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Scout On the Road: September

Sept. 29 -- Scout takes a look at some of the top prospects we saw in person during the month of September...



OL Andrew Thomas, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy, 2017

What is crazy about Andrew Thomas is, he hardly ever leaves the field. The Georgia commit plays for Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy which dresses less than 40 players. Thomas plays both offensive and defensive line. At offensive tackle, he drove his man off the off and he was getting to the second level, which was impressive. I saw him play September 2 against College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter. -Simmons


QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Ga.), 2018

On September 9, Trevor Lawrence was exactly what I wanted to see in an elite junior quarterback. He led Cartersville (Ga.) to a very impressive win over Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake with multiple impressive throws. He is still favoring Clemson and Georgia, but Florida is another school that is hanging around. -Simmons


A.J. Terrell, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake, 2017

A.J. Terrell is a great athlete who is also great at football. Against Cartersville (Ga.) on September 9, Terrell had a big hit, he threw a few nice passes while in at quarterback, he caught a few passes at wide receiver and he ran the ball well in the Wildcat formation too. The Clemson commit is one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia. -Simmons


OLB Quay Walker, Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County, 2018

On September 15, I saw Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County play and the game was over early, but before being pulled for the second team, Scout 300 junior linebacker Quay Walker impressed. He has really made big improvements over the past year. He is stronger, he is faster and he is playing with more confidence. He made a couple of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and he scored on a 60-plus yard pass when playing tight end. Walker has a number of early offers with Auburn, Florida and Georgia being on that list. -Simmons


WR Devonta Smith, Amite (La.), 2017

Devonta Smith is the No. 1 wide receiver in the South was everywhere on September 23 when I saw Amite (La.) play Loranger (La.). He lined up at cornerback, safety and wide receiver. He was also on special teams, so he never left the field. He had an interception and a touchdown receiving on the night flashes ball skills and speed. Alabama, Miami and Ole Miss are the schools in the lead at this time. The five star is planning to commit on signing day. -Simmons


DT Ishmael Sopsher, Amite (La.), 2019

Ishmael Sopsher of Amite (La.) makes plays that makes you think one of the best in the country. He is only a sophomore, but he is 6-3, 310 pounds and he can take over a football game. I saw him play September 23 against Loranger (La.), and yes, he was gassed at times with the heat and tempo of the game, but he made three plays behind the line of scrimmage that made everyone stand up. He has a long list of offers including Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. -Simmons


OT Nick Petit-Frere, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep, 2019

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior has to continue to pack on weight, but checks off nearly all of the boxes when it comes to today's day-and-age of left tackles. Petit-Frere is a well-mannered, laid back kid when the pads are tucked away in the locker room, but there's no questioning his tenacity and intensity on the field. Petit-Frere can really bend and get underneath his opponent, and is an outstanding athlete for the position that fires out of his stance with good pad level. I've seen him play twice this season, including on Sept. 8 vs. Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney. Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Miami and Auburn highlight Petit-Frere's offer sheet. -Bender


ATH Devan Barrett, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, 2017

It's difficult to locate a more versatile athlete across Florida than Devan Barrett, who could play out his collegiate years at running back, safety, cornerback, wide receiver, or even outside linebacker. At tailback, Barrett is a slasher that flashes impressive acceleration and a second gear to finish the play off for six points. I had a front row seat to his matchup with Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic on Sept. 23, and it was his craftiness, versatility and production that absorbed my attention. Great frame and physical makeup as well at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Barrett is currently committed to Gus Malzahn and Auburn. -Bender


OLB Nick Smith, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips, 2017

It doesn't matter where you put him, Nick Smith is a headhunter that proves his worth and makes plays all over the field. I got a taste of his style of play back on Sept. 9 vs. Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange, and it seemed like all I kept hearing was, "Nick Smith comes up with the tackle for Dr. Phillips." Smith possesses the finesse style of play that really enables him to live in the backfield, flashing good change of direction and relentlessness until the play is whistled dead. Smith also has active, aggressive hands to disengage off blocks. This Central Florida native is all in with NC State. -Bender


ATH C.J. Cotman, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic, 2017

C.J. Cotman is arguably the fastest kid I've seen to start the season. This slippery athlete is a broken tackle away from lighting up the scoreboard for six points, and that proved to be true when I saw him play against Tampa (Fla.) Catholic on Sept. 23. Cotman is a bouncy athlete that did a great job of changing speeds to keep defenders on their toes, and like usual, was a headache to contain in the return game. Despite the thrill he provides with the pigskin in his hands, the Tennessee Volunteers, who he's verbally committed to, is recruiting him to play cornerback. -Bender


OT Kadeem Telfort, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington, 2017

I've had the opportunity to lay eyes on Telfort multiple times in recent weeks, including on Sept. 16 when Booker T. squared off with Miami Southridge. A skyscraper at nearly 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, Telfort has made major strides since emerging as a prospect nearly two years ago. He's tightened up his frame and attacked the weight room, but also playing with much more confidence. Telfort has seasoned up his footwork, especially in pass protection, and plays with good effort as well. This Florida Gators commit is a legit 6-foot-7. -Bender


CB Patrick Surtain, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, 2018

You can't draw them up much better than Surtain, Jr., Scout's top-ranked cornerback in 2018. Surtain has grown a couple of inches and certainly passes the eye test, and is technically sound with the ability to burst out of his breaks to make a play on the football in a hurry. Surtain is a fleet-footed corner that plays with suddenness, but when you add his prototypical size and length for a young defender, you have the makings of a five-star recruit. I attended his highly-anticipated matchup with Booker T. Washington back in late August, but also spent a couple of hours at his practice on Sept. 15. LSU has been atop his list for nearly a year, but Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Miami and Florida are also squarely in the mix for his services. -Bender


Brelin Faison-Walden, Greensboro, (N.C.) Grimsley, 2017

Brelin Faison-Walden was all over the field when I saw him earlier this season. Other than safety, the Penn State commit played running back, wide receiver, outside linebacker and returned kicks. No matter where he lined up, Faison-Walden made an impact. The nation's 34th-ranked safety was very physical and instinctive. He showed good instincts and a knack for making big plays when his team needed them. He will make an impact early for the Nittany Lions. -Clark


RB Ricky Person, Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage, 2018

Ricky Person showed why he is one of the premier 2018 players in the country in his opening game. During the contest, the Scout 300 athlete lined up at running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback and outside linebacker. Regardless of where he played, Person excelled. At 6-foot-1 ½ and 202 pounds, Person has good size, speed, quickness and agility. Person is also very aggressive and physical. The four-star prospect's scholarship list is nearing double digits and includes Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. -Clark


QB Gunnar Holmberg, Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage, 2018

Gunnar Holmberg is a natural playmaker at quarterback.The 2018 Duke commit showed good poise in the pocket and made all the throws. Although he prefers to beat you with his arm, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Holmberg is very athletic and runs extremely well. On top of all those things, Holmberg is very intelligent, makes good decisions and is a natural leader. He will have a chance to be a good one for the Blue Devils. -Clark


QB Holton Ahlers, Greenville (N.C.) Conley, 2018

Holton Ahlers had a monster game against rival Rose last week, breaking the NCHSAA's record touchdowns in a game, The 2018 quarterback threw for five scores and rushed for four. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Ahlers is a big, physical quarterback. He is gamer and loves to have the ball in his hands during big moments. When the game was over, Ahlers had completed 29-of-45 passes for 507 yards. Look for him to continue to put up huge numbers the rest of the season. East Carolina and NC State have offered, while Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest are also showing interest. -Clark


DE K.J. Henry, Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, 2018

K.J. Henry is one of the top 2018 prospects in the country for many reasons. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end has a great frame and will be able to add a significant amount of weight. The Scout 100 member exploded off the ball and showed great body control. Henry is also very fluid and has tremendous closing speed. There is not much he does not do at a very high level. His scholarship list has grown to over 30 and includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and many others. -Clark


DE Joe Kane, Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage, 2018

Joe Kane is a prospect that is flying under the radar, but do not expect that to last much longer. When I saw him earlier this year, he was unblockable. He showed a great combination of power and quickness. Kane also played with good leverage and was relentless all night. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end's lone offer is from Wofford. However, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all showing significant interest. Through five games, he has 36 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. -Clark



WR Jahan Dotson, Highstown (N.J.) Peddie, 2018

Dotson is not the biggest player, but he is electric and versatile. He can play in the slot, at wide receiver and impact the return game. Dotson has great burst, a tremendous feel for where he is on the field, gets in and out of his breaks well and he has very good hands. The class of 2018 receiver has a bundle of offers, and was at Rutgers for the game against Iowa. Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Alabama are a few other schools to keep an eye on. - Dohn


LB Matt Palmer, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood, 2018

Having seen Palmer twice in a month, it was easy to see why Rutgers and West Virginia offered the standout already. He is a bit undersized (but should grow), but fills the hole wonderfully as a linebacker. He is quick to the line of scrimmage, he is physical and he is a good tackler. - Dohn


DE Jayson Ademilola, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, 2018

The Notre Dame defensive end commit Ademilola, a class of 2018 prospect, was dazzling in a four-sack performance for St. Peter's Prep against Peddie. He was incredibly quick off the line of scrimmage, used his hands well and and showed an array of moves. - Dohn


DE Tyler Friday, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep, 2018

Pure athleticism and talent. That is what Friday showed this season. He fancies himself a defensive end, and he is very explosive off the edge, but he spent a lot of time on the offensive line. He could be an elite offensive guard with the way he moves, and schools are very interested. Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Wisconsin and Rutgers are all involved with Friday. - Dohn


WR Justin Shorter, Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick, 2018

It was interesting going to watch Penn State commit Justin Shorter start his season. The standout did not play for much of the first half (a family trip caused him to miss a practice and he had to sit out as a team rule) and when he got in the game, he made his impact as a safety. Shorter had one ball thrown his way as a receiver, but as a safety he showed incredible burst, he covered ground and his change of direction was phenomenal. He is heading to Penn State as a receiver, and that is his best position, but his athleticism shined through as a safety. - Dohn


RB D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's, 2017

Swift was hurt early in the game I went to see him play, but I cannot overlook his talent or the practice I watched him go through, so he is making my list. Swift, a Georgia commit from Philadelphia , was extraordinary at practice. He moved fast through the hole, located the ball well in pass patterns and pushed himself hard. A few days later he dominated in a win against Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian. - Dohn



CB Amir Riep, Colerain (Ohio), 2017

What I liked most about Amir Riep was seeing what he did the first week of the season against Indianapolis Warren Central. Riep was flawless at cornerback, good in coverage and strong in run support. But with his team losing in the final minute, Riep fielded a punt deep in his own territory and returned it 60 yards to set up the winning score. When his team needed him most, Amir Riep came through in the clutch. Riep is committed to Ohio State. -Greene


WR Austin Jasinski, Massillon (Ohio), 2017

While Austin Jasinski is only a two-star recruit in Ohio, he was amazing the first week of the season in his team's loss to Mentor. Even though his team was being blown out, Jasinski willed his team back into the game on both sides of the football. He caught 15 passes for 222 yards and scored three touchdowns. Jasinski also intercepted two passes in the game. Recruiting interest is picking up for Jasinski, who holds one offer to date. -Greene


ATH Lynn Bowden, Warren (Ohio) Harding, 2017

A household name in Ohio since his freshman season, Bowden added ten pounds of muscle to his already speedy and elusive frame. He now runs people over with power, while still having the ability to make the first person miss and the speed to run away from defenders. He is the most electric offensive player in Ohio since current New York Jet wideout Jalin Marshall. Bowden is putting up video game numbers, highlighted by a six-touchdown performance against Massillon. He holds offers from the likes of Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, and others. -Greene


OT Jack Carman, Fairfield (Ohio), 2018

The four-star offensive tackle has only played the position for two years, so there's plenty of room for future growth. Carman's present is very impressive as well. He has great balance and length in pass protection, with the requisite nastiness college coaches love as a run blocker. The best thing about Carman is that he loves playing football, and is so passionate about the game. There have been six five-star offensive tackles from Ohio since Scout started ranking players. Carman has a chance to be number-seven. He holds over 30 offers, and it's looking like an Ohio State battle with Notre Dame for Carman. -Greene


TE Charles Reeves, Steubenville (Ohio), 2017

The four-star tight end put on quite a show in his team's win over Boardman. Reeves caught five passes and scored twice. He had two highlight reel catches. For someone his size, he is very comfortable in the slot or on the outside. He also played very physically as a defensive end, and this style of play will benefit him as an in-line blocker. Reeves has a combination of size, speed and power that could see him playing on Sundays in a few years. He listed Alabama, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Nebraska as his current top-five. -Greene


LB Micah Awodiran, Chicago (Ill.) Marist, 2017

A Yale commit, Awodiran chose the Bulldogs over several power-five offers and it was easy to see why. He was active and made plays in coverage, run support and as a pass rusher in the game we saw him in. He looks like a good bet to be an impact player in the Ivy League. - Trieu


Jordan Ulmer, Belleville (Mich.), 2017

An Iowa State commit, Ulmer has been excellent during the early part of his senior season and has added new offers to show for it like Minnesota. He is a big kid who covered well in the summer, but what we did not get to see in shorts and shirts was his physicality, which is really standing out now. - Trieu


OT Devontae Dobbs, Belleville (Mich.), 2019

Dobbs has proven himself to be an elite prospect with excellent length, athleticism and already good technique. Against Dearborn, he faced a D1 guy in Eastern Michigan commit Ali Fayad and put on a great performance. He has offers from Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Auburn and more. - Trieu



OT Walker Little, Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal, 2017

Little is the most dominant player we’ve seen in the Midlands so far in 2016. He was abusing defensive linemen and on one play he pushed the end about 15 yards down the field. Little has official visits scheduled to Florida State (10/28) and Georgia (11/11). Also still in the mix are schools like Texas, Stanford and Mississippi. -Powers


Robert Barnes, Southlake (Texas) Carroll, 2017

We saw Barnes in week one and he was very impressive. He is put together like a linebacker, but moves like a safety. He is quick to the football and he has a high football IQ. He is committed to Oklahoma.-Powers


QB Shawn Robinson, DeSoto (Texas), 2017

Robinson has been playing lights out. He has DeSoto rated No. 5 in the Scout HSFB Top 10. He has been the Scout Top 10 Player of the Week three times and he was the selected as the Big 12 Player of the Week once. He is committed to TCU.-Powers


RB Kennedy Brooks, Mansfield (Texas), 2017

Brooks is a workhorse running back, who continues to rush for over 200 yards a game in about every game. He is a guy who is very patient when picking his hole and when he does he gets the ball North and South in a hurry to gash defenses. Plays recruiting close to the vest, but Arkansas and Wisconsin are two intriguing ones for sure.-Powers


Jack Anderson, Frisco (Texas), 2017

He is so fast off the ball at times it seems he is going to be getting called for a false start. He can be a grimy blocker in the trenches, but his feet and agility are good enough that he can get to the second and third level with relative ease. Committed to Texas Tech.-Powers


DE Earnest Brown IV, Denton (Texas) Ryan, 2017

Brown had a huge game in a win over Wylie (Texas) East racking up numerous plays behind the line of scrimmage and blocking a punt. He has a great get off the football, but even more importantly he has a serious motor that runs all the time. He is committed to Northwestern.-Powers


WR Terrace Marshall, Bossier City (La.) Parkway, 2018

One of the absolute best individual performances I've seen so far this season came from Terrace Marshall Jr. in Parkway High's 69-54 shootout win against Lukfin (Texas) at the Battle On The Border showcase Sept. 10 in Shreveport, La. Catching passes from big-time 2018 QB Justin Rogers, Marshall snagged six passes for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns, showing elite catch-and-run ability, especially for a 6-foot-4 junior. Marshall, Scout's No. 2 receiver in the 2018 class, will have his pick of where to play as he's already garnered numerous offers, including Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, UCLA, and plenty more. -Brooks


OLB Baron Browning, Kennedale (Texas), 2017

At 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, five-star Baron Browning is a prototype 3-4 hybrid outside linebacker who can play plenty of standing edge rusher. That said, he's also athletic enough to track backs and some receivers in coverage, while also showing excellent gap and sideline-to-sideline instincts from a traditional inside role. He showed all of these abilities Sept. 16 in Kennedale's 34-27 home win against Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider. Browning, Scout's No. 2 outside linebacker in the senior class, has official visits set to Michigan (Sept. 30), UCLA (Nov. 18), and Ohio State (Nov. 25), with schools such as TCU and Texas also being potential contenders. -Brooks


WR Erik Ezukanma, Keller (Texas) Timber Creek, 2018

One of the top sleeper prospects I've seen is Erik Ezukanma, and since he's only a junior, I don't expect him to be a sleeper for long. Ezukanma caught 14 passes for a whopping 282 yards and three touchdowns in his team's 37-28 home loss to Denton (Texas) High on Sept. 15. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound showed outstanding body control with his ability to adjust to the ball in flight, while also flashing great open-field agility. His ability to make defenders miss in space is not something often seen in taller, longer receivers. -Brooks


CB Tanner McCalister, Rockwall-Heath (Texas), 2018

When I saw four-star Tanner McCalister in early September, he did a little bit of everything in Rockwall-Heath's 29-7 win at West Mesquite (Texas). He's a position-versatile defensive back who played well at safety, but also made his mark as a ball-carrier and even threw a touchdown pass. McCalister has good burst and coverage awareness, which are key reasons we project him right now at cornerback. TCU was his first Power Five conference offer, and he also has offers from Louisiana Tech, SMU, and UTSA. -Brooks


ATH Bryson Smith, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler, 2017

Bryson Smith's been hearing Greg Ward Jr. comparisons for a couple of years now. After all, he is yet another athletic dual-threat quarterback from tradition-rich John Tyler High School in East Texas who's committed to Houston. I've seen a ton of Smith dating to his sophomore year, most recently when he accounted for 269 of JT's 335 yards of offense in a 41-6 blowout of New Orleans Warren Easton at the Battle On The Border showcase in Shreveport, La. Smith, who's been laser-timed on multiple occasions in the 4.5's, threw for 194 yards, three TD's, and zero picks, while rushing for 75 yards on 10 carries. Smith's been recruited by numerous schools as an athlete, but, like Ward, is expected to play quarterback at Houston. -Brooks


DT Bobby Brown, Arlington (Texas) Lamar, 2018

Bobby Brown is a junior defensive tackle who's 6-foot-4, 270 pounds and looks like he weighs about 230. He's in great shape. He has the look of a D-end, but will definitely grow into a D-tackle because of his frame potential. In Lamar's impressive 37-7 Texas high school non-district win at South Grand Prairie, Brown used his hands well and showed the strength to sometimes steer his opponent where he wanted. He regularly disengaged to make plays against the run. He's raw, but he's an elite D-line prospect and Scout's No. 129 overall in the 2018 Scout 300. Brown has early offers from Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M. -Brooks



OT Foster Sarell, Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin, 2017

Sarell is the top offensive lineman in the country and it's easy to see why.  The left tackle, ranked as the 2 overall prospect in the class of 2017 nationally, is athletic, strong, technically sound and physical.  He essentially takes away his side of the field from any defender.  When GK followed his blocks, it was big gain after big gain. His footwork is as polished as you'll see from a lineman, his flexibility and technique peerless.  Sarell is focusing on a handful of schools, namely Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington while also visiting Nebraska and Alabama -Huffman


TE Hunter Bryant, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, 2017

Bryant is the No. 2 tight end in the 2017 class and is one of the more polished pass-catchers in the country.  In the season opener, the Washington commit, with his future head coach, Chris Petersen, looking on, caught a career high 18 passes and was targeted more than 20 times.  The following week, we saw him again at the Memorial Classic and he was returning kicks in that game.  He slightly tweaked his knee in that game and has missed the last two games and will miss a couple more, but in the first two games, he showed why he's one of the premier receiving tight ends nationally -Huffman


ATH Connor Wedington, Sumner (Wash.), 2017

Wedington is a four-star athlete on Scout and while we think he projects to the secondary most likely in college, he committed to Washington to play running back.  In their titanic game with Graham-Kapowsin, he and Sarell did what you expected Scout 300 guys to do- take over the game.  But Wedington got the final edge.  After Sarell and GK had a big boy drive to take the lead in the final minutes, Wedington took the ensuing kickoff, zigged and zagged, breaking tackles, reversing field and scored the go-ahead touchdown. He showed the explosiveness and vision that has catapulted his game in the last year -Huffman


OL Henry Bainivalu, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline, 2017

Bainivalu gets overshadowed a bit in-state by Sarell but he's the clear No. 2 lineman in the state.  Bainivalu played left tackle for Skyline but likely projects inside in college at guard.  He could be a right tackle too, but we think he'd be a pretty good left guard at the next level.  He's a no frills guy, not flashy, just a workmanlike type.  He's gritty and physical and loves to drive block his defender.  Washington is in a good spot for him but Michigan and USC are other schools he's considering. -Huffman


QB Jacob Sirmon, Bothell (Wash.), 2018

Sirmon is the No. 3 quarterback in the 2018 class and the No. 2 quarterback in the West.  The Washington commit has made a huge jump from his sophomore year to his junior year, looking more composed in the pocket, showing much better presence in the pocket, but still flashing the big arm strength that caught our eye early in his career.  Alabama, Michigan and UCLA are still trying with him but he appears pretty solid to the hometown Huskies -Huffman


QB Dylan Morris, Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin, 2019

Morris was a player we loved all spring and summer, after starting as a freshman at GK.  He's only lost two games as a starter, last year to Jacob Eason and Lake Stevens in the state playoffs and last weekend to Sumner. Morris didn't have a great game against Sumner, with four interceptions, struggling to get comfortable in the pocket against a stout Sumner defense.  He started off strong, but then hit a wall.  A late rally was thwarted with a game-sealing pick.  Still, we've seen enough from him in his career to think that this game was an aberration. Morris has early offers from Nebraska, Washington and Washington State and has been talking with UCLA too. -Huffman


QB J.T. Daniels, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, 2019

The Mater Dei sophomore is making the game of football look easy right now. Through five games, Daniels is putting up video game like numbers, completing 80% of his passes and 28 touchdowns while rarely playing in the second half of any game this year. Daniels has early offers from schools all over the country including Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington. -Biggins


LB Palaie Gaoteote, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, 2018

Gaoteote is ranked the No. 11 player in the junior class and was recently upgraded to five-star status but that still looks too low after seeing him in action. Gaoteote has simply dominated in all three aspects of the game- rushing the passer, playing the run and dropping in to coverage and he's the top 'backer out west right now. Auburn, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Washington are just a few schools who have offered. -Biggins


OL Wyatt Davis, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, 2017

Wyatt Davis has picked up his game in a big way and is among the most dominant line prospects we've seen come out of the state in recent years. The physicality and nastiness that he's playing with is next level right now and he has improved his athleticism as well. Ohio State is getting a real good one with Davis and it won't be surprising if he plays as a true freshman next fall. -Biggins


DB Darnay Holmes, Calabasas (Calif.), 2017

Darnay Holmes came in to the season with a big reputation to live up to and has somehow managed to exceed it. He has dominated on both sides of the ball, as both a lock down cover corner and a big play receiver. He's always good for at least 2-3 big, explosive play every game and is a cinch to receive a ton of early playing time in college wherever he ends up. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and UCLA are the main schools involved with Holmes right now. -Biggins


DB Elijah Hicks, La Mirada (Calif.), 2017

La Mirada has played a brutal non-league schedule but Elijah Hicks has not only held his own but shown he's one of the best corners, receivers and return men in the region. In a deep year for cover corners out West, Hicks doesn't get mentioned as much as some other players, but he's a big time player with a load of upside. Colorado, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC are on the short list for Hicks. -Biggins


DB Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), 2017

Jaylon Redd is yet another player who had dominated on both sides of the ball. He's a true lockdown cover corner but has been putting up big numbers at running back and is a big reason why the Tigers are undefeated and ranked among the top teams in the state. Redd committed to Oregon earlier in the week. -Biggins


LB Palaie Gaoteote, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, 2018

There might not be a more talented player on the entire Bishop Gorman defense than Gaoteote, the physical linebacker that doesn't shy away from contact. The native Hawaiian pursues ball carriers relentlessly, gets into the backfield with ease, sheds blockers and shows great tackling ability while also covering well down field. The likes of Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Washington have offered. -Angulo


DB Isaiah Pola-Mao, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe, 2017

It could be argued that Pola-Mao is the best two-way talent in the Grand Canyon State, but we believe his future is on the defensive side of the ball. He plays a mean center field in the back of the Mountain Pointe secondary, scanning quarterbacks, breaking well toward the football and covering tons of ground. Pola-Mao looks lean at the moment but has a projectable frame and could even move into the box at the next level. He already officially visited Washington and plans to get a closer look at Arizona State, Cal, USC and Notre Dame. -Angulo


QB Tate Martell, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, 2017

For a quarterback with so much attention, Martell doesn't get too ahead of his skill set and stays composed in the pocket. He lit up a talented Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defense earlier this month, showing great touch on the deep ball but also extending plays with his legs and hitting receivers on the run. It's no secret that Martell might not have the most desirable measurables, but it's difficult to find a more competitive quarterback. Martell, who was previously committed to Washington and Texas A&M, has given his pledge to Ohio State. -Angulo


DB Chaz Ah You, Provo (Utah) Timpview, 2017

The No. 2-rated safety in the West region is savvy and instinctive in the secondary, deciphering plays as they develop and breaking aggressively to get to the football. Ah You had an interception, a forced fumble and a handful of loud tackles in just about three quarters in a game earlier this month, returning his pick the other way for a score. He intends to officially visit Oklahoma State this coming weekend and also hopes to check out UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame down the road. His father is a recruiting assistant at BYU. -Angulo


DB Bubba Bolden, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, 2017

Bolden is another outstanding prospect for loaded Bishop Gorman and he essentially sets the tone for the defense by making tackles near the line of scrimmage. The top-rated safety in the West also shows tremendous ball skills, as evidenced by his acrobatic interception against Cedar Hill, Texas. This week, Texas joined an extensive offer sheet that already included the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC, where he was previously committed. -Angulo


DT Jackson Cravens, Provo (Utah) Timpview, 2018

Cravens could prove to be one of the better defensive linemen in Utah in his class. The cousin of Washington Redskins linebacker and former USC star Su'a Cravens, this defensive tackle shows a quick first step, uses his hands well to knock back linemen and, when he gets to the quarterback, makes sure to finish the job. Vanderbilt has offered and several others are expressing early interest. -Angulo


OL Wyatt Davis, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, 2017

Seeing Davis for the first time showed me a player that totally lived up to his five-star ranking. He was solid in pass protection and a true road grader as a run blocker. The best thing about Davis was the way he fought to get back on the field after suffering an ankle injury early in the game against Cincinnati St. Xavier. There was no thought of sitting out, and Davis played hard throughout the rest of the game, while clearly not at 100%. Davis is committed to Ohio State. -Greene

National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers and regional analysts Bill Greene, Blair Angulo, Corey Bender, Gabe Brooks and Michael Clark contributed to this report.

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