverage skills. Williams already has offers from UCLA and Colorado and has been a regular at USC games this season.

2014 cornerback/wide receiver Adoree Jackson is one of the most physically gifted players you will see. Jackson, who was the state champion in the long jump last year as a sophomore, has the athleticism to be a true lockdown corner. Jackson already has eight offers and has serious interest in USC and LSU.

Serra is also loaded with young wide receivers in Jordan Lasley and Gregory Webb. Lasley has good size (6-2, 180) and showed a lot of potential on Friday night running good crisp routes.

Jake Worthen - Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Auburn (Wash.) Riverside vs. Kent (Wash.) Kentlake

Kent (Wash.) Kentlake 2014 defensive tackle Mason Johnson is a prospect to keep an eye on. Johnson plays on both lines, but his 6-foot-3 and 309-pound frame seems best suited for defense. Johnson has great strength and showed the ability to hold up at the point of attack, even though he was often double teamed. Johnson needs to drop some weight to improve his mobility, but should be able to do so. As an offensive lineman, he showed the same power and defenders were helpless once Johnson got his hands on them.

Bellevue (Wash.) Newport vs Issaquah (Wash.)
Bellevue (Wash.) Newport quarterback and Nevada commit Isaac Dotson seems created for the Wolf Pack offense. Dotson is an elite athlete, and it was easy to see why Pac-12 programs have targeted him as a safety. Dotson ran around and over defenders from Issaquah, running the option offense to perfection. To only talk about his legs, would be a disservice to Dotson, who also showed the ability to makes plays with his arm. Dotson was extremely accurate and while he didn't complete every pass, they were all catchable. Recruiting hasn't slowed for Dotson and I would expect more schools to get into the mix before it is over.

Newport has two underclassmen worth keeping an eye on. 2014 tight end Drew Sample didn't have his best game, but has the size for the college game. The real stand out was 6-foot-5 and 240-pound defensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton. Only a sophomore, Throckmorton has a chance to be very special and will be a heavily recruited prospect.

Anabell Stephan, West Field Reporter
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman vs Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman backed up their reputation and national ranking on Friday night, shutting out Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 42-0. Though he was only able to play the first half of the game after tweaking his ankle, the game ball undoubtedly goes to 2014 running back Nathan Starks. Starks is a game-changer; every time the ball touched his hands (which was pretty often in the first quarter), he made something happen. The highlight was an eighty-one yard touchdown drive early in the second quarter, in which he also broke a few tackles, and he rushed for two additional touchdowns in the first half (14 yards and 5 yards). In two quarters, Starks managed to rush for 174 yards on fifteen carries. He currently holds offers from Arizona, Duke, Texas, UCLA, and Utah, but for now, Starks' focus is Gorman football and winning a championship with the team.

The Gaels' quarterback, Arizona commit Anu Solomon, also had a strong performance in Friday night's game finishing with 235 passing yards, 84 in the first quarter alone. The signal-caller isn't afraid of the deep ball, and showcased his strong arm throughout the game, highlighted by a beautiful touchdown pass to receiver Jamir Tillman (who is still awaiting his first offer) with less than four minutes left in the first half. Solomon also had the chance to show off his run game, including a two-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter. He said after the game that is 100% committed to Arizona and will not be taking any other visits.

The defense was just as strong, holding Servite to a total of 90 yards of offense. Cornerback Lorenzo Fertitta, a Villanova commit, was perhaps the strongest player of the secondary, but Justin Sweet (Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah State, and UNLV offers) also had an impressive game.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
(Ariz.) Thunderbird vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway

Thunderbird running back Kani Benoit put on one of the best performances I have ever seen. Benoit rushed for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns and even more impressively, returned two kickoffs 90 plus yards for scores. He even returned another kickoff that was called back for holding. Benoit is a bigger back, standing 6 foot, 200 pounds, yet has very good speed, as he has been timed under 11 seconds in the 100 meters. Biggest offers are from Wyoming, New Mexico State and Idaho but expect mid-majors and lower tier BCS schools to come calling.

Peoria (Ariz.) Sunrise Mountain vs. Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty
Liberty quarterback Tyler Rogers has been lighting the scoreboard up and that didn't stop versus rival Sunrise Mountain on Friday. Rogers threw for 275 yards, 4 touchdowns and ran for another. Surprisingly, Rogers only has offers from Air Force and South Dakota State. At 6 foot 2, 190 pounds, Rogers has plenty of size. He is a very good athlete, showing good mobility when the pocket breaks down, has has plenty of arm strength, is a leader and makes very smart decisions. Rogers is poised in the pocket and maintains a 3.8 grade-point-average.

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