West Regional Recruiting Roundup

Oct. 18 -- Key news and notes from the West in Scout's weekly Regional Recruiting Roundup...

Bryson Young - DE - Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan - Committed to Oregon

Oregon is a big fan of the longer, still-lean and athletic defensive linemen and Young fits that bill.  He's got a good frame that will still be able to add plenty of weight.  He'll be a hand-down pass rusher for the Ducks when he gets to campus.  Oregon did a terrific job of recruiting Young, who early on, was favoring Michigan and UCLA, with the Bruins seemingly in front.  But his official visit to Eugene in September blew him away and just a couple short weeks later, Young gave the Ducks his verbal.  Oregon got Young over offers from the Bruins and Wolverines as well as from Arizona State, Cal, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

Mique Juarez - OLB - Torrance (Calif.) North

Juarez committed to USC way back in January but always maintained it was a soft commit and he wanted to take his visits. In recent months, that commitment looked even softer and following former Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian¹s firing, Juarez decided to de-commit and open up his recruitment. He plans to commit at the Army AA Bowl in January and is on track to enroll early. He¹s hoping to take as many official visits as he can and right now, UCLA, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Washington are on his short list.

Jaelan Phillips - DE - Redlands (Calif.) East Valley

Phillips is a great looking junior and is already nearing double digit offers. He visited Oregon over the weekend and picked up an offer from the Ducks on the trip. He plays a lot of outside linebacker but has the frame to move down and play as a defensive end and that¹s where most schools are recruiting him. He can really rush the passer and shows a quick first step getting in around the edge and the ability to run down plays from behind. He¹s also a very physical kid and strong at the point of attack. The rush end has also visited UCLA and Arizona this year and the Bruins look like the early leaders right now.

Kamari Pleasant - DB - Etiwanda (Calif.)

Pleasant was a guy we were high on after a good spring, having him as an early three-star despite a slow start to his recruitment, which took him longer than expected to get his first offer.  But now, things are picking up for the 6-1, 185-pounder, who started with offers from Montana State and UTEP.  Since then, a couple of Pac-12 schools have jumped in, with Oregon starting out with a grayshirt offer then Arizona State extending an offer last week.  And schools like Utah and Colorado have started to pick up their interest and even USC has been in touch.  The Sun Devils have his former Etiwanda teammate and cousin, Khaylan Thomas, as a freshman and he's been to each of ASU's home games thus far.  It won't be a surprise if half the Pac-12 offers Pleasant sooner rather than later.

Daniel Bridge-Gadd - QB - Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley

Bridge-Gadd committed to New Mexico State in September and seemed to be content with the Aggies.  But a terrific start to his senior year opened the eyes of a number of schools, especially Washington, who extended an offer earlier this month.  Bridge-Gadd then set up an official visit to Seattle, and he'll visit the Huskies this weekend when they host Oregon.  A commitment from Bridge-Gadd wouldn't be a surprise at all, in fact, it's highly likely that he'll pull the trigger and commit to the Huskies this weekend, if not shortly after the visit.

National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins and Southwest regional analyst Jason Jewell contributed to the roundup.


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