Scout out West: Vista Murrieta - Palisades
Su'a Cravens - Safety - Vista Murrieta The matchup against Palisades may not have been the ideal game to scout five-star safety Su'a Cravens because of the run-dominated offense that Palisades runs, but Cravens still showcased many of the skills that have made him our top overall player in California. The USC commit is listed at 6-1, 205 pounds but he looks like he has added some good weight to his frame since the offseason and is likely closer to the 215-pound range. On the night, Cravens had two quarterbacks sacks and two other tackle for loss while sitting out most of the second half in a 42-6 blowout win. The five-star prospect says he plans to play safety at USC, but realizes that if he adds 20 more pounds he will likely be an outside linebacker. And after watching him knife off the edge and make plays in the backfield, it will be vey tempting for the USC coaches to utilizes his athleticism at linebacker, much like they have done with Hayes Pullard and Dion Bailey. Cravens showed good play recognition from his safety spot, has good speed and was the hardest hitting player on the field. He is the true definition of a football player in that he plays with great intensity, has a good motor and does everything well. The Vista Murrieta standout is the rare talent that could be an elite prospect at several different positions. Cravens said he is 100% committed to USC and likely won't visit any other schools. Nick Stevens - Quarterback - Vista Murrieta It was big night for the Vista Murrieta offense on Friday night against Palisades, and no player looked more impressive than senior quarterback Nick Stevens. The 6-3, 190-pound quarterback got off to a quick start, completing his first pass attempt for a 30-yard touchdown, and never looked back. Stevens' accuracy was on display by completing 10-of-12 attempts for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Stevens, who is a considered a dual-threat quarterback on the high school level, showed very good athleticism and will be able to avoid the rush and get out the pocket at Colorado State. The two-star signal caller showed good touch on deep and intermediate throws, with two of his touchdowns passes being over 20 yards. But maybe even more impressive was his poise in the pocket and decision-making. Facing an overmatched Palisades' defense, Stevens didn't try to do too much, but instead he calmly distributed the ball to his playmakers and let them pick up yards after the catch. Stevens has a good frame that he could easily add 20-plus pounds to in a college strength program and has the poise, intelligence and leadership skills needed to compete for playing time in his college career at Colorado State.
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