West: Final Top Ten Safeties

There are three UCLA targets among the top five safeties in the West, including committed safety Jaleel Wadood...

West: Final Top Ten Safeties
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Poly
Size: 6-1.5, 185
Previous Ranking: 1
Recruiting: Will choose from Notre DameOregonUCLA and USC on Signing Day
The Skinny: Smith is the No. 3 overall prospect in the West. His upside is off the charts at safety and he would easily be a top five receiver in the region as well. Smith has all the tools to dominate at the next level- great size and toughness, he can cover a lot of ground, hits like a truck, has great ball skills and plays with great field awareness. He's a late bloomer so he's far from reaching his peak and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be.  Was an UnderArmour All-American.
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 5-10/185
Previous Ranking: 2
Recruiting: Committed to Oregon then opened it up and will decide betweenUCLAand Washington
The Skinny: Baker, the top overall prospect in the NW, is one of the most versatile players in the West and could be ranked a top five prospect at corner as well as running back. We like him at safety and feel his overall athleticism and play making skills should allow to play early in his college career. He doesn't have a typical safety frame, but he plays bigger than his size, has very good speed and is a very dangerous returning punts/kicks as well. He even played some receiver at The Opening and was one of the top pass catchers in the entire event and wants to get some offensive packages in college.  The U.S. Army All-American never lost a game in high school, going 42-0 with three state titles.
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 5-11, 170
Previous Ranking: 3 (CB)
Recruiting: Committed to Cal but then opened it up and ultimately chose UCLA
Scouting Report: Whether Wadood ends up at corner or safety in college, he'll be an elite playmaker at either spot. He has corner size but plays safety in H.S and for his 7 on 7 team to take advantage of his great ball skills and field awareness. He covers a ton of ground, has an incredibly high football IQ and always knows where to be on the field. He's also a physical player and isn't afraid to come up and hit you. If you had to pick one DB to win a game right now, Wadood might be the first player you would take.  He was arguably the most valuable player on St. John Bosco's 16-0 state championship team and was a U.S. Army All-American.
Location: Concord, Calif.
High School: De La Salle
Size: 6-0/180
Previous Ranking: 10
Recruiting: Committed to Arizona State early on in the process and didn't waver.
The Skinny: Tautalatasi is a gamer for De La Salle, playing both safety and running back the past two seasons for a program that went 29-1 with a state title.  Tautalatasi projects best to safety in college, where he's a big, physical hitter with great closing speed and ball skills.  
Location: Anaheim, Calif.
High School: Magnolia
Size: 6-3/190
Previous Ranking: 5
Recruiting: Committed to Arizona State after narrowing his list to also include Arizona and Utah
The Skinny: Scott emerged almost out of nowhere this past spring once his junior film got out. He's one of the most physical and hard hitting players in the region and has the ability to stay at safety or even move to linebacker in college. He has a big frame but moves well, has solid cover skills but his specialty is coming down hill and delivering a blow. He's the kind of enforcer every college wants in their program. 

The Next Five:
6. Glen Ihenacho, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Committed to Oregon
7. Khalil Oliver, Meridian (Idaho) Rocky Mountain
8. Jojo McIntosh, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade- Committed to Washington
9. Quentin Tartabull, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany- Committed to California
10. Devon Brewer, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Committed to Arizona


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