West Recruiting Notebook

Kahlil McKenzie

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

Movement In the West

With the evaluation period wrapping up this weekend, some major moves took place in the Scout 100 including a new No. 1 player in the West.

After a stellar junior season, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie shined at the Oakland NFTC, and the five-star cemented his status as the West's top overall prospect.

And McKenzie may not be done, with a chance to keep moving up and challenge for the nation's top prospect nationally in 2015.

Josh Rosen is the nation's top quarterback.

The long-debated discussion of who was the West's best quarterback, and essentially, the nation's best, tipped the scales toward Josh Rosen this week.

The five-star from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco had been neck-and-neck with Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town since last summer, and after his 2013 season and then a terrific spring the UCLA commit moved ahead of Town, who is committed to USC.

It was never a question of Rosen's physical ability, but the maturation of Rosen as a quarterback and, most importantly, a leader, plus a good handful of showings at events gave him the push.

Rosen is still the No. 3 player in the West, with Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall, who'd been the top prospect in the region since the early post-Signing Day rankings, moving down a spot to No. 2 to make way for McKenzie.

Eval Period Over, College Camp Season Starts

After six weeks of the evaluation period, the spring came to a close over the weekend.

Coaches are off the road, no longer staying at Hampton Inn's or Holiday Inn's in small outposts, drinking gas station coffee or visiting schools.

But that won't stop coaches from seeing recruits away from home or on their campus.

With the calendar turning to June, several schools will be hosting satellite camps or coaching and instructing at camps throughout the West.

And later in the month, most Western schools will begin hosting their own on-campus summer camps and 7v7 scholastic tournaments, using the month of June to see as many more recruits as possible before they start to turn their attention to their own seasons.

Aztecs Big Saturday

San Diego State landed verbals from (l-r) Mike Bell, Jerry Chaney and Hasani Smith.

San Diego State picked up a trio of commitments on Saturday from the 2015 class, all three coming from the Inland Empire and Ground Zero 7v7.

Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill safety Mike Bell, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Jerry Chaney and Upland (Calif.) tight end Hasani Smith all pledged to the Aztecs.

Before those three verbals came, San Diego State got a key commitment from the 2016 class.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei receiver Davir Hamilton committed to the Aztecs, San Diego State getting a big early verbal from the 2016 four-star.


  • Yet another West Coast prospect was invited to The Opening in July. San Leandro (Calif.) cornerback Stephen Johnson earned an invitation to Beaverton on the heels of a good showing at the Oakland NFTC last month.
  • The final Nike Football Training Camp takes place on Sunday. The Oregon NFTC, in Eugene on the campus of the University of Oregon, is the last stop on the NFTC tour with the NFTC's and Elite 11 Regional Camps culminating back in Oregon next month at The Opening and Elite 11 Finals at the Nike World Headquarters.


    Philip Afia - DB - Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala- 2015
    The 6-2, 190-pound Afia is quietly nearing double-digit offers and now holds offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah, Utah State and Washington State.

  • Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian offensive lineman Isaiah Holland signed with Colorado for 2014.
  • Cerritos (Calif.) College linebacker Aaron Porter committed to Washington State.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College receiver Giovanni Pascascio committed to Louisville.
  • Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen receiver Justice Murphy committed to Utah.

  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry was offered by Michigan.
  • Lake Stevens (Wash.) 2016 quarterback Jacob Eason was offered by Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
  • Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete 2016 running back Melquise Stovall was offered by San Diego State and Washington.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel was offered by SMU.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian offensive lineman Reno Rosene was offered by NC State.
  • Menifee (Calif.) Heritage linebacker Reggie Murphy was offered by San Diego State.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Riley Brand was offered by Nevada.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral linebacker Malik Lawal was offered by Utah State.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit 2016 running back Beau Bisharat was offered by Colorado.
  • San Mateo (Calif.) Serra offensive lineman Jack Dreyer was offered by Cal.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by UTEP.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Denzal Brantley was offered by Nevada.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Trevor Howard was offered by Idaho and Nevada.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral cornerback Cameron Haney was offered by Boise State.
  • San Ramon (Calif.) California offensive lineman Tyler Whisenhunt was offered by New Mexico and Sacramento State.
  • Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic tight end Jared Rice was offered by UNLV and Northern Arizona.
  • San Ramon (Calif.) California tight end Matt Snyder was offered by New Mexico.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown was offered by Colorado.
  • Norwalk (Calif.) offensive lineman Rodrigo Sanchez was offered by Virginia Military Institute.
  • Upland (Calif.) safety Elijah Jones was offered by Navy.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon safety Isaiah Renfro was offered by Washington.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Jack Savage was offered by Holy Cross.
  • Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Mustafa Branch was offered by Bellevue.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) cornerback Jordan Miller was offered by Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington State.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite cornerback Maurice Davison was offered by Cal Poly.
  • Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Cedric Bigge-Duren was offered by Nevada.
  • Spokane (Wash.) Mount Spokane athlete Roy Hyatt was offered by Wyoming.
  • Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt cornerback Taj Jones was offered by Cal Poly.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic offensive lineman Riley Gallant was offered by Montana.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte safety Quenton Meeks was offered by Cal and Washington State.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive end Takkarist McKinley was offered by Washington.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by New Meixco and Northern Arizona.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds was offered by Washington.
  • Salem (Ore.) Sprague offensive lineman Levi Long was offered by Montana State.
  • Norwalk (Calif.) defensive lineman Dillon Faamatau was offered by Utah State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta tight end Jamie Nunley was offered by Boise State.
  • Beaverton (Ore.) offensive lineman Jared Hilbers was offered by Nevada and Utah State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive lineman Zeandae Johnson was offered by Idaho.
  • Lynwood (Wash.) Meadowdale running back Malik Braxton was offered by Air Force.
  • La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Anthony Camargo was offered by Nevada and Washington State.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 offensive lineman Frank Martin was offered by Utah.
  • La Habra (Calif.) running back Carlos Martin was offered by Northern Arizona.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys was offered by Ariozna.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Deontay Burnett was offered by Washington State.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by Michigan.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry was offered by Oregon Satte.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi was offered by Washington.
  • Estrella (Ariz.) Foothills lineman Tyler Adams has been offered by Air Force.
  • Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone was offered by Wyoming.
  • Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek lineman Nathan Eldridge was offered by Holy Cross and Northern Arizona.
  • Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field receiver Kenney Owens was offered by UNLV.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College offensive tackle Brandon Pertile was offered by Utah State.
  • Tempe (Ariz.) running back Kamron Johnson was offered by UNLV.
  • Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone was offered by Northwestern and Wyoming.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Point offensive lineman Nick Carman was offered by Holy Cross, UNLV, Utah State and Weber State.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Ray Surry was offered by Portland State.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon quarterback Dalton Sneed was offered by UNLV.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Blake Fisher was offered by Portland State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo was offered by Kent State, Northern Arizona and Wyoming.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East defensive end Hausia Sekona was offered by Weber State.
  • Denver (Colo.) Mullen safety James Jones was offered by Montana.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East safety Lorenzo Manu was offered by Weber State.
  • St. George (Utah) Desert Hills linebacker Gabe Sewell was offered by Nevada.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral linebacker Casey Toohill was offered by Washington.

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel contributed to this notebook

  • ScoutFootball.com Recommended Stories


    Up Next


    Forums


    63 Fans online
      Join The Conversation

      Tweets