It’s another deep and talented year for West Coast talent in the 2018 class and that’s evident in the new Scout 300. There are two five-star prospects headlining the class and a total of seven players from the region in the national top 25.
On Friday, we'll profile the West Coast players in the Scout 300. As we say every year, it's important to remember this is a very early list and there will be a ton of movement, up and down over the next two years.
There will be players who aren't even in the initial Scout 300 but will crack the Scout 100 when they're seniors. On that note, here's a close up look at the 26 West Coast players who made the early Scout 100.
It was a close battle between Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Matt Corral and Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins receiver Jalen Hall for the top overall recruit in the West. The two five-star athletes have a ton of potential and would likely be ranked among the top 50 recruits nationally if we ranked them as part of the 2017 class.
In the end, Corral got the nod and checks in as the No. 4 player nationally. Corral has every tool you could want in a quarterback, both physically, mentally and the intangibles to boot.
He has a live, accurate arm, throws with touch and can change speeds, is athletic enough to make a play with his legs and shows plenty of toughness and will stand in and take a shot and not flinch. The USC commit has two years to develop before he hits college and has the talent to compete for playing time early in his college career.
Hall is your classic big receiver who is pushing 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. He put up big numbers as a sophomore and has been dominant this spring as well. He tested extremely well at The Opening Regional Camp in L.A running a 4.63-40, a ridiculous 3.96 shuttle and jumped 35” in the vertical.
He remains wide open in his recruitment but the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Tennessee Volunteers and USC are just a few on him heavily.
The nation’s highest rated four-star is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. Gaoteote checks in as the No. 11 player in the country and with the schedule Gorman plays this fall, could easily work his way in to a five-star ranking sooner than later.
The 6-foot-2, 210 pound ‘backer is versatile enough to play inside or outside, runs very well, hits like a truck, is fluid in his movement and can stop/start and change direction like a safety. He shows very good instincts and has a nose for the football as well.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco athlete Jaiden Woodbey comes in as the No . 4 player in the West and No. 14 nationally. He's an intriguing player who could end up at multiple positions in college. He's currently plays safety and brings toughness, range and ball skills but has a big frame and could easily grow in to a linebacker down the road.
Woodbey recently landed an offer from Ohio State and he said it was the one he was waiting on. Florida, Michigan, UCLA, USC and Washington are on his short list as well and the athlete said he plans to make his commitment in January.
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade running back T.J. Pledger is our top back out West and the No. 18 player nationally. He has a great combination of quickness hitting the hole, the ability to make multiple defenders miss in the open field, the toughness to run between the tackles and great hands out of the backfield.
Pledger has a large list of schools but Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Washington are just a few on his short list.
Oaks Christian has two players in our top 20 and like Corral, linebacker Bo Calvert is also a USC commit. Calvert is a tall, rangy outside 'backer who can rush the passer, be physical in run support and looks comfortable dropping back in coverage. He's going to continue to fill out his 6-foot-5 frame and it wouldn't surprise us if he grows in to a pass rushing defensive end down the road.
There was a three-way battle for the top corner prospect out West between San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine's Isaac Taylor, Mission Viejo's (Calif.) Olaijah Griffin and Calabasas (Calif.) athlete Bookie Radley-Hiles and it was very tight. In the end, we gave a slight edge to Taylor but all three players are extremely talented.
At a rangy, athletic 6-2, Taylor, who checks in at No. 25 nationally, has the length colleges love in a cover corner and runs extremely well, clocking a 4.43-40 at The Opening Regional Camp in L.A. He shows up very well on film and is not only strong in coverage, he can play the run and has very good ball skills.
Taylor is wide open among schools but has Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington as a few schools on his short list and all have offered.
Griffin checks in at No. 32 nationally and helped the Diablos win a state title last season. He's another long corner, pushing 6-foot-0 and is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. He has long arms and doesn't look like to be done growing yet. He's a physical in press coverage, runs well and has a very nice upside to him.
Radley-Hiles checks in as the No. 62 player in the country and was as good as any corner we saw this spring. The only reason he's not rated higher is simply because he doesn't have a ton of sophomore game film to go off of. We're expecting a huge season for him after transferring to Calabasas and he should climb up the rankings accordingly.
Radley-Hiles is the most physical corner in this group and beats up opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has improved his quickness out of his breaks and and ability to close as well. Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and USC have all offered and are on his short list right now.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Brevin Jordan is the top tight end in the region and is the No. 28 player nationally. He's also one of three Gorman players in the Scout 100. Jordan is built like a tank at a rock solid 235 pounds on a solid 6-foot-3 frame. He runs very well, has improved his hands and should develop in to the kind of tight end that can be used as both a possession receiver and a player who can make plays down the field.
Claremont (Calif.) linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu is ranked No. 36 nationally and shows the versatility to play inside or strong side 'backer in college. He has a big frame and should play at 240 pounds or so with ease, without losing much of his athleticism. He's a physical player who has a nice edge to him and is always around the football.
BYU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington have all offered and are on the short list right now.
Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Jacob Sirmon is the No. 2 QB in the region and No. 40 player overall. The Washington commit has prototype size for a pocket passer, a big arm, can play under center or out of the gun and shows the ability to extend plays and move around outside the pocket. He shows very nice pocket awareness, can change speeds and shows touch on the deep ball.
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Raymond Scott is the 3rd USC commit to land in the Scout 100. Scott is rated at No. 43 nationally and is among the most athletic linebackers in the region. He's a sideline to sideline 'backer who covers a lot of ground, is comfortable playing in space and has a nice edge to him.
Newbury Park (Calif.) quarterback Cameron Rising is the No. 48 player in the country and put up crazy numbers this past season. Rising threw for 40 touchdowns with just one interception and is among the most accurate signal callers in the nation. He shows very good feet in the pocket, can escape pressure, buy time and make a throw down the field or run for positive yards. He's a natural leader as well with a great feel for the position.
St. George (Utah) Desert Hills tackle Penei Sewell comes in at No. 51 nationally and is not only the top prospect in Utah but the top offensive lineman in the west region as well. Sewell wowed us at the Opening Regional Camp in L.A and showed a rare combination of size, athleticism and competitiveness. He has a prototype frame to play tackle at the next level and should develop in to a special talent.
ASU, BYU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington have all offered.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wide out Amon-Ra St. Brown is the third member of his family to appear in the Scout 300 joining his older brothers Equanimeous St. Brown, now at Notre Dame and Osiris St. Brown, out of the 2017 class. St. Brown is the No. 55 player nationally and some feel he's the most best talented of the three pass catchers. He might be the most athletic with the most down field speed and runs very well after the catch.
Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and USC are all on the short list for St. Brown.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins receiver Eric Fuller is one of five players from Hawkins in the Scout 300. Fuller comes in at No. 58 nationally is an explosive slot receiver and a legitimate home run threat from anywhere on the field. He's tremendous after the catch and the kind of receiver capable of taking a short hitch, making 3-4 guys miss and taking it to the house.
UCLA and USC could be tough to beat but Michigan is heavily involved as well.
Coming in as the No. 65 player nationally is L.A (Calif.) Hawkins defensive back Aashari Crosswell. Crosswell had a great spring and shows a lot of positional versatility. He's a natural safety who played a lot of corner and looked very good doing it. He has a long, athletic frame and we don't think he's close to peaking. He's going to grow some more and fill out and has a very bright future.
USC will be tough to beat for Crosswell but Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Washington are on him hard.
Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Camren McDonald comes in as the No. 71 player in the country. McDonald is a big receiver who could grow in to a hybrid tight end/h-back type. He's 6-foot-4, 210 pounds but will play at around 240 at the next level. He's a fluid athlete who runs well, has a large catch radius and will be a very tough matchup for opposing 'backers or safeties.
USC and Washington are on him hardest with Arizona, Florida and UCLA on the short list as well.
Even though, barring injury, he won't start a game until his senior year, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson checks in at No. 74 in the nation. Thompson-Robinson has unlimited upside and combines a strong, athletic frame with a live, accurate arm. He's a playmaker and looks like a young Donovan McNabb.
UCLA will be tough to beat but ASU, Colorado and Michigan will go all in as well.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial is always good for an elite playmaker or two and their top guy in the '18 class will be Manuel Allen. Allen, No. 78 in the Scout 100, is a great looking athlete at 6-foot-2 with high level body control, fluidity and the ability to make plays down the field. He runs well after the catch, has strong hands and is very good in jump ball situations.
USC and Nebraska could be tough to beat but Cal, Colorado and Washington are on him hard as well.
Mammoth Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tackle Tommy Brown checks in at No. 82 in the Scout 100. Brown plays with advanced technique and a natural mean streak. He moves well for a 6-foot-7 tackle, is solid as a pass protector and strong in the run game. He looked good at several camps this spring and is even better in pads. As Brown leans out and gains strength, his game will rise to another level.
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Murrieta Valley (Calif.) wide out Marquis Spiker checks in at No. 86 in the Scout 100 and is a player we think could rise even higher during the season. He's a big receiver at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds but is very smooth in his route running, has the speed to get behind a defense and very good hands. The game just looks easy for Spiker and he has the talent to play for any school in the country.
Arizona, ASU, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Washington and Washington State are just a few of the schools who have offered.
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle has had some very good defensive linemen in their programs history and Tuli Letuligasenoa is the next national recruit in line. Letuligasenoa, rated No. 89 nationally, burst on to the scene in the Spartans season opener last season against a tough Euless (Texas) Trinity team flashing disruptive ability and tremendous potential. With his combination of size, strength, quickness and toughness, it's scary to think how good Letuligasenoa will be by the time he's a senior.
UCLA is the sole offer at the moment but we expect Letuligasenoa to hit double digits sooner than later.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Merlin Robertson checks in at No. 96 in the Scout 100. Robertson is a versatile 'backer who has the size, physicality and toughness to play inside but moves well enough to play strong side in college. He's a very active player and looked good on the 7v7 circuit this past spring, showing an improved ability to play in space and drop back in coverage.
BYU and USC are the teams to beat with Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah all making a push.
Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt wide out Chase Williams is a fast rising athlete who put his name on the map with a great spring. Williams, No. 98 in the Scout 100, does everything well and has a very nice skill set to him. He's a fluid athlete who runs well, has very good leaping ability and great body control. He catches everything with his hands, always competes hard and shows a ton of next level upside.
Cal, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State have all offered thus far.