Last Chance to Dance
It's the final visit weekend, so a small handful Western schools will have official visitors
for their next to last chance to impress recruits.
Several of the Pac-12 schools and Mountain West programs will be hosting
official visitors throughout the weekend, the second of the final three weekends
Here is a look at some of the key official visitors in the West:
Arizona State (Complete
Visit List) will have six visitors this weekend, but only Corona
(Calif.) Centennial defensive end Austin Maloata comes from the West.
Maloata was a commit to USC since the spring but opened his recruitment up this
month and will visit a school that has had great success at Corona Centennial
Boise State (Complete Visit List)
has some key JC prospects visiting, including Contra Costa (Calif.) defensive
end Rondell McNair and Fullerton (Calif.) defensive tackle Antoine Turner.
They'll also bring in Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end Jabril Frazier. They are also hoping longtime commit Khalil Oliver, from Meridian
(Idaho) Rocky Mountain, who opened it up and visited Oregon and
take an official visit.
BYU (Complete Visit List) has a handful of commits visiting, including Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino tight
end Matt Bushman, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Tyler Cook and San
Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner. They'll also host
Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end Uriah Leiataua, a commit to Stanford.
Oregon State (Complete Visit List)
has a trio of visitors in this weekend. Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
fullback Ryan Nall is the lone commit visiting and he's joined by Pomona
(Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp and Sacramento (Calif.)
Capital Christian defensive end Nifae Lealao.
UCLA (Complete Visit List)
will bring in a couple of Western visitors but they'll have more players from
Louisiana visiting. The Bruins will host Bellflower (Calif.) St. John
Bosco defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, their lone commit visiting as well as
Falcon (Colo.) running back Kalen Ballage, an Arizona State commit, from the
West. From the Bayou State are River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian
teammates Malachi Dupre, a five-star receiver and Kenny Young, a four-star
linebacker. LSU commit Davon Godchaux is also visiting.
Utah (Complete Visit List)
is heavy on in-state visitors, with Hyrum (Utah) defensive tackle Kyle Christiansen, St. George (Utah) Pine View linebacker Thor Katoa, Salt Lake City
(Utah) Howard Pututua and Salt Lake City (East) tight end Joe Tukuafu in town.
They also hosted West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade tight end Brayden Lenius earlier
in the week.
Washington (Complete Visit List)
will host five players, two of them commits, two of them soft commits elsewhere
and one who's yet to make a decision. Brayden Lenius is visiting the
Huskies after he already tripped to Utah and he's not committed anywhere.
Husky verbals John Turner and Jojo McIntosh, who both committed in December are
joined by Arizona verbal Naijiel Hale and San Diego State commit Devin Burleson.
Fresno State will have Oakley (Calif.) Freedom defensive end Patrick Choudja
in town. Kansas State will host Cerritos (Calif.) College defensive tackle
David Moala. Mississippi State will welcome Bellevue (Wash.) four-star defensive
tackle Marcus Griffin. New Mexico State will bring in Harbor City (Calif.)
Narbonne quarterback Eban Jackson. San Diego State has Woodland Hills
(Calif.) El Camino defensive end Julian Rochelin visiting officially.
Washington State will bring in Pasco (Wash.) Chiawana safety Deion Singleton.
Scout 300 Prospects Left
Heading into the final weekend, there are six Scout 300 prospects from the
West that are still set to make decisions.
The headliner is Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson,
the West's top player. Jackson has yet to set his final official visit for
the weekend, but he did name his top four of Florida, LSU, UCLA and USC.
Jackson will announce on Signing Day.
The No. 2 player in the region, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith,
took his fifth and final official visit last weekend, to USC, and he'll decide
on Signing Day between the Trojans, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama was supposed
to visit BYU this weekend, cancelled it to visit UCLA then cancelled that visit
and eliminated the Bruins. Mama will choose from Alabama, BYU and USC on
Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker decided to not take any visits this
weekend and the former Oregon commit will make his decision between Washington
and UCLA on Signing Day.
Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick is mainly down to Notre Dame
and Oklahoma, after cancelling his visit to UCLA this weekend and he'll announce
on Signing Day.
Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian defensive end Nifae Lealao parted ways
with Stanford and visited Cal officially. He'll visit Oregon State
officially this weekend and Vanderbilt is making a push for him. His
announcement is still TBD.
More Four-Star Decisions to Come
Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood, is also a Scout
300 member, and he's already a commit, to Arizona State, but he visited hometown
Fresno State last weekend, which gave him something to think about.
Smallwood said he'll make a final decision between the Sun Devils and Bulldogs
A few more non-Scout 300 four-star prospects have decisions to make as well.
Fife (Wash.) offensive lineman Kaleb McGary narrowed it down to Washington,
Washington State and Wisconsin this week and said his decision could come at any
Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin will visit Mississippi State
this weekend after visiting Arizona last weekend and he'll choose from those two
plus Cal and Washington State.
West Valley (Utah) Granger offensive tackle Kenyon Frison was a longtime Utah
commit, but opened it up earlier this month and visited Arizona State and
Nebraska. He'll choose from those three plus Oklahoma, where he visited in
Broncos Bite Back
After Washington took five former Boise State commits, Bozeman (Mont.)
defensive end Will Dissly the fifth, the Broncos finally
got one of the Huskies former verbals.
Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) tight end Chase Blakley, a longtime Husky commit,
flipped his pledge to the in-state Broncos on Tuesday night.
The Broncos landed their second all-American, after Dylan Sumner-Gardner,
bringing the Semper Fidelis All-American into the fold.
Alas, the Huskies took their sixth ex-Bronco verbal just a couple hours later
when Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Jaylen Johnson committed to the
Several players who were committed one place, flipped commitments to others
over the last week.
Santa Margarita (Calif.) athlete Jeremy McNichols committed to Boise State
after being a verbal to Utah.
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame linebacker Koa Farmer was a longtime commit
to Cal but switched to Penn State after taking an official visit to Happy
Cal did get three back though when Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Aisea Tongilava, a one-time San Jose State commit and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John
Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu committed to the Bears, though he had
decommitted from Washington State a few weeks back. Petaluma (Calif.) Casa
Grande linebacker John Porchivina got it started on Sunday when he flipped from
Fresno State to the Bears.
At the same time, the Cougars got a pair of commits to verbal to them,
getting Vallejo (Calif.) St Patrick-St. Vincent defensive end Jalen Canty
(formerly a Fresno State pledge) and Barry Ware, a receiver from Corona (Calif.)
Centennial who was once committed to UCLA.
Another St. John Bosco player flipped his commitment, receiver Shay Fields,
who was committed to USC, switching to Colorado.
In addition to Jaylen Johnson, Washington flipped West Covina (Calif.)
cornerback Sidney Jones, who was a verbal to Utah.
Fresno (Calif.) Edison running back Kevin Nutt twice committed to Nevada, but
then flipped for good to Colorado State.
Never Too Soon
While it's still a year from when he'll sign, big waves were made in the 2015
class when the West's top prospect in that class, Ventura (Calif.) St.
Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town, decommitted from Alabama last Saturday.
Just a couple of hours later, the five-star committed to USC.
“I knew USC was where I wanted to be before I took the visit today,” Town said. “I had some great meetings with Coach Sark and Helton last week and just had that feeling that USC was the best fit. Before I drove up, I prayed about it and knew I was going to commit but I wasn't sure if it would be today or a couple of days from now. Once I got there, everything just felt right and I didn't see any reason to hold off. It was cool how it went down, my parents were there and my brother as well. Coach Sark, Helton and Tui were in a room with me and I said I was ready to be a Trojan. Sark ran and gave me a big hug and everyone was real excited, it was an awesome feeling."
Town is currently the No. 1 ranked quarterback nationally in the 2015 class.
Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington 2015 defensive end Breiden Fehoko was invited
to the 2015 UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando.
LB - Rialto (Calif.) Carter - 2016
One of the top sophomores in the
West already, and holding an early offer from Cal, Toailoa had three more Pac-12
offers come in this week, a good two years before he'll be signing his NLI.
Toailoa got an offer from Washington on Wednesday morning and then just a few
minutes later, Colorado offered him. The next day, Arizona State gave him
an offer, giving him already a 1/3 of the Pac-12.
Norwalk (Calif.) running back Rashaad Penny committed to San Diego State.
Carson (Calif.) offensive lineman Bobby Johnson committed to Fresno State.
Imperial Beach (Calif.) Mar Vista offensive lineman Andres Preciado committed to
Boise State.Escondido (Calif.) San Pasqual linebacker Kyle Hendrickson
committed to Fresno State.Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest committed to Cal.Saddleback (Calif.) College cornerback Davontae
Merriweather committed to San Diego State.Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
fullback/linebacker Jack Flor committed to Air Force.Antioch (Calif.) Deer
Valley receiver Nzuzi Webster committed to Eastern Washington.Ventura
(Calif.) defensive end Tevin Krall committed to Azusa Pacific.Encino
(Calif.) Crespi defensive end Matt Jacques committed to Air Force.Buena Park
(Calif.) running back Deven Boston committed to Azusa Pacific.Southwestern
(Calif.) College defensive tackle Alfonso Hampton committed to Idaho.
Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge offensive tackle Troy Kowalski committed to San
Jose State.Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail linebacker Jacob Martin committed
to Temple.Pasadena (Calif.) College offensive tackle Miguel Machado
committed to Purdue.Saddleback (Calif.) College receiver Eric Lauderdale
committed to Arizona State.Snow (Utah) College defensive end Luke Hollingsworth committed to Oregon State.Mesa (Calif.) College cornerback Demarlon Morris
committed to Oregon State.Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver
Chris Davis committed to New Mexico.Aurora (Colo.) Overland linebacker Tre Thomas committed to Colorado State.Downey (Calif.) offensive tackle Arturo Gomez committed to Fresno State.Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit running back
Jalen Williams committed to Colorado State.Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker
Malachi Mageo committed to Hawaii.Fullerton (Colo.) College cornerback Corey Ferguson committed to Fresno State.Riverside (Calif.) College defensive
tackle Cole Juarez committed to New Mexico.San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral
offensive lineman Aaron Mitchell committed to Fresno State.College of San
Mateo (Calif.) cornerback Deshane Hines committed to Utah State.Los Angeles
(Calif.) Loyola running back Nico Evans committed to Wyoming. Rancho
Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive tackle Christopher Unga committed to Utah State.
Buena Park (Calif.) 2015 receiver Jaylinn Hawkins was offered by Utah.
San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley 2015 lineman Kieffer Longson was offered by
Napa (Calif.) 2015 receiver Austin Aaron was offered by Nevada.
Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks 2015 receiver L.J. Reed was offered by
Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2015 athlete Osa Masina was offered by
Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 cornerback Stanley Norman was offered by
Oklahoma. Palmdale (Calif.) Highland receiver Jamire Jordan was offered by
Newhall (Calif.) Hart 2015 quarterback Brady White was offered by Cal.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive lineman Gasetoto Schuster was offered