A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...
Camp Season Gets Started
Camp and 7on7 season kicks in to effect fully in March with two major
regional events taking place during the month.
First up is the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp on March 9th at
Redondo HS, the top camp in the Southland and one of the best collection of
talent you'll find in any region.
The L.A. NFTC has been one of the biggest launching pads to Nike's The
Opening in July.
The following weekend, the first major 7on7 tournament in the region takes
place in Las Vegas in the Pylon
Elite 7on7 and Lineman Challenge at All-American Park.
A number of the top skill position prospects in the West will be in Vegas
that weekend, including five-star quarterbacks Ricky Town and Josh Rosen.
The Lineman Challenge, ran by the AIGA Foundation, will also boast some of
the top big men in the West.
Things kickoff next weekend with the 4th Quarter Sports 7on7 Tournament in
Los Angeles on Sunday the 2nd as well as the NEI Showcase in Bellevue (Wash.),
also on the 2nd, covering prospects in the Southland and the Northwest
Other major events in March include the Passing Down NorCal Regional in
Livermore (March 9th) and Passing Down SoCal Regional in Fontana (March 30th).
When James Franklin was at Vanderbilt, he offered a slew of players from the
West, and even landed a few. But now that he's at Penn State, he's not
changed his philosophy of recruiting nationally, and in a big change from years
past, the Nittany Lions are hitting the West Coast pretty strong. They
signed Koa Farmer from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame earlier this month and
have thrown out a plethora of offers in this class, including to Newhall
(Calif.) Hart teammates Brady White (QB) and Trent Irwin (WR) among others.
OL - Yakima (Wash.) West Valley - 2015
Lemieux is one of the
Northwest's top offensive linemen in the 2015 class and he landed three offers
this past week, from Cal, Idaho and South Carolina. They joined offers from
Boise State, Oregon and Washington State.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston committed to
Salt Lake City (Utah) linebacker Osa Masina was offered by Oregon.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro receiver Christian Kirk was offered by Alabama and
Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt tight end Ricky McCoy was offered by Arizona and
Washington. Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde quarterback Sheriron Jones
was offered by Nebraska.
Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White was offered by Penn State.
Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde athlete Cedric Peterson was offered by
California and Nebraska. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle
Kahlil McKenzie was offered by Notre Dame and Oregon State.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Corey Adolphus was offered by San Diego State and San Jose State.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward offensive lineman Roy Hemsley was offered by
UCLA. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was
offered by Penn State and Texas Tech.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones was offered by
Oregon. San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday was
offered by Boise State, Boston College and Florida State.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell was offered by Colorado and
Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial running back Dedrick Young was offered by
Arizona State, Colorado and Washington.
Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington defensive end Brieden Fehoko was offered by
Arizona State and Oregon State.
San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson was offered by Cal.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2016 running back Sean McGrew was
offered by Colorado.
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston was offered by
Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuck running back Austin Joyner was offered by
Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett was offered by Alabama.
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta receiver Colin Baker was offered by San
Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton defensive end Mufi Hunt was offered by
Upland (Calif.) safety Elijah Jones was offered by San Jose State. Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa
was offered by UCLA.
Herriman (Utah) offensive lineman Andre James was offered by Nebraska.
Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron was offered by Brown and San Jose State.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel was offered by
Alabama and Ole Miss.
Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill athlete Isaiah Langley was offered by Boise
State, Florida State, Miami and San Jose State.
San Ramon (Calif.) California offensive lineman Tyler Whisenhunt was
offered by Weber State.
Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver L.J. Reed was offered by
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia was offered
by Weber State.
Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin was offered by Arizona State.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom center Dominic Fredrickson was offered by Weber
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa was
offered by Washington State.
Pocatello (Idaho) Highland linebacker Kyler Manu was offered by Boise
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian athlete Jeremy Kelly was offered by San Jose