Five could commit at The Opening

Jul. 6 -- Multiple players from out West will pull the trigger this week at The Opening...

As of today, four West Coast players will make commit at The Opening this week with one more possibility as well.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back C.J. Pollard is rated the No. 3 safety in the West and No. 191 player in the nation. He played mostly corner this past spring and looked very good doing it. He has improved his overall speed and athleticism, plays with an edge to him and a high football IQ.

The main schools involved with Pollard have been Arizona State, Michigan, USC and Utah. He took unofficial visits to to ASU and Utah and multiple trips to USC. Pollard’s father Marvin played football at USC and it would be one of the biggest recruiting shockers in years if the safety commits anywhere other than USC.

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler is a talented outside ‘backer who put on a show at The Opening regional camp in Oakland. He was a defensive end just two years ago but has developed in to an athletic, physical linebacker who can run and hit.

The main schools involved with Eifler are California, Michigan, UCLA and Washington. Despite both of his parents teaching at Cal, most of the buzz around Eifler has centered around the NW schools. Eifler was wowed on his visit to Washington and the Huskies set the bar very high. Oregon was his final trip and made a strong impression as well but was it enough to overtake UW?

Abbotsford (B.C) Senior Secondary tight end Chase Claypool is a big receiver who we think can make the move to tight end in college. He has a great frame, runs well, has strong hands and is very good in jump ball situations. He’s athletic enough to play as a big receiver in college but as he fills out, we think he projects best as a hybrid, pass catching tight end type.

Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers and Washington are the main schools we’ve heard mentioned with Claypool. He visited all five schools and the Irish and Ducks emerged as the front runners. At one point, Oregon looked strong but Notre Dame has made a big impression late and everything we’ve heard in the last week has Claypool leaning to the Irish.

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic linebacker Lamar Winston is one of the most athletic defensive players in the region. He’s a talented receiver as well but projects best on the defensive side of the ball. Winston can play in space, drop and cover and hits like a truck.

Winston has a final three of Oregon, Stanford and UCLA but this one has mainly been a battle between the Ducks and Cardinal. All the early buzz was with Oregon being the hometown school but when we caught up with Winston at the recent Opening Regional camp in Eugene, we got a Cardinal vibe from him. This one definitely has the most suspense of all the west coast announcements.

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat athlete Trevon Sidney is on the ‘maybe’ list and said he hasn’t decided if he’ll commit this week. We had heard he was planning to but Sidney told us Sunday that he was still thinking things over.

If he does pull the trigger, USC is a heavy leader right now. The Trojans are his childhood favorite, have been recruiting him harder than anyone else and Sidney has been very consistent in calling USC his leader. Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA have been on Sidney as well but if he announces this week, expect him to pick the Trojans.


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