West Recruiting Notebook
David DeCastro
David DeCastro
West Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 18, 2007

Stanford gets a commitment in the trenches from a Northwest native, the top tight end in California is focusing on five, an offensive tackle in SoCal is racking up offers and a linebacker from Arizona is quickly heating up in this week's West Recruiting Notebook...

David DeCastro

Bellevue (Wash.) offensive lineman David DeCastro had offers from all around the West Coast, but in a surprising move, he spurned the two in-state programs and committed to Stanford.

The 6-4, 285-pound lineman had Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh on his campus and with Harbaugh visiting, he made it quick and brief and commited.

"I just told him that I want to be a Cardinal.  I wanted to commit," DeCastro told TheBootleg.com.  "It was pretty cool.  You could just tell he was excited.  He pumped his fist and smiled:  'Yes!  Yes!'"

DeCastro's commitment is the third for Stanford in the class of 2008, joining cornerback Steven Christian from Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy and receiver Warren Reuland from Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Kurt Mangum

Chandler (Ariz.) Basha linebacker Kurt Mangum has had an excellent spring, earning top linebacker honors at the L.A. Scout Combine, and he again stood out this past weekend at the Adidas Elite Camp in Los Angeles. 

Mangum played out of position last season at Hamilton, playing on the defensive line on their state champion team, and recording 67 tackles and seven sacks.  Now at Basha, he'll play linebacker and during the spring, he's showed the transition isn't going to be too difficult for him.

While he is still waiting for his first offer, Mangum said he has been hearing from UCLA, California, Colorado, Illinois, Purdue, Stanford, ASU, Arizona, and Kentucky. Also, USC’s Pete Carroll recently came out to his high school during the evaluation period.  Mangum says his top schools consist of UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, ASU, and Illinois.


Ryan Dannewitz
San Jacinto (Calif.) offensive tackle Ryan Dannewitz (6-6.5, 280) is one of the best remaining offensive tackles on the West Coast available, and he's standing at nine offers.

Louisville, Michigan State and Washington are my most recent offers,” said Dannewitz. “Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Fresno State, and Colorado all had offered me before.”

And recently, two Pac-10 schools and two other national names have picked up their recruitment of him.

“I’m hearing more and more from UCLA and I still hear from Notre Dame. Ole Miss and Stanford have also been showing more interest in me,” said Dannewitz.

Dannewitz was hoping to make a decision before the summer, but he said that is becoming less and less likely with more offers rolling in.

Milton Knox
Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham running back Milton Knox, the Los Angeles City Player of the Year as a junior, finally got a hometown offer, picking up one from UCLA.

The Bruins offer joins offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, San Diego State and Arizona, and two of those schools are included in his top five.

“My top five schools are UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, Florida State and Florida,” said Knox. “I don’t really have a leader from them, but those are the schools I’d probably visit.”

Knox said he would likely be making a decision closer to Signing Day, despite early speculation that he'd make a commitment during his junior year.

Blake Ayles
The top tight end in California, Blake Ayles from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran has offers from all over the country and he's planning to make some visits this summer to help him pare his list down.

"I haven't been to any spring games or anything," he told Scout.com. "I went to SC's last year. This summer, I might go back to Ohio (State) and Wisconsin to visit. Also, Arizona State too. Those will probably be the three summer trips I take."

Ayles, who had 43 receptions for 616 yards and three touchdowns last season, has over 20 offers, and he's focusing on a top five with another school known for producing quality tight ends also in the mix.

"It's Wisconsin, Arizona State, USC, Ohio State, and Cal," he said. "Those are the main five. Miami is on the edge there."




Related Stories
DeCastro Delivers Surprise Pledge to Harbaugh
 -by TheBootleg.com  May 15, 2007
DeCastro enjoys visit to Montlake
 -by Dawgman.com  May 10, 2007
Huskies to host top prospects at spring game
 -by Dawgman.com  Apr 27, 2007

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