West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Following In Dad's Footsteps


Collin Johnson (left) and Kirk Johnson (right) will follow in their father, Johnnie's footsteps at Texas.
It always seemed like more of a matter of when, not if, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Kirk Johnson and 2016 receiver Collin Johnson announced for Texas.

The talented brothers decided to pull the trigger last Thursday.

The sons of former Texas All-American defensive back Johnnie Johnson, the two grew up Longhorn fans but said that wasn't the main reason why they committed.

"We grew up Texas fans because of my dad but that was more of an added bonus than the main reason we committed," Kirk Johnson said. "For me, it was just the best overall fit in every way. I love the coaching staff and what they expect out of their athletes.

For Collin, his commitment comes a full two years before he can sign but he said he's 100% locked in with the Horns.

"I won't be taking any other visits, not even unofficials," Collin said. "I'm 100% a man of my word and I told Coach Strong that my commitment is solid, for me, that means you're done. I wanted to end it early and not have to deal with the stress and craziness of recruiting.

Another Quarterback Pops

Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke had a handful of Pac-12 offers, but the three-star is instead headed to the Big Ten, committing to Michigan State.

"I've been praying about it and talking about it with my parents and I just felt like it's the right time to make that decision to play for Michigan State," Lewerke told SpartanDigest.com.  "I'm fine to be the lonely outcast from Arizona on the team.  It will be fun to be the first one."

Lewerke is the No. 2 quarterback in Arizona in the 2015 class and a top 35 passer nationally.

  • The Passing Down Best in the West 7v7 finals are this weekend in Southern California.  Body By Tra, which won it all a year ago, will be back and joined by NorCal champs Bay Area Elite and Central Cali champs Team SWAG.  Several of the top prospects in the West will be on hand, including four-star safety Marvell Tell, four-star receiver L.J. Reed and four-star running back Malik Lovette.  The Best in the West is Sunday at Fullerton College.

    Malik Henry - QB - Westlake (Calif.) - 2016
    Of all the 2016 quarterbacks in the West, Henry has easily looked the best at all the major events and while he already had a couple of offers going into the evaluation period, things figured to pick up when schools got to watch him throw.  And that's exactly what happened this week, with Notre Dame and Tennessee both watching Henry throw and both offering.  He's quickly approaching double-digits.


  • Chino Hills (Calif.) defensive end Trent Goens committed to Northwestern.
  • Paramount (Calif.) cornerback Donzale Roddie committed to Utah.
  • Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron committed to California.
  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tevita Halalilo committed to UCLA.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood linebacker T.J. Fehoko committed to Colorado.
  • Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuk cornerback Austin Joyner committed to Washington State.
  • Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala cornerback Malik Psalms committed to California.

  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by Miami.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2018 receiver Jalen Hall was offered by Miami.
  • Buena Park (Calif.) receiver Jaylinn Hawkins was offered by Arizona State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Paul Lucas was offered by UCLA.
  • Carson (Calif.) 2016 safety Marquel Dismuke was offered by Cal.
  • Salem Hills (Utah) linebacker Porter Gustin was offered by Nebraska, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
  • Huntington Beach (Calif.) receiver Nolan Thompson was offered by Air Force.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Cal and San Diego State.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2017 offensive lineman Kayden Lyles was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive lineman Clayton Johnston was offered by Arizona.
  • Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) safety Ross Connors was offered by Cornell.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly was offered by Cal.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown was offered by UCLA.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Bullard tight end Ricky McCoy was offered by Cal.
  • Herriman (Utah) offensive lineman Andre James was offered by Oregon State.
  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer offensive tackle Johnny Capra was offered by Fresno State.
  • Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon offensive lineman Branden Bowen was offered by Washington State.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson was offered by Arizona State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial 2017 defensive end Greg Rogers was offered by Utah.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Air Force and Eastern Washington.
  • La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat 2016 receiver Tyler Vaughns was offered by Colorado State.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's linebacker Aaron Mercadel was offered by Air Force.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin was offered by Washington State.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by Air Force.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart was offered by Duke.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett was offered by Nevada.
  • San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley offensive lineman Kieffer Longson was offered by Washington State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel was offered by LSU and Texas A&M.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian athlete Justice Shelton-Mosley was offered by Cal.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon safety Isaiah Renfro was offered by San Diego State.
  • Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro receiver Jake Smeltzer was offered by Air Force.
  • West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade receiver Brandyn Lee was offered by Nevada..

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this notebook


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