West Recruiting Notebook

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

Five-Stars Trim List

A couple of the West's top prospects in the 2015 class started working towards narrowing their lists down to a more manageable group.

With the season closing in and official visits getting ready to be set, two SoCal five-stars began to trim their schools.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South named a top five, spread across the country.

Lucier-South's list, which was in no order, included Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA.

Meanwhile, Gardena (Calif.) Serra outside linebacker John Houston named a top 13, which was spread even wider.

Houston's top 13, in no order, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

More Four-Stars Narrow List

It wasn't just the five-stars who cut some schools, a pair of four-stars from the West also started thinning things in their recruitment.

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett named a top five that is heavy on Pac-12 schools, four of the five coming from that conference.

Scarlett's top five is Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington from the Pac-12 and Notre Dame rounded it out.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom also named a top five, with two of the same schools as Scarlett.

Buncom's top five is Duke, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

  • Bellevue (Wash.) offensive tackle Henry Roberts, the top offensive lineman in Washington, will announce from three schools on August 28th.  The four-star, who has offers from every Pac-12 school, will choose from Stanford, USC and Washington at a team event according to Scott Eklund of Dawgman.com.
  • Tyler Bruggman, a four-star quarterback in 2013 out of Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep, who signed with Washington State and spent his first year there, announced he was transferring to Louisville.

    Najee Harris - ATH - Antioch (Calif.) - 2017
    Harris was one of the top underclassmen we saw at the Oakland NFTC in May and the sophomore-to-be got his third and fourth offers last week, from Hawaii and Utah.  Harris, who can play receiver, running back our safety, now has three Pac-12 offers, from the Utes, hometown Cal and UCLA.

  • Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis committed to Washington State.
  • Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) linebacker Drew Berger committed to Boise State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) City College punter Matt Mengel committed to UCLA.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Cedric Bigge-Duren committed to Washington State.
  • Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods committed to UCLA.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) punter Blake Johnson committed to Washington State.
  • Folsom (Calif.) offensive guard Cody Creason committed to Arizona.
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande kicker Matt Abramo committed to Washington State.
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial defensive tackle Brett Tonz committed to Colorado.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe linebacker Taylor Powell committed to Nevada.

  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry was offered by Texas.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by UCLA.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom center Dominic Fredrickson was offered by Boise State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown was offered by Nebraska.
  • Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage cornerback Sam Hinn was offered by Utah.
  • Denver (Colo.) Mullen safety James Jones was offered by Northern Colorado and Sacramento State.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte defensive back Quenton Meeks was offered by Vanderbilt.
  • Sandy (Utah) Alta safety Quinn Fabrizio was offered by Colorado.
  • Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate Chris Taylor-Yamanoha was offered by Utah State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo was offered by Southern Illinois.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Washington State.
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial linebacker Dedrick Young was offered by Nebraska.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin was offered by UCLA.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by San Diego State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman lineman Jackson Perry was offered by Utah State.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Navy.
  • Glenwood Springs (Colo.) 2017 athlete Dante Sparaco was offered by Colorado State.

    Keisean Lucier-South Highlights at The Opening:

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel contributed to this notebook

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