West Recruiting Notebook
Manny Wilkins
Manny Wilkins
National Recruiting Analysts
Posted Jun 2, 2013


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

Quarterback Dominoes Starting to Fall

Oregon and Oregon State have sat comfortably for some time, already having quarterback commitments, the Beavers from Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si's Nick Mitchell and the Ducks from Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic's Morgan Mahalak while Washington State also grabbed a quarterback from across the country in Peyton Bender from Florida.

But several other schools in the market for quarterbacks had to wait to see what the nation's top quarterback, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain's Kyle Allen, did.

When Allen narrowed his list to five this week, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCLA, it forced hometown Arizona State to make a move on a quarterback, and they acted fast, offering Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins.

Wilkins committed to the Sun Devils on Thursday, while Arizona, which looked like they could be in a good position to land Wilkins after he visited last weekend, was forced to look elsewhere.

Allen's decision to include only one Pac-12 school, though, makes it easy for the rest of the conference to pursue their quarterbacks.

Stanford and USC are both recruiting Palo Alto (Calif.) signal-caller Keller Chryst (along with Alabama and Pittsburgh), and while he's Stanford's main priority, USC could be moving on to the next quarterback, checking out a few in the last week of the evaluation period, including Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Brandon Dawkins, who tried to commit to Notre Dame last weekend, but eventually held off.

A decision from Chryst could be the next domino to fall.

Four More Added to Elite 11

The quarterback conversation continued to dominate the weekend, where four more West Coast passers were selected to the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton.

Chryst and Wilkins were both picked for the Elite 11 on Saturday as well as West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Brad Kaaya and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Luke Rubenzer.

That quartet joins Allen and San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep's Carta-Samuels from the region. 

Of the 15 quarterbacks selected, six are from the West.

Viane Goes Crimson

One of the premier offensive linemen in the West, Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star guard Viane Talamaivao, was offered by USC at the beginning of the week.

But just a couple of days after he got the much awaited offer from the Trojans, Talamaivao went public with his committment to Alabama.

The Tide don't recruit the West Coast much, with a surplus of talent in the South, but the ones they do recruit are usually elite.

And Talamaivao fits that bill, a top ten guard nationally, a selection to The Opening and an ideal fit in the Tide's power running game.

The Latest with Vanderdoes

Amidst speculation and reports that he would not be enrolling at Notre Dame, after signing with the Irish in February, Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes released a statement earlier in the week.

"I will be coming out with a statement soon regarding my situation as speculation keeps moving further and further from anything resembling the truth in this," said Vanderdoes.

The five-star and U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection has been one of the big stories in college football in the last week, as word has spread that Vanderdoes would not be enrolling at Notre Dame this summer to begin his freshman season.

  • El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun was the newest selection from the West for The Opening later this month in Beaverton.  Calhoun joined his El Cerrito teammate, Adarius Pickett, in being invited to The Opening.


    Jamal Scott - DB - Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia - 2014
    Scott epitomizes the upward trend in the stock watch.  A week ago, he didn't even have a highlight film out.  On Tuesday morning, the film was released, and a few hours later, his first offer was in, from Utah.  In the last week, Scott has picked up offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, San Diego State, New Mexico and Houston and the two hometown schools, UCLA and USC stopped in to see him and he'll likely camp with both and could potentially land offers from both.

  • Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Zaire Andre committed to Washington State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Valley defensive end Eric Burrell committed to San Diego State.

  • Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian 2015 cornerback Eric Lee got his first offer from Colorado.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon was offered by Oregon.
  • Sparks (Nev.) Spanish Springs quarterback Hunter Fralick was offered by UNLV.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North 2015 defensive lineman Jacob Daniel was offered by Washington State.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) defensive back Xavier Crawford was offered by San Diego State.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) offensive lineman Morgan Richey was offered by Montana.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus was offered by Utah State.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke was offered by Oregon.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg was offered by TCU and Texas Tech.
  • Milpitas (Calif.) receiver Tre Hartley was offered by Washington State.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove receiver Wyatt Demps was offered by Nevada.
  • Milpitas (Calif.) running back Squally Canada was offered by Washington State.
  • Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker Dylan Keeney was offered by Nevada.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Sumner Houston was offered by Nevada.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) receiver Keilan Benjamin was offered by Eastern Washington.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) offensive lineman Michael Trani was offered by Cal and Wyoming.
  • Canoga Park (Calif.) defensive end David Lemoto was offered by New Mexico.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety Randy Beggs was offered by Air Force.
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete JaJuan Lawson was offered by Fresno State.
  • Irvine (Calif.) Beckman defensive end Charles Wright was offered by Wyoming and Northern Arizona.
  • Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont receiver Justin Holmes was offered by Ohio.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by UTEP.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle lineman Larry Allen was offered by Colorado.
  • San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson was offered by Notre Dame and USC.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson was offered by Utah.
  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley linebacker Malik Hutchings was offered by UC Davis and UTEP.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Chandler Hawkins was offered by Air Force.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) safety Tim Haehl was offered by Nevada.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank running back Calvin Green was offered by Sacramento State and UC Davis.
  • West Valley (Utah) Granger offensive lineman Kenyon Frison was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) Newport tight end Drew Sample was offered by Montana State, Nevada and Northern Arizona.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama was offered by Ohio State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive lineman Jason Fao was offered by Northern Arizona and UTEP.
  • Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Jared Joseph was offered by Nevada.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner was offered by Arizona and Utah.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei linebacker Jabril Frazier was offered by Arizona.
  • Diamond Bar (Calif.) 2015 athlete Kanya Bell was offered by Boise State.
  • Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 athlete Chico McClatcher was offered by Washington State.
  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi 2015 safety Marvell Tell was offered by Tennessee and Washington.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall was offered by Michigan.
  • Henderson (Nev.) Liberty defensive end Jarvis Polu was offered by Washington State.
  • Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep defensive back Jordan Thomas was offered by Eastern Washington.
  • San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine 2015 athlete Frank Buncom was offered by Washington.
  • West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade 2015 offensive lineman Bar Milo was offered by Washington.
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake offensive lineman David Hartmeier was offered by Boise State.

    National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this notebook.



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