Matt Corral - Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian - 2018
USC commit Matt Corral is just a junior but already looks like a top five quarterback nationally, regardless of class. His arm strength, accuracy, athleticism, poise and toughness are all at an advanced level.
Najee Harris - Antioch (Calif.) - 2017
Najee Harris is not just the top player out West but the top overall recruit in the nation. The Alabama commit has a game that resembles current L.A Ram RB Todd Gurley and could be the top back to come out of the west in the last decade.
Stephen Carr - Fontana (Calif.) Summit - 2017
In just about any other year, Stephen Carr would be the top back in the region. The USC commit has size and power, can run between the tackles or bounce it outside and has under-rated quickness and wiggle.
Joseph Lewis - Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins - 2017
Joseph Lewis has plus size, speed, hands and body control and should be an immediate impact player in college. Lewis is currently looking at Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC.
Tyjon Lindsey - Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman - 2017
The 2nd receiver opposite Lewis was the toughest position to pick on this team as ’18 WR Jalen Hall is an early 5-star and a tremendous talent. We went with the Ohio State commit and feel Lindsey in the slot would be the perfect complement to Lewis’ size and strength on the outside.
Colby Parkinson- Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian - 2017
It’s a deep year for tight ends out West and nationally but Colby Parkinson still stands out above the pack. The Stanford commit has an ideal frame, runs extremely well, catches everything thrown near him and has the ability to make plays down the field.
Foster Sarell- Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin - 2017
Foster Sarell wowed onlookers at The Opening and created a serious debate if he should get the nod as the top ranked prospect in the nation. Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington are at the top of his board right now.
Wyatt Davis- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco - 2017
Wyatt Davis is a tackle at the H.S level but we think he projects best as a guard in college. The Ohio State commit is a true road grader, very strong and tough, advanced technique and a major mean streak on the field.
Austin Jackson- Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon - 2017
Austin Jackson is among the most athletic tackle prospects we’ve seen in a few years and has drawn comparisons to former Arizona prep and Stanford All-American Andrus Peat. Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska and USC have the inside track for Jackson.
Jake Moretti- Arvada (Colo.) Pomona - 2017
Jake Moretti could be the most versatile lineman out West, capable of playing all five positions on the line. The Ohio State commit will miss his senior year after suffering a knee injury over the summer but still plans to graduate early and will be an early enrollee for the Buckeyes.
Penei Sewell - St. George (Utah) Desert Hills - 2018
Penei Sewell is the top rated tackle out West in the 2018 class. He’s a national recruit who boast offers from schools like Arizona State, BYU, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington to name a few.
Hunter Bryant - Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic - 2017
Hunter Bryant can not only play multiple spots on offense but could make an elite outside linebacker/defense end in college as well. The Washington commit will play tight end for the Huskies and has the size and athleticism to line up all over the field.
Jaelan Phillips - Redlands (Calif.) East Valley - 2017
Phillips is the top rated defensive lineman out West and has a great combination of size, athleticism, toughness, leadership, competitiveness and a non-stop motor as well. The UCLA commit actually plays a lot of ‘backer in H.S at 6-6, 250 pounds but will be an impact rush end in college.
Jay Tufele- South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Tufele is the most explosive and athletic defensive tackle in the region. He ha a great first step, moves well laterally and has the strength and counter moves to beat a lineman in multiple ways. Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah are the schools being mentioned most with Tufele.
Haskell Garrett- Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Garrett is a load in the middle of a defense and is the premier run stuffer in the region. The Ohio State commit is built for the rugged Big 10 and has the toughness, size and motor to play early for the Buckeyes.
Kayvon Thibodeaux- Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey - 2019
Thibodeaux is the only sophomore on this list but it’s well deserved. The versatile defensive end could be the best prospect to come out of Dorsey since Stafon Johnson and will be in contention for top overall recruit in the entire West region when he’s a senior. Miami, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State have all already offered.
Addison Gumbs - Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep
Gumbs is one of the elite pass rushers out West and could be used in a variety of roles in college. The Oklahoma commit said he was told in addition to playing as a pass rushing outside ‘backer, he could even slide inside and play some middle ‘backer as well.
Palaie Gaoteote - Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Gaoteote had his national coming out party this past weekend when Gorman crushed a very good Cedar Hill (Texas) team on national T.V but we already had him as a top 15 prospect in the ’18 class and knew just how talented he was. He’s fast, active, tough and could play any of the linebacker positions in college. He’ll have his choice of any college in America but Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and USC are a few we know are on his list right now.
Bo Calvert- Westlake Village (Calif.) Eastside Catholic
Calvert didn’t waste any time making his college choice committing to USC back in the Spring. Calvert has great size for an outside linebacker, can rush the passer and it won’t surprise us if he bulks up and plays with his hand down in college.
Isaac Taylor-Stuart- San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Taylor-Stuart is one of just seven underclassmen on this list but we love his upside. He’s a long corner who can run, has natural cover instincts and can be physical in the run game. Schools like Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington have all offered Taylor-Stuart.
Bubba Bolden- Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Bolden is one of those safeties who does everything well. He can blitz, is strong in run support and is comfortable dropping back in deep coverage. Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, UCLA and USC are heavily involved here.
Jaiden Woodbey- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Woodbey is the top junior safety out West and among the very best in the nation. He’s an intriguing kid who gets a little bigger every time we see him and it wouldn’t surprise us to see him bulk up in to an outside ‘backer at the next level. Ohio State is the team to beat with schools like Florida, Michigan, UCLA, USC and Washington all pushing hard as well.
Jaylon Johnson- Fresno (Calif.) Central
You won’t find a bigger, more physical corner than Johnson. What surprised some people is how athletic he is as posted the top SPARQ time for any West Coast athlete at The Opening, clocking a 4.47-40, 4.00 shuttle and jumped 38” in the vertical. Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and USC appear to be the teams to beat right now.
Darnay Holmes- Calabasas (Calif.)
Holmes is a tremendous two-way player and a dangerous return man as well. He’s a lockdown cover corner and will play as a true freshman in college but has game breaking ability as a receiver and should get action on both sides of the ball. UCLA leads Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Stanford.
National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, Mountain recruiting analyst Blair Angulo and national director of recruiting Brandon Huffman compiled this team.