Scout on the Town - West Recap

Steven Mitchell

He didn't touch the ball all that much but when he did Steven Mitchell was his dangerous self.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany vs Eninco (Calif.) Crespi

Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell didn't have a lot of touches in this game was but was dynamic every time he did. He played some wildcat quarterback and showed great quickness and the ability to make people miss in the open field. He caught a deep ball late and the ensuing touchdown to bring Alemany within two points late in this game. The USC commit shows great hands and big play ability. He's an explosive athlete who combines the hands of route running of a possession receiver with the speed to get deep.

Sophomore Desean Holmes was Alemany's top receiver in this game and he showed why he's already a coveted prospect. Holmes has tremendous speed and is a legit home run threat. He's not real big but has two years to physically develop. Holmes has been to compared to former LB Poly and current Eagle receiver DeSean Jackson in terms of his size and big play ability by some on the Alemany staff. It's probably too early to give him that label but he's definitely a promising prospect.

Crespi safety Tyler Foreman played the entire game at corner showing off his versatility. Up close, Foreman has great size and looks all of 6-2, 205 pounds or so. He plays with an enforcer mentality and loves to hit but showed how much improved his athleticism has gotten in this game. He runs well and has very good flexibility. For such a big safety, he's not stiff at all and brings a ton of versatility to the table. No safety has played better out West than Foreman this year and he should be an early impact player in college.

He may not be a household name but Crespi athlete Timothy Hayes was the best player on the field. He scored two touchdowns including a 75 yarder where he outran Alemany's entire secondary and had a key interception late in the game. Hayes is probably only about 5-8 but is a strong 180 pounds and has a great burst. He's a tough inside runner but his forte is his speed and he was easily the fastest player on the field in this game.

Crespi safety Brandon Arnold is a physical player who can play in run support and pass defense. He's about 5-11, but close to 200 pounds and is built like a truck. He loves to hit and plays with an edge to him. Arnold played a ton of 7 on 7 over the summer and it has really helped his range and ability to cover. He probably projects best as a strong safety in college where he can cover backs and tight ends and play in the box for run support.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach vs. Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea

Tatum Taylor (Seattle, Wash/O'Dea), was feared lost for the season two weeks ago when he suffered an ankle injury. And while Taylor said after the game he was feeling the effects of the injury, he looked fine during the game. The three-star receiver with double digit offers played primarily running back and looked good in the open field, showing plenty of shiftiness and cutback, and no tentativeness in cutting on his ankle. He also did a good job of seeing the right hole and hitting it, instead of being hesitant. Taylor still needs to add some weight, he's pretty slight, and goes down a little too easy, but with his raw speed, he's tremendous in space and showed it even at about 75%.

Myles Gaskin (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea), is just a sophomore, but he'll be the guy for the Irish the next two years. Gaskin has a strong lower body, and is built really low to the ground. He does a tremendous job of keeping his legs chopping and doesn't go down at the first sign of contact. He's got good, not great speed, but he's a tough runner, plenty physical, and strong between the tackles.

Leo Kealani (Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach), may be the biggest player we've seen this year, at 6-10, 350-pounds. He plays right tackle, but largely because Beach has a lefthanded quarterback, still protecting the blind side. Kealani isn't real athletic, and doesn't look all that agile, but he looked surprisingly good in run blocking, doing a good job of getting to the second level, and was fine in pass pro. He's so massive that once he got a hand on a defender, it was typically over, but some times when O'Dea brought outside pressure, he struggled to get out to get his man.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Moorpark (Calif.) vs Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

Stanford wide receiver commit Francis Owusu made a huge impact right from the start in Oaks Christian's 55-7 win on Friday night. Owusu got the Lions' offense rolling with a 90-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the game and later added an 88-yard touchdown run as well. The four-star receiver pulled in a handful of catches from quarterback Brandon Dawkins and added an interception on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-3, 195 pounds, Owusu has great size to go along with good speed.

2014 quarterback Brandon Dawkins showed off his ability to run and pass against a usually solid Moorpark defense. The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback reminds me of UCLA's Brett Hundley, in that both are pure pocket passers but also have the ability to make defenses pay because of their running skills. Dawkins already has Notre Dame and Utah and will be one of the top quarterback recruits on the West Coast next year.

Cornerbacks Malik Cyphers and Darick Holmes showed good cover skills, keeping the Moorpark wide receivers in check all night.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral vs Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Chaparral athlete Jake Roh has seen his recruitment increase dramatically over the past few weeks, landing offers from Boise State, Washington State and Nevada most recently. The 6-3 210 pound Roh plays wide receiver and outside linebacker and is being recruited at OLB, TE and h-back. Roh had a tremendous game on defense Thursday, helping contain a Saguaro offense that ranked as one of the nation's most productive.

I love the future of Saguaro sophomore wide receiver Christian Kirk. Kirk already has verbal offers from UCLA and Arizona State and it is easy to see why. He is a smooth athlete and has the ability to play on either side of the ball.

Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza v. Laveen (Ariz.) Cesar Chavez
A packed crowd was on hand to see the state's #1 prospect, Priest Willis from Marcos take on undefeated Chavez, including Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and LSU. Earlier in the year, I saw Willis and he was playing strong safety, and he looked great. Friday he played corner and this versatility is why he is so heavily regarded. At 6-2 200 pounds and running sub 4.5, Willis can play anywhere in the secondary. Arizona commit running back Mauriece Lee had a fine game, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Lee doesn't have great size but is shifty and catches the ball well out of the backfield. The plan is to make him a slot receiver at U of Arizona.

Keep an eye on Marcos junior quarterback Josh Eckley, the kid is an outstanding athlete. He is a true dual-threat quarterback.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Anaheim (Calif.) Western vs Tustin (Calif.)

There are blowouts, and then there is Tustin's 82-7 homecoming victory over Western, which brought the Tillers' season record to 9-0. Touchdowns were spread throughout the team's talented offense; running back Terence Martinez scored four touchdowns and also had a few key plays on defense, including an interception for a 75-yard return in the third quarter, getting the ball to prime scoring position. Linebacker Edward Tandy, whose offers include California, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada, also had some big plays, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, one of his many touchdowns of the night. Tandy said after the game that he plans on taking a visit to Cal. Running back Davonte Young was another big scorer for the Tillers with multiple touchdowns. Young, who has been hearing from most of the Pac-12, said post-game that he is focused on his academics rather than recruiting and is putting in all of his effort to ensure his eligibility. Linebacker Marshaun Daniel (Houston, UNLV, and Nevada offers) had a few big hits on defense, but also accounted for two of the Tillers' touchdowns. Center David Maka also impressed; an explosive player, Maka, whose offers include Utah, UCLA, and San Diego State, looks to be every bit of the 6-foot-5, 305-pounds that he's listed. Maka and Young both visited Arizona this weekend and were in attendance for the Wildcats' upset of USC.

La Verne (Calif.) Damien vs Chino Hills (Calif.)
Friday night's homecoming match up between Chino Hills and Damien was another win for the home team, as Chino Hills defeated Damien 56-14. Chino Hills receiver Jack Austin, the game's most highly touted prospect, impressed with his blocking ability and showed off good hands, catching both short passes and deep balls from quarterback Matt Simko. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Austin picked up offers including Oregon State, San Diego State, and Utah before committing to the Boise State Broncos in June. Austin said after the game that he'll be taking his official visit to Bronco County after his senior season, but that he's been in weekly contact with the staff. Austin also said he's had a chance to watch the Broncos' offense play this year and has come away impressed; he's also continuing to work on his blocking, as the Broncos' receivers emphasize both blocking and catching.

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