West Recruiting Notebook

Penultimate Visit Weekend

Its the final weekend before the final weekend.

With just two more visit weekends before National Signing Day, this weekend will be a big one for schools hosting recruits.

Some will have big weekends, like Cal and Oregon State.

Some will go medium sized groups like Arizona, which is heavy on commits in town.

Others will just have a small handful like Washington, Washington State, USC,UCLA, Utah, Colorado and Oregon while Stanford did their big recruiting weekend last week and is done hosting visitors.

A number of Mountain West schools will have key visitors, albeit not big groups, likeBoise StateSan Diego StateNevada and Wyoming.

Cal’s visit list will include players from all over the country, but a good chunk of them are commits from the West and a couple of key targets. Their big uncommitted visitors are Buena Park (Calif.) receiver Jaylinn Hawkins and San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom. Committed visitors include Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Arron, Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Greyson Bankhead, Fresno (Calif.) Central tight end Zeandae Johnson, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou receiver Kanawai Noa, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala safety Malik Psalms and Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline outside linebacker Cameron Saffle.

Hawkins will visit Cal

Oregon State and Gary Andersen will bring a good chunk of visitors from the West, including a couple from Utah, where Andersen is from, including American Fork (Utah) lineman James Empey and running back Lopini Katoa and West Valley City (Utah) Hunter tight end Noah Togiai. Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive endSimi Moala and Kahuku (Hawaii) tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi will also be in Corvallis.

Arizona will welcome Folsom (Calif.) offensive lineman Cody Creason, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde receiver Cedric Peterson and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta tight end Jamie Nunley flanked by Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral tackleKeenan Walker, Gilbert (Ariz.) Campo Verde defensive lineman Finton Connelly, Tucson (Ariz.) Mountain View safety Demetrius Flanagan and Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek offensive lineman Nathan Eldridge.

Arizona State will have two high-profile visitors this weekend in Army All-American defensive ends Porter Gustin from Salem Hills (Utah) and Rasheem Green from Gardena (Calif.) Serra as well as Norwalk (Calif.) defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau, a commit to Washington State.

Arizona State will host Green

Utah will host two commits in South Jordan (Utah) Bingham kicker Chayden Johnston and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon offensive lineman Jake Grant and two in-state targets in Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive end Gabe Reid and teammateBritain Covey.

Washington’s three visitors are all committed: Anaheim (Calif.) Servite longsnapperA.J. Carty, Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea running back Myles Gaskin and Oceanside (Calif.) cornerback Jordan Miller.

UCLA’s three visitors are from out of the West, but they’re big ones: the nation’s top tight end, Chris Clark from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms and the nation’s top offensive guard, Keller (Texas) four-star Maea Teuhema, a commit to LSU. Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius defensive end Tyrone Wheatley will also be in town.

USC and Stanford had big visit weekends last weekend so they’ll sit this one out.

Washington State has Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Kyle Sweet visiting, Colorado has Littleton (Colo.) Heritage defensive tackle Frank Umu coming in and Oregon will bring in Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman Darrin Paulo.

Paulo visits Oregon this weekend

Boise State has three visitors coming to town from the West in San Clemente (Calif.) linebacker Riley Whimpey, Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Tyler Horton and Tustin (Calif.) receiver George Wilson.

Nevada will host Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood outside linebacker T.J. Fehokoand Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Dameon Baber while in-state rival UNLV will host San Ramon (Calif.) California offensive lineman Tyler Whisenhunt, Kahuku (Hawaii) defensive lineman Salanoa Alo-Wily and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon quarterbackDalton Sneed.

Fresno State will bring in Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo,San Jose State has Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Brandon Pierce in and Wyoming will welcome Paramount (Calif.) cornerback Donzale Roddie and Diamond Bar (Calif.) running back Antonio Hull.

San Diego State has a pair of four-stars coming to visit, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Kyahva Tezino and Layton (Utah) Northridge cornerback Dayan Lake. The Aztecs also have Upland (Calif.) lineman Gary Baker and Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Jerry Chaney.

Lake is one of two four-stars visiting San Diego State

Western prospects visiting national schools include Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott tripping to Miami, Chaffey (Calif.) College safetyToure Boyd visiting South Carolina and Salt Lake City (Utah) Taylorsville outside linebacker Mufi Hunt visiting Michigan State.

Meanwhile, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Iman Marshall will continue his whirlwind week of visits by visiting LSU after he visited Florida Stateand Michigan this past week.

Scout 300 Announcements

On Thursday, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes four-star defensive end Benning Potoae, the No. 1 player in Washington, committed to the hometown Huskies.

Potoae committed to Washington

On Friday, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton outside linebacker Osa Masina, the No. 1 player in Utah, is set to announce between USC, UCLA and Arizona State.

More prospects from the West are expected to announce their decisions in the next two weeks leading up to Signing Day.

Track the announcement dates and predictions for West prospects in the Scout 300 Commitment Tracker.



  • A trio of receivers opened up their recruitments this week with Pasadena (Calif.) Muir’s Taeon Mason decommitting from USC, Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen’s Justice Murphy decommitting from Utah and West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade receiver Brandyn Lee decommitting from Wisconsin.
  • USC got its third commitment, and second from a linebacker, in the 2016 class when Torrance (Calif.) North four-star Mique Juarez pledged to the Trojans. Juarez, the No. 5 middle linebacker in the 2016 class, joined outside linebacker Daelin Hayes and tight end Isaac Garcia on USC’s 2016 commitment list.

    Darian Owens – WR – Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West – 2016 

    Owens hit double-digits in offers already and got three of them on Wednesday when Arizona State, Colorado State and Oregon State all offered the Scout 300 prospect.

  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer offensive lineman Jacob Capra committed to Utah.
  • Redlands (Calif.) East Valley offensive lineman Joseph Price committed to Washington State.
  • Buena Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Keven Dixon committed to Utah.
  • Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen safety Kobey Eaton committed to Air Force.
  • Upland (Calif.) safety Jalen Moore committed to Oregon State.
  • Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic tight end Jared Rice committed to Fresno State.
  • South Jordan (Utah) Bingham linebacker Daniel Langi committed to Utah State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado offensive lineman Justin Polu committed to UNLV.
  • Tigard (Ore.) linebacker Pepe Tanuvasa committed to Navy.
  • Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep safety Darrell Adams committed to Azusa Pacific.
  • West Covina (Calif.) offensive lineman Eric Quevedo committed to Boise State.
  • Redding (Calif.) Enterprise running back Isaiah Matthews committed to Colorado State.
  • Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro receiver Jake Smeltzer committed to Cal Poly.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite cornerback Maurice Davison committed to Northern Arizona.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Matt Locher committed to Cal Poly.
  • La Habra (Calif.) running back Carlos Martin committed to Portland State.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit outside linebacker Kori Collons committed to Nevada.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Sahuaro linebacker Derik Hall committed to Northern Arizona.
  • Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive end Michael Peoples committed to San Diego State.
  • Riverside (Calif.) College defensive tackle Chris Lewis committed to New Mexico.
  • Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton linebacker Tristen Vance committed to Northern Arizona.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College tight end Evan Faunce committed to Nevada.

  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa was offered by Oregon State.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic 2016 linebacker Lamar Winston was offered by Washington.
  • Folsom (Calif.) 2016 offensive tackle Jonah Williams was offered by Oregon.
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty 2016 linebacker Krys Barnes was offered by Colorado and Colorado State.
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 2016 offensive lineman Alex Akingbulu was offered by Michigan.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly was offered by Michigan and Colorado State.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser 2016 running back Joshua Johnson was offered by Oregon State.
  • Diamond Bar (Calif.) running back Antonio Hull was offered by Wyoming.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian athlete Damion Wright was offered by Navy.
  • Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd 2016 linebacker Camilo Eifler was offered by Michigan.
  • Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome 2016 safety Taylor Rapp was offered by Northwestern.
  • Antioch (Calif.) 2017 running back Najee Harris was offered by Michigan.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 cornerback C.J. Pollard was offered by Boston College.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak 2016 athlete Demetric Felton was offered by Utah.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) 2016 offensive lineman Tucker Scott was offered by Utah State.
  • Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep cornerback Chandler Gumbs was offered by Azusa Pacific.
  • San Clemente (Calif.) 2016 tight end Cole Fotheringham was offered by Utah State.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) defensive end Gabe McCoy was offered by UNLV.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) tight end/receiver Joe Wysocki was offered by Idaho.
  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 running back Chase Jasmin was offered by Colorado.
  • Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato was offered by Oregon.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Saint Louis 2017 quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was offered by Washington State.
  • Mililani (Hawaii) 2016 offensive lineman Andru Tovi was offered by Utah State.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Michigan.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 linebacker Curtis Robinson was offered byNebraska and Notre Dame.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott was offered by Texas and USC.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 cornerback Jordan Parker was offered by UNLV.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East 2016 defensive end/tight end was offered by Oregon State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines 2016 offensive lineman Samuelu Poutasi was offered by UNLV.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood outside linebacker T.J. Fehoko was offered by Nevada.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Kaiser 2016 offensive guard Michael Eletise was offered by Texas Tech.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala was offered by Oregon State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2017 athlete Deommodore Lenoir was offered by Boston College.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep 2016 defensive lineman Connor Murphy was offered by Michigan and Colorado.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View (NV) 2016 offensive lineman Keenan King was offered by UNLV.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2016 cornerback Byron Murphy was offered by Colorado.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe linebacker Taylor Powell was offered by Northern Arizona.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 safety Brandon Burton was offered by Washington.
  • West Covina (Calif.) 2016 defensive back Isaiah Love was offered by San Jose State.

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