West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

More Visits

There are two weekends left for official visits, and after a heavy weekend of visitors last weekend, this week is much lighter.

But that doesn't mean there aren't some impact visits to Western schools or Western prospects visiting.

For the second straight weekend, all eyes are on Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who's tripping to Notre Dame this weekend.  He's joined by Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts.  Both Vanderdoes and Fitts were longtime USC commits before they opened things up in December and January, respectively, and now they're visiting one of the Trojans' chief rivals.

A couple of commits to schools in California will be visiting SEC schools too.  Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Kenny Lacy, a UCLA commit, will visit Arkansas while Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln quarterback Zack Greenlee, a Fresno State commit, will visit Mississippi State.

Mississippi will host Ralston Valley (Colo.) offensive tackle Dan Skipper, a commit to Tennessee.  And Wisconsin will be hosting Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley linebacker Leon Jacobs, a one-time commit to Fresno State.

Arizona State is bringing in San Diego (Calif.) Horizon receiver Darren Carrington, a long time commit to Oregon, who visited Arizona last weekend.  Since Chip Kelly's departure, Carrington has decided to take official visits and he's likely tripping to Ohio State next weekend.

California has one of their longtime commits, Cameron Hunt, on campus this weekend for an official visit, but after Oregon wowed him last week, the Bears will have their work cut out for them in keeping him on board.  The Bears also have some other uncommitted targets on campus this weekend including Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr cornerback Patrick Enewally and Encino (Calif.) Crespi outside linebacker Ray Davison.

UCLA will be hosting a pair of in-state commitments in Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive guard John Lopez and Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive tackle Poasi Moala.

Washington will have their chance at Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Myles Jack, the Northwest's top defensive prospect and a longtime commit to UCLA.  Jack will be taking his fourth visit before he visits Florida State next weekend, his final trip.

Boise State will be bringing in one of their commits, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat athlete Dionza Blue and they'll also host Wilsonville (Ore.) receiver Tanner Shipley, a BYU commit they just offered this week. 

Nevada is hosting Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce linebacker Matthew Lyons and Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt cornerback Elijah Mitchell as well as Gardena (Calif.) athlete Tyree Simmons, a commit to Colorado State and Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Kalan Montgomery, a commit to San Diego State.

Bruins' Big Week

UCLA had some holes in the secondary in 2012, but they did a good job of stockpiling talent in the defensive backfield down the line, with four defensive backs committing in a three-day span.

And all four were a part of the Scout 100 for 2013.

Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Johnny Johnson, the #2-ranked corner in the West, committing on Saturday night, in the middle of his official visit.  He was joined the next morning by Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman, the #4-safety in the West and a top ten safety nationally.

On Wednesday, the week got better for the Bruins, picking up the top-ranked cornerback in the region and the #3-ranked safety in the West.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman, ranked 7th nationally, committed to the Bruins and a couple of hours later, five-star cornerback Priest Willis from Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza also pledged to the Bruins.

More Big Commitments

Aside from UCLA's four Scout 100 pickups, Oregon and Texas A&M both landed four-star receivers from the West Coast.

Friday saw Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue, a one-time USC verbal, commit to Texas A&M, joining arguably the best receiver class in the country.

Not long after, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep receiver Devon Allen committed to Oregon, just a few days after the Ducks offered the two-sport star.

Utah landed the #2-ranked player in the state, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, the younger brother of All-American defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, expected to be a top five pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

And Beaverton (Calif.) Aloha offensive guard Brayden Kearsley came full circle, recommitting to BYU.  The four-star was committed to the Cougars since he was a sophomore but opened things up before recommitting this week.

Golden Flips

A few players switched their commitments this week, Cal benefiting from two of them and losing one of the bigger surprises too.

The Golden Bears picked up Chino Hills (Calif.) receiver Jack Austin, a longtime Boise State commit and also got Wilsonville (Ore.) linebacker Johnny Ragin, a BYU verbal.

But the Bears also lost Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Victor Egu.  The three-star had 20+ offers from all over the country, including Oregon, Washington and Notre Dame, when he picked Cal.  So Egu surprised many when he decommitted from Cal and committed to Yale.

"It's a great education with options after," said Egu. "They needed me and wanted me. There is an opportunity to play early.  It's mostly because of the opportunities after football is over."

Joe Mixon- RB - Oakley (Calif.) Freedom - 2014
Mixon is already the top running back prospect in the West in the 2014 class, but he's now exploding on a national scale with more offers.  This week alone, Boise State, Idaho, Lousville, Nevada, Houston and Fresno State offered as did Oklahoma.  He's now got 13 offers already.

  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom quarterback Dante Mayes committed to Nevada.
  • Tustin (Calif.) linebacker Edward Tandy committed to California.
  • Atwater (Calif) Buhach Colony offensive lineman Aaron Cochran committed to California.
  • Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker Beau Hershberger committed to Nevada.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman receiver Ryan Smith committed to Duke.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral receiver DaMari Scott committed to Fresno State.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety Trayvon Henderson committed to Hawaii.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Grossmont linebacker Ian Seau committed to Nevada.
  • Sandy (Utah) Alta receiver Ammon Barker committed to Hawaii.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) athlete Ben Okun committed to Army.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Armond Hawkins committed to Idaho.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill linebacker Griffith Gates committed to Pennsylvania.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit offensive tackle Garrett Strohmaier committed to Dartmouth.
  • Gardena (Calif.) athlete Domenic Toliver committed to Idaho State.
  • Monrovia (Calif.) receiver Mason Bryant committed to Pennsylvania.
  • Spokane (Wash.) Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow committed to Idaho.
  • Simi Valley (Calif.) defensive tackle Travis Miller committed to San Jose State.
  • Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) safety Mason Stone committed to Idaho.
  • San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Ryan Severson committed to Colorado.
  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi running back Timothy Hayes committed to Wyoming.
  • Compton (Calif.) Dominguez safety Malik Smith committed to San Diego State.
  • Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Kalan Montgomery committed to San Diego State.
  • San Diego (Calif.) La Jolla Country Day offensive tackle Ziad Damanhoury.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive guard Elijah Tupai committed to Hawaii.
  • Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers committed to Azusa Pacific.

  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande 2014 quarterback JaJuan Lawson ws offered by Texas State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central 2014 running back Nick Wilson was offered by Cal.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 linebacker Dwight Williams was offered by Cal.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Christopher Gonzalez was offered by UTEP.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins also contributed to this notebook.

    Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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