West Recruiting Notebook

Get the latest news and notes on top prospects from out West as we head down the stretch towards Signing Day...

McClure Sets Announcement

Vista (Calif.) cornerback Stefan McClure, the top pure cover corner in the West, will make his decision this week.

"I will be making my choice on schools at Vista High on Thursday the 27th at 8 a.m. (PST)," said McClure.

The four-star cornerback, ranked fourth nationally, is down to four schools.

"It's between UCLA, Oregon State, Cal and Boise State," said McClure.

Hobbi Does Too

The top offensive guard in the West that is still on the board is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Cyrus Hobbi.

After visiting Arizona State during the fall and USC and UCLA the past two weekends, the sixth-ranked guard is ready to announce.

According to Jason Jewell of Scout.com, Hobbi will announce between the Sun Devils, Bruins and Trojans on Friday at 1 p.m. MST.

The Latest on Grimble

With an official visit to Miami last weekend, rumors began swirling that Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive lineman Jalen Grimble had committed to the Hurricanes, decommitting from USC.

But his father dismissed that report as erroneous.

 "Jalen hasn't decommitted from USC," said Jerry Grimble, his father. "There is a lot of stuff out there, and everyone is speaking for Jalen but me and Jalen. He hasn't decommitted. He took a visit to Miami last week and he's going up to UCLA this week. But he committed so early (to USC) that he wants to take a couple of visits. I don't know where all this news is coming from that he decommitted and that he committed to Miami. He hasn't decommitted."

The five-star defensive lineman has had a host of in-home visitors and has another one still coming, with USC, UCLA, Nebraska (John Papuchis), Florida (Brian White) and Miami (Jethro Franklin) all having been in and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel will be in this week.

"Coach Neuheisel has been recruiting Jalen since Day One, and hasn't stopped," said Jerry Grimble.

Lucien Winding Things Down

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien is the highest-rated receiver still left on the board, and with a visit to Colorado and UCLA the last two weeks, he's got one more visit coming up to Miami.

This week he'll host a plethora of in-homes.

"Coach (Norm) Chow is coming on Tuesday, and then Coach Kennedy and Coach Bieniemy are coming this week. (Miami) Coach (George) McDonald and Coach (Brennan) Carroll are coming this week and already Coach Golden has come out. Also Coach (Rick) Neuheisel is coming home for a visit, and me and my mom are going to UCLA to meet the new offensive coordinator, coach Mike Johnson on Wednesday. I'm not sure which day Coach Neuheisel is coming. And then Arizona State is coming with Coach (Noel) Mazzone and Coach (Steve) Broussard. I have a lot of visits coming in."

Lucien said he'll be announcing on Signing Day between Arizona State, Colorado, Miami, UCLA and Utah.

Salem Solid

Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor defensive lineman J.B. Salem committed to Stanford last March, but after filling out the application for admission, he had to wait to get word back from Stanford.

Salem visited Stanford officially in mid-January and while he waited, UCLA came into the picture, inviting him in for an official, which he took last weekend, but they hadn't offered.

On Monday night, Salem said that the Bruins offered him.

But that paled compared to the the news that came on Tuesday, when Salem received word that he had been admitted to The Farm.

So with his admission into Stanford secure, Salem updated where he stands.

"Because of my admission into Stanford, I have essentially come to my final decision," said Salem. "I will be a Stanford Cardinal for this upcoming football season."

With that news under his belt, Salem will welcome Stanford head coach David Shaw into his home on Wednesday.

"Coach Shaw and I are having lunch tomorrow at my house," said Salem.

Big Week for Washington

The end of season run that took Washington to the Holiday Bowl is paying huge dividends, and no school out West has had a better week recruiting-wise than the Huskies.

It started on middle of last week when Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep lineman Stephan Nembot switched his commitment from Washington State to Washington, and then a day later, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey receiver Marvin Hall committed to the Huskies.

Even the loss of quarterback Joseph Gray, Hall's Dorsey teammate to San Jose State wasn't painful because two days later, they picked up a commitment from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta quarterback Derrick Brown.  Then on Monday, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds cornerback Marcus Peters went public that he had committed to the Huskies over the weekend.

Finally Monday night, the Huskies got their biggest boost when four-star offensive tackle Paulay Asiata, from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, pledged purple and gold.

And a Good One For Ducks

Oregon landed a pair of coveted recruits of their own in the last week, one which will bolster their offensive line and one which spruces up their receivers corps

Koa Ka'ai from Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha, pledged to the Ducks first.

"The closeness to home and the overall better living experience I'll have," said Ka'ai. "I'll have family about four hours away."

On Sunday, Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver B.J. Kelley followed suit.

 "I committed on my visit," said Kelley. "I spent most of the time with Coach (Scott) Frost and told him and Coach (Chip) Kelly. There is a good chance for me to come in and play.  The three of us receivers, me Tacoi (Sumler) and Devon (Blackmon), there is a good chance we can play early. We really just have to work hard and get ready for this."

Quick Hitters

  • La Jolla (Calif.) The Bishops School linebacker Micah Seau committed to San Diego State.  The nephew of former San Diego Chargers All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau, he'll play at Qualcomm Stadium where his uncle signed.

  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde tight end Junior Pomee said he's down to Arizona, USC and Utah and will announce on Signing Day.

  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) safety/linebacker Aaron Davis committed to Colorado State.

  • Etiwanda (Calif.) running back Marcus Mason committed to Washington State.

  • San Diego State will get the final visit for hometown stud Christian Heyward.  The four-star defensive tackle will visit Montezuma Mesa this weekend and will choose from the Aztecs, Oregon and USC.

  • Sacramento (Calif.) Grant five-star defensive tackle Viliami Moala passed up a scheduled visit to Oregon State and instead visited Cal officially over the weekend.  Moala committed to the Golden Bears at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

  • Moala's teammate, defensive end Faigame Lopa, did visit Oregon State, but a late offer from California had him change his plans for the weekend.  He'll be going to Berkeley to visit the Golden Bears and cancelled a trip to Washington State.   Lopa said he and teammate, linebacker Darryl Paulo, will decide on Signing Day.

  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank, a longtime commit to Arizona State, was offered by Utah on Friday morning and visited the Utes.  He said he's still solid to the Sun Devils, but will be visiting either Vanderbilt or Tulsa this weekend.

  • Palisades (Calif.) running back Malcolm Creer was offered by Colorado prior to his official visit last weekend, and he'll visit Washington next weekend.  While he doesn't have an offer from the Huskies just yet, he's hoping for one on his trip.

  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive tackle Troy Niklas has visited Stanford and USC the past two weekends and he'll take his final visit this coming weekend, to Notre Dame.  Niklas will be announcing on Signing Day.

    Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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