West Recruiting Notebook
Sefo Liufau
Sefo Liufau
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 20, 2012

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

Buffs Get A Steal

One of the most under-recruited quarterbacks out West this class was Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep's Sefo Liufau

A winner as a quarterback (he's 22-3 as a starter), Liufau didn't get his first offer until early March, from Colorado.

But the Buffs got a good one in Liufau, who committed to Colorado after taking an unofficial visit to Boulder.

“There were multiple things," Liufau told Jake Worthen of Scout.com.  "I went in with an open stance, not thinking about committing.  The staff was welcoming. I talked to the administrators and there are a lot of similarities from my school. The fans are right on the field at the stadium and we run a similar offense. It's the second year for the coaching staff, they are building up a squad.  It is important for me to take my faith with me and they do Catholic services for players before the game if you want.”

Liufau is a big kid, who's a gamer and who's best football is ahead of him.

  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive lineman Erik Bunte has cancelled a scheduled unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend.  Bunte told Scout.com that a family illness will be keeping him from South Bend for the Irish's Spring Game this Saturday.  The four-star committed to UCLA last month.

  • USC continued its hot April with its third commitment from a player ranked in the top eight at his position nationally.  This week's verbal was Kylie Fitts, a defensive end from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, who chose the Trojans after their spring game.  Fitts chose the Trojans over offers from schools like Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and Fitts becomes their fourth verbal in the class of 2013.

    J.D. Hinnant - OL - Fountain Valley (Calif.)
    In a region full of stellar offensive lineman, Fountain Valley has been overshadowed in the past few years, but Hinnant has put the Barons on the map.  In the last week, Hinnant has been offered by Oregon, California, Washington and Arizona State as well as Duke, going from three early offers to eight quickly.

  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey quarterback Reginald Bell was offered by Tulane, his first.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos receiver Victor Bolden got his first offer from Hawaii.
  • Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley added his eighth offer, from Colorado, despite his verbal to BYU.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom receiver Darrell Daniels got offers from Nevada and Arizona State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback Cameron Walker's fourth offer came in this week from Utah.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon running back Xavier Menifield got his first offer from Air Force.
  • Paramount (Calif.) offensive lineman Chris Borrayo was offered by Washington and then Washington State on consecutive days.
  • Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt, a UCLA commit, was offered by Colorado and Oregon State.
  • Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyons receiver Drew Wolitarsky got an offer from Arizona.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey defensive backs Jayme Otemewo and Daquawn Brown were both offered by Arizona State.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez was offered by Arizona State and Washington State.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Victor Egu got his fourth offer, from Washington, where his older brother plays.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook

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