West Preseason Roundtable: Under-the-Radar

DeShawn Fortune

The West recruiting team talks about which under-the-radar 2015 prospect will emerge this fall...

In our second installment of the West Preseason Roundtable, we asked our analysts to name the the one 2015 prospect who’s stock really started to rise during spring and summer and could be in the conversation for the Scout 300. In today's third installment, our analysts name the one under-the-radar 2015 guy that doesn’t have any offers, or very few, that they think will end up getting several this fall.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Etiwanda (Calif.) defensive tackle DeShawn Fortune is getting dinged a little for his size but he can definitely play. At 6-1, 260 pounds, he relies more on quickness and technique than over powering players but he's a very active tackle with a great motor. Defensive tackle is always a premium position and with the season he's expected to have, there is no doubt the offers will fly in for him as a senior.

Brandon Huffman
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline receiver Derek Loville has great bloodlines, his father a former running back at Oregon and then an 8-year NFL veteran. The younger Loville is in a program that has produced some great receivers recently, and this fall, he figures to be the primary receiver for the Spartans. He has one offer, from Wyoming, but the 6-3, 185-pounder could position himself for several more offers as the focal point in the Spartans' pass-friendly offense.

Jason Jewell
Southwest Recruiting Analyst

Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek Nathan Eldridge had two FBS offers, Arizona and Air Force, and he jumped on his offer from the Wildcats. There are two reasons I think Eldridge doesn't have 20 offers. One, he missed half of his junior season with an elbow injury. Two, he played defensive line predominately. But I saw Nate at Arizona's camp working out as an offensive lineman, and he has big time ability as a guard. He has good feet, has the ability to learn quickly, has a wrestling background so he knows leverage and is strong as an ox..

Doug Kimmel
Mountain Recruiting Analyst

American Fork (Calif.) running back Lopini Katoa currently has two offers from Utah State and Army. I think Katoa is going to emerge as one of the most versatile athletes in Utah and could wind up with a half dozen new offers this fall. Katoa has great hands out of the backfield, good strength, and a nice burst. He could end up playing a number of different positions at the next level, and is very underrated at this point.

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