West Regional Recruiting Roundup

Jun. 29 -- All the news and notes from the West in Scout's weekly Regional Recruiting Roundup...


Darrian Franklin - OLB - Downey (Calif.), Committed to Oregon

Franklin committed earlier in the week to Oregon, giving the Ducks one of the more versatile linebackers in the region. Franklin chose the Ducks over double digit offers from all over the country but his final two came down to Oregon and Michigan.

Franklin is an aggressive player who can get after the quarterback. He plays well in space, is a plus athlete but his best skill right now is his ability to rush the passer coming off the edge.

The linebacker has a solid frame, has improved his overall speed and quickness as well as his ability to cover. We’d like to see him play with a little more consistent motor but his upside is obvious. He has a lot of plus physical tools and if he continues to work hard off the field and shows a strong commitment to getting better once he hits college, he has a chance to be a very talented player.


Aaron Banks- OL - El Cerrito (Calif.)

Banks is just going to be a junior, but he's completely refined his body and is starting to blossom as one of the better line prospects in the 2017 class. He's down about 15 pounds since The Opening Oakland and looks lighter on his feet and more agile but with the same aggression he's played with.

Despite tweaking his wrist earlier this spring, Banks, who was on our all-underclass team at The Opening Oakland, continues to plug away, working at the Cal camp then the USC camp in the last week.

The Trojans offered him on Thursday after their camp and UCLA followed suit just a couple hours later. Half the Pac-12 has offered now with Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State and Washington State joining the two L.A. schools.

As he continues to get into tip-top shape, he could solidify himself as the top NorCal OL in the 2017 class.


Devron Davis - DB - Merced (Calif.) College

A little over a week ago, Davis committed to Colorado State, locking up a spot with the Rams and seemingly ending his recruitment.

But almost since he committed, schools started accelerating their interest in Davis and not long after he pledged to the Rams, he was offered by LSU.

Since then, Arizona State, Texas A&M and then earlier this week, Oregon offered.

Davis decommitted from Colorado State on Sunday and now is becoming one of the most heavily pursued JUCO players in the country and could end up with his pick of the litter when it's all said and done.


Salvon Ahmed - ATH - Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita - 2017

Ahmed is one of the top two-way prospects in the Northwest in the 2017 class and already has offers from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Washington State.

This week, Stanford offered Ahmed, offering him as a running back, where his heart is.

Then he camped at UCLA on Wednesday and USC on Thursday, doing well at both camps.

Following the USC camp, the Trojans offered, the staff plenty familiar with him since several of them knew of Ahmed when he was a freshman and those coaches were still at Washington.

USC offered Ahmed as a running back and it seems more and more likely he ends up on the offensive side of the ball, though he was excellent this spring playing defensive back.


Michael Pittman - ATH - Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

Pittman was an early commitment to UCLA but de-commited from the Bruins earlier this month. It wasn’t too big of a surprise as Pittman’s commitment seemed like a soft one almost from the time he made it.

Pittman landed an offer from Oregon prior to his de-commitment and there was a lot of buzz that the Ducks immediately jumped up to the top of his board. When Pittman went ahead and de-committed from UCLA, speculation grew even more that he could make a quick decision and commit to the Ducks.

In recent weeks, Pittman took unofficial visits to USC and then to Oregon and called the two Pac 12 schools his finalists. USC is recruiting Pittman as a receiver while Oregon likes him as an athlete but more so on the defensive side of the ball.

Pittman has set a commitment date for July 4 and at the Ducks appear to be the team to beat. He had a great visit and said he had a very high comfort level in Eugene. He would be a significant pickup for Oregon as he could play multiple positions although we love his upside on the defensive side of the ball.


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