West Recruiting Notebook

Jan. 16 -- A look at the latest news and notes from out West as well as preview of the weekend visits...

Movers and Shakers

The final five-stars for the 2015 class, the new members of the Scout 100 and the Scout 300 final list all came out this week.

The West added a new five-star in Canton Kaumatule, the Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end who's already enrolled at Oregon.


Kaumatule ends the year as a five-star

A number of players from the West moved in the new Scout 100, with Riverside (Calif.) Poly athlete Ykili Ross and Folsom (Calif.) quarterback Jake Browning two of the bigger movers in the West.

Newcomers in to the Scout 300 include Albquerque (N.M.) Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry and Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite, two of the biggest risers in the West.

Visits Galore

With the dead period done, this weekend is the first chance in a month for schools to host official visitors, and most Pac-12 schools have a loaded list of visitors.

USC, Arizona State and Stanford are all bringing in double-digit visitors, giving their coaches plenty of time but plenty of work throughout the weekend.

Stanford will have a nice blend of commits in town like Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Mustafa Branch, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral linebacker Casey Toohill, new offensive line commit Austin Maihen from Santa Margarita (Calif.), and San Mateo (Calif.) Serra offensive lineman Jack Dreyer, but will also bring in several Western targets like San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom, San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte cornerback Quenton Meeks and Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive end Gabe Reid. Plus the Cardinal will have a number of out-of-region visitors, both committed and uncommitted, in town.


Buncom is one of Stanford's key targets

USC will have several key targets in town, including Gardena (Calif.) Serra teammates Rasheem Green and John Houston and Salem Hills (Utah) defensive end Porter Gustin, and commits that include Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel, San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Sam Darnold and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive tackle Clayton Johnston.

Arizona State will also have commits and primary targets in Tempe, with local commits Cade Cote, an offensive lineman from Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field, Chandler (Ariz.) quarterback Bryce Perkins and Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Paul Lucas joined by Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral teammates and future Sun Devils Malik Lawal and Mason Walter. Uncommitted ASU targets visiting include Valencia (Calif.) athlete JayJay Wilson and San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday.


Perkins will visit ASU

Washington and Washington State will each have a good amount of visitors on campus this weekend.

The Cougars will host Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston and Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato along with commits James Williams from Burbank (Calif.) and Riverside (Calif.) cornerback Treshon Broughton.

The Huskies will host their top defensive target in state when Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae, the No. 1 overall prospect in the Evergreen State as well as Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha defensive end Mika Tafua, a soft verbal to BYU. Key commits visiting include Wenatchee (Wash.) offensive tackle Trey Adams and Atherton (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.

Utah will be heavy on offensive linemen, with four big line recruits coming in to town, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe tackle Nick Carman the lone commit but joined by American Fork (Utah) lineman James Empey, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant lineman Darrin Paulo and Auburn (Calif.) Placer tackle Johnny Capra, a Cal commit. Committed receivers George Wilson from Tustin (Calif.) and Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen's Justice Murphy will also be in Salt Lake City.

Arizona has a good group of commits rolling in to Tucson, headlined by Newbury Park (Calif.) receiver Darick Holmes, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty safety Anthony Mariscal, Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap tight end Brion Andruze and New Westminster (B.C.) Secondary lineman Harper Sherman.

UCLA will host Monrovia (Calif.) cornerback Octavius Spencer, their most recent commit, along with in-state receiver target Tony Brown from La Mirada (Calif.), who they'd like to flip from Texas Tech.

New Oregon State coach Gary Andersen and his staff will focus on more national prospects this weekend.

Colorado and California don't have any scheduled visitors for the weekend.

Boise State will bring in some key targets to see the Blue when they host four-star receiver Jaylinn Hawkins from Buena Park (Calif.), cornerback Ray Ford from Riverside (Calif.) College and cornerback Donzale Roddie from Paramount (Calif.), among others.


The Broncos will host the four-star Hawkins

Fresno State has four-star receiver Desean Holmes from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany headlining a list that also includes rising tight end prospect Jared Rice from Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic.

Utah State is going big on locals with Provo (Utah) Timpview athlete Britain Covey joined by American Fork (Utah) running back Lopini Katoa and South Jordan (Utah) Bingham linebacker Daniel Langi.


New Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo will have JC linebacker Deshon Mayes from Glendale (Ariz.) in town.

And new UNLV coach Tony Sanchez will have one of his former Bishop Gorman players in linebacker Nela Otukolo and Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado offensive guard Justin Polu.

Several of the West's top prospects are heading outside of the region for visits this weekend too, none bigger than Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall.

The five-star Marshall, the nation's No. 1 cornerback, will visit Florida State before turning around at the top of the week and doing a non-weekend visit to Michigan and new coach Jim Harbaugh.


Marshall will take two visits in the next few days

Notre Dame will bring in San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio safety Nathan Meadors and Purdue has Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott visiting.

Texas Tech will host Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou four-star lineman Semisi Uluave.

LSU will host Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco guard Zach Robertson, an Arizona State commit and Oklahoma State will have Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis defensive tackle Thomas Toki, a Washington State commit, in town.

Vanderbilt has new commit Jackson Perry, a lineman from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, visiting this weekend.

  • The inevitable finally happened on Thursday when Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones finally decommitted from UCLA to flip to Notre Dame, which had been expected since early fall.
  • Osa Masina, the five-star linebacker from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton, will announce his decision on January 23rd at his school and will choose from Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Ronley Lakalaka committed to San Diego State.
  • Ewa Beach (Hawaii) Campbell linebacker Solomon Matautia committed to Hawaii.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North cornerback Bransin Johnson committed to UC Davis.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) offfensive lineman Austin Maihen committed to Stanford.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North linebacker Hayden Haupt committed to Army.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Danny Hong committed to Columbia.
  • Chaffey (Calif.) College safety Toure Boyd committed to South Carolina.
  • Snow (Utah) College safety Eric Takenaka committed to BYU.
  • Avondale (Ariz.) Westview running back Jalen Johnson committed to Air Force.

  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly was offered by Michigan.
  • Upland (Calif.) defensive lineman Gary Baker was offered by Fresno State and Utah State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott was offered by Miami.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College linebacker Jonah Moi was offered by TCU.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 receiver Jack Jones was offered by Oregon State.
  • Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato was offered by Illinois.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 tight end Devin Asiasi was offered by Oregon.
  • Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley receiver Trent Gilbert was offered by San Jose State.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College defensive end Christian Hill was offered by San Diego State.
  • Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete 2016 running back Melquise Stovall was offered by Colorado.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2017 athlete Deommodore Lenoir was offered by Colorado.
  • Antioch (Calif.) 2017 running back Najee Harris was offered by Oregon State.
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty 2016 linebacker Krys Barnes was offered by Utah.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) running back/linebacker Denzal Brantley was offered by Idaho.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) 2016 offensive lineman Tucker Scott was offered by BYU.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 defensive tackle Jay Tufele was offered by Oregon State.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) 2016 tight end Cole Fotheringham was offered by BYU.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 defensive end Langi Tuifua was offered by Oregon State.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial 2017 defensive lineman Noah Elliss was offered by Utah.

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


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