West Recruiting Notebook

Scout 300 Announcements

Two of the West’s top prospects announced their decisions in the last week, and both are headed to the Pac-12.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton five-star linebacker Osa Masina, the top player in Utah in the 2015 class, committed to USC over Arizona State and UCLA.


Salt Lake City linebacker Osa Masina

Masina is headed to USC

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom announced his decision to commit to Stanford, the longtime leader, on Wednesday.

With Signing Day just five days away, there are still several Scout 300 prospects from the West set to make a decision.

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


Flip, Flip, Flipadelphia

The stretch run to Signing Day always brings a flip or two or nine.

The last week had a few big ones too, none bigger than Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry flipping from Texas to Michigan.

Gentry had committed to the Longhorns in May but once Jim Harbaugh was hired, the Wolverines honed in on Gentry.

And the four-star, the No. 1 player in New Mexico, committed to the Wolverines on his visit.

Zach Gentry

Michigan flipped Gentry

Arizona State flipped Norwalk (Calif.) defensive lineman Dillon Faamatau while the Cougars landed Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Taeon Mason, who’d been a longtime USC commit but parted ways shortly before committing to the Cougars.

Oregon State got Pago Pago (American Samoa) Leone defensive lineman Elu Aydonto switch to them, Aydon having been committed to Gary Andersen when he was atWisconsin.

UNLV got a couple of flips themselves, from Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic center Alex Neale (Montana) and Kahuku (Hawaii) defensive lineman Salanoa Alo-Wily (Hawaii). And for the second time in three years, Cal was able to flip a Mekari, with Westlake (Calif.) offensive lineman Patrick Mekari switching to Cal from Utah State, just like his brother flipped from Arizona to Cal in 2013.


Final Visit Weekend

Its the final weekend before National Signing Day.

And most schools are laying low this weekend, some hosting just a couple, others hosting none at all.

UCLA, on the other hand, will have their biggest weekend for visitors, with a blend of commits and uncommitted targets.

The headline commit is Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star outside linebackerKeisean Lucier-South, and he’ll be joined by two other commits in Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel.

Three Scout 100 prospects will be on campus this weekend, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday and Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith.

Also visiting UCLA is two Inland Empire prospects, San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio safety Nathan Meadors and Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kyon Clark.


Woods visits UCLA

BYU will have six in-state visitors coming in this weekend.

Layton (Utah) Northridge safety Dayan Lake, Toeele (Utah) Stansbury safety Zayne Anderson, Hurricane (Utah) linebacker Jeremiah Ieremia and Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive ends Gabe Reid and Devin Kaufusi will all be in Provo.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Taylorsville defensive end Mufi Hunt will also visit BYU this weekend after visiting Oregon State during the week.

Oregon State will host Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau.


Oregon State will host Folau

Boise State has two California prospects visiting this weekend, Los Alamitos (Calif.) linebacker Matt Locher and Folsom (Calif.) defensive end Sam Whitney.

Cal has new commit Patrick Mekari coming in as well as Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave.

Oregon’s guest includes two new commits from the last week in Upland (Calif.) defensive lineman Gary Baker and Steilacoom (Wash.) safety Fotu Leiato.

Colorado will host Valencia (Calif.) linebacker JayJay Wilson and Hawaii will host Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis center Fred Ulu-Perry.

Washington‘s biggest visitor is Chris Warren, the four-star running back from Rockwall (Texas) and they’ll also host in-state commit Henry Roberts, the four-star offensive lineman from Bellevue (Wash.).

Several national programs will be hosting West Coast visitors this weekend too.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala is visiting Miami while Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Deontay Burnett will visit Michigan.

Nebraska is hosting Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston and Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman Darrin Paulo.

Alston is visiting Nebraska

Ole Miss will bring in Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive end Kevin Scott, who visited USC during the week and Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood defensive endT.J. Fehoko is visiting NC State before he trips to UNLV.

And the national champions, Ohio State, will host Salem Hills (Utah) defensive end Porter Gustin, after he visited Utah earlier in the week.


-Longtime San Diego State commit Mike Bell, from Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill, decommitted from the Aztecs and now Fresno State and Washington State are in contention for the three-star.

-South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2017 four-star defensive end Langi Tuifua was an early commit to Utah, but he opened things up, still a good two years before he’ll sign anywhere.


N’Keal Harry – WR – Chandler (Ariz.) – 2016 

One of Arizona’s top prospects in 2016, Harry added offers this week fromTexas A&M, Colorado, Oregon State and Nebraska and more could be coming soon.