California Recruiting Notebook

With Signing Day less than three weeks away, a lot of activity is starting to happen out in the Golden State, with several schools picking up commitments and a bigtime prospect decommitting from one school and verballing to another...

As we get ever closer to Signing Day on February 6th, the list of uncommitted prospects out West continues to shrink.

Of the top 50 players in the West, only three remain uncommitted, but one of them is the top player in the region, Darrell Scott, the nation's premier running back.

Scott's recruiting took a turn when a visit to Florida he had planned ended up not being taken.

"He cancelled last weeks visit to Florida due to the running backs coach (Stan Drayton) leaving," said St. Bonaventure's recruiting coordinator Roger Sonsini. "He has not set any further visits."

That could be good news for Colorado and Texas, as both schools hosted Scott for official visits in the fall.

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The biggest news from the West was the decommitment of Uona Kaveinga from UCLA. Kaveinga, the four-star prospect from Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger, spurned the Bruins for BYU.

"I committed to Bronco Mendenhall to play for BYU," Kaveinga told Scout.com. "USC and UCLA are great football programs, but I feel that BYU has a deeper meaning to play for them since I am an LDS member."

Kaveinga does still have an official visit set for the weekend to USC, though it's uncertain if he'll take it.

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Not all news was bad for the Bruins, though, as two of their four-star defensive backs reaffirmed their commitments, after wavering in recent weeks following the firing of Karl Dorrell.

The retention of DeWayne Walker, though, by Rick Neuheisel played heavily into their favor.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye, the #2 corner in the West and E.J. Woods, the third-ranked safety from Encino (Calif.) Crespi both told Scout.com this week that they were fully committed to the Bruins.

Woods will take an official visit to Westwood this weekend, while Dye will visit Oregon State with another soft commit to UCLA, Kevan Walker.

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Arizona State got big news this past weekend off of their big recruiting weekend.

The Sun Devils picked up five verbals, all from Southern California, including three from powerhouse Corona Centennial.

ASU picked up a pair of defensive tackles in Ottis Jones from Lawndale Leuzinger and Toa Tuitea from Westminster. But the jackpot was hit in the pair of linebackers from Corona Centennial, Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee, because their verbal made it easier for their teammate, Ryan Bass, a four-star running back, to switch his pledge from Arizona to Arizona State.

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Washington landed a pair of prospects from out-of-state themselves, picking up Adam Long, a three-star corner from St. Bernard's HS in Playa Del Rey and picking up Mykenna Ikehara, a three-star offensive guard from Honolulu.

Long is the second St. Bernard's prospect to commit to the Huskies, joining teammate Greg Walker.

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Oregon also landed a pair of three-star prospects, both from the Golden State.

Starting the week, Josh Kaddu, a linebacker from Vacaville gave Oregon his verbal pledge a day after he returned from Eugene for an official visit.

The next day, San Marcos Mission Hills defensive end Jamaar Jarrett, who's been on the radar since he was a sophomore, committed to the Ducks.

"Everything about Oregon was what stood out to me. When I went up there for the official visit (in December), it felt right. And that is what mattered the most to me," said Jarrett.

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Stanford also got into the action, picking up a pair of Western prospects.

Chandler (Ariz) Basha cornerback Quinn Evans, the top defensive player at the San Francisco Scout.com Combine last spring, found out he was admitted into Stanford and made his silent verbal public.

"Stanford is a perfect fit. I'm excited to be there. Stanford is where is I want to be. There's no other option," said Evans.

And one-time UCLA commitment Jonathan Martin, who decommitted from the Bruins last month, also found out he was accepted into Stanford and officially committed to the Cardinal.

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Despite a coaching change, Washington State has been plugging away in their recruiting class, hitting the JC ranks hard. In the last week, Paul Wulff and his staff have secured verbals from DeAnza RB Chantz Staden, West LA DE Jesse Sanchez, LA Harbor DE Josh Luapo and Glendale WR Myron Beck.


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