Scout Out West Road Report

The West recruiting team hit the road last weekend to watch some of the region's best prospects for this class and beyond including Corona (Calif.) running back Jordon James and Los Alamitos (Calif.) cornerback Shaquille Richardson... On The Road Report
Shaquille Richardson – Cornerback – Los Alamitos (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Los Alamitos 21, Esperanza 19

Scout's Take: Facing a team that ran the ball 90% of the time until the last few minutes, Richardson's biggest contributions came on offense, where he was a favorite target of Dylan Lagarde. But then Esperanza needed to pass to get back in the game, and Richardson made them pay. He had an interception with four minutes left, that appeared to ice the game. The pick came on a great read and react from Richardson, who made a nice break on the ball to intercept it. After Los Al fumbled it on offense, and Esperanza took it back 95-yards to make it a two-point game, Richardson again came up clutch, intercepting the 2-point conversion, almost the exact same play, on the other side of the field, as his first pick. He had around six tackles, all coming in run support, and broke up another pass thrown his way. He's a very good cover corner, with quick hands and great instincts. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Considering Oregon State and Washington, where's he's visited, UCLA and Arizona State, where he's scheduled to visit and Utah and Fresno State.
Niu Sale – Offensive Guard – Los Alamitos (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Los Alamitos 21, Esperanza 19

Scout's Take: Sale was a player we were eager to see and he didn't disappoint. While Sale was solid in pass coverage, it was his athleticism in the running game that impressed us. Most of Los Al's big gains were ran off a Sale block, and he was very effective when he was pulling and getting into the open field. One Los Al's go-ahead touchdown, he led the way on a pull and buried a defensive back to allow Nick Richardson to score. Going about 6-2.5, 280, Sale's quickness and athleticism will benefit him most in college. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Offer from Washington, where he's visited and interest in Oregon and Oregon State.
Nick Richardson – Running Back – Los Alamitos (CA) - 2011
Final Score: Los Alamitos 21, Esperanza 19

Scout's Take: Pound-for-pound, there are fewer tougher backs that we've seen this year than Richardson. His size isn't ideal, but his speed, vision and toughness is. Richardson averaged nearly 10 yards a carry against Esperanza, rushing for 221 yards on 23 carries, including a 76-yard run. He can run between the tackles, but is at his best when running off tackle and in the open field. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Some early Pac-10 interest.
Brandon Connette – Quarterback – Santiago (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: Connette easily had the best night of anyone in this game, throwing the ball with precision and running the ball tough. He threw for a season best 277-yards and two touchdowns, and looked very smooth and fluid in his release, something that stood out to us since seeing him in Vegas during the spring. It was a very clean delivery and he showed great pocket presence. He also showed his toughness in the running game, running for 111 yards and four touchdowns, including one where he broke four tackles and bowled over a linebacker in the end zone. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Committed to Duke.
Thierry Nguema – Cornerback – Santiago (CA) - 2011
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: Nguema did a fine job in pass coverage, using his length and instincts to break up a couple of passes, but he really impressed in run support. Nguema, who's the adopted brother of UCLA safety Tony Dye, a former Shark safety, plays very similar to how Dye did in high school, tough against the run and not hesitant to lay the hat. Nguema was one of the standouts this spring at the L.A. Combine and again at the B2G and it's translating to Friday nights. Expect him to be a national recruit in next year's class. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Interest from several schools.
Jemond Hazely – Wide Receiver – Santiago (CA) - 2011
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: azely was one of the bigger revelations from the weekend. We were impressed with his speed and route-running but also with his hands, which are excellent. He was Connette's favorite target on the evening, and Corona had a difficult time stopping him. Hazely finished with seven catches for 145 yards and hooked up with Connette for the Sharks' lone touchdown through the air. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Interest from several schools.
Demetrius Wright – Cornerback – Corona (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: Wright was the first one to tell us that he didn't have his best game on Friday night, and that was the case. While the physical tools are all there for Wright, and he's one of the more physically impressive safeties we've seen this season, he needs to get better in wrapping up and finishing his tackles. Several times he had the angle and a bead on making a play, but didn't finish and wrap up and the ball-carrier broke the tackle. Santiago didn't test him much, and Wright did a good job getting to the play, but he needs to work on that part of his game. He finished with 13 tackles but probably could have had five-six more. Still, you can see why he's one of the elite prospects nationally at his position, based on the physical makeup alone. Wright played the game with an SC towel around his waist, the Trojans are his leader. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Favoring USC over Tennessee, Washington and Arizona.
Jordon James – Running Back – Corona (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: For an elite running back, Corona didn't do a great job getting the ball into James' hands until it was too late. When James was given the ball, he showed why he's such a hot commodity, showing great burst, vision and cutback ability. On one run, he baited the defender by jogging, then as the defender tried to make a tackle, James blew past him untouched. On another touchdown run, he broke numerous tackles, and on the run had a stop-and-go that buckled a linebacker. He had one touchdown out of the Wildcat formation too, something Corona had done with him earlier this season, but didn't feature much of on Friday night. But when given the chance, James showed his skill and talent. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Will pick Thursday from Cal, Arizona and UCLA.
Chidera Uzo-Direbe – Defensive End – Corona (CA) - 2010
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: Uzo-Direbe has pretty good speed, but he's still pretty undersized for a defensive end. He played primarily outside linebacker for Corona, where he looked the most natural and fluid, and you'd expect him to start out in college there. He'll need a redshirt year and another year probably to add the weight to become an effective pass-rusher in college. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Committed to Colorado.
Devante Wilson – Defensive End – Corona (CA) - 2011
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: Wilson physically is well put-together, and unlike Uzo-Direbe, has a good defensive end body already, despite only being a junior. He was the most active player for Corona in their front seven, and while Santiago's offensive line handled Corona for the most part, Wilson was the most troublesome defender. -- Brandon Huffman

Recruiting: Early offer from Colorado, but Pac-10 interest.
Drew James – Defensive Tackle – Corona (CA) - 2012
Final Score: Santiago 44, Corona 24

Scout's Take: James, the younger brother of Jordon, is definitely the bigger younger brother, going about 6-1.5, 245. He's another quick and active player and if he continues to grow, he's just a sophomore, could blossom into a very good defensive lineman in the next couple of years. -- Brandon Huffman
Alex Lewis – Offensive Tackle – Mountain Pointe (AZ) - 2010
Final Score: Mountain Pointe 26, Marcos de Niza 23

Scout's Take: Comes from great bloodlines, dad played OL in NFL. Lewis has a lot of tools. Has a big frame and could easily hold 40-50 more pounds. Shook his hand and they were massive. Obviously has to get in the weight room to gain bulk and strength. Plays hard, gets to second level and runs well. Plays high at times. Is raw in some areas but could develop into a very sound player after red-shirting. -- Jason Jewell

Recruiting: Colorado has offered and I expect more to come soon.
Ben DeMarr – Tight End – Mountain Pointe (AZ) - 2010
Final Score: Mountain Pointe 26, Marcos de Niza 23

Scout's Take: Tall and lanky frame that will bulk up easily. Team runs the ball 95% of the time and he is developing into a good blocker. Most would think playing in a run-oriented offense would hurt a TE but not in DeMarr's case. As a junior he lined up predominately in the slot so he was able to showcase his receiving abilities. -- Jason Jewell

Recruiting: NAU and Air Force have offered.
Ramon Abreu – Safety – Marcos de Niza (AZ) - 2010
Final Score: Mountain Pointe 26, Marcos de Niza 23

Scout's Take: One of my favorite players in the state. Never leaves the field. Plays RB, LB, punts and plays all special teams. True playmaker on offense but more than likely will line up on defense in college. Solid in coverage, is always around the ball and tackles well in space. Explosive tackler for his size and sifts through traffic well. My opinion is he will bulk up and play down in the box in college. -- Jason Jewell

Recruiting: Holds double digit offers but it looks like it will come down to Arizona State, Colorado and San Diego State.
Justin Rodriguez – Wide Receiver – Marcos de Niza (AZ) - 2010
Final Score: Mountain Pointe 26, Marcos de Niza 23

Scout's Take: Pointe did a good job of bottling up Rodriguez in this game. Only caught 3 balls for 22 yards in the game. But from seeing him in the past, Rodriguez runs smooth routes, goes up and gets the ball and has good size. Knock is he doesn't have elite speed. -- Jason Jewell

Recruiting: No offers currently.
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