West Recruiting Notebook

Two four-star teammates from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle commit to the Big Ten and Pac-12, headlining this week's West Recruiting Notebook...

The big news out West came out of the Bay Area, where two of the region's top prospects, and teammates at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, made their college commitments.

Quarterback Bart Houston, a four-star prospect, ranked #7 nationally by Scout.com, committed to Wisconsin over Iowa, UCLA and Washington.

 "It's a program that is team first and individual second. That's how it is at De La Salle and that's what I saw at Wisconsin. That was their philsophy, the way they held themselves, the way they talked about the season. I looked at the academics and the pro-style offense and I really liked that."

Later in the week, fellow Spartan Michael Barton, a four-star outside linebacker, decided to stay a little closer to home, committing to nearby California.

"I wanted the week to think and be sure about my decision. I had interest in Cal when they offered but since then, I knew that's where I wanted to go.  Their philosophy is not just about football but about life, just like at De La Salle. That's what the coaches really stress there," said Barton.

Norco (Calif.) linebacker Scott Starr added another Pac-12 offer this week.

"Washington State offered me," said Starr.

The Cougars join Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, UCLA and Washington in offering the four-star.

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony center Matthew Cocharn is now up to nine offers with two of the three WAC champions from 2010 offering him.

"I got an offer from Nevada and Boise State," said Cochran, who also said UNLV is picking up interest.

Cochran has offers already from Arizona State, Colorado, San Jose State, SMU, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir linebacker Denzel Talifaro, a top 2013 prospect, got his first offer on Thursday.

"SMU was by the school today and they offered Denzel, who's a sophomore," said Muir recruiting coordinator Alfredo Resendiz.

Talifaro had 73 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore in 2010.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey linebacker Jeremiah Allison picked up his third offer on Thursday afternoon, from a top ten program.

"Coach Marcel Yates from Boise State came by our school today," said Allison.  "He told Coach (Paul) Knox (Dorsey's coach) to have me call him and I did and he offered."

The Broncos follow SMU and UCLA in offering Allison.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez offensive guard Lacy Westbrook got a huge offer on Thursday.

"I just received an offer from Auburn today," said Westbrook.  "Coach (Jeff) Grimes came and visited the school."

Utah and Boise State offered Westbrook on Wednesday and Oregon State did recently.

The Tigers, Beavers, Broncos and Utes are part of an offer sheet for Westbrook that includes Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, SMU, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Lynwood (Calif.) cornerback Diamonte Wiggins received his second offer on Thursday.

"Boise State offered Diamonte today," said Kordell Knox of Gridiron Football Academy.  "Coach (Marcel) Yates offered him."

New Mexico had first offered Wiggins.

Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney quarterback Jake Rodrigues picked up two more offers, from the two Pac-12 newcomers.

"Colorado and Utah were the last two schools to offer me," said Rodrigues.

Previously, Michigan and Washington and offered Rodrigues.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral defensive end Teddy Queen picked up his second offer from the Mountain West.

"Colorado State offered Teddy," said Troy Lau of Prodigy Sports.

Earlier this week, Queen landed his first offer, from San Diego State.

Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon offensive tackle Erik Magnuson received a big offer for the second day in a row.

"Cal offered me today," said Magnuson, as the Bears came by the school.

That came a day after a Big 12 powerhouse offered.

"I got an offer from Oklahoma," said Magnuson.  "I'm very stoked.  That's big time.  My boy Kenny (Stills) is there."

The four-star has offers from schools like Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado, Colorado State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez offensive guard Dejon Allen added a pair of offers on Wednesday.

"I just got an offer from Boise State and Utah," said Allen.

The Broncos and Utes join a list of schools that includes Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Washington and San Diego State.

Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell, a 2013 prospect, got his first two offers on Wednesday.

Mitchell was offered by both SMU and Washington, who were by the Alemany campus.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver also added a pair of offers.

"Boise State offered me," said Beaver.  "Utah offered me just a while ago too."

The Utes and Broncos join Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, SMU, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington and Washington State in offering Beaver.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Alphonso Marsh got his seventh and eighth offers on Wednesday.

"Boise State offered me," said Marsh.  "Coach (Marcel) Yates came by our school.  Then Utah offered me."

The Utes and Broncos join Arizona, New Mexico, SMU, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington in offering Marsh.

La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Aaron Porter is now up to ten offers, with a new Pac-12 school the latest to offer.

"Aaron was offered by Cal last night.," said his father.

The four-star linebacker, ranked 9th nationally, now has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Carlos Mendoza picked up his first offer today.

"Arizona State just offered me," said Mendoza.

Mendoza had 74 tackles, five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 2010 as a junior at Oaks Christian.  He ran for 437 yards on 85 carries and eight touchdowns.

Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro linebacker Blake Rodgers landed his first offer, from the Mountain West.

"I just received my first offer from Air Force," said Rodgers.

Rodgers said he's also receiving interest UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cal, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Boise State and San Diego State.

Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive tackle Nico Siragusa (6-5, 305) has his first offer in.

According to Siragusa, San Jose State has offered him.

Siragusa is also hearing from UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Utah, San Diego State, UTEP, UNLV, Nebraska, Washington State, Arizona, Nevada and BYU.

Culver City (Calif.) receiver Alex Jackson (5-10, 175), is starting to stoke the interest of numerous schools, with a handful having offered him already.

"Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State and San Diego State have already offered Alex," said Culver City assistant Greg Goodyear.

And Goodyear said he thinks more are coming.

"A lot of schools nationally want to come see him during the spring and a lot of the Pac-12 schools are interested in him and are coming by to see him," said Jackson.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and 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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