2015 Scout 300: The West 101-300

There are 61 total players from the West Coast in the initial 2015 Scout 300. On Tuesday we looked at the players who made the top 100, and today we'll look at the prospects who were ranked 101 to 300...

Scout 300 for 2015

OFFENSE

It's a deep year for quarterbacks in the 2015 class and it won't surprise if a few of the following signal callers end up rated higher than those that made the top 100.

Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Brady White (No. 196) is definitely one to watch closely and he should have a monster junior season. White is silky smooth with a nice, easy throwing motion and he throws a very catchable ball. He's poised beyond his years in the pocket, never looks rattled and has a very quick release.

He shows great feet in the pocket as well and does a nice job buying time and making throws down the field or making a play wit his legs. He's also very smart with the ball, makes quick reads and is a winner.

Folsom's (Calif.) Jake Browning (No. 202) is another player who will put up huge numbers as his offense is one of the most pass happy in the nation. Browning plays in a great system, but he's more than a system quarterback. He has a high skill set and the physical tools to fit in with multiple offenses at the next level.

One player who you can bet will make a big jump is Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Sheriron Jones. Jones sits at the No. 254th spot right now but has top 100 potential. He wasn't seen much this past spring/summer and that hurt him a bit rankings wise but he has significant upside. Jones has a big arm, is very mobile and should blow up this coming season.

Others who made the cut included Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park's Brett Rypien (No. 213), Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado's Zach Gentry (No. 269) and Upland's (Calif.) Tyler Hilinski (No. 298).

The top running back in this group won't even take a snap this coming season. Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Malik Roberson (No. 127) tore his ACL in the spring and will be out all of next season. It's unfortunate as Roberson was primed for a monster year. He's the fastest returning player in the state after clocking a 10.46-100m last spring but is far from a track guy playing football, he can definitely get it done with the pads on.

It's an overall strong year for talent in Washington and Marysville (Wash.) Marysville Pilchuck's Austin Joyner (No. 176) and Federal Way's (Wash.) Chico McClatcher (No. 211) will compete over the next two seasons for top back in the state honors. Joyner is more of an every down back who can also play corner while McClatcher is a human joystick and just about impossible to check in the open field.

You won't find a more polished receiver anywhere out west, regardless of class, than Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Trent Irwin. Irwin (No. 157) doesn't have game breaking speed, but just gets open and catches everything. He has an advanced feel for the position, understands route running and how to set up a defender and has improved his athleticism and strength every year he has played.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Equanimeous St. Brown (No. 199) doesn't just have one of the most unique names in the region, his game draws plenty of attention as well. He's all of 6-4, 200 pounds, shows soft hands and excellent body control. He's an emerging talent and will be one to watch very closely this season.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater has a pair of pass catchers on the list in two-way standout Ben Humphreys and tight end Kyle Penniston. Humphreys (No. 291) is all of 6-3, 215 pounds and a very tough matchup. He can get down the field, is very strong and has great hands. He'll have a big year at linebacker a well. Penniston (No. 300) has the kind of length and great hands you want in a tight end and does a nice job catching the ball in a crowd, through contact.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill's Isaiah Langley (No. 241) and Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon's Isaiah Renfro (No. 281) excelled on both sides of the ball last season and Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks' L.J. Reed (No. 287) will combine with 2014 standout Alex Van Dyke to form one of the top pass catching duos in the entire region.

It seems like every year, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde has at least one elite offensive lineman and Tevita Halalilo is that guy in the 2015 class. Halalilo (No. 114) plays tackle for RV but at 6-3, 315 pounds, projects as a guard down the road. He's a mauler with very good feet and balance and just manhandles opposing lineman at the H.S level. He has great strength, is very physical and plays with the kind of edge you love to see in an interior prospect.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade tackle Bar Milo (No. 117) has a great frame, is technically sound and very well coached. At 6-6, his pad level can get a little high at times but he's still able to dominate because of his feet and strength. He plays through the whistle and is a physical player with the right amount of nastiness. He's strong in run blocking and already advanced as a pass protector.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis guard prospect Fred Ulu Perry (No. 206) may get overlooked a bit because he's only 6-1 but there's no doubt he can play. He has great strength, moves very well and drew raves at the SoCal NIKE Camp for his advanced technique and balance. He's explosive out of his stance and just runs over opposing tackles and nose guards.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Reno Rosene (No. 137) will likely be the Lions top prospect in this class, Newbury Parks (Calif.) Zach Okun (No. 231) landed his first scholarship offer when he was just a freshman and Bellevue's (Wash.) Henry Roberts (No. 247) should be the top offensive line prospect in the NW in two years.


DEFENSE

Scout 300 for 2015

Traditionally, the West isn't too full on the defensive line but that is changing with the 2015 class, with top-tier defensive tackles and defensive ends calling the region home.

On the edge, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker will be one of the anchors of the Jackrabbits' front seven, and shined in a reserve role last year, with good stats for not being a full-time starter, but is poised for a monster year, especially with a terrific secondary behind him allowing him more time to get to the quarterback.  A one-time Washington commit, Wicker has the size and quickness off the ball coaches love in an end.

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae could play end or outside linebacker, but we think he'll end up with his hand down in college.  He too is quick off the edge, has great burst off the ball and plays with a motor that won't shut off.  His brother, Sione, was a member of the Scout 300 in the 2010 class.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha defensive end Mika Tafua is one of four Hawaii natives in the initial Scout 300, one of their best hauls in recent memory and he's an early commit to BYU.  He too could end up as an outside linebacker at the next level, but he has two years to add more weight.

Inside, Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita defensive tackle Thomas Toki already has a couple of offers and he's a wide load as a tackle. He's not real tall, but takes up a lot of space and looks like he'll be a nose in college, but has the ability to get to the passer.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi is usually known for their defensive backs, but Vaimoe Sekona gives the Celts a terror up front at 6-3, 280, a quick first step, good technique and moves and great strength.

The linebacker spot has another Crespi Celt in outside backer D.J. Beavers, who at 6-2, 210, has good size and athleticism, is good in coverage and equally adept against the run.

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol outside linebacker Cassius Peat didn't get the size his two older brothers did (Todd was a DT who signed with Nebraska and Cyrus is an offensive tackle at Stanford), but Cassius may be the best athlete of the group.  Peat also is the third member of his family to be in the Scout 300, following Todd in 2011 and Cassius in 2012.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Kyahva Tezino is often overshadowed by his two teammates in the Scout 300 for the 2014 class, both linebackers, but Tezino may be the best college prospect of them all, with tremendous athleticism, size and innate ability to deliver big hits.

Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau is a top five middle linebacker and the early commit to Stanford fits the mold of what the Cardinal like in their linebackers, good, thick backers who can move well sideline-to-sideline.


Layton (Utah) Northridge cornerback Dayan Lake is an early commit to BYU..

At cornerback, another Utah prospect, this one Layton Northridge's Dayan Lake, makes the list and is the top defensive back in the Beehive State.  The 5-11, 185-pounder is already committed to BYU and was an all-underclass pick at the NLA Elite 7on7 and Oregon NFTC.

Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek cornerback Avery Anderson is an Arizona native who's one of two four-star corners in Colorado, but Anderson will go back to his roots in college, committing early to Arizona State.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday is a 6-2, 190-pound cornerback one of the bigger and more physical corners in the region, who can cover receivers in the slot or out wide.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) has been putting some good defensive backs out the past couple of years and safety Kameron Powell is another in that mix for the Cougars, coming off a big spring, and he'll be a key part of their revamped secondary this fall.

His 7on7 teammate and Baseline League rival Elijah Jones from Upland (Calif.), could also play cornerback or running back in college but likely projects to safety at the next level.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom has NFL bloodlines and he had a terrific spring where a ton of offers came his way and is the top prospect in San Diego in this class and is already a national recruit.

Graduation hit Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's defense hard but Simba Short, a 6-2, 185-pound safety, will be back this fall for the Spartans after starting as a sophomore on the CIF State Open Division title squad, and one of the stingiest defenses in the region.  He's been compared to former all-state selection D.J. Moffitt, who played safety early in his career before moving up to linebacker.

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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Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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