West Recruiting Notebook
D.J. Calhoun
D.J. Calhoun
National Recruiting Analysts
Posted Oct 29, 2013


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

Sun Devils Rack Them Up

Arizona State is one of the hottest teams in the West, thanks to a pair of California prospects committing to the Sun Devils, not long after they decommitted from the Pac-12 schools they were committed to.

El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun committed to Arizona State over the weekend, decommitting from USC, where he committed in July, to pledge to the Sun Devils.

Just a few days before Calhoun switched to the Sun Devils, his teammate, Jalen Harvey flipped his verbal from Cal to Arizona State.

Another out-of-state prospect committed to the Sun Devils too in Sam Jones from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) ThunderRidge, a three-star offensive lineman.


Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic receiver Kaelin Deboskie.
Wildcats Add More

Meanwhile, Arizona stayed in-state to add a couple of commitments, one from Tucson and one from Peoria.

Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe receiver Kaelin Deboskie committed to the Wildcats not long after Arizona beat Utah at home.  He joined his teammate Cameron Denson, who pledged to the Wildcats earlier in the spring.

Then Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial offensive lineman Layth Friekh committed to Arizona, choosing the Wildcats over Washington.

Miami Reaction out West

The sanctions that were handed down to Miami, while not big, definitely had an impact in the West.

Michael Wyche, a defensive lineman from East Los Angeles (Calif.) College, was committed to USC, but he was in contact with Miami for some time and when the sanctions were given to Miami, much less harsh than initially feared, Wyche flipped his verbal to the Hurricanes.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya committed to Miami in May, and despite UCLA and USC both offering the four-star, he hasn't wavered.

Kaaya was relieved to see what the NCAA's decision entailed.

"I'm just glad we get to play in a bowl game," said Kaaya.  "We really got out of the sanctions unscathed."


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields.

Trojans Class Fluctuates

Despite losing Calhoun and then seeing Wyche flip to Miami, USC added two commits in the last two weeks, both from prep powerhouses that USC has always recruited well.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Olajuwon Tucker chose USC after Serra knocked off Chaminade, continuing his big surge as a senior.

Then last week, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields committed to USC after having been a verbal to Boise State since late spring.

USC has offered a slew of players at both schools, programs that have several elite prospects in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes and the top two programs in the Southland, and wouldn't mind continuing their success there.

Since Lane Kiffin was fired and Ed Orgeron took over in an interim role, the Trojans have added three verbals, with Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Uchenna Nwosu also committing to the Trojans.

Arizona Aggies

Texas A&M continues to make major moves in Arizona.

After landing Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain five-star quarterback Kyle Allen, the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the country in 2014, the Aggies returned back to Arizona, this time going for defense.

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton four-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham chose the Aggies last week, over offers from most of the Pac-12.

  • Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus has set an official visit for Wisconsin on November 15.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco safety Jaleel Wadood will visit UCLA officially this weekend.


    Chris Brown - OL - Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola - 2014
    The meteoric rise of Brown has been well documented in the past few weeks. In short, he went from just an offer from San Diego State before the season started, to double-digit offers, including offers from Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC, all schools he plans to visit officially.  The jump he's made as a player plays right into the rise in his recruitment and no player in the region has seen their stock rise like Brown.

  • Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank defensive tackle Ngalu Tapa committed to Washington State.
  • Feather River (Calif.) College receiver LaVon Pearson committed to Tennessee.
  • Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian offensive lineman Alec Ruth committed to Kansas State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Elijah Moody committed to Nevada.


    Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 athlete Lavan Alston.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja was offered by San Jose State.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 receiver Lavan Alston was offered by Cal.
  • Bellflower (Calif) St. John Bosco defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner was offered by Colorado.
  • Carson (Calif.) fullback/linebacker Manoah Pearson was offered by UTEP.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly quarterback Tai Tiedamann was offered by Southern Utah.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral 2015 cornerback Darrien Molton was offered by Cal.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill 2015 receiver Isaiah Langley was offered by UCLA.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills 2015 defensive back Dechaun Holiday was offered by Nebraska.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive lineman Gasetoto Schuster was offered by Utah State and UTEP.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks 2015 receiver L.J. Reed was offered by Washington.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College linebacker Travon Brooks was offered by Florida A&M.
  • Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit defensive end Terran Hasselbach was offered by Northern Colorado.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive back Antoine Pickett was offered by Florida A&M.

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



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