West Recruiting Notebook

DEC. 1 -- We take a look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Lucier-South Makes the Call

One of the West's most heavily recruited prospects in the 2015 class has been Orange (Calif.) Lutheran outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South.

The five-star had offers from coast to coast, North to South, but it was a local school, UCLA, that always had the lead.

On Saturday afternoon, just before the Bruins hosted USC at the Rose Bowl, Lucier-South committed to the Bruins.

"I've been leaning to UCLA for a long time and have a great relationship with the coaches. I really like Coach Ulbrich and Coach Mora and I like the system and how I'll be used as well. Location didn't play that big of a role but it's great to be close to home for my family and friends to see me," said Lucier-South. "I really like the direction of the program and I'm excited to be a part of it. I have a great comfort level at UCLA and it feels like a second home to me. With basketball starting up for me, I wanted to just focus on that and school and not worry about recruiting. I knew I was going to UCLA so I thought announcing now, before the big game with USC was perfect timing."

Lucier-South is the third five-star to commit to the Bruins, joining quarterback Josh Rosen and tight end Alize Jones.

Beavers Bringing In Good Group

In their final home game of the season, Oregon State will host five players on official visits, four from the West Coast, all uncommitted, and their quarterback commit coming up from Florida.

The headliner is Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae, a four-star who's the No. 1 defensive prospect in the state of Washington.

Benning Potoae will visit Oregon State

Also visiting is Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis center Fred Ulu-Perry, a UCLA commit who is the No. 1 center in the country.

Coming up from California is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston, a four-star who is one of the West's top playmakers.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Paul Lucas is another versatile athlete who will be in Corvallis.

The lone commit is quarterback James Pensyl from Land O' Lakes (Fla.).

Cougars Hosting Several

In their last chance to host official visitors on a game weekend, Washington State will host seven players.

The big name is a Cougar commit, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis defensive tackle Thomas Toki, who's been a commit to the Cougars for nearly a year.

Thomas Toki committed to the Cougars last December

A couple more commits, Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Deontay Burnett and Cerritos (Calif.) College linebacker Aaron Porter will also be taking official visits.

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir athlete Taeon Mason, a commit to USC, will be in town for an official as will Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Davis Perrott and Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Kyahva Tezino.

Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean is a big national visitor coming in to Pullman.

Trojans Welcoming Handful

Its the final home game for USC and they'lll have some national prospects visiting as well as a couple of West prospects officially tripping.

Plus, with a Saturday game, they'll have a number of prospects at the game when they play Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon. Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton five-star linebacker Osa Masina is the highest rated prospect visiting USC this weekend, and it's the third visit for Masina to a Pac-12 school.

Osa Masina will be in Los Angeles this weekend

Joining Masina from the West is Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha outside linebacker/defensive end Mika Tafua, who's a soft commit to BYU.

Three players from outside the West will be visiting USC officially, all on defense.

Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle, Montezuma (Ga.) linebacker Roquan Smith and Jefferson (La.) Riverdale cornerback Donte Jackson, all four-stars, will be heading to the Golden State this weekend.

West Visitors Going National
A number of West prospects will be going national this week for their official visits, none bigger than Alabama commit Blake Barnett, the five-star quarterback from Corona (Calif.) Santiago, finally taking his official trip to Tuscaloosa, in time for the Iron Bowl.

Five-star quarterback Blake Barnett will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend

The Big Ten will be hosting three players from the West this weekend too.

Herriman (Utah) four-star offensive tackle Andre James will visit Ohio State, Salt Lake City (Utah) East four-star linebacker Christian Folau will trip to Wisconsin and Cheyenne (Wyo.) East three-star linebacker Tevis Bartlett will visit Iowa.

Kansas State will get an official visit from Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds.

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  • Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon offensive tackle Branden Bowen committed to Ohio State.
  • Rio Linda (Calif.) running back Marcel Brown committed to Utah.
  • Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge quarterback Eric Dungey committed to Syracuse.
  • Sandy (Utah) Alta safety Quinn Fabrizio committed to Utah.
  • Snow (Utah) College offensive lineman Garett Bolles committed to BYU.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian athlete Justice Shelton-Mosley committed to Harvard.
  • Pierce (Calif.) College tight end Trey Dunkelberger committed to Syracuse.

  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2018 linebacker Merlin Robertson was offered by Miami.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 receiver Jack Jones was offered by Arizona State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Davis Perrott was offered by Purdue.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Kevin Scott was offered by New Mexico.
  • Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln outside linebacker Jusstis Warren was offered by Washington.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 offensive lineman Frank Martin was offered by Miami.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2017 running back Stephen Carr was offered by Washington.

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

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