West Recruiting Notebook

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A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook...

The Quarterback Shuffle

It was quite a week for quarterback recruiting out West.

Travis Waller named his top four

One top ten quarterback decommitted and one named a top four.  Another four-star committed and a three-star made his commitment.

In one of the strongest years for quarterbacks in quite some time out West, the past week was a wild one.

It got started when Corona (Calif.) Santiago four-star Blake Barnett took an unofficial visit to Oregon early in the week and then decommitted from Notre Dame not long after.

That triggered the Irish to offer Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star Travis Waller, who named a top four on Monday of the Irish, Alabama, Ohio State and Northwestern and targeting a decision date of July 1.

Barnett is visiting Alabama on Thursday, LSU on Friday and possibly Georgia and Ole Miss, while Oregon still stands at the top.

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde four-star Sheriron Jones made a commitment of his own, committing to Florida on Sunday, following the path of former Rancho Verde star Ronald Powell, who played the past four years in Gainesville.

And Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns is also headed out of state to play, the three-star committing to SMU earlier in the week.

More West Coasters to Beaverton

With the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening just a couple of weeks away and the NFTC and Elite 11 Regional Tryout tour done, five more West Coasters punched tickets to Beaverton.

Sheriron Jones earned an invite to Beaverton

Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers was the quarterback MVP at the Oregon NFTC and after a good performance there and previously at the Oakland Elite 11, he was the lone player in Eugene to earn an invitation back to the state for the Elite 11 and The Opening.

Sheriron Jones started his big week off with an invitation of his own to the Elite 11 Finals after he too was strong in Oakland and also in Los Angeles at the respective Elite 11 Regional Camps.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure five-star Ricky Town got the news on Tuesday afternoon that he was invited to the Elite 11.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown became the second Friar invited to The Opening where he'll join his quarterback Waller.

Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James joined the mix at The Opening, the second year in a row the Beehive State had an offensive lineman invited.

Elite Prospects Narrow Down List

Kahlil McKenzie narrowed down his list to two schools

In addition to Waller, two more of the West's premier prospects narrowed down their lists.

The West's No. 1 overall prospect, defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, said he's down to Tennessee and Arizona and he'll announce at The Opening.  That wasn't the only big news for McKenzie, who on Monday, announced via his Twitter that he was transferring to Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.

And Arizona's No. 1 overall prospect and the West's top receiver, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk named a top ten in no order of Stanford, Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas A&M, Arizona State, USC and UCLA.


  • Positional MVPs from the Oregon NFTC included Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic 2016 running back Brandon Wellington, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat 2016 receiver Trevon Sidney, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic offensive lineman Alex Neale, Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage 2016 defensive lineman David Letuligasenoa, Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau and Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back A.J. Greeley.


    Justice Murphy - WR - Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen - 2015
    Murphy committed to Utah in late May, the first Pac-12 school to offer him getting his verbal.  Since then, he won MVP honors at the NW Elite Football Camp and Oregon State and Washington State both offered him and more Pac-12 schools could be getting involved with the three-star, who said he remains committed to the Utes.

  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Corey Adolphus committed to San Jose State.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian offensive lineman Reno Rosene committed to Duke.
  • Laney (Calif.) College linebacker Eddie Heard signed as a 2014 enrollee with Oregon.
  • Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt safety Evan Tyler committed to San Jose State.
  • Arizona Western defensive end Randy Ricks committed to San Diego State.

  • Upland (Calif.) safety Kameron Powell was offered by Boston College.
  • La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis 2016 receiver Dylan Crawford was offered by Oregon State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Cameron Hayes was offered by UTEP.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) 2016 quarterback K.J. Costello was offered by Oregon State.
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty safety Anthony Mariscal was offered by Arizona and Wyoming.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive tackle Clayton Johnston was offered by Boise State and Oregon State.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel was offered by New Mexico and Wyoming.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte cornerback Quenton Meeks was offered by Stanford.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral cornerback Cameron Haney was offered by Wyoming.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha safety Dylan Kane was offered by Boise State.
  • Tustin (Calif.) receiver George Wilson was offered by Utah.
  • Los Alamitos (Calif.) punter Blake Johnson was offered by Duke and Oregon State.
  • Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett was offered by UCLA.
  • San Leandro (Calif.) cornerback Stephen Johnson was offered by New Mexico.
  • Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany running back Dominic Davis was offered by UCLA.
  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde receiver Cedric Peterson was offered by Washington.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 2017 receiver Osiris St. Brown was offered by Washington State.
  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi 2016 defensive end Marcus Moore was offered by Washington State.
  • Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers was offered by Colorado.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's safety Ron Smith was offered by Wyoming.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Keisean Lucier-South was offered by Fresno State and Oklahoma.
  • Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's outside linebacker Ben Schrider was offered by Montana State and UC Davis.
  • Westlake (Calif.) 2016 receiver Theo Howard was offered by San Diego State.
  • Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep safety Chandler Gumbs was offered by Sacramento State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Tony Brown was offered by SMU.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo was offered by Montana State.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 linebacker Breland Brandt was offered by Alabama.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Louis Mayela was offered by Montana State and Northern Colorado.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Savion Simms was offered by Montana State.
  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 offensive lineman Frank Martin was offered by Oregon State.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit 2016 running back Beau Bisharat was offered by Washington State.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East 2016 tight end Loa Kaufusi was offered by Utah and Utah State.
  • Provo (Utah) Timpview outside linebacker Gabe Reid was offered by Arizona.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau was offered by Colorado.
  • Burbank (Calif.) running back James Williams was offered by Utah.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe 2016 defensive lineman Justin Holt was offered by Arizona..
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial athlete Dedrick Young was offered by UCLA.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Magnet 2016 safety Demetrius Flannigan was offered by Arizona.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College offensive tackle Brandon Pertile was offered by Ohio.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2016 cornerback Byron Murphy was offered by Arizona State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep 2016 defensive end Connor Murphy was offered by Stanford.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 2017 offensive guard Kayden Lyles was offered by Ohio State.
  • Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Nick Carman was offered by Wyoming.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral quarterback Sean Paul Brophy was offered by Weber State.

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

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