OCT. 24 -- A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...
Rankings Updates for 2016
With the midway point of the 2014 season just passing, several 2016 prospects from the West have continued to rise on a national scale and with our midseason rankings update, the West has a new five-star prospect and four new four-stars in the 2016 class.
La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat receiver Tyler Vaughns moved up from the No. 27 prospect nationally to the No. 15 player in his class, and picked up his fifth star.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Michael Pittman wasn't even in the Scout 300 before the season and is now in the Scout 50, at No. 45 overall and No. 8 in the receiver rankings. Across town comes another big riser in the Scout 300, Westlake (Calif.) receiver Theo Howard. After leaving Oaks for Westlake, he's become the go-to receiver for five-star quarterback Malik Henry and moved up from No. 279 to No. 77 overall in the Scout 300 and the No. 15 receiver nationally.
Four-star receiver Theo Howard
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Jack Jones
also added a fourth star and has moved up from just barely cracking the Scout 300 (No. 298) to No. 222 overall.
The final new four-star is San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra offensive lineman Luke Wattenberg, who's went from outside the Scout 300 to the No. 266 player overall.
Folsom (Calif.) offensive tackle Jonah Williams cracked the Scout 300 at No. 299, protecting one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Jake Browning.
Read more about the 2016 Rankings Updates from the West.
Official Visitors This Weekend
A number of prospects from the West will be taking official visits this weekend.
Stanford will have four visitors in this weekend, with two of them from the West. Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic four-star running back Cameron Scarlett, the West's top running back will be joined by Newhall (Calif.) Hart four-star receiver Trent Irwin in Palo Alto. Stanford plays Oregon State on Saturday.
Four-star running back Cameron Scarlett
will host a pair of Southern California natives in Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala
and Paramount (Calif.) cornerback Donzale Roddie
, a commit to the Utes, for their game against USC
Washington will host American Fork (Utah) offensive guard James Empey, who will stay in Seattle after his team plays Eastside Catholic of Sammamish (Wash.) on Friday night. The Huskies will host Arizona State on Saturday night.
Washington State will welcome in Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala safety Philip Afia when they play Arizona.
Wisconsin will play Maryland but bring in three from the other side of the country, including a pair from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Tight end Kyle Penniston, a commit to the Badgers, will be joined by his teammate Olive Sagapolu, a three-star defensive tackle. Another Wisconsin commit from the West, Sandy (Utah) Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis will also visit Madison.
Salem Hills (Utah) linebacker Porter Gustin was presented his U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jersey. A four-star in the Scout Top 50, Gustin is the No. 2 prospect in Utah's 2015 class.
Curtis Robinson - OLB - Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei - 2016
After getting his first offer last week from Duke, the three-star was offered by Boston College and Washington this week and several more schools are showing interest in him.
San Ramon (Calif.) California tight end Matt Snyder committed to Oregon State.
Grossmont (Calif.) College defensive end Ben Moa committed to Arizona State
Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back Tyler Horton committed to Boise State.
Ralston Valley (Colo.) running back Andrew Wingard committed to Wyoming.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2017 quarterback Tate Martell was offered by Texas Tech.
La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day 2017 quarterback Braxton Burmeister was offered by Arizona.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2017 receiver Tyjon Lindsey was offered by Texas Tech.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 defensive back C.J. Pollard was offered by USC.
Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd 2016 linebacker Camilo Eifler was offered by UCLA and Washington.
Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2016 receiver Michael Pittman was offered by Notre Dame.
La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat 2016 receiver Tyler Vaughns was offered by Oklahoma.
Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 cornerback Jordan Parker was offered by Arizona State and UCLA.
La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Oklahoma.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 receiver Jack Jones was offered by Washington and Washington State.
Chandler (Ariz.) Basha 2017 quarterback Ryan Kelley was offered by Arizona State.
San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley offensive tackle Kieffer Longson was offered by UCLA.
Glendale (Ariz.) College tight end Evan Faunce has been offered by New Mexico State.
Mesa (Ariz.) College offensive guard Andy Erbes was offered by Idaho.
Glendora (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Matt Fink was offered by Boise State.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi 2015 athlete Torrance Brumfield was offered by Army.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel was offered by Hawaii.
Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis 2017 quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was offered by UCLA.
Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa was offered by Miami.
Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty 2016 linebacker Krys Barnes was offered by Boise State.
Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome 2016 safety Taylor Rapp was offered by Oregon.
South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele was offered by BYU.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala was offered by Illinois.
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek 2017 linebacker Santonio Marchiol was offered by Colorado State.
Murray (Utah) 2017 defensive end Maxs Tupai has picked up offers from Hawaii and Weber State.
Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel contributed to this notebook