The West in the Scout 300 for 2015 Facts

A look at some of the key facts about the prospects from the West in the 2015 Scout 300...

The first thing that stands out in the Scout 300 for 2015 when you look at the prospects from the West is talent.

A lot of it.

And depth. A lot of it.

And geography. A lot of that too.

The West figured prominently in the initial release of the Scout 300, with 61 prospects from the region on the maiden list.

Most impressively was that nine different states, including two that don't usually put players on it, we're represented.

Pocatello (Idaho) Highland offensive lineman Tristen Hoge.

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 region.

In fact, Idaho is home to the West's top offensive lineman, Pocatello Highland's Tristen Hoge.

Hoge was one of eight offensive lineman in the 300 from the region, 27 of the 32 either being lineman, quarterbacks or receivers.

A whopping 10 receivers made the initial list, including four that are ranked in the top ten nationally, Christian Kirk from Arizona and a trio of Southland natives in Cordell Broadus, Desean Holmes and Jaylinn Hawkins.

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 missed.

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.

Only three running backs made it from the West, and two of them call Washington home, Chico McClatcher and Austin Joyner.

A pair of tight ends made the list, and he's the nations best, Alize Jones from Nevada.

Defensively, ten lineman made the list, seven at defensive end and three at tackle.

Five-star Keisean Lucier-South is the top prospect in the trenches in the region, while Hawaii had three of the ten defensive lineman, led by five-star Canton Kaumatule and joined by Breiden Fehoko and Mika Tafua.

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.

Loaded Programs

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.

Upland had two when the list was released, quarterback Tyler Hilinski and safety Elijah Jones but the transfer of Kameron Powell from Rancho Cucamongs gives them a trio of their own.

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).

Brandon is in his ninth year with 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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