U.S. Army Combine Notebook

We take a look at which players from the West stood out at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio, including a number of prospects on UCLA's radar...

The 2012 U.S. Army Combine brought a good deal of talent to the Alamodome in San Antonio, specifically from the West.

Some of the top prospects in the 2013 class were in attendance, with a number of players holding offers from schools.

Two of the prospects that caught our attention were from the quarterbacks, one from the Pacific Northwest and one from Southern California.

Tacoma (Wash. Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Liufau probably was the most consistent quarterback in attendance, regardless of region.

Liufau, who's a player we've been high on since he started as a sophomore, showed off a good arm, excellent accuracy and great feet during the drills. When we saw Liufau this fall, we saw him continue to progress and iron out his mechanics, and he's positioning himself as one of the top prospects at the position in the 2013 class.

Liufau is still waiting for his first offer but said that UCLA was who he was hearing from the most and his favorite school, followed by Nebraska and Washington.

The surprise of the group was Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback Brandon Cox. A 6-2 lefty, Cox has a very strong arm, especially in the shorter and intermediate routes. He also looked pretty athletic in the drills and the testing. He looks like the perfect fit for a spread option offense. A good comparison is a left handed Bryan Bennett. Cox is also waiting for his first offer, but likes a number of West Coast schools.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski measured in at 6-6, 205 and looks like he's growing into his body. He's got good touch on his passes and is more a pro-style quarterback. He was busy all week, hitting the UnderArmour combine in Orlando, the Proving Ground combine in Phoenix and ending in San Antonio at the Army Combine.

An intriguing player to keep an eye on is Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Cameron Birse. The 6-3 Birse has had to wait behind Cal commit Zach Kline the past two years and will start for only one year at SRV but has tremendous upside and could be in a Jeff Tuel-like situation.

Other quarterbacks who stood out were Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower's Kolney Cassell, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln's Zack Greenlee, Walnut Creek (Calif. Berean Christian's Garrett Anderson and Upland (Calif.) passer Nate Romine.

Cassell has been hearing from a number of Pac-12 schools and Oregon State is his favorite, while Greenlee has high interest in the Beavers.

In a setting like this, it's difficult to get a good gauge from the running backs but Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln back Justin Davis was one who caught our eye. Davis already boasts offers from Oklahoma and Boise State and interest from UCLA, Oregon, Washington and USC. Davis is put together nicely, at 6-1 and 195 with good quickness and ability to catch the ball.

Class of 2014 back Isaiah Brant-Sims from Wenatchee (Wash.) had one of the best shuttles and forties of the week. He is one of the top sprinters in the state. Another Washington back, Isaiah Flynn from Bellarmine Prep and on native Johnny Ragin from Wilsonville also had good days.

The receivers crop was pretty strong from the West, with a pair of offered prospects among the best- Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell and Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue the ones who caught our eye.

Mitchell has become a household name to Southland football fans, one of the best 2013 prospects in the region. He reminds us a lot of Bryce Treggs, a very precise route-runner with good hands and good speed and shiftiness, Mitchell did a great job getting separation during the drills. UCLA has already offered Mitchell, as have SMU and Washington.

Larue is the faster of the two, but less polished. Still, it was difficult for the defensive backs to stay with him. Larue has offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Houston, UCLA and Idaho already.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill receiver/tight end Ray Hudson looked good in the drills and 1-on-1s, he's a good sized target who is physical in traffic and nice, soft hands. Oregon State, Stanford and Vanderbilt are his early leaders.

A couple of offensive linemen we liked happened to be teammates from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, tackles Max Rich and Andrew Kirkland. We saw both in September and both impressed us then. Rich projects better as a tackle in college while Kirkland is probably better suited for guard. Kirkland has an offer from Portland State already while Rich is waiting for his first offer, but he's originally from Southern California so he has interest in those schools.

Mountain Pointe (Ariz) lineman Kenny Lacy is a Scout 100 prospect in the 2013 class and he also made some noise, along with a pair of Washington natives, Mason Friedline from King's HS and Cody Connelly from Wenatchee.

The linebacker group was strong, with Bellevue (Wash.) Myles Jack, Monrovia (Calif.) George Frazier and Pasadena (Calif.) Muir's Denzel Talifero standing out.

From the secondary, two of the Southland's best, Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt, a UCLA commit, and Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman, we're stellar in the drills and in the one-on-one. Hunt is getting more attention but remains committed to UCLA while Foreman holds offers from Arizona State and Boise State and likes Cal, Oregon and UCLA.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Darrell Daniel is one to watch from Northern California and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's David Price and Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin's Kahlil Dawson also did well.

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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