West Recruiting Notebook
Trojans Flip Davis
When Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Dominic Davis committed toWashington State in July, it surprised many people, especially with both of the local schools having offered and with Davis never having visited Pullman.
The further Davis got away from his commitment to the Cougars, though, the better hometown USC‘s chances became.
On Sunday, the four-star flipped his commitment to the Trojans.
"I’ve been thinking about this for the last few months," Davis said. "The more I thought about, I realized I made a decision a little too quick and made it about only football. I liked how Washington State wanted to use me in their offense but after talking to my family and some mentors, I realized that this decision is a lot bigger than just football.
Davis highlighted the value of graduating from USC.
"A degree from USC and the connections you make are huge. The alumni support is incredible there, especially if you want to live in Southern California after your playing days are over. That’s what the decision really came down to. Obviously I like the football program and the tradition of the school but it was mostly about academics and life after football that sealed it for me."
Davis joined Alemany teammate Desean Holmes in committing to the Trojans, giving USC a pair of four-stars from the Warriors.
The No. 37-ranked receiver in the 2015 class, Davis is the No. 271 overall prospect in the Scout 300.
Big Visit Weekend For the Ducks
The battle for the Pac-12 North (the two teams have combined to win the last five conference championships) will be witnessed by a number of elite official visitors.
The Ducks have seven visitors, two of them commits, two of them five-stars, coming to Eugene. The nation’s No. 1 cornerback, Kendall Sheffield from Missouri City (Texas) Marshall will be joined by Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
Five-star outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South
Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou has alum DeForest Buckner starting on the defensive line for the Ducks and two current members of the Buffanblu will be visiting in four-star offensive guard Semisi Uluave and four-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule.
Destrehan (La.) running back Kirk Merrit, a four-star from the Bayou, will also be visiting officially.
Bruins Hosting West’s Best
The highest-rated visitor is also the Bruins’ top commit, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star quarterback Josh Rosen, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback and the premier passer in the West.
He’ll be joined by the West’s top receiver, five-star Christian Kirk from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, who interestingly, got his first offer from the Bruins almost three years ago when he was a freshman.
Five-star receiver Christian Kirk
The West’s top running back, Cameron Scarlett, from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic, will also be visiting, his fourth official visit.
Rounding out the official visitors is Aledo (Texas) four-star receiver Ryan Newsome.
More Official Visitors This Weekend
A number of other prospects from the West will be taking official visits this weekend.
Arizona State will take on Utah in a key Pac-12 South matchup and has three official visitors expected in Tempe, headlined by Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman four-star receiver Cordell Broadus. He’ll be joined by City College of San Francisco (Calif.) offensive linemen Malik Cuellar and Dominic Desouza.
Four-star receiver Cordell Broadus
Taylor Rapp – S – Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome – 2016
The top prospect in the Northwestern most part of the continental U.S., Rapp picked up his fourth offer in the last couple weeks, and third from the Pac-12 when Arizona State offered him. The Sun Devils followed Boise State, Oregon and Washington, who all offered in October, in offering the rising junior prospect.