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2017 West Region Top 150

Aug. 28 -- A look at the Preseason West Top 150 for the Class of 2017 where the top two players in the nation lead the way...

2017 West Top 150

The West is home to the top two players in the country in the Class of 2017.

So fittingly, those two, Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris and Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell lead the 2017 West Top 150.

It is one of the most talented years, especially with top-end talent, in the West in some time, with nine 5-stars from the region.

In fact, of the top eight players in the country, four of them come from the West.


Harris, a commit to Alabama, is the No. 1 overall player nationally by Scout, one of the best running backs the region has ever produced and is atop the West 150.


Sarell, the top offensive tackle in the country and arguably the top prospect from the Northwest in over a decade, is the No. 2 player in the country, just behind Harris, and is No. 2 in the region behind him as well.  Sarell has a top three of Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington, but Nebraska, Michigan, Alabama and UCLA are all trying to stay in the race.


At No. 3 is Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr, the No. 3 running back in the country and the No. 7 overall player.  Carr is a soft commit to USC with a host of schools like Michigan, Miami, Georgia, UCLA and Washington still in pursuit.


The No. 4 player in the West is Calabasas (Calif.) cornerback Darnay Holmes, the No. 1 cornerback in the country and the No. 8 overall player in 2017.  Holmes will visit Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State but hometown UCLA continues to be in a good spot for him.


The nation's No. 1 receiver is the No. 5 prospect in the West in Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins' Joseph Lewis.  The five-star has schools like Aizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon on his short list, plus the two local schools.


At No. 6 is the nation's top offensive guard prospect, Wyatt Davis from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.  Davis committed to Ohio State in June, one of five Buckeye pledges in the Top 25 in the region.


Coming in at No. 7 is Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Jaelan Phillips.  The UCLA commit is the No. 1 defensive end in the country, one of seven players from the region that are the top player at their position.


At No. 8 is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell, who led the Gaels' to the 2015 Scout National Championship and has them No. 1 in the Scout Top 10 for 2016.  Martell is a commit to Ohio State and is one of four Gaels in the Top 20 in the West.


Behind Martell at No. 9 is the last five-star from the West, Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon offensive tackle Austin Jackson.  The No. 1 player in the state of Arizona, Jackson is looking at Arizona State and USC, where his grandfather played, among others.


Rounding out the top 10 is the No. 1 player in Hawaii and the No. 3 quarterback nationally, Tua Tagovailoa from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis.  Tagovailoa is a commit to Alabama and was the Elite 11 and The Opening Finals MVP last month.

The deepest offensive position in the West 150 is receiver, with 17 pass-catchers on the list led by Lewis and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who committed to Ohio State this week.

Next is tight end, with 14 tight ends on the West 150, the most ever for that position.  Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Colby Parkinson is the top tight end in the West and the Stanford commit is the No. 1 tight end nationally on Scout.


And there are 13 quarterbacks on the West 150, with Martell and Tagovailoa joined by fellow Elite 11 quarterbacks Dylan McCaffrey from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, a Michigan commit and San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Jack Sears, a Duke verbal.


Defensively, there are 17 cornerbacks in the West 150, with Holmes joined by Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Jaylon Johnson, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) teammates Thomas Graham and Jaylon Redd and Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian cornerback Deommodore Lenoir among others.

Outside linebacker and defensive tackle are also well represented, with 11 players each.


South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele, the top player in Utah, is the West's top defensive tackle while Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep outside linebacker Addison Gumbs, a recent commit to Oklahoma, is the top OLB in the region.

California has the most players on the list with 90 while Arizona has 12 and Nevada has 10.


American Samoa, with USC commit Juliano Falaniko and Alberta, with Oklahoma State commit Chuba Hubbard, each have one player in the West 150.

The high school with the most representation is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, with six players on the West 150 followed by Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral, with four players.

Seven schools each have three players: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Buena Park (Calif.), Calabasas (Calif.), Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro.

The Arizona Wildcats have the most commits on the West 150 with 12 verbals, followed by the USC Trojans and Washington Huskies with 10 commits, the California Golden Bears and Oregon Ducks with seven and the Ohio State Buckeyes and UCLA Bruins each have five.

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