West Recruiting Notebook

A look at some of the key official visits this weekend as well as news and notes from the West...

Another Busy Weekend

It's the penultimate visit weekend, so several Western schools will have big lists of visitors with their next to last chance to impress recruits.

Most of the Pac-12 schools and Mountain West programs will be hosting official visitors throughout the weekend, the second of the final three weekends of visits.

Here is a look at some of the key official visitors in the West:

Arizona State (Complete Visit List)

The Sun Devils wont have the massive list they had a week ago, but there are still a half-dozen visitors, including three Western commits.  Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta quarterback Coltin Gerhart will be in Tempe along with Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Brendan Landman and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman cornerback Armand Perry.  Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton linebacker Santana Sterling will also be visiting.

Boise State (Complete Visit List)

The Broncos have a good sized contingent, led by four-star quarterback Brad Kaaya from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.  Kaaya, a Semper Fi All-American, is committed to Miami and visited them last week, but wants to give the Broncos a chance.  Two three-star commits will be in town in tight end David Lucero from Holtsville (Calif.) and Salt Lake City (Utah) East center Tennessee Su'esu'e.  Big targets include Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja and Santa Margarita (Calif.) athlete Jeremy McNichols, a soft verbal to Utah.

California (Complete Visit List)

Now armed with a defensive coordinator, the Bears will bring in several prospects, including a pair of linebacker targets they cover in Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Chandler Leniu and Frisco (Texas) Wakeland's Noah Westerfield.  Leniu's teammate, receiver Shay Fields will also be in town.  Washington commit John Turner from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola is visiting as well as Boise State soft commit Jaylen Johnson from Corona (Calif.) Centennial.  Commits visiting include Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial guard Kamryn Bennett and La Mirada (Calif.) center Michael Trini.

Fresno State (Complete Visit List)

The Bulldogs have a good contingent of visitors, including local prospect Tashon Smallwood, a four-star defensive tackle commit to Arizona State who plays at Fresno (Calif.) Central.  Two offensive lineman from the Southland that the Bulldogs want will be visiting in Downey (Calif.) tackle Arturo Gomez and Carson (Calif.) tackle Bobby Johnson.  Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end Matt Jacques, a longtime commit, is also expected in town.

Oregon (Complete Visit List)

The Ducks don't have a big group of visitors from the West Coast, or overall, but they're still bringing in a couple of national prospects worth watching including Florida running back Charles Nelson and Texas defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao.  Meridian (Idaho) Rocky Mountain safety Khalil Oliver is the lone Western prospect visiting.

Oregon State (Complete Visit List)

The Beavers have a slew of JC prospects visiting including Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive end Rondell McNair and Cerritos (Calif.) College defensive tackle David Moala.  Two out-of-state commits will also be in, Bakersfield (Calif.) cornerback Kevin Hayes and Honolulu (Hawaii) Kaiser linebacker Fitou Fisiiahi.  Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic fullback Ryan Nall also visits this weekend.

UCLA (Complete Visit List)

The Bruins just have three visitors, but they're all in the Scout 300.  Two of them are commits in Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson. Their lone uncommitted visitor is Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker, who decommitted from Oregon last week.

USC (Complete Visit List)

The Trojans have an impressive list of visitors, with a pair of uncommitted five-stars coming in.  Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Damien Mama and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith headline the list.   Two four-star commits will be visiting in Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon and Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive guard Viane Talamaivao.  San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner, who's a BYU commit, will visit and Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end Jabril Frazier is another visitor expected.

Utah (Complete Visit List)

The Utes will have three out-of-region visitors in Salt Lake City, two from Florida and one from Louisiana but also will bring in a pair of Californians who were commits to in-state schools before opening it up.  Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Barry Ware, a onetime UCLA verbal and Vallejo (Calif.) St. Patrick St. Vincent tight end Jalen Canty are both expected in Salt Lake City.

Washington (Complete Visit List)

The Huskies had a productive visit weekend last week and would love to keep the train moving.  The biggest visitor is Fife (Wash.) two-way lineman Kaleb McGary, the lone four-star visiting. They have four players committed to other schools visiting, Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Tre Watson (Cal), Falcon (Colo.) running back Kalen Ballage (Arizona State), West Covina (Calif.) cornerback Sidney Jones (Utah) and Bozeman (Mont.) defensive end Will Dissly.  Two former San Jose State commits who are now wide open, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Aisea Tongilava and Palmdale (Calif.) Highland receiver Jamire Jordan will also be in town.  Four Husky commits will also be visiting in Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastlake linebacker Drew Lewis and Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) teammates Chase Blakley and Matt James.

Other Visitors

Alabama will have the nation's top JC prospect in College of San Mateo (Calif.) five-star offensive tackle Dominick Jackson.  Arizona has just one visitor, Bellevue (Wash.) four-star defensive tackle Marcus Griffin, who cancelled a visit to Notre Dame and switched it to Arizona.  Army will have three-star commit Isaiah Holland from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian. BYU will bring in JC receiver Devon Blackmon from Riverside (Calif.).  Florida will get a trip from Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino lineman Andrew MikeNebraska will have West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive tackle Kenyon Frison, who decommitted from Utah this week, in for a visit.  Penn State will have Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame outside linebacker Koa FarmerWashington State has just one visitor, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral linebacker Xavier Ulutu.

Tucker to the Farm

The biggest commitment this week came from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton five-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker, the West's top offensive lineman.

Tucker committed to Stanford on Thursday night, ending his recruitment two weeks after he visited Stanford and was admitted into Stanford.

At one point a commit to USC, Tucker was supposed to visit Arizona State this weekend, but opted to not take the trip and pledged to the Cardinal.

Huskies Stock Up

Washington got seven commitments in the last week, none more notable than San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, a longtime commit to Vanderbilt.

The Huskies also added verbals from two former Boise State commits to Chris Petersen, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison lineman Jesse Sosebee and La Habra (Calif.) defensive tackle Garth Gaines. 

Three other former Pac-12 commitments flipped to the Huskies in American Canyon (Calif.) running back Jomon Dotson (Colorado), Bellevue (Wash.) defensive end Shane Bowman (Oregon State) and La Verne (Calif.) Damien kicker Tristan Vizcaino (Washington State).

Lastly, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra receiver Dante Pettis also picked the Huskies and cancelled a visit to Boise State.

  • Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian defensive end Nifae Lealao, a longtime Stanford commit, opened up his recruitment after he visited Cal officially.  The Bears are the new leaders for the four-star U.S. Army All-American.


    Brayden Lenius - WR/TE - West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade - 2014
    Despite missing the first few games of the season after moving to Los Angeles from Canada, Lenius still had a big year, helping the Eagles win the CIF State Division II title.  He was offered by Boise State this week, Washington is making a move, he visited Washington State last weekend and Minnesota will have him in for a visit this weekend.

  • Chandler (Ariz.) receiver Dionte Sykes committed to San Diego State
  • Kahuku (Hawaii) defensive end Lamone Williams committed to Oregon State.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East defensive end Korey Rush committed to Nevada.
  • Roseville (Calif.) offensive tackle Kolton Miller committed to UCLA.
  • Redlands (Calif.) fullback Zack Lindsey committed to Air Force.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Malik Cyphers committed to Portland State.
  • La Mesa (Calif.) Helix cornerback Jalen Davis committed to Utah State.
  • West Los Angeles (Calif.) College defensive end Kaylyn Ayers committed to Idaho.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum 2015 linebacker N.J. Falo committed to Colorado.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Artuz Manning committed to Portland State.

  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 defensive lineman Rasheem Green was offered by Alabama.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2015 receiver Cordell Broadus was offered by Florida State.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills 2015 cornerback Dechaun Holiday was offered by Tennessee, Arizona State and Notre Dame.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2015 safety Nicco Fertitta was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2015 linebacker Kyahva Tezino was offered by Arizona State.
  • Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol 2015 athlete Cassius Peat was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Upland (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski was offered by Utah State.
  • Buena Park (Calif.) 2015 receiver Jaylinn Hawkins was offered by Northwestern.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 2015 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was offered by Michigan.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2015 offensive lineman Zach Okun was offered by Miami.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 cornerback Iman Marshall was offered by Oregon.
  • Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real defensive end Julian Rochelin was offered by San Diego State.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart 2015 quarterback Brady White was offered by Indiana.
  • Ventura (Calif.) defensive end Tevin Krall was offered by Idaho State and Azusa Pacific.
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