West Regional Recruiting Roundup

Oct. 25 -- Key news and notes from the West in Scout's weekly Regional Recruiting Roundup...

Troy Williams - QB - Santa Monica (Calif.) College - Committed to Utah

Troy Williams will head back to the Pac 12 after committing to Utah on Thursday. Williams, who was one of the nation’s top prep quarterbacks at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne three years ago, originally signed with Washington before transferring to Santa Monica CC this past spring. He’s a very gifted quarterback with size and arm strength and has the ability to beat a team with his arm or his legs. He’ll have two years to play two and will have a great shot to win the starting job at Utah when he enrolls this spring.

Oluwole Betiku- DE - Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Betiku, a long time UCLA commitment, backed off his commitment Friday morning and will open up his recruitment. When Betiku originally committed to UCLA, he said he didn’t plan to take any of his official visits but had a change of heart about a month later. He took official visits to Texas A&M and Florida State the past few weeks and was blown away at both schools. He always maintained scheme fit would be the biggest factor in his decision and said he saw himself as a pass rushing defensive end in a 4-3 defense, which both FSU and A&M run. Notre Dame, Florida and possibly LSU will also get visits but the Aggies and Noles are looking like the teams to beat right now.

J.T. Daniels- QB - Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei - 2019

Daniels picked up his first scholarship offer this past week from the Cal Bears and it definitely won’t be his last. Although just a freshman, Daniels shows incredible poise and maturity and physically, has all the tools. He caught our eye over the summer on the 7v7 circuit and combines a lightning quick release, live arm, is very accurate and can make every throw on the the field. It will be a lot of fun to watch how he develops over the next few years and he’ll definitely be a national recruit by the time he’s a junior.

Mason Moran- QB - Chandler (Ariz.)

Moran is in just his first year as a starter, but Chandler's recent run of quarterbacks, Brett Hundley, Darrell Garretson and Bryce Perkins just meant he had to wait his turn, and all he's done to date is lead the Wolves to a Scout Top 10 ranking and continue their success.  Moran committed to Oregon State during the summer before ever starting a game for the Wolves, but has shown the Beaver coaching staff how wise their decision is.  Making him just as valuable off the field, Moran is tight with two Scout 300 prospects that are Chandler teammates, four-star athlete Chase Lucas and four-star receiver N'Keal Harry, and Moran will be in Corvallis this weekend with Lucas and Harry on their official visits, and you can bet he'll be recruiting his prep teammates to Oregon State. On the year, Moran is 120-for-186 for 1,713 yards, 14 touchdown passes to just five picks. On the ground, he's rushed for 571 yards and seven touchdowns.

Theo Howard- WR - Westlake (Calif.)

Howard, a Scout Top 50 prospect and the No. 8 receiver nationally, was originally an Oregon commit before opening it up.  Now the four-star is planning to decide in the next two weeks and it's down to Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.  Howard visited Texas A&M last weekend for an official visit and was blown away by the trip.  UCLA got his first official visit earlier this month and has been a constant in his recruitment even while he was an Oregon pledge.  USC is still in the mix despite the coaching change.  Howard said he's not taking any more official visits and will make his decision by early November to move on and prepare for early enrollment.

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

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