Garrett Rand - DT - Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
One of the top interior defensive linemen in the West in the 2015 class, Rand had a slew of offers from around the country but chose to leave the West and head to the Big Ten for his college football. Rand committed to Wisconsin on Thursday over offers from the in-state schools, Arizona and Arizona State as well as Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA and Washington. Rand is the No. 2 defensive tackle in the West in his class and joins Kare Lyles as Arizona prospects committed to the Badgers for 2015. Rand was named the DL MVP at the Los Angeles Opening Regional.
Jacob Sirmon - QB - Bothell (Wash.)
Sirmon is the Northwest's top quarterback prospect in 2018, taking over the reins from former Elite 11 quarterback Ross Bowers, now at Cal. The defending state champions are starting to get things going in 2015 and much of that is because Sirmon is starting to make the transition that much smoother. This week, the early 2018 four-star got his first two offers, both from the Pac-12, and will likely have his pick of the litter when it's all said and done. Washington offered Sirmon on Tuesday, the school his dad is a professor at and then on Thursday, Washington State joined the Huskies in offering Sirmon.
Kayden Lyles - OL - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Wisconsin did some serious work in the state of Arizona Thursday landing a pair of 4-star recruits including junior lineman Kayden Lyles. Lyles’ older brother Kare is a Badger quarterback commit in the 2016 so it wasn’t too surprising when the younger Lyles decided to head to Madison as well. He’s one of the top guard prospects in the region and fits the profile of a Wisconsin offensive lineman. He’s a strong, physical road grader who really excels as a run blocker. He had a solid showing at The Opening Regional Camp in Los Angeles and turned down offers from most of the Pac 12 plus schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Sione Finau- WR - Kearns (Utah)
Finau landed his first Pac 12 offer this week from Oregon State and it probably shouldn’t be his last. The kid is just a football player who does everything well. He can play running back or slot receiver and shows off a nice burst, explodes out of his breaks and has very nice top end speed. He could also end up on the defensive side of the ball and has the skill set, toughness and short area quickness to play corner or safety. He’s a tough kid who always competes at a high level and will be fun to watch when he hits college.
Theo Howard- WR - Westlake (Calif.)
Howard will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend and although we don’t see a commitment happening as soon as this week, we do think the receiver is getting closer to making a decision. The Bruins and USC remain his top two right now and he told us earlier this week and it’s a dead heat between the two in-state rivals. Texas A&M and Notre Dame are also in line for visits but it won’t surprise us if Howard only takes one more trip before shutting things down. The elite pass catcher has had a very good senior season, flashing the speed and explosiveness we’ve been raving about since first seeing him as a sophomore.
National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins contributed to the roundup.