The Opening: Day One West Notebook

Jul. 8 -- Here's some of the news and notes we picked up from day one at The Opening...

The Opening kicked off on Tuesday with players officially checking in. Here's the latest news from out West:

*Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly came out with a new top seven and had a few surprise additions and omissions.

“My top seven are Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State and Stanford. I’m going to take unofficial visits at the end of the month to Oregon and Notre Dame and then hopefully be able to cut my list down to five by the end of the summer.

“I’m for sure taking an official visit to Oklahoma, they have been with me longer than anyone. I’ll probably also visit Michigan again as well. I had a great unofficial visit there and really like the coaching staff a lot. I’m keeping the other official visits open for now and will figure out those last three during the season. I plan to wait until Signing Day to make my decision.”

*Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete David Long said he could make a summer decision and one school up north still looks strong here.

“The main ones for me at Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan and USC,” Long said. “I would like to get to Notre Dame and Michigan before making my decision and hopefully I can visit Stanford one more time as well so my mom can see the place.

“Stanford was my dream school growing up and I like them a lot. I never thought they would offer me and when they did, I was so excited. My plan is to commit at the end of the summer before my senior year starts. If I’m not ready, I’ll hold off and that’s why I want to check out Michigan and Notre Dame but if everything works out, I’ll commit sometime in August.”

*Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Jack Jones is still a long ways away from cutting his list but did mention a few schools he’s hearing the most from.

“The schools recruiting me the hardest are probably UCLA, USC and Texas A&M,” Jones said. “Michigan is on me hard too and that’s one school I know I’ll officially visit. I’m still interested in Florida as well but just want to see how high their interest in me is.

“I’ve been to USC and UCLA a lot already and I can just use an unofficial visit on them. My plan is to wait until Signing Day to see who really wants me. I want to go through the process and wait it out because a lot can change between now and the end of the season. I want to see what staffs are still together and how I'm going to fit in at these different schools."

*Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa still has a top 12 list and said he’ll keep that top 12 until Signing Day.

“I don’t plan on any more cuts, I’m just going to keep that same 12,” Tagaloa said. “I’m going to take all five of my visits and then decide on Signing Day. Three schools I know I’ll visit are UCLA, Alabama and Michigan.

“With Alabama, they have such a strong football tradition and Tosh Lupoi is the coach recruiting me and he played at De La Salle. UCLA and Michigan both have a strong combination of football and academics and I like the coaching staffs from both places as well. Those last two are still open right now and I’m going to keep them open until the season and see who emerges."

*Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic linebacker Lamar Winston will have three hats on the table when he makes his college choice later this week.

“It will be Oregon, Stanford or UCLA,” Winston said. “With Oregon, that’s the local school and I have followed them for a long time. I have a great relationship with the coaches and it feels like family there.

“Stanford has the best combination of academics and athletics in the country and that’s big for me. Academics are the most important factor for me so they’re really high on my list. UCLA is a great academic school too and they’re probably recruiting me harder than anyone. It was a very tough decision but I feel very confident I made the right one.”

Winston gives off a Stanford vibe but this one is really close to call.

*La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat athlete Trevon Sidney will make his decision this week.

“I have USC, UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame and Washington,” Sidney said. “I really like all these schools a lot and still plan to take official visits after I make my commitment. I’ve been to USC and UCLA but not the other three schools so I want to check them out during the season.

“USC is the school that has been on me the hardest from day one and I have a great connection with the staff there. UCLA is local too and I like their coaching staff a lot as well. It was a tough decision but I feel really good about it right now.”

USC is our pick for Sidney.

*Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler will announce this week from among California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

“Cal is my hometown school and has been on me from the beginning,” Eifler said. “I visited Oregon last month and really liked it there. I like UCLA and how they run their defense. They have had a lot of success with putting linebackers in to the League. Washington just felt like home to me and I love the coaching staff.

“I would like to still take my visits after I commit but I need to talk that over with my parents. I don’t think they want me to because they don’t think that’s right but hopefully I can do it so we’ll see what happens.”

We’re making the call for the Huskies at this point.

*Abbotsford (B.C.) Senior Secondary athlete Chase Claypool will announce this week and has Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers and Washington as the school he’ll choose from.

“I had great visits to all five schools,” Claypool said. “They all bring something unique to the table. Michigan and Notre Dame have great tradition and I like the coaching staffs at both schools a lot.

“Rutgers was my most recent visit and I have a strong comfort level there. Oregon and Washington have nice campuses and I liked the facilities a lot at both schools. I talked things over with my parents a couple of weeks ago, right after my Rutgers visit and that’s when I made my decision.”

Notre Dame has all the buzz for Claypool right now.

*Mililani (Hawaii) Kalakaua Timoteo gave an early commitment to Hawaii but is stilll hearing from a few other schools.

Washington State offered me right after the Oakland NIKE Camp,” Timoteo said. “I also have an offer from UNLV and I’m hearing from Cal and Washington.

“I’m s till committed to Hawaii but I’m staying open to other schools. I plan to take a few official visits and definitely want to get out to Washington State. I talk to them every week and really like their offense and coaching staff.

*Pago Pago (Hawaii) Tafuna offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa has a pair of Pac 12 schools he’s focusing on.

Oregon State and Washington State have both offered me and I like them a lot,” Mauigoa said. “I visited Oregon State and really liked it a lot. I went to their camp and got to work with the coaches and that offer was huge for me.

“I haven’t been to Washington State but I definitely plan to take an official visit there. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the school so I’m excited to go and check them out. I’m still open to some other schools too but those two programs are on top for me right now.”


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