NorCal Road Trip Recruiting Notebook

Scout was through the Bay Area over the weekend and here are some news and notes from NorCal...

Scout was through the Bay Area over the weekend and here are some news and notes from NorCal

Ross Follows Coach's Footsteps


Pittsburg (Calif.) running back Harris Ross.
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After a big start to his senior season, Hawaii became the first school to offer Pittsburg (Calif.) running back Harris Ross.

Ross quickly jumped on the offer. 

He continued to have a good season, and his running backs coach at Pittsburg, Ken Simonton, put in a good word for Ross with his alma mater, Oregon State.

Last week, Oregon State offered Ross, the school he'd been hoping would offer for some time, and Ross committed to the Beavers on the spot.

"Coach Simonton was telling them I'm a D-I guy and that helped out everything," said Ross.  "I'm solid this time to Oregon State.  I'm only going to visit them."

Mixon Sets Final Visit


Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon.
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Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, the West's top running back, had another big game for Freedom, scoring three touchdown, rushing for two and catching a screen for another, all while playing on a sore ankle.

Mixon also finally had a weekend to himself.

After taking visits on three consecutive weekends, to Washington, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, Mixon was able to rest over the weekend, though he did go see Cal play Oregon State on Saturday night.

On Sunday afternoon, though, the five-star set his fifth and final official visit, to Florida State.

"I'm going on November 2nd when they play Miami," said Mixon.

Mixon also visited Cal officially and said he would also be visiting UCLA unofficially in November.

He still plans to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Dickerson Solid to Irish


San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson.
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San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson has missed the past few weeks after suffering a small hairline fracture in his back. 

But the four-star said he's recovering fine and will be ready for the playoffs, where Serra is primed for a big run in the CIF-CCS postseason.

On the recruiting front, Dickerson, who committed to Notre Dame in August, said he's not wavered one bit, despite schools still trying with him.

"I've made it clear that I'm committed to Notre Dame and not changing my mind," said Dickerson.  "I'm not taking any other visits to schools, only Notre Dame."

Dickerson said he's likely visiting Notre Dame in December when several other commits visit South Bend.

Hutchings Continues to Rise


Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley linebacker Malik Hutchings.
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Still in his first year of high school football, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley linebacker Malik Hutchings added another offer on Friday, from Portland State.

The Vikings followed UTEP, UC Davis and Hawaii in offering Hutchings.

And more schools, like Cal and Washington State, are keeping an eye on him.

"I'm getting my film out and that's making more schools interested," said Hutchings.  "I still wish now I had played earlier because it would have changed things I think in my recruitment, but it's all working out."

Hutchings has helped Deer Valley to a 7-0 start in 2013.

Choudja On the Map


Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja.
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Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja has flown under the radar for much of the year, but Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage knew all about him.

Choudja's game-ending sack from inside the 20 prevented Heritage from a potential tying touchdown.

A few schools are already ahead of the curve for Choudja too.

"I've been offered by Wyoming, Idaho and UC Davis," said Choudja.

Boise State, Cal and Utah have all reached out to Choudja too for senior film.

Quick Hitters

  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Nzuzi Webster landed a new offer during the week from Portland State after Sacramento State had offered in the summer. San Jose State, Cal and Nevada are also keeping an eye on Webster, and he's gone to a couple of Cal games this year.

  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2015 lineman Dominic Fredrickson plays tackle but likely projects inside to guard or center in college.  Fredrickson went to the Cal-Oregon State game on Saturday and has been a frequent guest at Cal games and schools like Oregon State, San Jose State and Utah State have all expressed interest.

    Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Nzuzi Webster.
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  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2015 defensive lineman David Lui said early on he likes BYU, Utah and Cal and Missouri, Oregon and Washington State have all been sending letters  Lui's uncle is Steve Kaufusi, BYU's defensive line coach.

  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Robert Taylor has offers from North Dakota, Portland State and UC Davis, Portland State the latest to offer and Nevada and San Jose State have also been showing a lot of interest.

  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson is still waiting for his first offer, but Cal has been showing the most interest in him after he shined at their camp during the summer.  The Bears are his favorite school but he also likes Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, USC and UCLA in the early going.

  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Simba Webster picked up an offer from Portland State, his second offer after Sacramento State.  Webster said that Cal is also watching him as are Nevada and San Jose State.

  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 tight end Armani Levias said that schools he's interested in include Cal, Oregon State and Washington State.

    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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