Latest Recruiting Buzz Out West

Where will elite running back Joe Mixon be this weekend? Will Michiah Quick ever set up a visit to Oregon? What committed recruit might be headed elsewhere? Here's the latest recruiting buzz out West.

*Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick has had an on again, off again relationship with the Oregon Ducks that now looks on again. Quick had an official visit set to Eugene for this past weekend but the Ducks canceled early last week saying they wanted him to re-take the SAT or ACT before visiting.

Then later in the week, Quick talked with an Oregon assistant coach and it looked like the visit was back on again but the receiver said he felt it was too rushed and he would have to do the visit another time.

The latest news is Quick will take the ACT this weekend and then officially visit Oregon next weekend (Sept. 28) when California comes to town. Visits with Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are locked in as well and UCLA will get the final visit after the season. At this time, The Sooners and Bruins appear to be the front runners.

*Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon took an official visit to California last weekend and was expected to visit Florida this coming week. That trip will no longer happen as the Gators were hoping to move the visit to later in the year and Mixon said he couldn't make that work.

There's a chance Mixon could take an un-official visit to UCLA this weekend and the Bruins are making a strong push, despite getting cut from Mixon's top 10 a month or so ago.

His next official visit will be to Oklahoma (Oct. 4) followed by Wisconsin (Oct. 11). Oregon is also in Mixon's top five and although the feeling is Cal and Oklahoma lead for the running back, his recruitment could go a lot of different directions between now and February.

*Palmdale (Calif.) running back Demario Richard cut his list to six schools on Wednesday. The ones who made the cut included Arizona State, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Washington State and West Virginia.

Arizona State was the early leader for Richard but Washington made up a ton of ground after an unofficial visit in the summer and a return trip for the Boise State season opener.

It now looks too close to call between the two Pac 12 schools and Richard will take an unofficial visit to ASU next weekend and should set up a few official visits shortly. The plan is to make a commitment December 2, Richard's birthday.

*Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide out Shay Fields is off to a fast start and not surprising, schools are taking notice. Colorado and Utah both offered this week but Fields remains solid with Boise State.

The Broncos have a pretty strict ‘no trip policy' meaning if a committed player wants to take other visits, he basically has to de-commit in order to do so. We know Fields loves his situation at BSU so it will be interesting to see how he plays this one out.

*Compton (Calif.) Centennial defensive back Denzel Fisher was supposed to visit Washington State this weekend but said he won't be making the visit. Fisher, a UCLA commit, said the Bruins staff didn't want him to take any visits to any other Pac 12 schools.

Fisher was also scheduled to check out Utah later in the year but it's probably safe to assume he'll be asked to cancel that one as well. USC and Oregon are still recruiting Fisher but have yet to offer.

*There was talk that La Mirada (Calif.) wide out and Oklahoma commit Dallis Todd could be visiting Nebraska this weekend but according to Matador head coach Mike Moschetti, Todd isn't visiting anywhere.

Moschetti said Sooner OC and WR coach Jay Norvell was on campus Wednesday and Todd is completely shutting down the recruiting process and will only be visiting Oklahoma.

*We've talked a lot about the parallel's between elite 2015 quarterbacks Ricky Town and Josh Rosen. Town, out of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure and Rosen from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco are the top two signal callers in the 2015 class.

The two are similar in many ways but yet vastly different in how they play. One unfortunately similarity between the two is both were injured the same week of the season. Rosen played through a hyper-extended knee against Corona (Calif.) Centennial two weeks ago but had to sit things out this past weekend.

He'll sit out this week and possibly next weekend as well but should be ready to go when the Seraphs play a very good Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake team. Rosen bruised his shoulder after being slammed to the ground last Friday and could miss the next two weeks, although the Braves have a bye next weekend.

*Three weeks in to the season is usually a good indicator if a potential sleeper prospect is legit or not. Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has shown that not only is he among the top players on the Braves loaded roster but one of the top lineman in the state.

At 6-foot-4, 260- pounds, Tuioti-Mariner has put on almost 25 pounds of good weight since his junior season and looks like a completely different player. He's very strong, athletic and can move all over the defensive line. Wisconsin and Boise State are recruiting him the hardest right now and UCLA and USC have picked up their interest recently as well.

*Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe wide out Jalen Brown has taken visits to Oregon State and Oregon and will head to Wisconsin and Vanderbilt next. All four along with Arizona are still heavily in the mix but it sure sounds like the Ducks gave Brown a lot to think about.

Not making any predictions here as Brown always plays things very close to the vest but it does appear Oregon set the bar pretty high for the other schools. Brown said the official visits will be a huge part of his decision and even if he doesn't officially trip to Arizona, the Cats will be in this one until the end, but the Ducks could be tough to beat right now.

*Upland (Calif.) athlete Jeff Farrar, a Virginia commit, took an official visit to Utah last weekend. Farrar said he didn't want to do any interviews post visit and said he's still a solid commitment to the Cavs but we did hear the Utes made a very positive impression. This is one probably worth watching over the coming months.

*Sounds like UCLA could be close to offering West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive lineman Kenyon Frison. Frison was an early commitment to Utah but had a very impressive spring and earned an invite to The Opening.

At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, he has a great tackle frame and is still just learning the position. Once he figures things out, he has a chance to be a special player at the next level. Oklahoma and Washington are also recruiting Frison heavily.

*Newbury Park (Calif.) 2015 offensive lineman Zach Okun has been on a nice run as of late with Arizona State being the latest to offer him. The big tackle now has offers from the entire Pac 12 minus Oregon, Stanford and USC.

*Georgia is the latest offer for Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2015 tight end Alize Jones. Jones is the top tight end in the 2015 class and will have his choice of any school in the country when he's a senior.

*Oregon is the latest offer for Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North 2015 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel. Daniel is a top 50 player in the 2015 class and is closing in on the 20 offer mark right now.

****For breaking UCLA recruiting info, including some tidbits on Jim Mora seeing a high school game tonight, click here***

National analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

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
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