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

Oregon has circled their game in Autzen Stadium with Stanford since the schedule was released.

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.

The two Oregon commits set to trip are Newbury Park (Calif.) four-star offensive guard Zach Okun and Mission Viejo (Calif.) Trabuco Hills tight end Jacob Breeland.

Bruins Hosting West’s Best

UCLA will play Arizona on Saturday night in a Pac-12 South clash at the Rose Bowl and will be hosting four players, including three players that are tops at their position in the West.

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

 

Nebraska will host two California prospects in Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Zach Robertson and La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown.

Ohio State will host Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon offensive tackle Branden Bowen, a commit to Utah.

Texas A&M will bring in the top safety in the West, Encino (Calif.) Crespi four-starMarvell Tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Nicco Fertitta, a Notre Dame commit and tight end Alize Jones, a UCLA commit, were presented their U.S. Army All-American Bowl jerseys and will play in the game in San Antonio in January 2015.

    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.

  • Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala safety Philip Afia committed to Utah.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu committed toWisconsin.
  • Cypress (Calif.) safety Quinten Pounds committed to Washington.
  • Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Dameon Baber committed to Oregon State.
  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive tackle Vaimoe Sekona committed to Oklahoma State.
  • Herriman (Utah) defensive end Harris LaChance committed to Utah State.
  • Pago Pago (American Samoa) Leone defensive tackle Elu Aydon committed to Wisconsin.

  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Kyle Sweet was offered by Hawaii.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit receiver Wayne Jackson was offered by San Diego State.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College cornerback Treshon Broughton was offered by Washington State.
  • Calabasas (Calif.) 2017 receiver Keyshawn Johnson was offered by Syracuse.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College receiver Isaac Whitney was offered by USC.
  • Calabasas (Calif.) offensive lineman Ve’ehala Tuihalamaka was offered by New Mexico and San Diego State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Calabasas (Calif.) 2017 receiver Jermani Brown was offered by Syracuse.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2016 receiver Michael Pittman was offered by USC.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Syracuse.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College offensive tackle Preston Brooksby was offered by Old Dominion, UTSA and Weber State.
  • Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek safety Ryan Parenteau was offered by UC Davis.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Jurupa Hills middle linebacker Nick Navarro was offered by Montana State.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) 2016 receiver N’Keal Harry was offered by Arizona State.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College tight end Evan Faunce was offered by UC Davis.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Ronley Lakalaka was offered by San Diego State.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham linebacker Daniel Langi was offered by Utah State.
  • Snow (Utah) College tight end Chris Copier was offered by Idaho.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham cornerback Dominieke Jones was offered by Air Force and Army.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary’s linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Columbia.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit running back Beau Bisharat was offered by Utah.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Denzal Brantley was offered by New Mexico.
  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 receiver Theo Howard was offered by Texas A&M.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) tight end Joe Wysocki was offered by New Mexico.
  • West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade 2016 receiver Dymond Lee was offered by Oklahoma.
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