The West in the 2015 Scout 300
Iman Marshall
Iman Marshall
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star Iman Marshall is the new No. 1 in the West for 2015...

Scout 300 for 2015

Ricky Town and Josh Rosen are the top two quarterbacks in the country in 2015.
There is a new No. 1 in the West for 2015.

For the first time ever, the storied Long Beach (Calif.) Poly program is home to the West's top overall prospect.

Iman Marshall, the five-star cornerback for the Jackrabbits, jumped from No. 4 to the top player in the region after a season in which he didn't give up a pass for Poly. 

A five-star since the initial rankings, Marshall, who has 25+ offers from around the country, first jumped on to the map as a freshman when he was the top underclassman at the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas and all-underclass at the Los Angeles NFTC that spring.  The next year, he was again the top underclassmen at the Los Angeles NFTC and parlayed that into one of just a small few of 2015 prospects invited to The Opening in Beaverton.

That catapulted him into his junior season where he was hands down, the best pure defensive back in the Southland, and possibly the entire West region.

The quarterback's that stand 1-2 in the Scout 2015 national rankings now stand 2-3, overall, in the West for the class.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Alize Jones is the No. 1 tight end in the country.

And it will be an ongoing battle for the top spot between Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town, a USC commit who's ranked at the top nationally at quarterback in the first go-round and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen, who's No. 2.

Rosen is coming off a season in which he lead the Braves to a CIF State Open Division title and a 16-0 record.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra is home to two five-stars, John Houston at outside linebacker, who's ranked No. 4 overall in the region and defensive end Rasheem Green, who moved up from a high four-star to the newest five-star in the region, is No. 6.

Keisean Lucier-South from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran is No. 5 and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones, the nation's top tight end and a commit to UCLA, is No. 7 overall.  Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end Canton Kaumatule comes in at No. 8 and is the last five-star from the West.

Pocatello (Idaho) offensive guard Tristen Hoge, a Notre Dame commit, is ranked No. 9 while being the nation's No. 1 guard and the country's top safety, Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Marvel Tell, rounds out the top 10.

Making the biggest jump in the Scout 300 from the West is Kahlil McKenzie, who was unranked in the summer prior to his move from Wisconsin to Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.  Now he's ranked No. 39 nationally and is the 8th ranked defensive end in the country.

Isaiah Langley also made a big jump into the Scout 100 from the backend of the Scout 300, the Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill athlete now ranked 78th nationally.  San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday is right behind Langley at No. 79, Holiday also moving into the Scout 100.

Another big jumper in from the back end of the Scout 300 into the top 150 and top 10 nationally at quarterback is Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett from Corona (Calif.) Santiago.

Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James is the West's highest ranked newcomer in the Scout 300.

Newcomers into the Scout 300 include Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James, ranked No. 188 overall, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley receiver Malik Lovette at No. 211, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea running back Myles Gaskin at 251, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller at 291 and San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley offensive tackle Kieffer Longson at 295.

Colorado is home to a pair of four-star cornerbacks, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian's Eric Lee and Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek's Avery Anderson, both who committed to Nebraska.

It's not a great year for running backs in the West, with no superstar at the position (after having four five-stars in the past two classes combined), but Washington is home to three four-star prospects in Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea's Myles Gaskin, Federal Way (Wash.) back Chico McClatcher and Marysville (Wash.) Marysville Pilchuck's Austin Joyner.

Aside from Jones, Nevada has another Scout 100 prospect in Cordell Broadus, the four-star receiver who transferred to Bishop Gorman from California this offseason.

Arizona boasts the top offensive tackle in the region in Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Keenan Walker, who is the key guy in the trenches for one of the most talented teams in the state year in and year out.  Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol athlete Cassius Peat is also in the Scout 300 and is the third member of his family to be a Scout 300 prospect.

New Mexico has their first Scout 300 prospect in years in Albuquerque (N.M.) El Dorado quarterback Zach Gentry

Granite Bay (Calif.) MLB Cameron Smith is the top middle linebacker in the country in 2015.

Hawaii, after being shut out in the Scout 300 in 2014, has Kaumatule joined by Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington defensive end Breiden Fehoko in the Scout 100.

The West is home to five prospects ranked No. 1 at their position nationally, Town at quarterback, Tell at safety, Hoge at offensive guard, Jones at tight end and Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker Cameron Smith at middle linebacker.

There are also three prospects ranked No. 2 at their position nationally, Rosen at quarterback, Marshall at cornerback and Houston at outside linebacker.

Nebraska and Notre Dame each have a pair of commitments from the West in the Scout 300 while BYU, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington State all have one each

In all, 60 prospects from the West, make up 20% of the 2015 Scout 300.

National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report.

Brandon is in his ninth year with 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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