West Recruiting Notebook

Damien Mama

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

Mama's Top Eight

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Damien Mama, the top-ranked guard nationally by Scout, tweeted a new top eight on Sunday evening.

Alabama, BYU, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin made Mama's top eight, which he listed in alphabetical order.

Mama has indicated that he will visit Wisconsin when the Badgers host Northwestern in October and then in November he'll head to Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama when LSU comes to town.

QB Dominoes Fall...for 2015

With the majority of the West's top quarterbacks for 2014 already committed, the top passer in the region for 2015 got a very early jump on his own recruitment.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town ended his recruitment before it had a chance to really explode, even with an impressive offer sheet.

Town, who camped with Alabama this summer and received an offer from Nick Saban, committed to the Tide last week, 18 months before he'll sign a letter-of-intent.

"Football wise, it was a perfect fit," Town said. "Alabama runs a pro-style offense and that's what's I'm comfortable doing. It's a timing offense, being under with 3 and 5 step drops and that's how I've always been trained. Football wise, you can't beat Alabama, they have a great program and Coach Saban and Coach Nuss are the best at what they do."

Stanford's Statement Saturday

After having the best class in the Pac-12 in 2012, Stanford had a smaller class based largely on numbers, in 2013.

But their 2014 class has the makings of another elite class and Saturday was a big reason why the Cardinal are showing they're back on the recruiting trail.

Georgia native Kirk Tucker kick-started things on Saturday afternoon when he pledged to the Cardinal.

Then within minutes of each other, two of the top linebackers in the West committed to Stanford.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri, the top-ranked player in Oregon, committed to the Cardinal over a late push by in-state Oregon.

And just a few minutes later, Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill linebacker Bobby Okereke chose Stanford over hometown USC.

Humphreys Set to Announce

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive lineman Connor Humphreys will announce his decision on Saturday.

A week after naming a final five, Humphreys updated his final five this past Saturday and he'll choose from that group.

The three constants have been Arizona State, UCLA and Wisconsin, but Humphreys swapped in Oregon State and USC and swapped out Arizona and Tennessee.

  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 defensive end Joseph Wicker committed to Washington after their Rising Stars Camp in June, but after a few weeks, and with two years left until he can sign, Wicker decided to open things up and decommitted from the Huskies.  Still, Washington is high on the list for the likely Scout 300 prospect from his class.

  • Grossmont (Calif.) College receiver Nick Kurtz committed to BYU.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle safety Das Tautalatasi committed to Arizona State.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Jeremy McNichols committed to Utah.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive end Ryan Nall committed to Oregon State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker Tyler Cook committed to BYU.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Rayshawn Boyce committed to San Diego State.
  • Upland (Calif.) safety Jeff Farrar committed to Virginia.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia safety Jamal Scott committed to Arizona State.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Chandler Hawkins committed to Air Force.
  • Syracuse (Utah) safety Kavika Fonua committed to BYU.

  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Barry Ware was offered by Utah.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Ron Robinson was offered by Utah.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein was offered by Wyoming.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety Randy Beggs was offered by Princeton.
  • Riverside (Calif.) King offensive lineman Sean Krepsz was offered by New Mexico State and Utah State.

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

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