West Recruiting Notebook: NFTC Edition

Scout.com brings you the latest recruiting updates from out West from the Nike Football Training Camp in Los Angeles...

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A loaded field of talent was on hand Los Angeles at the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday.

Here are some of the recruiting notes, updates and new offers that we heard of in Los Angeles.


The West's top-ranked prospect, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete DeAnthony Thomas (ranked as the #1-cornerback nationally by Scout.com), said that Oregon State and Colorado are the latest two schools to offer him.  But Thomas said it's going to basically be a USC-UCLA battle for him, with the Trojans in front right now.  Thomas said if he takes any official visits outside of Southern California, it will be down to some SEC schools, as he has offers from Florida, LSU and Alabama among others.


Beverly Hills (Calif.) defensive end Greg Townsend said he's got a solid top five that consists of USC, Washington, Oregon, TCU and Miami.  Townsend said that USC is his clear-cut leader at this point.  Florida and Alabama, Townsend said, are the only other big offers he said he's waiting on and thinks those could materialize in the next few weeks.


Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end/defensive end Dillon Van Der Wal went to Arizona State this past weekend for their Spring Game, and while in meetings with the team, was pulled aside by Dennis Erickson, who offered the Scout 300 prospect as a defensive end.  Van Der Wal returned back to L.A. on Saturday night and was at UCLA's Spring Game and said he thinks the Bruins could be offering soon.  Minnesota, he said, is recruiting him the hardest, and they're also recruiting him for hoops, with Tubby Smith playing a big role in that.


Mission Viejo (Calif.) linebacker Tre Madden was one of the top performers in Los Angeles at the NFTC and now he's got a second offer. Madden said Nebraska offered him last week, joining Washington in offering him.


Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure teammates Jalen Jefferson and Cody Kurz picked up new offers, with Jefferson getting one from Iowa State, to go along with Washington, Washington State and Arizona State and Kurz picked one up from Oregon State to go with Colorado and Washington.


Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei receiver Victor Blackwell heard the news on Sunday that his teammate, Max Wittek, committed to USC, but Blackwell is favoring another California school, the Cal Golden Bears.  Blackwell said that Cal and then UCLA are his top two schools, but he's not planning to commit until later in summer.


Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Woodson Greer picked up his first offer, from Michigan over his spring break.  Greer said he was surprised, and thrilled, to get an offer from Michigan, especially for his first one, and hopes this gets the ball rolling with his recruitment.  Greer said he's been told by his coach that several schools will be stopping by Serra in the spring to check in on him.


Meanwhile, teammate Jason Gibson, the West's top linebacker, said he's narrowed his list down to about six schools, with Florida, Oregon, Washington, Cal, USC and UCLA.  Gibson said Cal is still his favorite, and the only school in his top six that hasn't offered is USC, but he's been told that a good performance, at linebacker (he's played primarily defensive end), at USC's Rising Stars Camp, could net that offer.


Covina (Calif.) South Hills offensive lineman Siaosi Aiono was the best and most consistent offensive lineman at the NFTC and he's still sitting on two offers, from San Jose State and BYU, but said several Pac-10 schools, namely UCLA and USC, have been picking things up with him and both want him in their lineman camp's this June, where he's hoping to land an offer.


Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank is still looking for his first offer, but said Vanderbilt, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, USC and UCLA have been in recent dialogue with him and all will be sending coaches by Centennial in May to see him throw.


As we reported last week, San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace was offered by Texas A&M, where his father starred in the early 1990's for the Aggies.  But Wallace said things have picked up and Stanford, Cal, UCLA and USC have all increased their attention in him, and each would like him at their camps this spring.


Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, one of the top 2012 prospects in the trenches, was recently given his first verbal offer, from San Diego State and then UCLA followed with a verbal offer.


Palmdale (Calif.) receiver David Richards has added an offer from San Diego State, to go with an offer from Arizona and Colorado State.


Dontae Levingston, the offensive tackle from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, added an Oregon offer to New Mexico, SMU and Wyoming.  Levingston said he's waiting on offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Nevada.


Harvey Langi, the West's top running back prospect, said his recruitment has continued to stay busy and while he's not naming a favorite, said the schools standing out for him include BYU, Utah, Stanford and UCLA.


Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr added an offer from Nebraska over the weekend, giving him 19 offers in all.


His teammate Rashad Wadood, a cornerback for the Lancers, told us that Arizona State offered him, his second Pac-10 offer, joining Washington State.


And yet another Lancer, linebacker Rahim Cassell, said offers have started pouring in for him, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU and Texas Tech the ones standing out.


Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison defensive end/linebacker Charles Burks said that Stanford continues to lead for him, but that more attention is increasing from a host of Pac-10 schools.

 


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