West Recruiting Notebook

Dec. 12 -- A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Announcing Before the Holidays

A number of top prospects will be announcing their decisions next week, including the top prospects in Arizona and Oregon.

The big announcement will be on Wednesday, December 17th, when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro five-star receiver Christian Kirk will make his decision.

The West's top receiver, Kirk will choose from hometown Arizona State, Auburn, Texas A&M and UCLA.


Scarlett will announce on Monday

Monday will see two four-stars make their decisions.

The top prospect in Oregon, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett will choose from Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

That same day, San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley offensive tackle Kieffer Longson will decide from BYU, Ohio State, UCLA and Utah.

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial running back Dedrick Young will also announce on Monday, choosing from Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington.

Later in the week, Riverside (Calif.) College receiver Isaac Whitney, one of the premier JUCO prospects in the country, will decide between USC, Rutgers, West Virginia and Washington State.

Last Chance till January

This weekend is the last chance for official visits for a month, until the dead period ends in mid-January.

The next official visit weekend is the 16th of January.

So coaches and colleges will be putting their best feet forward this weekend (for the complete list of visitors, click here: Official Visitors.

A number of schools will host commits this weekend, but several uncommitted prospects, including some who could be announcing at All-American games, will also be on the road.


Ross will visit USC

USC will host Riverside (Calif.) Poly four-star cornerback Ykili Ross and Arizona will host Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star defensive lineman Joseph Wicker.

Arizona State will welcome in Buena Park (Calif.) receiver Jaylinn Hawkins while Cal will bring in San Gorgonio (Calif.) safety Nathan Meadors.

Washington State has Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon linebacker Hunter Mattox and Kahuku (Hawaii) tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi in town.

Utah will host Valencia (Calif.) athlete JayJay Wilson and Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau.

Boise State will bring in Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuck four-star athlete Austin Joyner and Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone.

Key out-of-region visitors this weekend include UCLA hosting the #2 player in the country, linebacker Malik Jefferson from Mesquite (Texas) Poteet and his four-star teammate DeAndre McNeal.

Fresno State will host their rivals quarterback, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite quarterback Chason Virgil.

The Anatomy of a Recruitment Blowing Up

Few highlight films have caused the ruckus like Steilacoom (Wash.) linebacker Fotu Leiato has seen has make.

With just a couple of Big Sky offers under his belt, the Steilacoom coaches sent his film out (posted below) and sat back to see what would happen.

It has paid off.


Leiato's Recruitment Has Soared

Leiato has added a couple of Pac-12 offers, from UCLA and Washington State while San Diego State and Nevada also offered this week. And he may not be done.

"It’s hard to say which schools are close to offering, but we’ve had contact from a lot of different schools," said Steilacoom defensive coordinator William Garrow.

In all, Leaito has offers from UCLA, Washington State, Wyoming, San Diego State, Idaho, Nevada, Eastern Washington, Montana State, Weber State and Montana.

Coaching Carousel

If Mike Riley's decision to leave Oregon State for Nebraska was a surprise, it was overshadowed by his replacement in Corvallis.

Gary Andersen, who'd been in the West for 24 years as a coach, left Utah State for Wisconsin and coached the Badgers for two years before taking the Oregon State job vacated by Riley.

The Badgers had recruited the West well since Andersen's arrival and he figures to continue to make the region a priority now that he's back in it.

Several of his commits at Wisconsin from the region were stunned and at least listening to other schools, including West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade receiver Brandyn Lee, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu and tight end Kyle Penniston.

Meanwhile, Riley was able to keep his two Western commitments in the boat.


Lee and Anderson solidified things with Nebraska

Valor Christian cornerback Eric Lee, a longtime Husker verbal and the top prospect in the state of Colorado, locked things up with the Huskers and he'll enroll next month.

Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek safety Avery Anderson, who committed to Nebraska with Lee the same weekend said he is locked in to the Huskers as well and he too will enroll in January.


UNLV hired Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez to be their new head coach, replacing Bobby Hauck. Sanchez had been at Bishop Gorman for six years and won six state titles and the Gaels are No. 1 in the 2014 Scout Top 50. The hiring of Sanchez, though risky hiring a high school coach as their head coach, should help the Rebels recruit in Las Vegas, where they've traditionally been weak.


Javon McKinley - WR - Corona (Calif.) Centennial - 2016
Few receivers have had the season that McKinley have. Few have had the week, in fact. After winning the CIF-SS Pac-5 title last Friday, McKinley added offers from Arizona and Texas Tech and the Huskies also clinched a spot in the CIF State Open Division Bowl. The 2016 four-star is one of the top prospects at his position nationally.

  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) College center Will Kreitler committed to New Mexico State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Davis Perrott committed to Washington State.
  • Grossmont (Calif.) College offensive tackle Jordan Fagan committed to Illinois.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College defensive end Jeremiah Mitchell committed to Washington State.
  • Tooele (Utah) Stansbury safety Zayne Anderson committed to BYU.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College defensive end Aulelio Olomua committed to Kansas State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep cornerback Isaiah Oliver committed to Colorado.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College linebacker Jonah Moi committed to Washington State.
  • Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame cornerback Michael Little committed to Purdue.
  • City College of San Francisco (Calif.) offensive guard Malik Cuellar committed to Missouri.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) receiver Justin Jan committed to Colorado.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College offensive guard Andy Erbes committed to Idaho.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) linebacker Jacob Littlefield committed to Air Force.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College cornerback D.J. Hampton committed to Idaho.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College cornerback Treshon Broughton committed to Washington State.
  • Mililani (Hawaii) 2016 quarterback McKenzie Milton committed to Hawaii.
  • Arizona Western running back Dami Ayoola committed to South Alabama.
  • City College of San Francisco (Calif.) defensive end Nehemiah Mitchell committed to Vanderbilt.

  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall was offered by Alabama.
  • Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate 2016 receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha was offered by Washington State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Kevin Scott was offered by UNLV.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos 2016 linebacker Bryce Youngquist was offered by Northwestern.
  • Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt 2017 athlete Thomas Graham was offered by Boise State.
  • Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro 2016 quarterback Devon Modster was offered by Arizona State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku was offered by USC.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) 2017 athlete Jaylon Redd was offered by Colorado.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 defensive back C.J. Pollard was offered by Colorado.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College quarterback Austin Apodaca was offered by Vanderbilt.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College linebacker Deshon Mayes was offered by Texas State.
  • Phoeniz (Ariz.) Brophy Prep 2016 defensive end Connor Murphy was offered by Arizona.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Sahuaro linebacker Derik Hall was offered by San Jose State .
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle offensive tackle Cole Delgado was offered by Air Force.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College defensive end Christian Hill was offered by Arizona.
  • Kapolei (Hawaii) offensive tackle Viliamu Auwae was offered by Texas Tech.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis 2017 quarterback Tui Tagovailoa was offered by Colorado and USC.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo was offered by UNLV.
  • Kahuku (Hawaii) 2016 safety Hirkley Latu was offered by Cal.

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


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