NorCal Notes From the Road: Day Two

Scout is on the road all week in Northern California and here are news and notes from Day Two...

Scout was through the East Bay and Sacramento on the second of three days through Northern California, stopping by a number of high schools.  Here are some news and notes from Day Two in NorCal.

Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian defensive end Nifae Lealao.
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Lealao's Clear Leader

Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian defensive end Nifae Lealao has had a top school for some time, and it's getting stronger and stronger. 

"Stanford is my clear number one," said Lealao.  "They're just the right school for me right now."

Lealao said the Cal and UCLA were tied right behind the Cardinal and rounding out his top five was Utah and Oregon State.

The four-star said he will likely make his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Lewis Solid to the Broncos


Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis.
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Despite missing most of his junior year with a knee injury, Brandon Lewis had good enough sophomore film to go off and Boise State offered him in March.

The three-star repaid the Broncos with a commitment not long after they offered.

And now the Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove cornerback is seeing hosts of schools come in and check out his team, and while they're showing interest in him, nothing will make him waver on his decision to commit to the Broncos.

"They stuck by me and offered me and it's the best team over the last eight years under Coach Pete (Chris Petersen), so it's the best combination of everything for me," said Lewis.

Lewis said he's doing some recruiting of his own too for the Broncos.

While he's missed much of the spring camp circuit trying to rehab the knee, he's been working out with his team and is two weeks away from being 100%.

Van Dyke Has Plenty of Options

Perhaps the top receiver in Northern California, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke has over 20 offers.


Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke.
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And while he's got plenty of options, he's not whittling his list down at all.

"I'm still wide open and my family and I will start to narrow things down soon.

The four-star, who was an all-state football-basketball player this year, said UCLA, Cal and Arizona State were recruiting him the hardest from his offers and USC has been by twice this spring and wants him to camp at Rising Stars, and a good performance there could land him an offer.

Van Dyke has offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa State, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington State, Weber Stateand Wyoming

State Champs are Loaded

After leading Granite Bay (Calif.) to a surprising turnaround that ended with the Grizzlies win the CIF State Division I title in 2012, they're loaded again, with three prospects who've been offered in the last couple of weeks.


Granite Bay (Calif.) trio Tony Ellison, Dylan Keeney and Cameron Smith..
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Tight end/outside linebacker Dylan Keeney, who's pick six in the state bowl game against Long Beach Poly turned the game around, has offers from Idaho and Wyoming and said that he'll camp at Cal, UCLA and Washington, with all three showing strong interest in him.

Receiver Tony Ellison has been offered by Arizona, Fresno State and Wyoming, with the Wildcats sitting in a pretty position for him.

And 2015 linebacker Cameron Smith picked up his first BCS offers last week from UCLA, joining an early offer from San Diego State.

All three will be at the Oakland NFTC on Sunday.

Green Is Red Hot


Sacramento (Calif.) running back Calvin Green.
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Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank running back Calvin Green was the third leading rusher last year with over 1,200 yards. 

This year, he's set to be the primary ball carrier, but schools like him as a slot receiver in college.

Green is up to nine offers, from Arizona State, Washington State, Wyoming, Colorado State, Boise State, Fresno State, Eastern Washington, Nevada and San Jose State

Arizona State, Washington State, Fresno State, Boise State and Nevada are standing out to Green as a top five while the Cougars are in a good place.

"Washington State has shown me the most interest and really like  me," said Green.

Green said he's interested in Cal, Oregon and UCLA and all are showing interest in him.

Quick Hitters


American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson.
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  • American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson has offers from Colorado, Iowa State, Nevada, Northwestern, San Jose State, UC Davis and Yale and said all have offered him as a running back except Northwestern, who likes him in the secondary.

  • American Canyon (Calif.) defensive back Malik Beachum is still waiting for his first offer but said that he thought Syracuse and UNLV could be the closest to offering and the Rebels said a good performance at their camp could net him an offer.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove receiver Wyatt Demps has four offers, from Hawaii, Idaho and Wyoming with hometown Sacramento State also joining the mix most recently.  Demps said that UCLA and Cal have also been showing a lot of interest in him.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove linebacker Earl Chism is holding one offer from Idaho but has a busy plan for camps this spring.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove defensive back Esley Simmons got his second offer from Weber State to go with his first one from Idaho.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder is committed to Duke, but he's up to 14 offers now and more schools could be close to offering.  Duke spent much of Thursday at Cosumnes Oaks watching Schroeder at their spring practice.

  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver L.J. Reed has three offers now, with Arizona State the first school to offer the 2015 receiver from the BCS ranks.  Idaho was the first school to offer Reed and Eastern Washington also followed suit.

    Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a 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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