West 2015 Recruiting Rankings Update

OCT. 16 -- Some UCLA targets and commitments move up the Scout rankings and add additional stars...

He has been one of the nation's best receivers the last two years and performed at a high level at every big national event he took part in. On Wednesday, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro receiver Christian Kirk moved up four spots in the national rankings (to No. 29 overall), and is now the 12th 5-star prospect in the West.

Kirk is a dynamic offensive threat who can hurt a defense out wide, in the slot, out of the backfield and returning punts/kicks. He has a running back body, strong and compact but is a natural pass catcher at receiver and a true homerun threat who can score from anywhere on the field.

Two new players in to the Scout 300 are Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame receiver C.J. Sanders.

Woods, who's now ranked the No. 21 outside lineacker and the No. 252 player in the nation, is having a big season after having to sit out his entire junior season due to a transfer. The UCLA commit is a natural outside linebacker who can run down plays from behind, is strong at the point of attack and is a natural pass rusher.

He is also a talented running back who shows nice size, toughness and power but his future is definitely at linebacker. He has a great frame and will probably end up as a 6-3, 240 pound strong side 'backer in a few years capable of doing just about everything well.

Sanders, now ranked the No. 280 player in the nation, has wasted little time making an impact at his new school, showing he's among the most explosive players in the country. Every time the Notre Dame commitment touches the ball, you hold your breath a little in anticipation he could take it the distance.

Sanders clocked a 4.32-40 at The Opening over the summer and that speed has been on display in every game this year. He has also shown he can take a hit and isn't afraid to go over the middle and make the touch catch. In college, he projects as an ideal slot guy and a dangerous punt/kick returner as well.

Two players elevated to four-star status were Santa Margarita (Calif.) defensive end and UCLA commit Rick Wade and Wenatchee (Wash.) offensive lineman and Washington commit Trey Adams.

Wade has been as impressive as any defensive end out West this year. He has a prototype frame at 6-6, 235 pounds and plays with strength, toughness and has an edge to him. He's still learning pass rushing technique and mostly relies on a bull rush but is tremendous in run support and his upside just keeps getting higher every time we see him.

Adams is similar to Wade in terms of having an ideal frame for his position. He's a 6-7, 275 pound lineman that is exactly how you draw up a future left tackle. Adams isn't just big, he has excellent feet, can get out to the second level and plays through the whistle. As he fills out in a few years, he has all the tools to be a very good player at the next level.

Two more Husky commits, Bellevue (Wash.) offensive lineman Henry Roberts and Folsom (Calif.) quarterback Jake Browning, made a nice jump in the rankings as well. Roberts jumped up 14 spots and is now the No. 242 player in the nation. Browning made an eve bigger jump moving up 41 spots and is now the No. 146 player in the nation.

When we saw Roberts against a very talented Gardena (Calif) Serra early in the year, his athleticism really jumped off the field. He can get out and run like a player about half his size and is among the most athletic tackles out West. Browning has been putting up video game numbers for two years now and it's not just the system he plays in. He's a high IQ quarterback who can get the ball out early, on time and with great accuracy.

Long Beach Millikan (Calif.) running back Donald Gordon has some great senior film and moved up from an un-ranked player before the season to a solid 3-star and the No. 8 back out West. The 6-0, 200 pound Colorado commit has a burst, can you make you miss in the open field and very good top end speed. He shows excellent vision getting through the line and that first guy never takes him down.

A couple of position switches involved Redlands East Valley (Calif.) athlete Malik Lovette and Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol's Cassius Peat. Lovette is moving back to receiver from running back, the position he was recruited to play at Oregon. We still think running back might be his best college position but he played primarily receiver this season and that's where he'll play in college as well.

Peat, a recent UCLA commit, is moving to defensive end from linebacker. When you look at Peat and see his 6-4, 235-pound frame as well as the size of the rest of the family, there's no doubt he's going to keep getting bigger when he hits college. He already plays with his hand down for Corona Del Sol and we envision being a very good rush end at the next level.

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