February in Summer
With fall camp starting around the country this week, several of the West's
top prospects got their commitments in before college coaches started to fully
turn their attention to their season and the recruits start focusing on their
own upcoming senior campaigns.
A flurry of commits came throughout the region, with a number of prospects
ending their recruitments in the West, and even more out-of-region prospects
giving verbals to Western programs.
Arizona seemed to be the busiest, with ten commitments coming in the last two
weeks, including five in a two-day span on the heels of them hosting a number of
prospects for the unveiling of their new football facilities.
Key in-state verbals to the Wildcats included Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
tight end Trevor Wood and Chandler (Ariz.) safety J.R. Hunt. From out of
state, the Wildcats reeled in Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
quarterback Brandon Dawkins, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta cornerback Kwesi Mashack and La Habra (Calif.) tight end Darrell Cloy. And Fresno (Calif.)
Central defensive tackle Sharif Williams followed his two Grizzlies teammates,
safety Devon Brewer and running back Nick Wilson in verballing to the Wildcats.
From the JC ranks, Santa Ana (Calif.) defensive tackle Jeff Worthy, who signed
with Boise State out of high school, also committed. To add to the mix,
former Texas quarterback Conner Brewer, who played at Scottsdale (Ariz.)
Chaparral, announced he was transferring to the Wildcats from the Longhorns.
Stanford grabbed three verbals, one from California, one from Georgia and one
from Arizona. Carlsbad (Calif.) outside linebacker Jordan Perez camped
with the Cardinal and committed to them that same weekend. Atlanta (Ga.)
Pace cornerback Denzel Fisher committed later in the week and the same day,
Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy offensive lineman Austin Hall committed to the Cardinal.
UCLA pulled in three commitments, all from the secondary. Corona
(Calif.) Santiago safety Ron Robinson got things underway and on Friday, Auburn
(Ala.) cornerback Antreal Allen committed to the Bruins and later that night,
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety Jojo McIntosh also pledged to the hometown
Washington landed their third player from the state of Idaho, and their
second from Coeur d'Alene when offensive lineman Matt James verballed to the
Huskies. He joins his CDA teammate Chase Blakley, a tight end and Boise
(Idaho) Timberline defensive lineman Don Hill in committing to the Huskies from
Washington State also went out of state to get a pair of NorCal prospects,
first getting College of San Mateo (Calif.) cornerback Joseph Turner and then
pulling in Napa (Calif.) offensive tackle Braden Eggert.
Arizona State went out of state to get a commitment from Allen (Texas)
outside linebacker Christian Sam.
Utah got a potentially late addition to the 2013 class in Provo (Utah)
Timpview defensive end Pita Taumoepenu
BYU reeled in an in-state standout in Syracuse (Utah) safety Kavika Fonua,
the DB MVP at the Oregon NFTC.
Colorado State also had some in-state success of it's own in getting verbals
from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian cornerback Marcus Wilson, Arvada
(Colo.) Pomona offensive guard Zach Stefo and Loveland (Colo.) receiver John Freismuth.
San Jose State was able to flip San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley safety
Maurice McKnight from San Diego State and also pulled in West Covina (Calif.)
athlete Sidney Jones and Thousand Oaks (Calif.) offensive lineman Matt Spadaro.
Go Midwest, Young Men
Two of the West's top prospects at their respective positions chose to spurn
several Western suitors and head to the Midwest.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain four-star receiver Mark Andrews committed
to Oklahoma over offers from all over the country and much of the Pac-12.
Not much later, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson visited
Notre Dame for a much-anticipated visit to South Bend and chose the Irish while
there, committing to them over most of the Pac-12 and a few more national
Mixon Names Top Ten, Sets Two More Visits
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon named his most
recent top ten over the weekend.
The five-star trimmed his list to California, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington
Florida will get an official visit from Mixon
on September 21st when the Gators host Tennessee.
Mixon also scheduled an official visit to Wisconsin for October 12th when the
Badgers welcome Northwestern.
Visits to Texas A&M on September 13th and to Oklahoma on October 4th had
already been previously set by Mixon.
Three players from California were selected to the 2014 Semper Fidelis
All-American Bowl to be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The
newest additions to the roster are Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive guard
Kammy Delp, Upland (Calif.) safety Jeff Farrar and La Mirada (Calif.) receiver
Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who signed with
Notre Dame in February but enrolled at UCLA in June, was ruled eligible to play
by the NCAA in the upcoming 2013 season. The five-star Vanderdoes had
enrolled at UCLA but had to appeal with the NCAA to be allowed to play this
fall. Had his appeal not been granted, Vanderdoes would have had to sit
out the year and lose a year of eligibility.
Tristen Hoge -
OL - Pocatello (Idaho) Highland - 2015
In a week that saw him get offers from North Carolina and Florida in the early
part of the week, Hoge wrapped up his summer visit tour with a dominant
performance at Stanford'S Friday Night Lights and also an offer from the
Cardinal. Hoge is the top offensive lineman in the West in the 2015 class
and is already in double-digit offers.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) College linebacker Antonio Smothers committed to Arizona.
Iowa Western College cornerback Jamie Byrd committed to Arizona.
Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) fullback Devante Downs was offered by Nebraska.
Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker was offered by Texas A&M. San
Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine 2015 defensive back Frank Buncom was offered by
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri was offered by Oregon.
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 quarterback Ricky Town was offered
by Stanford. Folsom (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Jake Browning was offered by
Washington and Washington State. Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Jeremy McNichols was offered by Utah.
Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill 2015 receiver Isaiah Langley was offered by
National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this