West Recruiting Notebook

Ben Humphreys

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

Dominoes Starting to Fall

First it was Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure five-star quarterback Ricky Town committing to Alabama last summer before flipping to USC in January.

Next came Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett giving a verbal to Notre Dame, the four-star picking the Irish over a number of Pac-12 offers.

Then came Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star quarterback Josh Rosen committing to UCLA earlier this month.

With those two off the board, Washington became the third Pac-12 school to get a commitment from a California quarterback in the 2015 class when Folsom (Calif.) four-star Jake Browning committed to the Huskies.

The verbal from Browning ends the Huskies pursuit for a quarterback, landing them the No. 7 quarterback nationally.

It also puts Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park four-star Brett Rypien, ranked No. 8 nationally, up next on the commitment docket, with plans to announce the first week in April. 

It could also push Washington State to the forefront of the Cougar legacy, the nephew of former NFL and Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien.

Two other Western quarterbacks are in the current top ten nationally, Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Brady White and Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Sheriron Jones, though neither are expected to make immediate commitments anywhere.

Arizona's Big Week

Arizona picked up three verbal commitments, one from in-state and two from California, during the week.

It started with Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge running back Taren Morrison committing to the Wildcats, giving them their second in-state commitment in the class.

Then on Saturday, the Wildcats landed a pair of Californians.

First, Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt tight end Ricky McCoy committed to the Wildcats and then Arizona landed a verbal later in the day from Newbury Park (Calif.) athlete Darick Holmes.

  • Two more West Coast prospects were invited to NIKE's The Opening this summer in Beaverton and both were MVPs at the Los Angeles NFTC.  Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys, who was the LB MVP and Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry, who was the OL MVP, were both selected to The Opening this past week.

    Mason Walter - OT - Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral - 2015
    The Inland Empire offensive lineman has quickly moved into double-digits for offers, with Pac-12 and Big 12 schools offering him this past week.  Walter took an unofficial to Arizona State earlier in the week and picked up an offer from the Sun Devils then closed out the week with an offer from their Holiday Bowl opponents Texas Tech.  Walter now has a dozen offers.


  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon offensive lineman Jake Grant committed to Utah.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta receiver Colin Baker committed to San Jose State.

  • Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys was offered by Arizona State and Duke.
  • Anaheim (Calif.) Servite offensive tackle Clayton Johnston was offered by Arizona State.
  • Riverside (Calif.) Poly athlete Ykili Ross was offered by Texas Tech.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North athlete Noruwa Obanor was offered by Nevada.
  • Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James was offered by Ohio State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back A.J. Greeley was offered by Washington State.
  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde athlete Cedric Peterson was offered by Arizona.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra running back Malik Roberson was offered by Boston College..
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Stanley Norman was offered by Arizona.
  • Mission Viejo (Calif.) 2017 receiver Keyshawn Johnson was offered by Miami and Tennessee.
  • San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 2016 receiver Collin Johnson was offered by USC.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Greyson Bankhead was offered by Arizona.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi was offered by Notre Dame.
  • San Leandro (Calif.) cornerback Stephen Johnson was offered by Arizona State.
  • Federal Way (Wash.) athlete Chico McClatcher was offered by Arizona.
  • Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron was offered by Utah.
  • Carson (Calif.) 2016 defensive back Markel Dismuke was offered by Arizona State.
  • Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 athlete Darnay Holmes was offered by Arizona.
  • Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Desean Holmes was offered by Arizona.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta defensive lineman Tevita Mounga was offered by BYU.
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) offensive tackle Isaiah Trevino was offered by Fresno State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley receiver Aaron Young was offered by Duke.
  • Upland (Calif.) safety Kameron Powell was offered by Utah.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday was offered by Texas Tech.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 2016 linebacker Simi Fehoko was offered by Utah.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly was offered by Oklahoma.
  • Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon offensive lineman Branden Bowen was offered by Utah.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman Nick Capella was offered by Nevada and Yale.
  • Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley was offered by Wisconsin and NC State.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta tight end Jamie Nunley was offered by Arizona.
  • Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart was offered by Wisconsin.
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces running back Sheldon Croney was offered by Fresno State.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Nicco Fertitta was offered by San Diego State.,
  • Gilbert (Ariz.) offensive tackle Steve Miller was offered by BYU.
  • Glendale (Ariz.) College offensive tackle Jevonte Domond was offered by Miami.
  • Mesa (Ariz.) College Brandon Pertile was offered by East Carolina.

    Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this notebook

  • eDuck.com Recommended Stories


    Up Next


    Tweets