West Recruiting Notebook

Darnay Holmes

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

Eval Period Starts


Jim Mora and UCLA have the top class of any school in the West so far in the 2015 class.

American's know April 15th as Tax Day.

College football coaches, though, know April 15th as the beginning of the Evaluation Period.

From Tuesday, the 15th, until Saturday, May 31st, the Eval Period is in full effect.

That gives college coaches the opportunity to hit the road and see the recruits high on their board, either those offered or unoffered.

Coaches are permitted two evaluations per athlete during the period, one for athletics (workout, spring ball, track meet, etc.) and one for academic evaluations (stop by the school to get transcripts, etc.).  However, if the coaches do both evaluations on the same day, they're permitted an additional athletic evaluation of the prospect.

During the six weeks, coaches aren't permitted to be out each of those six weeks, but are allowed on the road a total of four of those six weeks.  They cannot be out on Sunday's or on Memorial Day either.

Also, coaches are permitted to make one phone call per recruit during the evaluation period.  Recruits can call the coach whenever, but coaches are only allowed one outgoing call during the time frame.

Head coaches continue to be grounded, with only assistant coaches able to hit the road.

Each spring sees a handful of guys see their recruitments take off once coaches get a chance to eyeball them in the spring.

This spring should be no different.

  • The evaluation period starts this week and this past weekend was the IMG 7on7 West Regional Qualifying Tournament and the Passing Down Central Cali Regionals.  The next major event in the West is the Passing Down Best in the West in Fullerton on Sunday, April 27th.  The next NFTC in the West is on May 18th in Oakland.

    Darnay Holmes - CB - Newbury Park (Calif.) - 2017
    The rising freshman is one of the top defensive backs in the West already, regardless of class, and the son of former NFL runnin gback Darick Holmes is racking up offers, landing ones from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Utah, Clemson and Louisville this week.


  • Mission Viejo (Calif.) Trabuco Hills tight end Jacob Breeland committed to Oregon.

  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker was offered by Notre Dame.
  • La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Anthony Camargo was offered by Dartmouth.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta defensive tackle Tevita Mounga was offered by Arizona, Colorado, Washington and Washington State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Salem Hills (Utah) linebacker Porter Gustin was offered by Arizona State and Florida State.
  • Upland (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski was offered by Washington State.
  • Riverside (Calif.) Poly cornerback Ykili Ross was offered by Notre Dame and USC.
  • Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White was offered by Washington State.
  • Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Desean Holmes was offered by Mississippi State.
  • Burbank (Calif.) running back James Williams was offered by Washington State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Stanley Norman was offered by Mississippi State.
  • Mission Viejo (Calif.) 2017 receiver Keyshawn Johnson was offered by Tennessee, Clemson and Louisville.
  • Upland (Calif.) safety Elijah Jones was offered by Yale.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian cornerback Justice Shelton-Mosley was offered by Utah.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller was offered by Tennessee.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by Florida State and Tennessee.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton linebacker Osa Masina was offered by Cal and TCU.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North linebacker Westin Hatcher was offered by Eastern Washington.
  • San Ramon (Calif.) California defensive end Matt Snyder was offered by Cal.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro receiver Christian Kirk was offered by San Diego State.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon safety Isaiah Renfro was offered by Nevada.
  • La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Tennessee.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston was offered by Utah.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys was offered by Fresno State.
  • Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James was offered by Arkansas.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback A.J. Greeley was offered by Fresno State.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart was offered by Arizona State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Paul Lucas was offered by Notre Dame.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman cornerback Jabari Butler was offered by Wyoming.
  • Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone was offered by Oregon State.
  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry was offered by UAB.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton defensive end Caleb Peart was offered by Arizona and Yale.
  • Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek safety Ryan Parenteau was offered by South Dakota State.
  • Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic tight end Jared Rice was offered by Idaho.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson was offered by Cal.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral linebacker Malik Lawal was offered by San Jose State.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Mustafa Branch was offered by Duke.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley was offered by Syracuse.
  • Lehi (Utah) defensive end Steven Latu was offered by Southern Utah.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral offensive lineman Mason Walter was offered by Oregon State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi was offered by Louisville.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2016 running back Sean McGrew was offered by Washington.

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this notebook

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