The Opening: West Recruiting Notebook

July 7 -- Recruiting news and notes from the West at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon...

Joseph Lewis, WR, Los Angeles Hawkins

The No. 1 receiver in the 2017 class, Lewis is no closer to making a decision, but he is setting official visits and said schools like Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon are standing out plus the two local schools, USC and UCLA.  Lewis is set to visit Nebraska officially when they play Oregon (9/17) and will visit Oklahoma officially when they play Baylor (11/12) and is working on officials to Arizona and Oregon.  He visited Nebraska unofficially last month and camped there and said the Huskers are one of the schools after him the hardest. 

Hunter Bryant, TE, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic

The No. 3 tight end in the 2017 class, Bryant committed to Washington back in April and is 100% solid to the hometown Huskies.  Bryant said this week, he and fellow Husky commit Connor Wedington would be recruiting for the Huskies and two of their targets will be other in-state natives, Foster Sarell and Salvon Ahmed.  Bryant and Wedington have spent the spring playing with Ahmed on FSP Blue Chip 7v7 and have been focusing on him since Bryant joined Wedington in the Huskies' recruiting class.  And Bryant said his other focus this week is to highlight the in-state crop that Washington has at The Opening finals, with those four all representing the Evergreen State.

Jalen Hall, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins (2018)

The No. 1 receiver in the 2018 class, Hall is still a year away from really kicking in his recruitment to top speed, but this spring, still visited a number of schools, checking out Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona State and the two hometown schools, USC and UCLA.  Hall has over 30 offers, with Miami the first to offer him before he even started high school two years ago.  Hall said that there is a chance he'll leave the West for college, but indicated he's not ready to make a decision any time soon. Hall also said he might take some trips with teammate Joseph Lewis this fall when he goes on officials, with plans to take unofficials to those schools, but plans to take several more unofficials next spring.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis

The four-star quarterback out of Hawaii landed an offer from Oregon last month, but it sounds like the Ducks jumped into the race far too late for a player many consider to be the biggest thing to come out of the islands since Marcus Mariota. The Alabama commit told he remains solid to the Crimson Tide, with longtime favorite USC likely being the only program that could sway him from landing in Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa, the No. 3-rated quarterback in the 2017 class and No. 33 overall prospect in the Scout 300, said he's eyeing an early-season visit to Arlington, Texas, to see Alabama take on the Trojans at AT&T Stadium. Alabama also added a pledge from four-star Mac Jones last month but Tagovailoa said he knew all along that Lane Kiffin planned to take two in this class, and it's not a factor at all in his thought process. Still, an official visit to USC looms this fall and it's certainly something to monitor given his longstanding relationship with head coach Clay Helton and the Trojans' need for a signal caller in 2017.

Tyjon Lindsey, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

The four-star receiver announced on Tuesday night that he would be taking unofficial visits to Auburn and Alabama later this month.  Lindsey said the schools mostly standing out now include the Tide and Tigers along with Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon.  Lindsey is still planning to announce his decision on August 22 and will choose from among those five.

Jack Sears, QB, San Clemente (Calif.)

San Clemente (Calif) quarterback Jack Sears hasn't narrowed his considerable list of schools down to four and will likely make his college choice at the end of the month. Sears will choose from Duke, UCLA, USC and Utah and has already visited all four schools. The Utes will were first to offer Sears and he has multiple former teammates at the school. He just visited Duke two weeks ago and raved about the school as well as head coach David Cutcliffe. Sears also visited both L.A programs in the last two weeks. He likes Coach Helton at USC quite a bit and said he has heard good things about the program from former teammate Sam Darnold. With the Bruins, Sears has developed a strong relationship with QB Coach Marques Tuiasosopo. No decision date has been set but again, look for a decision to happen sometime this month.

Josh Falo, TE, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum

Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum tight Josh Falo said he's still open to all schools and has been active on the visit front. Over the spring, the tight end checked out Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC and has upcoming visit plans with Alabama and Michigan. Oregon, who just took a tight end commitment in Moses Robinson-Carr, is the school recruiting Falo the hardest. USC is recruiting Falo heavily as well and will likely stay in his short list. The Michigan visit will be big for Falo as he said he likes the idea of playing for Jim Harbaugh and if 'Bama offers, they'll move up to the top of his list as well.

National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, Mountain region recruiting analyst Blair Angulo and Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman contributed to this notebook.

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