West Recruiting Notebook

Dec. 5 -- A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Decommitments Galore

With coaching changes and in-home visits, this week saw the first real wave of decommitments coming from the West.

The week started off with Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol four-star defensive end Cassius Peat decommitting from UCLA although Peat has said he's just looking at all his options and will take visits and still somewhat remains committed ot the Bruins.

Then Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuck four-star cornerback Austin Joyner decommitted from Washington State that night after the Cougars let go defensive coordinator Mike Breske.


Austin Joyner decommitted from Washington State

On Wednesday, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill three-star quarterback Kyle Kearns decommitted from SMU after the Mustangs hired Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Kearns having committed to former SMU coach June Jones.

On Thursday, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany four-star receiver Desean Holmes decommitted from USC.

Beavers In a Holding Pattern

After a short stint in the 1990's, Mike Riley returned to Corvallis in 2003 and had been the head coach for the Beavers for the past 12 seasons, the dean of the Pac-12.

Yet it was a shock to pretty much all of college football when Nebraska announced Riley as their new head coach.

The Beavers had 19 commitments in their 2015 class but the majority of those players said they're still sticking with the Beavers, at least for the time being.

"I'm committed to Oregon State still for now," said San Ramon (Calif.) California tight end Matt Snyder, who committed to the Beavers in October and had Riley in his home the night before the announcement.


Matt Snyder said he's still committed to the Beavers

Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone told Scout's Jason Jewell he was still committed and the consensus for now is that most are sticking with their commitments.

But the next few weeks, with a new coach still to be named, could be interesting for the Beavers.

Stars Heading to USC

After a good number of visitors last week, USC will again have a strong group of visitors this weekend, with four players in the Scout 100 coming plus a top JUCO prospect.

The top visitor is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro five-star receiver Christian Kirk, who will be making his fifth and final official visit before making his decision latert his month.

Joining Kirk will be Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure five-star quarterback Ricky Town, who will be enrolling next month at USC.


Ricky Town is one of two commits visiting USC

Two more Scout 100 prospects expected at USC this weekend are Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker Cameron Smith and Salem Hills (Utah) linebacker Porter Gustin, who visited unofficially last weekend.

Riverside (Calif.) College receiver Isaac Whitney rounds out the contingent.

West Visitors Going to Norman

Oklahoma will have a good contingent of prospects from the Golden State this weekend, including three teammates from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

Headlining the group is five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, the No. 2 player in the West and he'll be joined by his Jackrabbit teammates Colin Samuel, a three-star cornerback and four-star defensive end Joseph Wicker.


Joseph Wicker Will Be With Three Teammates in Oklahoma

Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star linebacker John Houston and Riverside (Calif.) Poly four-star cornerback Ykili Ross will also be in Norman. The Sooners will also get an official visit from Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds.

More Visitors On Tap

With most of the West Coast programs not having games this weekend (save Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State and Oregon, all playing for conference championships), several programs will be hosting official visitors.

Colorado will have a good contingent in Boulder this weekend, the big fish being the potential visit from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian four-star cornerback Eric Lee, who's been committed to Nebraska for almost a year but is giving the Buffs a chance given the coaching change at Nebraska. La Mirada (Calif.) four-star receiver Tony Brown, though, has definite plans to visit Boulder this weekend.

Read more on the Buffs big weekend and who the other expected visitors are.


Tony Brown will visit Colorado

Washington has a couple of big visitors coming in this weekend, namely Austin Joyner, who decommitted from Washington State earlier in the week. Joyner had committed to the Huskies a year ago, but when Steve Sarkisian left Washington, he opened it up and then committed to the Cougars. The firing of Cougar DC Mike Breske had him open things up again. Joining him on the visit will be Monrovia (Calif.) athlete Octavius Spencer.

Washington State will get a visit from Salt Lake City (Utah) Taylorsville defensive end Mufi Hunt.

And Utah will get a visit from Herriman (Utah) four-star offensive lineman Andre James, a commit to UCLA.


Gatorade named its State Players of the Year this week, and a number of Scout 300 prospects are on the list, including the West's top receiver, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro five-star Christian Kirk. For all of the Gatorade State Players of the Year, click here for the winners for 2014.


Kevin Scott - DL - Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2015
In just his first year playing football, Scott has used his one year to a big advantage, racking up a slew of offers in the last couple of weeks, including offers from Fresno State, New Mexico State, UMass and UTEP in the past week alone.

  • Long Beach (Calif.) City College offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins committed to Iowa State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Valley Colleege offensive lineman Jordan Barge committed to Idaho.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College safety Derron Brown committed to California.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College linebacker Shadow Williams committed to Old Dominion.
  • Casper (Wyo.) Natrona Valley linebacker Josh Harshman committed to Wyoming.
  • Salem (Ore.) West Salem quarterback Cade Smith committed to Utah State.
  • Arizona Western College linebacker Chuks Amaechi committed to Georgia.

  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2017 athlete Greg Johnson was offered by Arizona State and Washington.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2017 athlete Joseph Lewis was offered by Arizona State and Washington.
  • La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat 2016 receiver Tyler Vaughns was offered by Notre Dame and Tennessee.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2018 receiver Jalen Hall was offered by Arizona State, Ole Miss and Washington.
  • La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat 2016 cornerback Trevon Sidney was offered by Tennessee.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 safety Brandon Burton was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame cornerback Michael Little was offered by Purdue.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku was offered by Notre Dame.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) linebacker Riley Whimpey was offered by Boise State.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Matt Locher was offered by UC Davis and Montana State.
  • La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) 2016 running back Chase Lucas was offered by UCLA.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 defensive end Breland Brandt was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep 2016 defensive end Connor Murphy was offered by Oregon State and Vanderbilt.
  • Littleton (Colo.) Chatfield defensive lineman Matt Gaiter was offered by Air Force.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2016 cornerback Byron Murphy was offered by Indiana.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Brandyn Leonard was offered by New Mexico State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2017 athlete Deommodore Lenoir was offered by Tennessee.
  • Antioch (Calif.) 2017 running back Najee Harris was offered by Washington.
  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer 2016 offensive lineman Jacob Capra was offered by Utah.

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


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