West Recruiting Notebook
Adoree Jackson
Adoree Jackson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 31, 2014


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

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 of visits.

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 historically.

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 Washington, will 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.

Other Visitors

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 GriffinNew 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 Signing Day.

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 this weekend.

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 time.

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 the fall.

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 Huskies.

More Flips

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 Valley.

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.


    Lokeni Toailoa - 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 Utah State.
  • Napa (Calif.) 2015 receiver Austin Aaron was offered by Nevada.
  • Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks 2015 receiver L.J. Reed was offered by Colorado State.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2015 athlete Osa Masina was offered by Nebraska.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 cornerback Stanley Norman was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Palmdale (Calif.) Highland receiver Jamire Jordan was offered by Fresno State.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart 2015 quarterback Brady White was offered by Cal.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive lineman Gasetoto Schuster was offered by Vanderbilt.
    Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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