The West's Top Emerging Prospects takes a look at the emerging players on offense and defense from out West as the evaluation period starts...


Marc Evans
Quarterback, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Helped lead the Seraphs to a Co-Marmonte League title in 2010 and then helped lead Team B2G to the title at the Badger Elite 7on7, Evans is a big quarterback with good mobility and a strong arm and leads one of the powerhouse programs in the state.

Alex Howard
Running Back, Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field
The all-region running back has good size (6-0, 190) and impressive junior film and is one of the top skill prospects in the Grand Canyon State. 

Tyler Siudzinski
Running Back, Tustin (Calif.)
Siudzinski ran for over 2,000 yards as a junior, taking over for Stanford back Anthony Wilkerson and while he's not as big as Wilkerson, he's shiftier and better in the open field. 

Antoine Anderson
Receiver, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Anderson reminds us a lot of Inglewood (Calif.) receiver/safety Patrick Onwuasor, who signed with Arizona.  Could play on either side of the ball though receiver is his more likely destination.  Figures to be the primary target for Troy Williams.

Bryan Harper
Receiver, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Transferred to Colony from Carter, Harper is a quarterback by trade but projects best to being a slot receiver and with him now at Colony, expect schools to find him in the spring and offer. 

Billy Freeman
Tight End, Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain
:Former quarterback has progressed well and has turned himself into a division-one prospect as a tight end. Is very versatile, can line up in the slot, with his hand on the ground, as an h-back or even as a fullback.

Matthew Sparks
Offensive Line, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
One of the top linemen in the state of Hawaii, several mainland Pac-12 schools are very interested in the versatile Sparks.

Denzell Dotson
Offensive Line, Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus
Big physical guard prospect that is very good in a phone booth. Strong, once he gets his hands on a defender, call it quits. Big thick legs help him play with a sound base. Has the size to compete now but needs to avoid getting too much bigger, could end up hurting his mobility in the long run. Was one of the top linemen at the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge in Las Vegas. 

Ron Scoggins
Offensive Line, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
Big fella will get plenty of D-I looks playing on the same offensive line as the state's premier prospect.  Big and can move.  Can play guard or center in college.

Josh Mitchell
Offensive Line, Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si
The defending state wrestling champion battles on both sides of the trenches but fits best at guard. Mitchell has the athleticism to pull and get out on linebackers, while also having enough strength to deal with defensive tackles.  

David Barajas
Offensive Line, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
About to enter his third year starting as an offensive tackle for the successful Seraphs program, Barajas can play either tackle or guard. 


Austin Hoyt
Defensive Line, Jackson (Calif.) Argonaut
A big athlete, Hoyt is 6-7 and can play tight end but prefers defensive end.  Plays low and is quick off the ball.  Has frame to add more weight too.

Kris Cooper
Defensive Line, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Overshadowed by a lot of defensive talent at Serra the past couple of years, has the size to be an ideal 3-tech in college.

Justen Meaders
Defensive Line, West Covina (Calif.)
One of the most physically gifted players in the San Gabriel Valley, may be better suited to play outside linebacker but is a beast off the edge and does a tremendous job getting after the quarterback. 

Mike Arredondo
Linebacker, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
A true middle backer. Is very sound between the tackles. Is a down hill player that is very physical. Explodes on the ball carrier and seems to play with tremendous passion. Is a bit of a hopper and will take bad angles at times. 

Chuks Amaechi
Linebacker, Avondale (Ariz.) Westview
Very active and productive prospect. Plays with a high motor and is very athletic. Has long frame and is only going to get bigger. Uses hands well and uses a variety of moves to get to the QB. Is a tweener prospect right now because he doesn't currently have the bulk to be a DE and while he is athletic enough to be an OLB, he has limited experience at the position.

Hardy Nickerson
Linebacker, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
The son of former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson Sr., the younger Nickerson may lack ideal height, but has the ability and physicality to play middle linebacker at the next level.  May be best suited to play on the outside.

Caleb Saulo
Linebacker, Kent (Wash.) Kentlake
Saulo is a talented athlete that plays quarterback for his high school team. Saulo is destined for defense at the next level where he has the size to play inside and the speed to run sideline to sideline. Saulo is a tough minded player that has a perfect mental makeup for linebacker.  

Kendrick Mathis
Defensive Back, Ventura (Calif.) Buena
Size to play safety but fluidness to play cornerback, can play either spot in the secondary.  Has also played running back and quarterback.

Carlos Mendoza
Defensive Back, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Mendoza plays linebacker for the Lions but projects to a safety in college. He's always around the ball, is a big hitter and has a high football IQ.  As he plays more safety during the camp circuit, offers shouldn't be too far behind. 

Jayshawn Jordan
Defensive Back, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Shorter corner with great ball skills. Jordan has the speed to run with receivers and strength to make plays in the running game. He is one of the top cover corners in the Northwest.  

Devian Shelton
Defensive Back, Inglewood (Calif.)
Big defensive back could play either safety or cornerback.  Coaches think he's one of the best DB prospects to come through the school.

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