West Recruiting Notebook

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

Allen Off the Board

Texas A&M continues to ride the momentum wave from their move to the SEC.

After being the only team to beat Alabama in 2012 (in Tuscaloosa, no less) and seeing redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel win the Heisman Trophy, the Aggies put together an outstanding 2013 class.

Their 2014 class will give them competition, and they landed the big fish earlier this week when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain five-star quarterback Kyle Allen committed to the Aggies.

The top-ranked quarterback by Scout.com in the 2014 class, and the best in the West, Allen had narrowed his list just a week before to A&M, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and UCLA, with most thinking it was an Irish-Bruin battle.

But in the end, the Aggies big last few months continued to get better.

Vanderdoes Headed West(wood)

Just a day after the Allen news, another big announcement was made when Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes announced he would be attending UCLA.

The five-star in 2013, ranked #9 nationally overall and the #2 defensive tackle in his class had signed with Notre Dame in February.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Vanderdoes said he would instead be going to UCLA, who was one of his finalists before he inked with the Irish.

Notre Dame has refused to let Vanderdoes out of his NLI so he's likely to sit out the 2014 season, which would also cost him a season of eligibility, making him a true sophomore in 2014, the first time he's likely to see the field.

It also moved the Bruins to #3 in the final 2013 recruiting rankings by Scout.

Jackson Picks the Bruins

And just a day after the Vanderdoes news, UCLA also landed a commmitment from the #1 JUCO offensive lineman in the country, College of San Mateo (Calif.) tackle Dominick Jackson.

Jackson was a big target of Alabama, who doesn't recruit the JUCOs that often, nor hit the West Coast, but did both for Jackson.

Yet Jackson chose the Bruins, thanks to a good relationship with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Jackson also had offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC and Washington.

Jackson Names His Top Ten

The West's top prospect in 2014, Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson, came out with a top ten this week.

Jackson tweeted his top ten, in alphabetical order: Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

The five-star is ranked as the #2-cornerback nationally and a top 10 prospect overall by Scout.

Jackson has been selected to The Opening later this month in Beaverton.

New Five-Star Out West

He's been the top-ranked running back in the region since the first full release in March.

And after a terrific spring, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon cemented himself among the nation's best, becoming the fifth five-star from the region in the 2014 class.

With over 50 offers from all over the country, Mixon is the premier back in the region and one of the elite playmakers in a class heavy at the top with them.

He joins Adoree Jackson, Juju Smith, Michiah Quick and Casey Tucker as five-stars from the West.


  • The West had a few more additions to The Opening, with Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood becoming the third Brave invited, with teammates Naijiel Hale and Damien Mama.  West Valley (Utah) Granger offensive lineman Kenyon Frison was also selected and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 cornerback Iman Marshall became the first West Coast underclassmen ever selected.


    Glen Ihenacho - DB - Gardena (Calif.) Serra - 2014
    It's easy for Ihenacho to be overlooked, what with Adoree Jackson and Dwight Williams getting most of the attention, but Ihenacho got four offers this week, all on Thursday, from San Jose State, where his two older brother's starred before going to the NFL, Fresno State, UCLA and Arizona.

  • Milpitas (Calif.) running back Squally Canada committed to Boise State.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank athlete Calvin Green committed to Washington State.
  • Diablo Valley (Calif.) College defensive lineman Tui Talia committed to Oregon.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) College cornerback Patrick Glover committed to Arizona.
  • Carlsbad (Calif.) quarterback Christian Chapman committed to San Diego State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central safety Devon Brewer committed to Arizona.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College cornerback Dominique Harrison committed to Oregon.
  • Beaverton (Ore.) Southridge receiver Jordan Morgan committed to Arizona.


  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg was offered by Oregon.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 quarterback Ricky Town was offered by Alabama.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit receiver Erik Brown was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen was offered by UCLA and Utah.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) defensive back Alijah Holder was offered by Stanford.
  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande quarterback JaJuan Lawson was offered by Colorado State.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) receiver Jace Whittaker was offered by San Diego State and Boise State.
  • Los Gatos (Calif.) quarterback Nick Bawden was offered by San Diego State.
  • Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic receiver Drew Celis was offered by Boise State.
  • Portland (Ore.) Jesuit tight end Henry Mondeaux was offered by Arizona.
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne receiver Donyeh Patterson was offered by New Mexico State.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia safety Jamal Scott was offered by Arizona.
  • La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Alex Bush was offered by Iowa State.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein was offered by Idaho.
  • Wenatchee (Wash.) running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims was offered by Stanford.
  • La Verne (Calif.) Damien longsnapper Tanner Carew was offered by Colorado.
  • West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade linebacker Rick Gamboa was offered by UTEP and Idaho.
  • La Habra (Calif.) defensive tackle Greg Gaines was offered by Iowa State.
  • Granite Bay (Calif.) tight end Dylan Keeney was offered by Colorado.
  • Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby was offered by Florida and USC.
  • La Habra (Calif.) tight end Darrell Cloy was offered by Arizona.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner was offered by Arizona State and USC.
  • Compton (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher was offered by Houston.
  • Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman was offered by Alabama.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields was offered by Fresno State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2015 tight end Alize Jones was offered by USC.
  • American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson was offered by Colorado State.
  • Buena Park (Calif.) 2015 athlete Jaylinn Hawkins was offered by San Diego State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2015 linebacker Kyahva Tezino was offered by Utah.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Kevin Dillman was offered by Arizona State.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by Houston.
  • Palmdale (Calif.) running back Demario Richard was offered by Iowa State and West Virginia.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett was offered by Oregon State and Houston.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus was offered by San Jose State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua was offered by Texas.
  • Irvine (Calif.) Beckman defensive end Charles Wright was offered by UTEP and New Mexico.
  • Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Jared Joseph was offered by UTEP.

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

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