A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...
Quarterback Dominoes Again
Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett committed to Alabama last
week to continue the quarterback commitment cycle out West.
And this was truly a case of the domino effect, even if it was somewhat
When Ricky Town, the Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure five-star, decommitted
from the Tide in January and committed to USC that day, it opened up the spot
Barnett was a commit to Notre Dame for months before opening it up and it
appeared like he was headed to Oregon.
But a trip to Tuscaloosa swung momentum their way.
Now with Barnett going to Alabama, Oregon offered Sam Darnold from San
Clemente (Calif.) and Travis Waller from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite.
Waller had Alabama in his final four, along with Notre Dame, one spot closing
with Barnett's commitment but the other spot opening because of Barnett's
decommitment. Then the Oregon offer, which looked earmarked for Barnett,
gave Waller another option and he updated his top four to also include Northwestern
and Ohio State along with the Ducks
But it's also an option for Darnold, who threw at USC on Saturday and perhaps
the Trojans become an option for Darnold as the second quarterback in the 2015
class. In the meantime, Darnold will visit Duke and
Meanwhile, Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers is weighing a greyshirt
option with Washington, the hometown school where his mother is the head
gymnastics coach and a school that already has a commitment from Jake Browning
from Folsom (Calif.).
Got all that?
Waller is set to announce next Tuesday, before he heads to the Elite 11 Finals.
Darnold, Barnett and Town will all be there too, the four tied together not just
by their CIF-SS affiliation, but the true domino effect that every year affects
The Opening Roster and Elite 11 Finals Set
The Opening is a five-day competition featuring the best football prospects in the nation, conducted at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon.
It features 7-on-7 and lineman competition, as well as the Elite 11 quarterback competition going on in tandem. This year it takes place July 5th through July 10, and it includes 36 prospects from the West.
And of the 18 quarterbacks invited to the Elite 11 Finals, half of them come from the West, with nine quarterbacks earning invitations.
Here are the West prospects that have been invited to The Opening.
Three schools, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, Gardena (Calif.) Serra and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, have two players each headed to Beaverton.
Ducks Go Big
Oregon added three offensive line commits in the span of three days, two from
Northern California and one from Washington.
Lafayette (Calif.) Acalenes
offensive tackle Brady Aiello got things started with a verbal to the Ducks on
The next day, Bellevue (Wash.) Newport tackle Calvin Throckmorton spurned the
in-state schools to head down south and committed to the Ducks.
Wrapping it up
was Eureka (Calif.) offensive guard Jake Hanson, who made it a trifecta for the
For good measure, the Ducks added an out-of-region skill prospect in
four-star receiver Alex Ofodile from Missouri.
Arizona State's Big Monday
While the Ducks spread their big lineman haul over the weekend, Arizona State
did it all on Monday, getting three offensive line commits to start the week.
They grabbed two from in-state and one from California.
Wiliams Field tackle Cade Cote got things going early on Monday, choosing the
home-state Sun Devils over double-digit schools.
Then across town, Gilbert
(Ariz.) tackle Steve Miller also spurned several out-of-state options to stay
close to home.
Finally, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral tackle Mason Walter put
the capper on the day by picking the Sun Devils over 15 other schools.
joined Malik Lawal, Walter's teammate at Chaparral, and a three-star linebacker,
who committed to the Sun Devils on Thursday.
Lucier-South Names a Top 11
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Keisean Lucier-South is one of the
premier prospects in the West.
The five-star has over 30 offers from around the country.
But all of the
options he has had him tightening up his list a bit.
Lucier-South named a top
11, which he said was in no order.
The schools that made his top 11 were
Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, LSU,
Oklahoma and Florida State.
The DL MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC, Lucier-South
will be at The Opening next month.
After signing with Cal in February, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
four-star linebacker Chandler Leniu came full circle. A one-time commit to
Washington State, Leniu flipped to the Bears and signed with them in February,
but being a class short for UC admission, Leniu was released from his NLI with
Cal and signed scholarship papers with Washington State and will be eligible to
play this fall. Leniu was a Semper Fidelis All-American last year and
helped the Braves go 16-0 and win the CIF State Open Division title, the first
in school history.
Folsom (Calif.) offensive guard Cody Creason, one of the top linemen in
Northern California, named his final four on Monday. Creason named
Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Utah as the four finalists for his commitment.
James Empey - OL - American Fork (Utah) - 2015
Empey is one of the top linemen in Utah in what is a banner year for
in-state talent and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel has been on the
Empey train for a while. Empey shined at All-Poly last week and as a
result, picked up offers from BYU, Oregon State, Nevada and Washington
State. Meanwhile, Wisconsin, Stanford and USC have upped their
interest in Empey.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Ray Surry committed to San Jose State.
Long Beach (Calif.) City College receiver De'Quan Hampton comitted to USC.
Etiwanda (Calif.) tight end Mike Neal committed to Washington.Sacramento (Calif.) safety Kyron Basped committed to San Jose State.
Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon athlete Isaiah Renfro committed to Washington.
St. George (Utah) Pineview quarterback Kody Wilstead committed to BYU.
Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty safety Anthony Mariscal committed to Arizona.
Encinitas (Calif.) Torrey Pines receiver Jack Bailey committed to San Diego State.
Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap tight end Brion Anduze committed to
Arizona.Granite Hills (Calif.) quarterback Seth Collins committed to San
Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde athlete Cedric Peterson committed to
Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian kicker Jake Bailey committed to
Payson (Utah) outside linebacker Dalton Baker committed to Utah State.Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton safety Cody Barton committed to
Utah.Saddleback (Calif.) College offensive guard Tyler Wilemon committed to
South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 defensive end Langi Tuifua committed to
Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry was offered by Michigan State
and Texas A&M.
Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by
Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas offensive lineman Noah Myers was offered by
Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson was offered by Arizona, Oregon State and
San Jose State.
Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by Washington
Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry was offered by
UCLA. Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 receiver Damian Alloway was offered by
Washington. Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuck cornerback Austin Joyner was offered
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia was offered
by Colorado, Texas Tech and UCLA.
Lake Stevens (Wash.) 2016 quarterback Jacob Eason was offered by
New Westminster (B.C.) offensive lineman Harper Sherman was offered by
Paramount (Calif.) cornerback Donzale Roddie was offered by Boise State.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos 2016 linebacker Bryce Youngquist was
offered by Nevada and Washington State. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North athlete Bransin Johnson was
offered by Weber State.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 cornerback C.J. Pollard was offered by San Jose
Norco (Calif.) receiver Cameron Sutton was offered by Montana and Montana State.
San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte defensive back Quenton Meeks was offered by
Oregon State and Washington.
Mission Viejo (Calif.) center Cole Smith was offered by UCLA. Anaheim
(Calif.) Servite offensive tackle Clayton Johnston was offered by USC.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 receiver Jack Jones was offered by UCLA.
Etiwanda (Calif.) 2016 cornerback Treyjohn Butler was offered by Washington
Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by
Alabama and Florida.
Hurricane (Utah) linebacker Jeremiah Ieremia was offered by Hawaii and
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Olive Sagapolu was offered
by Washington State and Wisconsin.
Spanish Fork (Utah) Maple Mountain 2016 quarterback Jaren Hall was offered
Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2016 linebacker Jackson Kaufusi was offered
by Virginia Union. Kapolei (Utah) offensive tackle Pesi Savea was offered by
Saratoga Springs (Utah) Westlake 2017 safety Chaz Ah You was offered by
Salt Lake City (Utah) East defensive lineman Hausia Sekona was offered by
Idaho State and Nevada.
Ralston Valley (Colo.) running back Andrew Wingard was offered by Wyoming.
South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2016 quarterback Kahi Neves was offered by
Cheyenne (Wyo.) East athlete Tevis Bartlett was offered by Utah.
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton 2016 defensive tackle Garrett Rand was offered by
Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle longsnapper Nick Maxey was offered by Air Force.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Nick Carman was offered by
Wyoming. Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley defensive end Brian Calhoun was
offered by Arizona State. Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone was
offered by San Diego State. Tustin (Calif.) receiver George Wilson was
offered by San Jose State.
Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown was offered by
Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel contributed to this notebook