A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon committed to
Going back to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last weekend and the Semper
Fidelis All-American Bowl the following night, four players from the West
announced decisions during their respective games while two more announced after
Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams committed to UCLA early
during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon announced next that he
was committing to USC.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, the West's top prospect at
the position, ended the game by announcing he would be committing to Oklahoma.
Following the game, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek running back Nathan Starks
committed to UCLA.
The next night, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch lineman Kammy Delp announced
for Arizona State during the Semper Fi Bowl.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe lineman Natrell Curtis, who played in the
Army Bowl, committed to Oklahoma two days after returning from San Antonio.
San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson flipped
to UCLA from Notre Dame.
Golden State Switches
Two Scout 300 prospects flipped their commitments to Pac-12 schools during
On Monday, Houston (Texas) Lamar four-star cornerback John Plattenburg, who
played at Corona (Calif.) Centennial before moving to Texas, flipped his
commitment from UCLA to USC, his mother's alma mater.
A few days later, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra four-star defensive end Matt Dickerson switched his verbal to UCLA from Notre Dame.
And three-star cornerback Brandon Lewis from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant
Grove, a longtime commit to Boise State, switched his commitment to Washington a
day after the former Bronco coaching staff offered him a chance to be a Husky.
More Scout 300 Commitments
Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson
committed to USC..
Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson had his commitment to
USC get somewhat lost in the shuffle since he did it during the Army Bowl,
though he wasn't playing in it. But the four-star receiver, who was once a
commitment to Washington, will be able to play for Steve Sarkisian after all.
The day after losing Plattenburg, UCLA got a commitment from Bellflower
(Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner.
Mama Narrows to Four
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Damien Mama named his
final four on Friday evening.
The five-star offensive guard, ranked No. 1 at his position nationally,
tweeted out a top four of Alabama, BYU, UCLA and USC.
Mama will visit BYU officially the weekend before Signing Day and is deciding
on either USC or UCLA for the fifth scheduled visit on January 17th.
He will announce his decision on Signing Day at his school.
San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta
Samuels opened up his recruitment.
Carta-Samuels Opens It Up
The decision by James Franklin to leave Vanderbilt for Penn State also opened
things up for San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels.
The four-star committed to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2012, before he'd even
started his junior year and his brother was the starter for the Commodores this
But Carta-Samuels tweeted that he was opening things up with Franklin's
departure, and a handful of Western schools are expected to recruit him,
including Boise State and possibly Washington, with neither having a commitment
from a quarterback in this class.
Carta-Samuels did say he'll still visit Vanderbilt officially and no decision
will be made until he's taken that trip.
Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe committed to
Several Off the Board
A number of other Western prospects made commitments in the last week,
bolstering some classes with their verbals.
Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe committed to Cal and the
next day, Alameda (Calif.) cornerback Sulaiman Hameed committed to Washington State.
Federal Way (Wash.) defensive back Keenan Curran committed to San Jose State,
the second straight year the Spartans have gotten a player from Federal Way.
Arizona Western tight end Blake Whiteley, the top JC tight end nationally,
became Charlie Strong's first commitment at Texas.
Stanford's Visit Weekend
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton five-star Casey Tucker visited
While the rest of college football had a weekend from of official visitors,
Stanford was the lone FBS school to host visitors and had over 20 recruits on
Stanford typically does one weekend for all their official visits in January,
and after setting them up before the NCAA adjusted the dead period, they
successfully appealed to allow their visit weekend to remain (For
complete list, click here).
All of the commits to the Cardinal, plus five of their top targets, including
five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas and five-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker, were in Palo Alto.
and both Thomas and Tucker were admitted into Stanford.
And while he didn't visit Stanford this weekend, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
defensive end Uriah Leiataua found out on Saturday that he was admitted to
Corona (Calif.) Santiago 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett had a nice week,
winning MVP honors at the Los Angeles Elite 11, punching his ticket to The
Opening and the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton and then was selected to the 2015
UnderArmour All-America Game.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja named a final four of
Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and Washington State. Choudja will visit
Washington State on January 17th, Boise State on January 24th and Fresno State
on January 31st. He visited Nevada in December.
WR/CB - Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill - 2015
Already a member of the
Scout 300 for 2015, the two-way threat Langley had a big week, with five offers
coming in a matter of three days, including from the Big 12 and SEC.
Langley was offered by Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the
Pac-12, Georgia from the SEC and Oklahoma out of the Big 12.
Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen linebacker Brody Bagnall committed to Air Force.
Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit defensive end Terran Hasselbach committed to
Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit defensive end Terran Hasselbach
will stay in-state..
Sebastopol (Calif.) Analy offensive guard Jacob Hicks committed to Fresno
State.Contra Costa (Calif.) College quarterback Malik Watson committed to
San Jose State.Glendale (Ariz.) College offensive lineman Jerhen Ertel
committed to Boise State.Holtsville (Calif.) tight end David Lucero committed to Boise
State.Salt Lake City (Utah) East offensive lineman Tennessee Su'esu'e
committed to Boise
State.El Camino (Calif.) College punter Dillon Kidd committed to Iowa.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2015 offensive lineman Dominic Fredrickson was
offered by Hawaii.
Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin
added two more offers.
La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by
Hawaii. Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea fullback-linebacker Jack Flor was offered by
Herriman (Utah) 2015 offensive lineman Andre James was offered by
Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Simba Webster was offered by San Jose
State and Eastern Washington.
Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Mustafa Branch was offered by Oregon State.
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Tyler Cook was offered by Cal.
Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Nzuzi Webster was offered by Eastern
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2015 athlete Jeremy Kelly was offered by San Diego State.
Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin was offered by Cincinnati
and Mississippi State.
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 2015 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was
offered by Arizona State.
Concord (Calif) De La Salle 2015 defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie was
offered by Oklahoma.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2015 receiver Christian Kirk was offered by
Culver City (Calif.) 2015 athlete Stanley Norman was offered by Florida State.
Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde 2015 offensive lineman Tevita Halalilo
was offered by Washington State.
National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman
and Southwest analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this