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Another Busy Week in the West

Aug. 17 -- It has been another busy week in the West, with a number of Pac-12 schools landing commitments and a couple of Mountain West programs added verbals...

It was another busy week in the Pac-12, with seven more commitments for the conference, six of them from prospects from the West.

And the Mountain West also added some key commitments too.

With the prep season kicking off in several states this coming weekend, and already having started in Hawaii, several players are getting their recruitments taken care of while they focus on their senior year.

Scout takes a look at the key verbals in the West.

UCLA landed a pair of commitments from Western prospects, one from out-of-state and one from a Bruin legacy, but both from son's of former conference standouts.

On Sunday, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland committed to the Bruins.

Kirkland chose the Bruins over a final group that included Cal, Oregon State and Washington.

His father, Dean, was a captain on Washington's 1990 Pac-10 title team.

Then Tuesday morning, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive back Quentin Lake committed to UCLA.

Lake picked the Bruins over crosstown rival USC.

His father, Carnell, was a four-year starter for the Bruins and is the school's all-time leader in tackles for loss.

USC went across the country to add their latest commitment, dipping in to Florida on Tuesday to get a verbal from Jacob Lichtenstein, a defensive end from Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay.

Lichtenstein is the second Florida native to commit to the Trojans this month, joining Juwan Burgess from Tampa (Fla.) Plant.

He's also the fourth Southern prospect that the Trojans have landed in the 2017 class, with C.J. Miller (Georgia) and Marlon Williams (Alabama), also leaving SEC country for the West Coast.

Lichtenstein joins Hunter Echols from Los Angeles as defensive end commits for the Trojans in the 2017 class. 

California has had its share of great players and one of the premier players in the NFL is a former Golden Bear, Aaron Rodgers.

But there is a great player and there is The Greatest.

Muhammad Ali, who passed away in June, is widely considered The Greatest Athlete of All-Time.

And Cal just picked up a commitment from his grandson, Biaggio Ali-Walsh, a running back from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

Ali-Walsh played a major role as the Gaels' starting running back last year, helping them win the Scout National Championship and another Nevada state title.

After he tries to help the Gaels win another national and state title, Ali-Walsh will head to Berkeley.

The No. 6 running back in the West, Ali-Walsh chose the Bears over Arizona and Louisville, the school from his grandfather's home town.

Oregon State has done a good job in Arizona historically and the Beavers again went into the Grand Canyon State for an offensive prospect.

Chandler (Ariz.) running back T.J. Green committed to the Beavers on Tuesday night, following his teammate, Kolby Taylor, who committed to the Beavers in May.

Green chose Oregon State over offers from Boise State, Hawaii and Utah State.

The Beavers landed a pair from Chandler for the second year in a row, with Oregon State signing Green's former Chandler teammates Hamilcar Rashed and Mason Moran in February.

Washington also got a commitment from the grandson of a legend- in this case, the grandson of legendary Tumwater (Wash.) high school coach Sid Otton.

Over the weekend, Tumwater (Wash.) jumbo athlete Cade Otton committed to the Huskies after Washington offered him as a linebacker.

Otton became the third in-state commitment for the Huskies, joining Connor Wedington and Hunter Bryant.

He chose the Huskies over Nebraska and Oregon State.

Otton's grandfather is the winningest high school coach in Washington state history, having won five state titles as he heads into his final year as Tumwater's coach, which is fittingly, Cade's senior season.

Washington State also grabbed a commitment from an in-state prospect, their fourth in this class and third in August.

Lacey (Wash.) River Ridge defensive end Kelle Sanders committed to the Cougs on Saturday, the second Western Washington defensive end the Cougs have landed.

His commitment comes a week after Joe Tryon from Renton (Wash.) Hazen, another defensive end, popped for the Cougs and the third in-state commitment in August to go with Abraham Lucas from Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy.

Sanders can play a number of positions, and has played quarterback and tight end, but projects as a defensive end.

The Cougs did lose a commitment this week when four-star receiver Isaiah Hodgins from Walnut Creek (Calif.) Berean Christian opened up his recruitment on Monday night.

But they're not out of it for Hodgins, who said he's still strongly considering Washington State.

He does, however, want to take some additional official visits and plans to get to Pullman for an official visit to Washington State while also visiting Oregon on an official.

Hodgins told Scout that Washington State and Oregon are the two schools he knows he'll officially visit.

Boise State has always recruited Southern California well and the Broncos went back into the Golden State for their newest verbal.

Newbury Park (Calif.) safety Marques Evans committed to the Broncos just one day after Boise State offered.

Evans said the Broncos were his dream offer and he didn't need much time to think about his decision.

The three-star chose the Broncos over Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah State.

Interestingly, he's the first commitment from California for the Broncos in this class.

Two more Mountain West schools landed commitments from out-of-state prospects.

Chandler (Ariz.) receiver Johnny Johnson committed to UNLV on Friday.

Then on Monday, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline safety Bradley Kim committed to Air Force.

Meanwhile, Orange County had a pair of commitments this week.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran receiver Austin Liles committed to San Jose State over the weekend.

And another California native is headed out-of-state with Villa Park (Calif.) linebacker John Stamos committing to Navy.

Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum tight end Josh Falo didn't make a commitment, but he did narrow his list to ten schools.

Falo narrowed his list to Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, Oregon, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.

The four-star also announced he would be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins and Mountain region analyst Blair Angulo contributed to this notebook.

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