West Recruiting Notebook & Weekend Preview

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

Scout 300 Announcements

Two of the West's top prospects announced their decisions in the last week, and both are headed to the Pac-12.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton five-star linebacker Osa Masina, the top player in Utah in the 2015 class, committed to USC over Arizona State and UCLA.


Masina is headed to USC

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom announced his decision to commit to Stanford, the longtime leader, on Wednesday.

With Signing Day just five days away, there are still several Scout 300 prospects from the West set to make a decision.

Track the announcement dates and predictions for West prospects in the Scout 300 Commitment Tracker.

Flip, Flip, Flipadelphia

The stretch run to Signing Day always brings a flip or two or nine.

The last week had a few big ones too, none bigger than Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry flipping from Texas to Michigan.

Gentry had committed to the Longhorns in May but once Jim Harbaugh was hired, the Wolverines honed in on Gentry.

And the four-star, the No. 1 player in New Mexico, committed to the Wolverines on his visit.


Michigan flipped Gentry

Arizona State flipped Norwalk (Calif.) defensive lineman Dillon Faamatau while the Cougars landed Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Taeon Mason, who'd been a longtime USC commit but parted ways shortly before committing to the Cougars.

Oregon State got Pago Pago (American Samoa) Leone defensive lineman Elu Aydon to switch to them, Aydon having been committed to Gary Andersen when he was at Wisconsin.

UNLV got a couple of flips themselves, from Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic center Alex Neale (Montana) and Kahuku (Hawaii) defensive lineman Salanoa Alo-Wily (Hawaii). And for the second time in three years, Cal was able to flip a Mekari, with Westlake (Calif.) offensive lineman Patrick Mekari switching to Cal from Utah State, just like his brother flipped from Arizona to Cal in 2013.

Final Visit Weekend

Its the final weekend before National Signing Day.

And most schools are laying low this weekend, some hosting just a couple, others hosting none at all.

UCLA, on the other hand, will have their biggest weekend for visitors, with a blend of commits and uncommitted targets.

The headline commit is Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South, and he'll be joined by two other commits in Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel.

Three Scout 100 prospects will be on campus this weekend, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday and Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith.

Also visiting UCLA is two Inland Empire prospects, San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio safety Nathan Meadors and Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kyon Clark.


Woods visits UCLA

BYU will have six in-state visitors coming in this weekend.

Layton (Utah) Northridge safety Dayan Lake, Toeele (Utah) Stansbury safety Zayne Anderson, Hurricane (Utah) linebacker Jeremiah Ieremia and Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive ends Gabe Reid and Devin Kaufusi will all be in Provo.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Taylorsville defensive end Mufi Hunt will also visit BYU this weekend after visiting Oregon State during the week.

Oregon State will host Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau.


Oregon State will host Folau

Boise State has two California prospects visiting this weekend, Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Matt Locher and Folsom (Calif.) defensive end Sam Whitney.

Cal has new commit Patrick Mekari coming in as well as Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave.

Oregon's guest includes two new commits from the last week in Upland (Calif.) defensive lineman Gary Baker and Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato.

Colorado will host Valencia (Calif.) linebacker JayJay Wilson and Hawaii will host Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis center Fred Ulu-Perry.

Washington's biggest visitor is Chris Warren, the four-star running back from Rockwall (Texas) and they'll also host in-state commit Henry Roberts, the four-star offensive lineman from Bellevue (Wash.).

Several national programs will be hosting West Coast visitors this weekend too.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala is visiting Miami while Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Deontay Burnett will visit Michigan.

Nebraska is hosting Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston and Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman Darrin Paulo.


Alston is visiting Nebraska

Ole Miss will bring in Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Kevin Scott, who visited USC during the week and Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood defensive end T.J. Fehoko is visiting NC State before he trips to UNLV.

And the national champions, Ohio State, will host Salem Hills (Utah) defensive end Porter Gustin, after he visited Utah earlier in the week.

  • Longtime San Diego State commit Mike Bell, from Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill, decommitted from the Aztecs and now Fresno State and Washington State are in contention for the three-star.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 four-star defensive end Langi Tuifua was an early commit to Utah, but he opened things up, still a good two years before he'll sign anywhere.


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  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) tight end Joe Wysocki committed to Idaho.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) linebacker Riley Whimpey committed to Boise State.
  • San Diego (Calif.) offensive lineman Chris Gesell committed to Navy.
  • Camas (Wash.) receiver James Price committed to Wyoming.
  • Upland (Calif.) defensive lineman Gary Baker committed to Oregon.
  • Calabasas (Calif.) offensive lineman Ve'ehala Tuihalamaka committed to San Diego State.
  • Provo (Utah) Timpview athlete Britain Covey committed to Utah.
  • Kent (Wash.) Kentwood defensive end Josiah Bronson committed to Temple.
  • Lancaster (Calif.) Eastside athlete Joshua Kelley committed to UC Davis.
  • American Fork (Utah) offensive lineman James Empey committed to Utah.
  • San Ramon (Calif.) California offensive lineman Tyler Whisenhunt committed to Cal Poly.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak receiver Brandon Presley committed to UNLV.
  • Bountiful (Utah) offensive lineman Brady Christensen committed to Air Force.
  • American Fork (Utah) running back Lopini Katoa committed to Oregon State.
  • Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato committed to Oregon.
  • Diamond Bar (Calif.) running back Antonio Hull committed to Wyoming.
  • Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic offensive lineman Jackson Snyder committed to San Jose State.
  • Lynden (Wash.) defensive end Bryce Sterk committed to Washington.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) defensive end Gabe McCoy committed to UNLV.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Denzal Brantley committed to Idaho.
  • Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds safety Javin White committed to UNLV.
  • Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep running back Jack Bamis committed to Idaho.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Madison quarterback Kareem Coles committed to Idaho.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) defensive Amadeo West committed to Army.
  • Fort Collins (Colo.) Rocky Mountain linebacker Max McDonald committed to Colorado State.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns committed to Wake Forest.
  • Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Dameon Baber committed to Wyoming.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) defensive end Tommy Woo committed to Utah State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo committed to UNLV.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) offensive guard Christian Cronk committed to Utah State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Brandyn Leonard committed to New Mexico State.
  • Pima (Ariz.) College defensive end Kendall Huey committed to Utah.
  • Camarillo (Calif.) tight end Nico Lima committed to San Jose State.

  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa was offered by Oregon State.
  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 receiver Theo Howard was offered by Colorado and Oregon.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Deontay Burnett was offered by Arizona State and Michigan.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Matt Locher was offered by Boise State.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 2017 receiver Osiris St. Brown was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Folsom (Calif.) defensive end Sam Whitney was offered by Boise State.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2016 receiver Javon McKinley was offered by Tennessee.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 outside linebacker Curtis Robinson was offered by Arizona State and Texas A&M.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 quarterback Khalil Tate was offered by Utah.
  • Downey (Calif.) 2016 linebacker Darrian Franklin was offered by Colorado.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 offensive lineman Frank Martin was offered by Texas A&M.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2016 receiver Simi Fehoko was offered by Oregon State and Washington.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) 2016 quarterback Mason Moran was offered by UMass.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by Texas A&M.
  • Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic receiver Donovan Rooks was offered by Air Force.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep 2016 defensive end Connor Murphy was offered by Boston College and Nebraska.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2017 defensive end Haskell Garrett was offered by Washington.
  • Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field offensive lineman Jeff Maycock was offered by Air Force.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Saint Louis 2017 quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was offered by Washington.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic 2016 linebacker Lamar Winston was offered by Oregon.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2016 cornerback Byron Murphy was offered by Nebraska.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) 2016 running back Chase Lucas was offered by Colorado and Nebraska.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College 2016 defensive end Christian Hill was offered by Oregon State.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii Kaiser 2016 offensive lineman Michael Eletise was offered by Hawaii.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2017 running back Sione Heimuli-Lund was offered by Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Washington.
  • Woods Cross (Utah) 2016 outside linebacker Pookie Maka was offered by Utah and Utah State.
  • Saratoga Springs (Utah) Westlake 2017 athlete Chaz Ah You was offered by Washington.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood defensive end T.J. Fehoko was offered by NC State.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 defensive tackle Jay Tufele was offered by Louisville and Washington.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2016 safety Drew Jensen was offered by Oregon State.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 defensive end Langi Tuifua was offered by Louisville.
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 2016 running back Sean Riley was offered by Utah.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 receiver Darian Owens was offered by Boise State and Fresno State.
  • Harbor City (Calif) Narbonne 2016 offensive lineman Alex Akingbulu was offered by Utah.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 defensive back C.J. Pollard was offered by Oregon State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley 2016 offensive lineman Nathan Smith was offered by Arizona and SMU.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 cornerback Jordan Parker was offered by Oregon State.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2017 running back Stephen Carr was offered by Colorado.
  • Antioch (Calif.) 2017 running back Najee Harris was offered by USC.
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty 2016 linebacker Krys Barnes was offered by Washington State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola 2016 athlete David Long was offered by Michigan and Oregon.
  • Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate 2016 receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha was offered by Nevada.
  • Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome 2016 safety Taylor Rapp was offered by Washington State.
  • Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete 2016 running back Melquise Stovall was offered by Miami.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 receiver Damian Alloway was offered by Colorado.
  • Upland (Calif.) 2016 receiver Grant Porter was offered by Utah.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2017 athlete Deommodore Lenoir was offered by Miami.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Fresno State.
  • Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Brandon Pierce was offered by San Jose State.
  • San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine long snapper Grant Gluhaich was offered by Nebraska

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


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