Semper Fi: The West Offense
QB Brad Kaaya
QB Brad Kaaya
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 31, 2013
Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst


Players will check in on Tuesday for the Semper Fi All-American game and the West squad looks very strong. Here's our breakdown of the West Offense and who to look out for this coming week.

Quarterbacks: A trio of Golden State signal callers who all made the Elite 11 over the summer headline the West offense. West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade’s Brad Kaaya, Novato (Calif.) San Marin’s Manny Wilkins and San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine’s K.J. Carta-Samuels all bring a unique skill set to the table but all are very talented.

Kaaya is a Miami commit and currently rated the No. 3 quarterback in the West. He’s coming off a big senior season that saw him lead his team a Div II State Championship. He’s extremely polished, has a live arm and can make every throw on the field.

Wilkins committed to Arizona State in the spring and is one of the nation’s top dual threat signal callers. He has the arm to make plays down the field but is very athletic and can hurt a defense outside the pocket and running for yards as well.

Carta-Samuels committed to Vanderbilt as a junior and has an absolute cannon for an arm. The ball explodes out of his hand and few throw a tight ball than he does. The quarterback plays in a run dominated system so he hasn’t had a chance to put up the same kind of numbers as his teammates but he’s definitely a talented player.

Running Backs:

A pair of backs from the Lone Star State ranked among the top 25 in the nation highlight this position. Shaun Nixon and Terence Williams are extremely talented and bring a completely different skill set to the table.

Williams, from Ennis (Texas), is the No. 17 back in the nation and is a Baylor commitment. At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, he’s a load, tough to tackle but has excellent speed as well.

Nixon, out of Austin (Texas) Lake Travis is a Texas A&M commit and a great fit in that system. He’s not just a talented ball carrier but is very good out of the backfield and among the most explosive players in the SW.

Palmdale’s (Calif.) Demario Richard was originally planning to commit during the Semper-Fi game but ended up announcing for Arizona State earlier in the month on his birthday. Richard is compact and strong with a nice burst. He can run between the tackles but has the speed to bounce it outside as well.

. Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

The wide receiver position is arguably the strongest position group for the West offense. A trio of California pass catchers led by Fontana (Calif.) Summit’s Erik Brown headlines the position.

Brown is a top 100 player nationally who recently committed to California after being a longtime Washington commit. The athlete has good size, runs well and is one of the most polished route runners in the region.

La Mirada (Calif.) and Oklahoma commit Dallis Todd and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco’s Shay Fields round out the Cali contingent. Todd is a big, physical receiver who uses his 6-foot-3 frame to bully smaller defensive backs. Fields, currently committed to USC, is lighting quick and runs well after the catch. He’s a true home run threat and can stretch the field and make big plays down the field.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral’s Tyler Whiley is one of the most versatile players in the West and could play on either side of the ball in college. He’ll play wide receiver for Arizona State and has the talent to see the field early in college. He’s a physical player with great hands and knows how to get open.

Texas City (Texas) wide out Armanti Foreman and Willis (Texas) receiver Chris Platt lead a strong group of players from the Lone Star State in this game.

Foreman is a Texas commitment and rated the No. 20 receiver in the nation. He’s a game breaker with explosive speed and was named the Houston Player of the Year this past season. Platt is headed to Baylor and has very good speed. He plays on both sides of the ball but will play receiver in college.

Tulsa Union (Okla.) and Oklahoma commit Carson Meier leads the tight end group. Katy’s (Texas) Logan Lister will head back east to play his college ball at Rutgers. He’s similar to Meier in that he plays like a big receiver but will likely make the transition to tight end at the next level.

Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino’s Matt Bushman is your traditional tight end and is headed to BYU.

Offensive Linemen:

The offensive line group looks strong across the board with some physical guard and athletic tackles.

Dallas (Texas) Skyline’s Ty Barrett is a good looking line prospect who will play at TCU and Houston (Texas) Clear Lake’s Blake Blackmar is headed to Baylor.

Barrett is rated the No. 17 guard in the nation and has a very nice upside. He plays tackle for Skyline but projects best as a guard in college. Blackmar is one of the most versatile players in the SW and has the ability to play anywhere on the offensive line in college.

Lincoln Southeast (Neb.) guard D.J. Foster is a Nebraska commit and a real mauler in the trenches. He’s a physical player who moves well for a big man and could see the field early for the Huskers.

Sandy (Utah) Granger tackle Kenyon Frison has only been playing football for two years but is an obvious quick learner. The Utah commit participated at The Opening over the summer and has continued to get better and more comfortable at his position.

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch guard Kammy Delp will commit at the game and is leaning to Arizona State and UCLA. Delp also worked out at The Opening and was his league’s MVP on offense and defense. He’s a very good defensive tackle but projects best as an offensive lineman at the next level.

Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley and Oregon commit Tyrell Crosby is the No. 2 rated tackle in the West and one of the most athletic lineman in the country. Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman’s Nick Gates is right there with Crosby for top prospect in the state honors. Gates plays tackle for Gorman and has the ability to play anywhere along the line in college.

It’s a great year for talent in Arizona and Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino tackle Andrew Mike is another national prospect from the Grand Canyon State. Mike is a natural tackle prospect, technically sound and equally strong in pass protection as well as run blocking.

Rockdale’s (Texas) Josh Pelzel is yet another Baylor commitment in the game. He’s a tackle but might have the most upside as a guard. He’s a huge kid who moves well and plays with a mean streak.

Camas (Wash.) guard Drew Clarkson is an Oregon State commit and one of the top lineman in the Northwest. He’s another player who can line up just about anywhere on the offensive line and offers a lot of flexibility for the offense.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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