New 4- and 5-Stars for West 2017

Mar. 19 -- Although were still a little less than a year away from closing the book on the 2016 class, it's never too early to look ahead. Scout made some tweaks in the 2017 class this week with four players earning 5-star and thirteen moving up to 4-star status out west....

Scout first started putting stars on the 2017 class last summer with an early watch list.

Since then, Scout has added a few more players to the watch list as four-star prospects, and granted a handful five-star status.

That will lead up to the first release of the Scout 300 for 2017 after the evaluation period ends in May.

Here are the four players that are now 5-stars, and the thirteen new prospects from the West on the Scout 2017 Watch List that have moved up to four-stars.

We first saw Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris last May at the Oakland NFTC. He was still just a freshman but you could already tell, physically, there was something special there. One of his coaches, when he introduced him to us, said, 'meet the next Joe Mixon.'

At the time we laughed at the comparison but it's starting to look like a very good one. Harris is the total package of size, speed and power and shows patience as well as decisiveness hitting the hole. He's already close to 6-2, 200 pounds and will likely play at 220 in college. When you combine his physical tools with his toughness and work ethic off the field, it's easy to see why he's an early 5-star.

Graham (Wash.) Graham Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell gets our early not as the top lineman, on either side of the ball, in the West Coast '17 class. He was just a freshman when he landed his first scholarship offer from Washington and national analyst Brandon Huffman called him the top OL in the state heading in to his sophomore year.

Sarell is a natural tackle prospect, equally strong as a run blocker or pass protector. He's explosive off the ball, is light on his feet and knows how to finish. He plays with an edge and just the right amount of nastiness. You can tell he has a basketball background as he's very coordinated athlete, moves well in space and always look on balance. He has a great frame and as he continues to get stronger, he'll become an even more dominant player.

Newbury Park (Calif.) Darnay Holmes (Pictured Above) first caught our eye as a freshman playing at Oaks Christian. He transferred to Newbury Park last season and was immediately one of the region's best players on both sides of the ball. He's a true shutdown corner but a gifted slot receiver as well and could play on both sides of the ball in college.

Holmes has a compact frame at about 5-10, 190 pounds. He's very strong but has quick feet, high level top end speed and a great natural feel for the game. While most corners going high in the NFL draft seem to be over 6-0, Holmes plays much bigger than his height because of his physical style and elite level athleticism.

UCLA is already aggressively on Holmes, who recently visited campus and UCLA is probably his early leader.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins wide out Joseph Lewis is a great looking prospect and has dominated every event we've seen him at this spring. He has excellent size at 6-2, 200 pounds, is a natural pass catcher, a smooth route runner and has the speed to get behind a defense.

Lewis isn't done growing and it won't shock us if he's 6-4 by the time he's a senior. He has great body control and the game just looks easy for him. When you add in the fact that he's a year young for his grade and will only be 17 as a college freshman, his upside is obvious.

UCLA is also already aggressively on Lewis, who also recently visited campus.



NEW FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS FOR 2017

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Jaylon Redd
Redd has a number of offers already and can play on either side of the ball in college, either as a corner or as a slot, but projects best in the secondary.

UCLA recently offered Redd.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Keith Taylor
Taylor is a long, athletic cornerback who could eventually grow into a safety down the line, but with his length and athleticism, can match up with bigger receivers.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian cornerback Deommodore Lenoir
Another versatile athlete who can play a number of positions, Lenoir is a physical and quick defensive back with great instincts and ball skills.

UCLA has been on Lenoir for a while and he indicated recently that UCLA is his early leader.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive end Haskell Garrett
On a loaded team that finished No. 2 in the country by Scout, Garrett was the best player on the Gaels' defense, as a sophomore.

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele
Utah has been cranking out top prospects for years and Tufele figures to be another heavily coveted defensive lineman from the school that produced the Lotulelei brothers, Star and Lowell, and is already ahead of Star at the same stage.

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta defensive tackle Chuck Filiaga
Filiaga comes from one of the Inland Empire's top programs and he was excellent at The Opening Los Angeles, and should grow in to a stellar defensive tackle.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian receiver Rahyme Johnson
One of two players from Salesian to add a fourth-star, Johnson is a big-bodied receiver who already looks like a college player and he may end up growing into a Y over the next two years, but either way, he's a big rangy target.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Wyatt Davis
California's top underclass offensive lineman, Davis will be in the conversation for a fifth-star down the road. He has excellent bloodlines- his grandfather an NFL Hall of Famer, his brother a defensive lineman at Cal, and his father a former player at Missouri.

Davis visited UCLA's campus this week and Jim Mora offered him.

Arvada (Colo.) Pomona offensive tackle Jake Moretti
Colorado's in-state talent crop is rising again and Moretti will be one of the top targets the next two years. Has the makings of a bigtime offensive tackle at the next level.

Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon offensive tackle Austin Jackson
Jackson should continue the trend of Arizona's status as one of the best offensive linemen-producing states in the West.

Los Angeles (Calif.) defensive tackle Martin Andrus
Andrus has one of the quickest first steps you'll find from a defensive lineman and his emergence as a sophomore helped Los Angeles High School reestablish their place as a City Section force.

UCLA recently offered Andrus and is recruiting him aggressively.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa
Get the comparisons to former St. Louis quarterback Marcus Mariota out of the way. Tagovailoa is a lefty, a better pure passer and more experienced that Mariota was at the same stage and a different kind of quarterback. But like Mariota, Tagovailoa is a very good one.

Tagovailoa comes from the same high school as incoming freshman OL Fred Ulu-Perry. Tagovailoa was recently in town for The Opening L.A. and visited UCLA's campus. He is among UCLA's top quarterback targets for 2017.

La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day quarterback Braxton Burmeister
The commit to Arizona is one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the country in the 2017 class and an optimal fit for RichRod's offense with the Wildcats.

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