Scout On the Road Out West Notebook

OCT. 6 -- News, notes and evals on a slew of Scout 300 prospects from games in Southern California, including a pair of 2016 five-stars and a handful of 2015 four-stars plus some 2017 and 2018 prospects to watch...

With bye weekends and a slew of Thursday games, there were college coaches all over Southern California on Thursday and Friday, and a number of Scout 300 prospects from the 2015 and 2016 class played.

Here are some notes from the games Scout saw between Los Angeles Windward-Los Angeles Brentwood, Santa Ana Mater Dei-Westlake and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Westlake Village Oaks Christian.

Windward Duo Staying Local

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2015 four-star offensive tackle Roy Hemsley committed to USC back in May.

On Sunday, his Windward teammate, five-star 2016 defensive end Breland Brandt joined him in staying in Southern California, except Brandt is headed to crosstown rival UCLA, just a few minutes from the Windward campus.

Despite having a pair of Scout 300 prospects, Windward isn't really talented at the skill positions and Brentwood, which may not have the top end talent but has much better depth, had no problems with Windward.


Five-star DE/LB Breland Brandt

Hensley played left tackle for Windward and is one of the best looking linemen you'll see out West in this class. He's long and well put-together but still may be able to add some more weight. He can play either tackle spot at the next level.

Brandt played a stand-up rush end spot for Windward, occasionally dropping in to coverage but mostly being used as a pass-rusher. He's still pretty lean, around 215, but looks like he could also add weight, quite a bit of it in fact. He looked comfortable in coverage but was at his best when rushing the quarterback.

Talent In Westlake's 2016 Class

Right behind Brandt out West in the top three for the 2016 class is Westlake (Calif.) five-star quarterback Malik Henry.

Henry, the No. 2 quarterback in the 2016 class, had an up and down evening against a good Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, facing a ton of pressure all night, but nearly rallying them to a win before a field goal was blocked as time expired.

After the game, Henry said it's still the same four schools he's focusing on of Notre Dame, Florida State, Ohio State and UCLA, and said a decision could come in the next couple of weeks.


2016 Scout 300 WR Theo Howard

One of Henry's favorite targets on the night, and on the season, is 2016 receiver Theo Howard, a Scout 300 prospect.

Howard had a touchdown catch and made a couple of big fourth quarter plays to keep the game in range.

He said that Michigan and UCLA are the two schools standing out to him, both being his childhood favorites, but said he's not anywhere close to making a decision. Both schools have offered him in the last couple of weeks.

Another 2016 prospect to watch for the Warriors is running back Chase Jasmin, a quick and shifty back who's about 5-9, 175-pound, runs with power and hits the hole quick.

Mater Dei Stacked Again

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has always been a strong program, easily one of the top five in California year in and year out, but you don't have to go back too long to find a Monarch class that was barren on Signing Day- it was the 2012 class that things were quiet there in February.

But after having Scout 300 prospects in 2013 (UCLA tight end Thomas Duarte) and 2014 (USC cornerback Jonathan Lockett), the Monarchs are back in a big way and things are only going to get better.

The heart and soul of their team is Duke-bound four star linebacker Ben Humphreys, who was excellent in coverage against Westlake. With Duke assistant coach Jeffrey Faris looking on, Humphreys had a couple of big hits to wake up the Monarch defense.


Four-star linebacker Ben Humphreys

Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston is headed to Wisconsin and after having injuries knock him out for much of the spring, had four catches for 70 yards for the Monarchs.

In the 2016 class, Mater Dei has one of the top lineman recruits in the West in Frank Martin, a four-star who played right tackle for Mater Dei, but looks like he could end up playing inside in college.

The Monarchs have a pair of receivers that will both be recruits in the 2016 class in 6-5, 190-pound Andre Collins, a long and lean receiver who's a big strider and has very soft hands with good body control, and 6-3, 205-pound Curtis Robinson, who's got more of a thicker build and is tougher to jam at the line.

Both Collins and Robinson had over 80-yards receiving in the win.

Pittman Going Big

It was the second time this year we got a chance to see Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2016 receiver/safety Michael Pittman, and he's a lock to move in to the Scout 300 for 2016 at the next update and possibly into the Scout 100.

At 6-3, 200-pounds, Pittman could play on either side of the ball, and play either at a high level.

In a loss to Notre Dame, Pittman did everything he could to keep the Lions in the game, with eight catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.


2016 WR/DB Michael Pittman

Defensively, Pittman had three tackles and two pass breakups, none more violent than one at the goalline that knocked four-star receiver C.J. Sanders out of the game for the rest of the first half.

Pittman was offered by UCLA the night before the Notre Dame game and committed to them on Saturday, less than two days after they offered.

Resurgence at Oaks

While the Lions have had a couple of down years, relative to their success in their short history, the talent train looks to be getting bigger again.

The most intriguing player for the Lions is freshman quarterback Matt Corral, who head coach Bill Redell said is the best quarterback Oaks has had since Jimmy Clausen.

Corral was 15-for-22 with two touchdowns and an interception, but more impressively, showed his ability to avoid the pass rush and the pressure, more often than not. He's got a good feel for the game for only a freshman, and he'll be fun to watch develop the next few years.

Running back Gil-Scott Jackson, a 2016 back, is another player the Lions should have be heavily recruited. Jackson moved to Oaks from San Diego, and after having to sit out a few games, is sitting comfortably as their primary back. He's got good burst and with good vision and has decent top end speed and does a good job of getting yards after initial contact.

Three-star linebacker Eddie Rudinski made his biggest contributions on offense, scoring a touchdown playing tight end and Jeremy Vincent, who can play a myriad of positions for the Lions, also contributed on both sides.

The heart and soul of the Lions, though, is linebacker Andre Chevalier. While he's really undersized as a linebacker, he plays a lot bigger than his 5-9 height would tell you, moving from sideline to sideline, constantly making plays (he finished with 16 tackles), and being around the ball the entire evening.

Notre Dame Strong at the Skill Spots

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame has speed, and a lot of it, on its roster this year, none faster than C.J. Sanders, the four-star receiver who moved to Notre Dame from Tennessee before the season.

A commit to Notre Dame, Sanders was a SPARQ Finalist at The Opening and showed that elite speed against Oaks.

After taking a big hit in the first half, one that looked like it might knock him out from the game, Sanders returned in the second half in a big way.

He had over 100 yards receiving in the second half, including his first touch going for 35+ yards up the sideline on a swing pass then catching a 43-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

Sanders said he's solid to Notre Dame despite a recent offer from UCLA.


2016 RB Leo Lambert

After having to sit out his sophomore season with an injury, running back Leo Lambert showed he'll be a player to watch in the 2016 class.

Lambert reminds of another former Valley star running back, Milton Knox, in their build and running style, but Lambert is faster and shiftier. He's a tough runner, much like Knox was, constantly churning out extra yards after contact and showing burst when in the open field.

Senior cornerback Mike Little, a three-star with a handful of offers, also had a good night at his corner spot and should continue to add more offers this fall.


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