West Recruiting Notebook

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

More Quarterback Shuffling

A tradition unlike any other is the quarterback shuffling that goes on each spring and sometimes, into the summer.

But with Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller committing to Oregon on Tuesday, the list of available quarterbacks in the West, and the schools that need them, is starting to dwindle.

Waller became the latest to come off the board when he chose the Ducks, but that still leaves two more Elite 11 quarterbacks with decisions to be made.

Waller is headed to Oregon

Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers was offered by California over the weekend after taking an unofficial visit and was weighing a greyshirt opportunity with Washington, where his mother is the gymnastics coach and Colorado State

But the Cal offer has hastened things and now Bowers is set to announce his decision at The Opening and he'll choose between the Bears and Colorado State.

San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Sam Darnold was also offered over the weekend, USC joining the mix.  Darnold is likely to announce following The Opening and Elite 11.

Announcements at The Opening

Langley will announce in Beaverton

With the Elite 11 Finals starting this weekend and spilling in to next week with The Opening in Beaverton, three more West prospects will announce their college commitments in addition to Ross Bowers.

The West's top prospect, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie will choose from between Arizona and Tennessee.

San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson will pick from Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley will announce from Cal, Oregon, UCLA and USC.

(Here are the West prospects that have been invited to The Opening)

Interestingly enough, last year, three players from the West announced their commitments in Beaverton and all three signed with a different school then they announced for with D.J. Calhoun committing to USC and signing with Arizona State, Naijiel Hale committing to Arizona and signing with Washington and Jaleel Wadood announcing for Cal and signing with UCLA.


  • Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol linebacker Cassius Peat named his top six over the weekend.  Peat named Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA in his final six.
  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive end Takkarist McKinley, one of the top JC players in the West, named his top ten this week.  The schools that made his top 10 were Oklahoma, Texas, California, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington State, Tennessee, Oregon, Missouri and USC.


    Dylan Kane - DB - Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha - 2015
    In what is one of the best classes in years in Hawaii, Kane is one of the new risers in the state.  Last week alone, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State offered Kane and plenty more are likely to come between now and Signing Day.  A gifted athlete, Kane may be the top skill prospect in a Hawaiian class heavy in the trenches.

  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral cornerback Darrien Molton committed to Washington State.
  • Beaverton (Ore.) offensive lineman Jared Hilbers committed to Washington.
  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer offensive tackle Johnny Capra committed to Cal.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral defensive tackle Bryson Bridges committed to San Jose State.
  • Logan (Utah) receiver Chad Artist committed to Utah State.
  • Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral center Kyle Hoppe committed to San Jose State.
  • Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit offensive guard Tim Lynott committed to Colorado.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central tight end Zeandae Johnson committed to Cal.
  • Reno (Nev.) Bishop Manogue long snapper Wes Farnsworth committed to Nevada.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian safety Damion Wright committed to Boise State.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite long snapper A.J. Carty committed to Washington.
  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne cornerback Trevon Bierria committed to San Jose State.
  • Ewa Beach (Hawaii) Campbell linebacker Solomon Matautia committed to Oregon State.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Magnet safety Demetrius Flannigan committed to Arizona.
  • Ewa Beach (Hawaii) Campbell safety Abiel Taito committed to Nevada.
  • Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon linebacker Hunter Mattox committed to Oregon State.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Alex Bachman committed to Wake Forest.

  • Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany running back Dominic Davis was offered by USC.
  • Santa Margarita (Calif.) defensive end Rick Wade was offered by UCLA.
  • Torrance (Calif.) North linebacker Mique Juarez was offered by USC.
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 receiver Jack Jones was offered by Boise State.
  • B uena Park (Calif.) receiver Jaylinn Hawkins was offered by Arizona.
  • Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos 2016 linebacker Bryce Youngquist was offered by Utah.
  • San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian linebacker Blair Ewers was offered by Tulane.
  • Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge quarterback Eric Dungey was offered by Nevada and Wyoming.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit 2016 running back Beau Bisharat was offered by Cal.
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum 2017 athlete Josh Falo was offered by Colorado.
  • Auburn (Calif.) Placer 2016 offensive tackle Jacob Capra was offered by Cal and San Jose State.
  • Antioch (Calif.) 2017 athlete Najee Harris was offered by Cal and UCLA.
  • Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley receiver J.J. Koski was offered by Cal Poly.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 receiver Damian Alloway was offered by Utah.
  • Huntington Beach (Calif.) receiver Nolan Thompson was offered by Navy.
  • Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic center Alex Neale was offered by Idaho and Portland State.
  • West Linn (Ore.) 2017 cornerback Elijah Molden was offered by Oregon.
  • Pittsburg (Calif.) 2016 safety Shurod Thompson was offered by Arizona.
  • Los Banos (Calif.) Pacheco linebacker Frank Ginda was offered by Air Force.
  • Norco (Calif.) receiver Cameron Sutton was offered by Montana and Montana State.
  • Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's linebacker Khalil Hodge was offered by Sacramento State.
  • Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty cornerback Kory Wilson was offered by Navy.
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro athlete Kamron Johnson was offered by Wyoming.
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino defensive tackle Marcus Edwards was offered b Navy.

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

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