West Recruiting Notebook
Damien Mama
Damien Mama
National Recruiting Analysts
Posted Jan 12, 2014


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


Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon committed to Oklahoma..

All-American Announcements

Going back to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last weekend and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl the following night, four players from the West announced decisions during their respective games while two more announced after the game.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams committed to UCLA early during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon announced next that he was committing to USC.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon, the West's top prospect at the position, ended the game by announcing he would be committing to Oklahoma.

Following the game, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek running back Nathan Starks committed to UCLA.

The next night, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch lineman Kammy Delp announced for Arizona State during the Semper Fi Bowl.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe lineman Natrell Curtis, who played in the Army Bowl, committed to Oklahoma two days after returning from San Antonio.


San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson flipped to UCLA from Notre Dame.

Golden State Switches

Two Scout 300 prospects flipped their commitments to Pac-12 schools during the week.

On Monday, Houston (Texas) Lamar four-star cornerback John Plattenburg, who played at Corona (Calif.) Centennial before moving to Texas, flipped his commitment from UCLA to USC, his mother's alma mater.

A few days later, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra four-star defensive end Matt Dickerson switched his verbal to UCLA from Notre Dame.

And three-star cornerback Brandon Lewis from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, a longtime commit to Boise State, switched his commitment to Washington a day after the former Bronco coaching staff offered him a chance to be a Husky.

More Scout 300 Commitments


Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson committed to USC..

Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson had his commitment to USC get somewhat lost in the shuffle since he did it during the Army Bowl, though he wasn't playing in it.  But the four-star receiver, who was once a commitment to Washington, will be able to play for Steve Sarkisian after all.

The day after losing Plattenburg, UCLA got a commitment from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner.

Mama Narrows to Four

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Damien Mama named his final four on Friday evening.

The five-star offensive guard, ranked No. 1 at his position nationally, tweeted out a top four of Alabama, BYU, UCLA and USC.

Mama will visit BYU officially the weekend before Signing Day and is deciding on either USC or UCLA for the fifth scheduled visit on January 17th.

He will announce his decision on Signing Day at his school.


San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta Samuels opened up his recruitment.

Carta-Samuels Opens It Up

The decision by James Franklin to leave Vanderbilt for Penn State also opened things up for San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels.

The four-star committed to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2012, before he'd even started his junior year and his brother was the starter for the Commodores this past season.

But Carta-Samuels tweeted that he was opening things up with Franklin's departure, and a handful of Western schools are expected to recruit him, including Boise State and possibly Washington, with neither having a commitment from a quarterback in this class.

Carta-Samuels did say he'll still visit Vanderbilt officially and no decision will be made until he's taken that trip.


Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe committed to Cal..

Several Off the Board

A number of other Western prospects made commitments in the last week, bolstering some classes with their verbals.

Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Kennedy Emesibe committed to Cal and the next day, Alameda (Calif.) cornerback Sulaiman Hameed committed to Washington State.

Federal Way (Wash.) defensive back Keenan Curran committed to San Jose State, the second straight year the Spartans have gotten a player from Federal Way.

Arizona Western tight end Blake Whiteley, the top JC tight end nationally, became Charlie Strong's first commitment at Texas.

Stanford's Visit Weekend


Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton five-star Casey Tucker visited Stanford.

While the rest of college football had a weekend from of official visitors, Stanford was the lone FBS school to host visitors and had over 20 recruits on campus.

Stanford typically does one weekend for all their official visits in January, and after setting them up before the NCAA adjusted the dead period, they successfully appealed to allow their visit weekend to remain (For complete list, click here).

All of the commits to the Cardinal, plus five of their top targets, including five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas and five-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker, were in Palo Alto. and both Thomas and Tucker were admitted into Stanford.

And while he didn't visit Stanford this weekend, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end Uriah Leiataua found out on Saturday that he was admitted to Stanford.

  • Corona (Calif.) Santiago 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett had a nice week, winning MVP honors at the Los Angeles Elite 11, punching his ticket to The Opening and the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton and then was selected to the 2015 UnderArmour All-America Game.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja named a final four of Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and Washington State.  Choudja will visit Washington State on January 17th, Boise State on January 24th and Fresno State on January 31st.  He visited Nevada in December.


    Isaiah Langley - WR/CB - Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill - 2015
    Already a member of the Scout 300 for 2015, the two-way threat Langley had a big week, with five offers coming in a matter of three days, including from the Big 12 and SEC.  Langley was offered by Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12, Georgia from the SEC and Oklahoma out of the Big 12.

  • Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen linebacker Brody Bagnall committed to Air Force.

    Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit defensive end Terran Hasselbach will stay in-state..
  • Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit defensive end Terran Hasselbach committed to Colorado.
  • Sebastopol (Calif.) Analy offensive guard Jacob Hicks committed to Fresno State.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College quarterback Malik Watson committed to San Jose State.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College offensive lineman Jerhen Ertel committed to Boise State.
  • Holtsville (Calif.) tight end David Lucero committed to Boise State.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East offensive lineman Tennessee┬áSu'esu'e committed to Boise State.
  • El Camino (Calif.) College punter Dillon Kidd committed to Iowa.


    Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin added two more offers.
  • Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2015 offensive lineman Dominic Fredrickson was offered by Hawaii.
  • La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Hawaii.
  • Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea fullback-linebacker Jack Flor was offered by Wyoming.
  • Herriman (Utah) 2015 offensive lineman Andre James was offered by Washington State.
  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Simba Webster was offered by San Jose State and Eastern Washington.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Mustafa Branch was offered by Oregon State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Tyler Cook was offered by Cal.
  • Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley athlete Nzuzi Webster was offered by Eastern Washington.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2015 athlete Jeremy Kelly was offered by San Diego State.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin was offered by Cincinnati and Mississippi State.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 2015 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was offered by Arizona State.
  • Concord (Calif) De La Salle 2015 defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2015 receiver Christian Kirk was offered by Florida.
  • Culver City (Calif.) 2015 athlete Stanley Norman was offered by Florida State.
  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde 2015 offensive lineman Tevita Halalilo was offered by Washington State.

    National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman and Southwest analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this notebook.



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