With the Holiday Season approaching, a number of top prospects from the West made their college decisions this week, including a host of players in the Scout 300 and some of the top JC players nationally.
The headliner was the commitment of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro five-star receiver Christian Kirk to Texas A&M. The top receiver in the West chose the Aggies from nearly 40 offers and for the second straight year, the Aggies landed the top prospect in Arizona.
The West’s top running back, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic four-star Cameron Scarlett, committed to Stanford early in the week.
That same day, San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley four-star offensive tackle Kieffer Longson committed to BYU.
Longson committed to BYU
Washington State landed a pair of four-stars in Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Kyahva Tezino and City College of San Francisco (Calif.) safety Shalom Luani.
Washington grabbed one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects in four-star receiver Chico McClatcher from Federal Way (Wash.).
USC picked up four-star JC receiver Isaac Whitney from Riverside (Calif.) College and Texas Tech got a verbal from La Mirada (Calif.) College four-star receiver Tony Brown.
Last Weekend of Football
The last prep games on the West Coast for 2014 will be played this weekend at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
California will cap the high school football season with the five CIF State Bowl Games, with two games tonight and three on Saturday.
The headline game, which will be the fourth time these two teams meet in Carson is the CIF State Open Division game on Saturday night between Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.
De La Salle won in 2007 in the D-I game while Centennial won the following year in the D-I game. The two met again in the Open Division bowl in 2012 with the Spartans again taking the title.
McKinley Looks to Lead Centennial
Saturday night, the two will tangle with the top spot in the Golden State on the line in a game featuring a number of top prospects in the 2015 and 2016 class, including three Scout 300 prospects from 2016, Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Javon McKinley, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa.
Friday night’s D-I game features Folsom (Calif.) and record-setting quarterback Jake Browning go against his future Washington teammate Jordan Miller, who plays cornerback for Oceanside (Calif.).
Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley made it to the D-II game despite not being able to have Scout’s No. 1 prospect, Tennessee defensive tackle commit Kahlil McKenzie, play this season after he transferred from De La Salle. They’ll face Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, who’s led by four-star Oregon commit Malik Lovette.
Other prospects to watch this weekend include Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite, who flipped to USC last week from Duke and Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic tight end Jared Rice.
The week after Christmas kicks off the three big national All-American games, with a number of Western prospects selected to each of them.
Scout will preview the players from the West next week, but there are headliners at each of the three games: the UnderArmour All-America Game in Florida, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Southern California.
McKenzie Returns in San Antonio
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will feature the West’s No. 1 overall prospect, Kahlil McKenzie, the five-star defensive tackle from Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley who’s had to sit out the season after he transferred from De La Salle. For McKenzie, its his first chance to play in game action since the CIF State Open Division bowl against Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco last December.
The West’s top prospect in the UnderArmour All-America Game is Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, who follows his former teammate Juju Smith to the Florida postseason event.
The top prospect from the West playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian cornerback Eric Lee. A longtime commit to Nebraska, Lee will enroll with the Huskers following the game as a mid-year graduate. For rosters for the three games, check out Scout’s HS All-American Game Coverage, with links to the three games.
Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller committed to Oregon in June and signed his financial aid agreement this week and will enroll at Oregon next month. The development is big for Waller, and for Oregon, with the likely departure of Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota to the NFL. It will give Waller a chance to compete for the starting job in the spring.
Jake Moretti – OL – Pomona (Colo.) – 2017
The 2017 class in Colorado will be loaded and Moretti is one of the early standouts in state. He already held an offer from in-state Colorado State but in the last week added offers from Colorado and Miami despite barely being halfway through his sophomore year.
Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial linebacker Dedrick Young committed to Nebraska.
Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon defensive lineman Hunter Mattox committed to Washington State.
Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary’s safety Ron Smith committed to San Diego State.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Eddie Rudinski committed to Washington State.
Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln linebacker Justiss Warren committed to Washington.
Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary’s linebacker Aaron Mercadel committed to North Dakota State.
Cheyenne (Wyo.) East linebacker Tevis Bartlett committed to Washington.
Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary’s linebacker Ben Schrider committed to Richmond.
City College of San Francisco (Calif.) defensive end Tavita Faaiu committed to Oregon State.
Laney (Calif.) College offensive guard Tevita Fonua committed to New Mexico.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce safety Ezekiel Turner committed to Washington.
Riverside (Calif.) College defensive end Devante Wilson committed to California.
Fresno (Calif.) City College running back Jeremy Smith committed to Louisville.
Cerritos (Calif.) College tight end Ainslee Johnson committed to Illinois.
Long Beach (Calif.) City College quarterback Kenny Potter committed to San Jose State.
Glendale (Ariz.) College offensive tackle Preston Brooksby committed to Utah State.
Norwalk (Calif.) defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau committed to Washington State.
Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt defensive tackle Ricky McCoy committed to Washington.
Diablo Valley (Calif.) College offensive guard Derrick Stom committed to Nevada.
Glendale (Ariz.) College tight end Evan Faunce committed to San Jose State.
Westlake (Calif.) center Patrick Mekari committed to Utah State.
Pago Pago (American Samoa) Tafuna offensive guard Amosa Sakaria committed to Washington State.
Monrovia (Calif.) cornerback Octavius Spencer committed to UCLA.
Pago Pago (American Samoa) Samoana linebacker Logan Tago committed to Washington State.
Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite committed to USC.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Valley offensive tackle Idarius Ray committed to Cincinnati
Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt safety Evan Tyler committed to Boise State.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce cornerback Jay’onn Myles committed to Baylor.
St. George (Utah) Desert Hills linebacker Gabe Sewell committed to Nevada.
Laney (Calif.) College defensive end Anthony Fotu committed to Arizona.
Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou receiver Kanawai Noa committed to California.
Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic tight end Matt Pistone committed to Boise State.
Diablo Valley (Calif.) College cornerback Antoine Albert committed to California.
Mesa (Ariz.) College quarterback Austin Apodaca committed to New Mexico.
Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Kyle Sweet committed to Washington State.
Butte (Calif.) College quarterback Zach Kline committed to Indiana State.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) College center Will Kreitler committed to Southern Mississippi.
Torrance (Calif.) North 2016 linebacker Mique Juarez was offered by Utah.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2016 receiver Javon McKinley was offered by Oregon and USC.
Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 receiver Damian Alloway was offered by Duke.
Oak Hills (Calif.) defensive end Dempsey Robinson was offered by Texas Southern.
Auburn (Calif.) Placer 2016 offensive lineman Jacob Capra was offered by Utah.
Steilacoom (Wash.) linebacker Fotu Leiato was offered by Oklahoma.
Westlake (Calif.) 2016 receiver Theo Howard was offered by Maryland.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott was offered by Kansas State.
Folsom (Calif.) 2016 offensive lineman Jonah Williams was offered by Arizona.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive lineman Olive Sagapolu was offered by Illinois.
San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio athlete Nathan Meadors was offered by Oregon State.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive end Rasheed Williams was offered by Idaho State.
Chandler (Ariz.) 2016 receiver N’Keal Harry was offered by Washington.
Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley receiver Trent Gilbert was offered by Navy.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive lineman Jackson Perry was offered by Vanderbilt.
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek running back Milo Hall was offered by Idaho.