Neither Darrell Scott, the nation's top running back, Matt Kalil, the country's top offensive lineman or Kavario Middleton, the #2 defensive end nationally, have moved from the top three spots in the West Region. In fact, very little has changed amongst the top 25, with only three new entries into the top 25 spots following the evaluation period.
Tyron Smith, the 6-5, 260-pound tackle from Rancho Verde HS in Moreno Valley, Calif., moves up 12 spaces, from 21st to 9th, giving USC the top three tackles in the West. A pair of receivers from Southern California, Kemonte Bateman from Crenshaw HS in Los Angeles and Marvin Jones from Etiwanda HS, both move into the top 25, Jones moving into the rankings for the first time after an outstanding spring.
Utah is home to three of the top 13 players, in linebacker Lynn Katoa, running back Sausan Shakerin and tight end Austin Holt, while Washington has a trio in the trenches in Middleton, defensive end Everette Thompson and guard Alameda Ta'amu. Oregon has a stud in 5th ranked Ethan Johnson.
USC continues to dominate in recruiting, boasting verbals from half of the top 10 prospects, and being one of the top seven for three of the remaining five. UCLA has verbals from eight of the top 40 prospects in the region. Notre Dame comes in next with three verbals from the top 40 and Washington has a pair.
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, possibly the top team in the West this fall, has three of the top 16 prospects in quarterback Dayne Crist, defensive end Wes Horton and middle linebacker Anthony McDonald.
Defensive end is the deepest position in the region, with six of the top 11 prospects nationally all in the top 25: Middleton, Johnson, Damien Holmes, Horton, Thompson and Datone Jones.