West Recruiting Notebook

Eddie Vanderdoes

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook, with another big visit weekend on tap out West...

Another Big Visit Weekend

With 19 days until National Signing Day, one of the biggest and busiest weekends is coming up, and half the Pac-12 schools will have double-digit visitors.

USC will be welcoming in a slew of commits and top targets, including three five-star prospects: Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas, Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey is a commit to USC, with several schools trying to flip him while Vanderdoes was a long-time USC commit who decommitted last month and has a host of schools trying to snag him.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings and Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell are also visiting USC, where they both committed in summer, as are Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah and Louisville (Ky.) Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher, commits that USC is trying to shore up this weekend.

And Oregon commits Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson, the four-star prospects from San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, will also visit.

UCLA will had 10 visitors on campus, five committed and five uncommitted, and the headliner there is Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza five-star cornerback Priest Willis and Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts, as well as Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman and Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Johnny Johnson

Joining them will be commits that are visiting other schools but that UCLA is trying to lock up in Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Myles Jack and Missouri City (Texas) Marshall linebacker Deon Hollins.

Arizona State has a quartet of Scout 300 prospects visiting from their dozen visitors, the big names being Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore and Avon (Ind.) defensive end Elijah Daniel from the uncommitted ranks.  Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge, a commit to UCLA, is also visiting Arizona State as is four-star quarterback commit Joshua Dobbs from Georgia.

Washington State's big weekend will bring in 10 visitors, including a trio of commits to other Pac-12 schools.

Leading their list is a pair of Cal commits in Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy defensive end Takkarist McKinley and Menifee (Calif.) Heritage cornerback Darius Allensworth and El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Marcellus Pippins, a Utah verbal.

Commits visiting Pullman include Allensworth's teammate, running back Jamal Morrow, Lynden (Wash.) offensive lineman Matt Meyer and Burien (Wash.) Kennedy offensive lineman Cole Madison.

Utah has 14 official visitors scheduled for the weekend, the most prominent name being South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, the younger brother of Utah All-American Star Lotulelei, and the #2-ranked prospect in state.  Also visiting is Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive end Gaius Vaenuku.

The Utes also have a handful of commits coming in, including El Toro (Calif.) quarterback Conner Manning, Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive lineman Sam Tevi and Sandy (Utah) Alta receiver Harrison Handley.

It will be Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre's biggest weekend in his first month in Boulder, with a dozen visitors expected.

Most notable are commits like Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Liufau, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Devin Ross, Monrovia (Calif.) linebacker George Frazier and Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman Colin Sutton.

They'll be joined by key Buff targets like Valencia (Calif.) safety Tedric Thompson and San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove cornerback Chidobe Awuzie.

Arizona has a couple of commits coming in, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza teammates Paul Elvira and Mauriece Lee as well as Glendale (Ariz.) College lineman Steven Gurrola.

The Wildcats will also be bringing in Oregon commit Darren Carrington from San Diego (Calif.) Horizon and Fresno (Calif.) Edison quarterback Khari McGee.

Cal will welcome commits like Khalfani Muhammad, the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back, Paramount (Calif.) offensive lineman Chris Borrayo and Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers lineman Vince Johnson, who flipped to the Bears this weekend.

Oregon will have a small number of visitors in their first weekend with out Chip Kelly as the head coach, but their lone West Coast visitor is a big one in Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt.  Two other big namers are visiting, Torrodney Prevot from Texas, a commit to USC and Alabama linebacker Zach Cunningham.

Washington will have a smaller affair than last week, but it includes five commits, including four-star defensive tackle Elijah Qualls from Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande, who's cancelled all his other visits and remains a solid commit to the Huskies, as well as Oakley (Calif.) Freedom receiver Darrell Daniels.

In-state visitors include Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Sean Constantine and Tumwater (Wash.) defensive lineman Jaimie Bryant.

BYU will be hosting a good amount of visitors, including a big contingent from the state of Oregon, all commits to the Cougars. 

Leading that group is Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha four-star lineman Brayden Kearsley, who committed to the Cougars as a sophomore and Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic safety Dallin Leavitt.  They'll be flanked by Wilsonville (Ore.) teammates Johnny Ragin III, a three-star linebacker and receiver Tanner Shipley.

Fresno State will welcome in Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta cornerback Treshon Broughton and Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral receiver DaMari Scott.

West prospects visiting schools from around the country include Fresno (Calif.) City College offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo visiting Nebraska, Ralston Valley (Tenn.) offensive tackle Dan Skipper visiting Arkansas and Ohio State, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis linebacker Colton Goeas visiting Kansas, Parker (Colo.) Chaparral tight end Mitch Parsons visiting Vanderbilt and Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue visiting Texas A&M.

  • The big news this week out West was the departure of Chip Kelly from Oregon to the Philadelphia Eagles.  Several recruits reacted to the news and Scout took a look at where Oregon goes from here.


  • La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis quarterback Jared Lebowitz committed to UNLV.
  • Kailua (Hawaii) defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni committed to Pittsburgh
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers offensive guard Vince Johnson flipped his commitment from Iowa State to Cal.
  • Salinas (Calif.) Palma defensive end Jack Powers committed to Arizona State.
  • Arizona Western cornerback Nate Willis committed to Kentucky.
  • College of Sequoias (Calif.) defensive end Claudell Louis switched his commitment from BYU to Fresno State.
  • Culver City (Calif.) receiver Julius Wilson committed to San Diego State.
  • Westlake (Calif.) defensive tackle Tony Mekari switched his verbal from Arizona to Cal.
  • Mission Viejo (Calif.) defensive end Garrett Marino committed to Arizona State.
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake center Thomas Oser committed to Stanford.
  • Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge center David Patterson committed to Fresno State.
  • Inglewood (Calif.) defensive end Chauntez Jackson flipped his verbal from Tennessee to Houston.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) College tight end Woody Quinn committed to Tennessee.
  • Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's receiver Kaodi Dike committed to Nevada.
  • Paramount (Calif.) offensive lineman Chris Borrayo committed to Cal.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Nick Usher committed to UTEP.

  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian lineman Christopher Gonzalez was offered by San Jose State
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) 2014 cornerback Adarius Pickett was offered by UCLA and Nevada.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 linebacker Dwight Williams was offered by Washington State and Nebraska.
  • Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley linebacker Leon Jacobs was offered by Wisconsin.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) 2014 linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by Nebraska and Boise State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central 2014 defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood was offered by Houston and Cal.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) 2014 cornerback Ralston Compton was offered by Eastern Washington.
  • Inglewood (Calif.) 2014 receiver Zaire Andre was offered by Houston.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins also contributed to this notebook.

    Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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