West Recruiting Notebook
Michael Philipp will visit Stanford...
Michael Philipp will visit Stanford...
West Recruiting Manager
Posted Jan 8, 2009


Several schools are hosting big official visit weekends as Signing Day creeps closer and closer...


Tyler Gaffney

Stanford has already put together one of its best classes in recent memory but the Cardinal might not be done adding to that class.

This weekend, Stanford will host a huge group of visitors, a list that features the majority of their committed players but also a host of uncommitted prospects.

From the commitment list, Western standouts like Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo and national names like Shayne Skov and Jamal Patterson will be in Palo Alto, but much of the attention will be paid to their targets who've yet to make the decision.

The two headliners from the West are four-star fullback/running back Tyler Gaffney and four-star offensive lineman Michael Philipp.

Also making the visit will be the newest commit to the Cardinal, offensive lineman Kevin Danser.

 




Michael Clay

Meanwhile up at Oregon, the Ducks will be hosting a big weekend of their own, with several of the top uncommitted prospects from the West scheduled to be in Eugene.

Leading that list is four-star linebacker Michael Clay, a teammate of Danser's at Bellarmine Prep.  Clay is down to Oregon and Colorado and the Ducks have been one of his longtime favorites.  In fact, it was a camp at Oregon before his junior year that he jumped on to the map.

Cliff Harris, one of the elite cornerbacks nationally, is also expected to visit Oregon this weekend and the Ducks have also been one of his top schools for some time.  Escondido receiver James Johnson will be visiting along with a pair of JC prospects, Bryson Littlejohn and DeQuin Evans

Two of Oregon's verbals, Trevor Fox and Taylor Hart will be tripping as well.

 


 

Billy Sanders

UCLA is also expecting a big list of recruits into Westwood for official visits, with several of their committed prospects and a few of their targets coming, and a group of soft verbals to other schools also planning to be there.

The headliner from the soft verbals is Randall Carroll, a soft commit to USC, who's been backing away more and more from the Trojans and now is favoring Cal and UCLA.  Carroll and another USC commit, Devon Flournoy, will be joined by Miami commit Billy Sanders, Notre Dame commit Marlon Pollard and Arizona commit Taniela Maka.

From the uncommitted ranks, Nik Abele, an offensive lineman from Irvine and Markus Wheaton, a receiver from Arizona, will be in tow.

Commits like Richard Brehaut, Todd Golper and Branden Warner will also be in Westwood.

 




Manti Te'o

BYU will also be hosting a strong list of visitors, with the nation's elite linebacker prospect, Manti Te'o, planning to be in Provo this weekend.

The majority of the Cougars' top uncommitted will be there, as well as several committed prospects.

Utah native L.T. Filiaga and Nevada native Kyle Van Noy, two other linebackers high on the Cougars board, are expected to be in Provo for their visits.

Committed tight end Richard Wilson, a top ten tight end nationally, is also scheduled to visit.

 

 


 

Adam Hall

Tucson (Ariz.) Palo Verde athlete Adam Hall surprised viewers of the U.S. Army Game on Saturday by not announcing his choice, despite being expected to. 

Hall instead eliminated two schools from consideration, USC and Alabama, and narrowed his list down to three: Oregon, Cal and hometown Arizona.

He was the only player from the West who was supposed to make an announcement.

Meanwhile, at the UnderArmour All-America Game, John Martinez was the lone Western prospect to make his decision, choosing longtime favorite USC.

 

 




Travis Van Leeuwen

Other News and Notes from out West

-Provo (Utah) Timpview wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen committed to Utah State.

-Idaho State got a verbal from Auburn (Wash.) Riverside linebacker Jake Pele.

-College of Sequoias (Calif.) cornerback Cory Smith finally settled on Oregon State.  Smith committed to Oregon State after his visit, then switched it to Nevada, but finally solidified things with the Beavers.

-Hancock (Calif.) College tight end Dorson Boyce committed to Washington as did Semisi Tokolahi of Hilo (Hawaii).

-Travis Long of Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep committed to Washington State.

 

 


Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell & Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters contributed to this report



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