Jaelan Phillips (Gerard Martinez)

News, notes and recruiting nuggets from around the Pac-12...

Oct. 14 -- News, notes and recruiting nuggets from around the Pac-12...

Prospect of the Week


Redlands (Calif.) five-star defensive end Jaelan Phillips is already the No. 1 defensive end in the country.  But he moved into the top 10 overall nationally (No. 7) in this week's release of the Midseason Scout 300.  And that came on the heels of yet another big game for Phillips.  Against Redlands (Calif.), Phillips had nine tackles, six hurries and four quarterback sacks. He added a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win. The UCLA commit will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Visit of the Week


He's not visiting a Pac-12 school, but he'll be watching a Pac-12 program.  He is Foster Sarell, the No. 2 player in the country and No. 1 offensive tackle out of Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin.  Sarell will be visiting Notre Dame officially, but he'll be seeing the Irish play Stanford. In fact, it will be his third time seeing the Cardinal, having taken an unofficial visit in September to Palo Alto then seeing them against Washington two weeks ago.  The Huskies are also in the mix for Sarell.  But the Irish have been the one constant out-of-region program that has been on Sarell's short list for a while.

Prospect On the Rise


The son of former Penn State running back and first round NFL pick Curtis Enis, Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon 2018 receiver Solomon Enis landed his first three offers, from Arizona, UCLA and Vanderbilt, this week and looks like several more on the way.  Arizona State and Washington are watching him closely. Last weekend, playing running back, he rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries but on the year, receiver has been his primary position.  This fall, he has 980 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 51 catches and defensively he has 30 tackles.

Underclassmen of the Week


Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux will be in contention for the top overall prospect in the 2019 class, not just in the West, but nationally as well.  Already a member of the Scout 2019 Watch List, Thibodeaux showed why he's one of the premier players in the country (and why he was the only 2019 prospect on our Ultimate West Team).  Last weekend, against Los Angeles (Calif.), Thibodeaux had six sacks in a 1-point win, one of the better City Section games in a while.  He has offers from across the country, and the two Los Angeles schools, USC and UCLA, want nothing more than to keep him home.

Commitment Watch


After visiting Oregon State last weekend, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Berean Christian receiver Isaiah Hodgins is getting closer to making his choice.  He has a visit with Oregon coming up in two weeks and a decision is likely to come shortly after that trip  The four-star has already visited Nebraska, and Washington State, where he was once a commit, is hanging on, and he's visited there already unofficially.  The new Scout 300 member will graduate in December, so an earlier decision rather than later is happening.

National recruiting analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman and Mountain region analyst Blair Angulo compiled this notebook.

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