West Recruiting Notebook
Damien Mama
Damien Mama
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 16, 2013


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

Mixon Trims List

The West's top running back in the 2014 class, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon, narrowed his list down from nearly 40 offers to 16 schools.

“In no order, my final schools are California, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arkansas, Clemson, Tennessee and USC,” Mixon told Scout.com's Greg Biggins. “I was going to do a top 15 but I couldn’t decide so decided to keep it at 16.

Mixon is ranked as the #5-prospect in the West, regardless of position, fifth at running back nationally and is a top 50 prospect in the country.

Nike Camp Standouts

Several of the West's top prospects had sterling performances at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp. the first stop on the NFTC Tour this year, and first of three stops out West.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen was named the QB MVP and his performance moved him up to the #1-ranked quarterback spot in the country by Scout.com.

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman edged Palmdale (Calif.) running back Demario Richard and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's D.J. Riggins for RB MVP.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2015 receiver Christian Kirk was named the WR MVP and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama won the OL MVP award.

On the defensive line, Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua won the DL MVP award.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams won the LB MVP award for the second straight year and Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher won the DB MVP.

American Fork (Utah) athlete Jonah Trinnaman had the highest SPARQ score at the NFTC.

For more coverage from the Los Angeles NFTC, check out Scout.com's L.A. NFTC Story Central.

  • Five players from the West have received invitations to The Opening based on their performances at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp.  Earning invites were Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Naijiel Hale, Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama and Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao.


    Erik Brown- WR - Fontana (Calif.) Summit - 2014
    The fast rising Brown has picked up two Pac-12 offers this week, from Oregon State and Washington, his fourth and fifth offers, and was also offered by San Diego State.  Expect many more for the four-star receiver.


  • Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin linebacker Jordan Hoiem committed to Oregon this week, the first verbal for the Ducks.

  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon was offered by North Carolina State.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama was offered by both USC and UCLA.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety Glen Ihenacho was offered by Oregon State and Washington.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by USC.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd got offered by Oklahoma
  • Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher was offered by San Diego State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams was offered by Nevada and Iowa State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2015 tight end Alize Jones was offered by UCLA.
  • Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby was offered by Washington and Colorado.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) receiver Xavier Crawford was offered by San Jose State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 linebacker John Houston was offered by UCLA.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) offensive lineman Michael Trani was offered by New Mexico State.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder was offered by Hawaii and Harvard.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 defensive end Rasheem Green was offered by UCLA.
  • West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya was offered by Miami.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke was offered by Washington State and Hawaii.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Jamardre Cobb was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Morgan Mahalak was offered by Oregon State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Marquis Ware was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan receiver Rahshead Johnson was offered by San Diego State and Syracuse.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins also contributed to this notebook.

    Brandon is in his ninth 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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