Of course, California, which is gearing up for its most
talented class in years, led the way with 41 prospects. Washington was next with
six and Hawaii had four. Utah and Arizona both had a trio. Colorado and Nevada
each had a player from perennial powerhouses on the list.
But Idaho, which last had a player in the 300 in 2012 and New Mexico, which had
2010 be the last year for a native to make the list, added to the depths the
In fact, Idaho is home to the West's top offensive lineman, Pocatello Highland's
Hoge was one of eight offensive lineman in the 300 from the region, 27 of the 32
either being lineman, quarterbacks or receivers.
But the quarterback position is the gold standard in the West. The lone
five-stars nationally are from Southern California, top-ranked Ricky Town and
No. 2 ranked Josh Rosen. Seven more quarterbacks made the list, and three more
quarterbacks we were high on, Kyle Kearns, Austin Kafentzis and Cade Smith, just
New Mexico's Zach Gentry didn't miss and he's the first quarterback from New
Mexico in the 300 since Landry Jones made it seven years ago.
Seven linebackers are on on the list, five-star John Houston from Southern
California, the West's top defensive prospect and middle linebacker Cameron Smith from Northern California, and the top middle backer in the country,
topping the list.
A dozen of the 29 defensive prospects are out of the secondary, with five-star
cornerback Iman Marshall, Colorado's top prospect, cornerback Eric Lee and the
No. 2 safety in the country, Marvell Tell, headlining the list.
Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol linebacker Cassius Peat.
Next In Line
There are a trio of prospects who matched their brothers inclusion in previous
Scout 300s in this years class.
A pair of current Stanford starters, in fact, who made the Scout 300 in 2012'
have brothers on the list. Canton Kaumatule's brother Luke, now a tight end with
the Cardinal, was joined on the list by Andrus Peat two years agon and they'll
line up next to each other with Peat a tackle.
Peat's younger brother, Cassius, also made the list and like Canton, they are on
defense. in fact, Cassius is the third Peat brother to make the 300. Older
brother Todd made it in 2011.
Benning Potoae from Lakes HS in Washington saw his older brother Sione, now at
Washington, earn a selection to the list in 2010.
And there are several prospects who've outdone their older brothers. Osa
Masina's brother Uaea was a high three star in the 2013 class but never cracked
the 300. And Breiden Fehoko will be the fourth Fehoko brother to play at the FBS
level, but none of the older three ever made the 300.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker John Houston.
Gardena Serra and Encino Crespi lead the way with three prospects in the 300,
Marvell Tell, LB D.J. Beavers and defensive lineman Vaime Sekona from the Celts
and John Houston being joined by running back Malik Roberson and defensive
lineman Rasheem Green.
Long Beach Poly, Newhall Hart, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, Santa Ana Mater Dei
and Diamond Bar all have two each.
Valor Christian has a Scout 300 prospect for the second straight class. Los
Angeles Salesian, Bellevue, West Hills Chaminade and Mater Dei have Scout 300
members for the third straight year. St. John Bosco has Scout 300 prospects for
the fourth straight year.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones.
Concord De La Salle and Scottsdale Chaparral have one for the fourth time in
five years, Serra for the fourth time in six years and Oaks Christian for the
fifth time in six years.
In fact, this will be the fourth time in those same six years that Serra has a
five-star and the third in the last last four that Bosco has a five-star.
The Best Around
The West is home to four players ranked at the top of their position nationally:
Ricky Town (QB), Alize Jones (TE), Cameron Smith (MLB) and Tristen Hoge (OG).
Ranked No. 2 at their positions are Josh Rosen (QB), Keisean Lucier-South (DE),
Marvell Tell (S) and Christian Kirk (WR).
At No. 3 nationally are John Houston (OLB), Iman Marshall (CB), Canton Kaumatule
(DE) and Desean Holmes (WR).
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.