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2017 West Preseason State Rankings

Aug. 22 -- As football season starts in some of the West, and inches closer in the rest of the region, here are Scout's preseason state by state rankings of the top recruits in the West in the 2017 class...


The top player in Arizona is Phoenix North Canyon offensive tackle Austin Jackson, who has offers from all over, and is taking a long look at Arizona State and USC, where his grandfather played, among others.

Defensively, Isaiah Pola-Mao from Phoenix Mountain Pointe, who shined at The Opening Finals, earning all-Opening honors, is the top player in-state on that side of the ball.

Here is the Arizona Top 60.


California is home to the No. 1 player in the 2017 class on Scout, Antioch five-star running back Najee Harris, who is committed to Alabama but still is getting plenty of attention from Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA and USC.  Right behind him is five-star running back Stephen Carr from Fontana Summit, a soft verbal to USC.

The top player on defense in the Golden State is Calabasas cornerback Darnay Holmes, who has visits set with Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State while also looking closely at the two Los Angeles schools, UCLA and USC.

Here is the California Top 100.


The top two players in Colorado are both headed to the Big Ten, Arvada Pomona offensive tackle Jake Moretti and Highlands Ranch Valor Christian quarterback Dylan McCaffrey.  Moretti committed to Ohio State last summer while McCaffrey committed to Michigan earlier this spring.

Highlands Ranch Valor Christian defensive tackle Noah Elliss, who's looking at Ole Miss, Nebraska, USC, UCLA and Utah, is the top prospect on defense in Colorado.

Here is the Colorado Top 20.


The top player in Hawaii is Tua Tagovailoa, the lefty quarterback from Honolulu St. Louis, which produced the Heisman Trophy winner in 2014.  But Tagovailoa is headed to the school that produced 2015's Heisman Trophy Winner, Alabama.

His teammate at St. Louis, Isaac Slade-Matautia, is the top defensive prospect in the Aloha State, and he's looking at Arizona and Arizona State closely.

Here is the Hawaii Top 15.


Leading the way in Nevada is Tate Martell, the five-star quarterback from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and a commit to Ohio State, where he'll be joined by the top defensive prospect in the state, his Gorman teammate Haskell Garrett, a defensive tackle.

The highest ranked player not at Gorman is four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers from Las Vegas Arbor View, who has a top five of Arizona State, Colorado, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC.

Here is the Nevada Top 25.


One of the top recruits to ever come out of New Mexico is Los Lunas running back O'Maury Samuels, who became the first player from the state to ever be invited to The Opening Finals.  Samuels committed to Michigan during the spring.

New Mexico State commit Matthew Young from Onate, is the state's top defensive prospect.

Here is the New Mexico Top 5.


Independence Central defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu leads one of the most talented groups the state of Oregon has produced in a while.  Tuipulotu is committed to Washington and is one of the premier tackles nationally.  Right behind him is West Linn four-star cornerback Elijah Molden, who's top four includes his father's alma mater, Oregon, plus Stanford, USC and Washington.

The state's top offensive prospect is Wilsonville quarterback Connor Neville, a commit to Washington State.

Here is the Oregon Top 35.


South Jordan Bingham has produced it's share of top prospects, especially at defensive tackle and Jay Tufele, the top defensive tackle in the West, leads the Utah state rankings.  Tufele is looking mostly at BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah.  And one of the top safeties nationally, Chaz Ah You from Provo Timpview, is right behind him and he's considering Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA plus BYU, where his father is on the football staff.

Two-way athlete Sione Lund from Salt Lake City Brighton joins Tufele and Ah You near the top of the Utah state rankings and the Stanford commit is still getting a push from Michigan, UCLA and USC.

Here is the Utah Top 30.


After being home to a top ten player nationally in 2016 (Jacob Eason), Washington is home to the No. 2 overall player in the 2017 class in Graham Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell.  The five-star may be the best high school recruit the Evergreen State has produced and he's the top tackle nationally.  Sarell has three schools standing out, Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington while also still considering Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska and UCLA.

The top commit in-state is Sammamish Eastside Catholic tight end Hunter Bryant, the No. 2 tight end in the country and a commit to hometown Washington.

Kirkland Juanita athlete Salvon Ahmed and Sumner athlete Connor Wedington, a Washington verbal, are two-way prospects but both could end up on defense in college and they are two of the top prospects in the state.

Here is the Washington Top 55.

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