West Recruiting Notebook: NFTC/Elite11

The latest recruiting updates from out West from the Elite 11 at Berkeley and NFTC at Stanford...

A loaded field of talent was on hand in Berkeley on Friday for the Elite 11 Camp and in Palo Alto at the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday.

Here are some of the recruiting notes, updates and new offers that we heard of in Palo Alto and Berkeley.

The biggest news was obviously Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler, nearly deciding on Friday morning, but then landing offers from USC and UCLA.  Cal would also offer Kessler on Monday.  The four-star passer would also earn an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Stanford hosted several elite underclassmen on Saturday, and they offered Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Bryce Treggs and Richmond (Calif.) Salesian offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end/defensive end Dillon van der Wal took an unofficial to California on Saturday, between catching passes at the Elite 11 and Nike Camps.  While the Bears haven't offered yet, they're showing serious interest in the Scout 300 member.  He also is being courted by UCLA, Duke, Penn State and Tennessee in addition to his offers from Arizona State, Baylor and Minnesota.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety James Sample has offers from Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Nevada, San Diego State and Utah and said that USC, Alabama and Oregon State are all picking up their interest in him.  He's also hoping for an offer from Miami.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala, the top defensive lineman in the West, said Alabama, Cal and USC stand out for him of his group of offers.

"I have offers from Cal, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Miami," said Moala.  "There's a couple of more I can't remember.  Pretty much everybody has offered me."

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive end Faigame Lopa, has offers from Washington, Washington State, Fresno State, Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State.  Lopa said he's hopeful for an Oregon offer, as well as other Pac-10 offers from Cal, USC and UCLA.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety Shaquille Thompson, just a sophomore, is still waiting for his first verbal offer.  But schools are definitely interested in him, namely Cal, where his brother, SydQuan, played.  UNLV is also showing early interest in him.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston is one of the top quarterbacks in the West in the 2012 class, and he's starting to hear from a host of schools.  Already, Oregon, Purdue, Nebraska, USC, Cal and UCLA have expressed interest in Houston.  He'll be camping at UCLA and possibly Oregon and Cal.  The latter two are ones standing out for him.

Salem (Ore.) West Salem quarterback Brett Smith has offers from New Mexico State and Wyoming.  Smith said he thinks Washington State could be next to offer and Boise State has been in regular contact with him.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis East safety Jerry Haymon has an offer from Eastern Michigan and Oregon State has been by the school during the evaluation period.

Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Tee Shepard, a 2012 prospect, has verbal offers from Arizona, Arizona State and UNLV and more schools have been by during the spring, and expect plenty more early offers for arguably the top corner prospect in the region.

Livermore (Calif.) Granada cornerback Josh Atkinson has Oregon as his leader and UCLA was the most recent school to offer him. 

Fresno (Calif.) Edison linebacker Shaquille Moseley already has offers from Arizona State and Eastern Michigan and Oregon and UNLV could be next as they receive his transcripts.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West offensive lineman Stephon McCray, the offensive line MVP, has taken an unofficial visit to Cal and will camp at Cal, UCLA and Fresno State this summer.  He's one of the top 2012 offensive linemen.

Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln receiver Brandin Cooks has offers from Arizona, Cal Poly, Nevada, Washington and Washington State and plans to camp at UCLA and USC, in hopes of adding offers from both those programs.  His top five, in order, is Washington, UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Oregon State.

Sacramento (Calif.) defensive tackle Nathan Falo has offers from  Boise State, Washington State and Cal Poly.  While he prefers defensive tackle, Boise State and Washington State offered him as an offensive lineman.  Falo said UCLA and Oregon State are two more he likes, with UCLA his favorite.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant linebacker Darryl Paulo has one offer, from Washington State, but schools like Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Washington, Utah and Wyoming are also showing interest in him.  USC is his dream school, and he may camp there.

Vacaville (Calif.) Will C. Wood cornerback Brian Clay has a verbal offer from Oregon State and plans to camp at a host of schools, like USC, UCLA and Boise State.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle cornerback Antoine Pickett is getting more interest and he's hearing from Colorado, Northwestern, Army, Cal Poly, Utah, UNLV, Oregon and Washington.  Schools like him as a safety/corner, and he prefers safety, but can play corner.

Kingsburg (Calif.) athlete Garrett Steele doesn't have any offers but the running back/safety has had UCLA and Arizona by the school.  He'll camp at Arizona, Washington, WSU, Oregon State, USC and UCLA.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Dylan Wynn has offers from San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Ohio, Washington State and Cal Poly.  But schools showing interest in him as a linebacker include California, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and USC.  He'll camp at Nebraska this summer for sure.

Rocklin (Calif.) quarterback Jimmy Laughrea has been offered by Wyoming and Washington State, but after a strong spring so far, expect more offers for Laughrea.

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft quarterback Michael Bercovici has been stellar all spring but is looking for his first offer.  He'll take an unofficial visit to UConn next month and the Huskies are seriously interested in him.

Concord (Calif.) quarterback Ricky Lloyd, one of the better quarterbacks in Northern California, has his first two offers in, from Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.


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