Predictions of West Commitments

With just under two months left until signing day, Scout.com West recruiting manager Brandon Huffman breaks down where the top uncommitted prospects in the region stand, and takes some educated guesses as to where they'll end up...

Harvey Langi | South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
#13 RB | | 6-2/215 |
I've felt for sometime that if Langi stays in state, Utah would have the advantage, especially with their move to the Pac-12 next year. USC is also coming on strong with him, and he could play a Stanley Havili-type role for the Trojans and he visited over the weekend. UCLA had him in for a visit earlier this month, and his cousin, Sam Tai, is committed to UCLA, but they're running third. I feel like the Utes will end up getting him as their "signature" recruit as they make the Pac-12 jump.
Amir Carlisle | Sunnyvale (Calif.) Kings Academy
#15 RB | | 6-11.5/190 |
Carlisle may well be the best running back prospect in the West and while he's been committed to Stanford since the summer of 2009, he's taking trips to schools like Notre Dame, USC and Maryland. If he gets admitted into Stanford, that should seal the deal for the Cardinal and Carlisle, but USC is lurking. We'll go with the Cardinal.
Devon Blackmon | Fontana (Calif.) Summit
#20 WR | | 6-1/180 |
Early on, the two Los Angeles schools were doing well with Blackmon, but Oregon started to really pick things up prior to the season. Since the season started, the Ducks have firmly entrenched themselves as the leader for Blackmon and I expect the two-sport star (he also does track and the Ducks have a premier track program), to end up in Eugene.
Junior Pomee | Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
#10 TE | | 6-3/215 |
At one point, Pomee was a UCLA commit but then he took an unofficial visit to Florida. Earlier this week, I would have said that Florida stood a real good chance with him, but with Urban Meyer stepping down, I think that keeps Pomee out West. Arizona has done a great job at Rancho Verde but USC has made him a priority and I think Pomee ends up a Trojan.
Devin Lucien | Encino (Calif.) Crespi Carmelite
#44 WR | | 6-0/190 |
Lucien has visited Arizona State and Kentucky, and in January will visit Michigan, Colorado and UCLA. He's pretty wide open and generally torn about where he wants to go. But I think he stays close to home and picks UCLA.
Troy Niklas | Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
#8 OT | | 6-5/265 |
Niklas is down to USC, Stanford and Notre Dame. I personally think it's a USC-Stanford battle for him. Servite has been very good to USC traditionally, and I think that trend could continue with Niklas. But I also think if Niklas gets admitted into Stanford, the Cardinal could be tough to turn down.
Paulay Asiata | Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis School
#21 OT | | 6-5/290 |
Asiata has been relatively quiet during the whole recruiting process. He visited Washington over the weekend and had an excellent trip, but doesn't want to commit until after he visits Colorado next month, and the Buffs have a Hawaii native in Brian Cabral on staff to make the push for CU. But the Huskies have several Hawaiians on the team, and we think he ultimately ends up there.
Cyrus Hobbi | Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
#6 OG | | 6-3/285 |
Several schools remain in the mix for Hobbi; Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA and USC. Ultimately, I think he stays close to home and plays for Arizona State.
Viliami Moala | Sacramento (Calif.) Grant Union
#2 DT | | 6-3/340 |
Moala has been favoring USC and Cal for most of his recruitment, but schools like Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Arizona State have made a big push for him too. He's visited a couple schools and plans to take a few more. When it's all said and done, I think he ends up at Cal.
Todd Peat | Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
#14 DT | | 6-3/270 |
Peat is another player that has offers from all over but when the dust settles, I expect him to stay close to home and play at Arizona State.
Christian Heyward | San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma
#20 DT | | 6-3.5/266 |
USC, Oregon, Arizona and UCLA have been the schools most prominently linked to Heyward, who's been notoriously quiet during most of the process. He's visited USC and Arizona and will visit UCLA and Oregon in January. At the end of the day, I think he stays in Southern California. And I think UCLA pulls him out in the end.
Greg Townsend | Beverly Hills (Calif.)
#11 DE | | 6-4/240 |
TCU is coming on strong for the son of the Horned Frogs legend, Greg Townsend Sr., and Townsend was blown away by his visit this month. Still I think the five-star, who's set to announce at the UnderArmour All-American Game, will surprise few and commit to hometown USC.
Brennan Scarlett | Portland (Ore.) Central Cath.
#22 DE | | 6-4/245 |
Scarlett is another guy who's shied away from the media attention that comes with the recruiting process and he's been busy the last five weekends, taking trips to Notre Dame, USC, Cal, Stanford and UCLA. He's also considering the two in-state programs. I'm calling Stanford for Scarlett.
Koa Ka'ai | Honolulu (Haw.) Kamehameha
#31 DE | | 6-4/250
Its been tough to get a read on Ka'ai, who's played it pretty close to the vest. He's down to six schools, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, USC, Oregon and Stanford. If he gets admitted to Stanford, I could see the Cardinal getting him, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if Colorado, with Brian Cabral retained on the new staff, stole him.
Colt Lyerla | Hillsboro (Ore.)
#4 OLB | | 6-5/225 |
Lyerla has been favoring in-state Oregon for some time, and while USC is coming on, especially since he visited Los Angeles, I still think he's staying in-state and playing for the Ducks.
Marqise Lee | Gardena (Calif.) Serra
#3 S | | 6-1/185 |
Florida was a player for Lee, but with Urban Meyer stepping down, it's going to be an Oregon-USC battle. Lee has said numerous times he's very serious about leaving the state and I think that bodes well for the Ducks. Still, it's too close to call.
James Sample | Sacramento (Calif.) Grant Union
#22 S | | 6-2/195 |
Sample has been favoring Washington for quite some time, and while Cal and Oregon State are still in the mix, right now, I expect him to be a Husky.
Stefan McClure | Vista (Calif.)
#4 CB | | 6-11/175 |
McClure has been maintaining UCLA and Washington in his list of favorites for quite some time, and while he's visiting Oregon State and Cal, and also likes Miami, I don't see McClure leaving California and the pick is he goes to his childhood favorite, UCLA.
Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining Scout, he spent three years as an o-line and tight ends coach in the high school ranks.
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