West Recruiting Notebook

Eddie Vanderdoes

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook with Signing Day just a few days away...

Final Visits

Its the final visit weekend.  The final chance for colleges to host elite prospects.  The final on-campus pitch and chance to woo those final recruits.

And all eyes out West will be on Tuscaloosa, where Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes will take his fifth, and final visit, to Alabama, seeing the BCS National Champions, a week after he visited Notre Dame, their opponent in South Beach.

Vanderdoes, the lone uncommitted five-star prospect yet to make a decision, will announce where he's headed on Wednesday after taking the visit to Alabama.

But he's not the only big visitor left.

Utah will be hosting Redlands (Calif.) East Valley four-star defensive end Kylie Fitts, the top defensive end in the West, who is doing his fifth and final official visit before he makes his decision early Wednesday morning at his school.

Washington will have San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln twins Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson on campus for their last official visits.  The Robinson twins have been committed to Oregon since the fall, but the Huskies will have one final shot to impress them and convince them to flip.  Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Keishawn Bierria is also visiting Washington and he'll announce his decision on Wednesday afternoon on Fox Sports West.

Fresno State will be trying to flip a four-star themselves, Washington commit Lavon Coleman, a running back out of Lompoc (Calif.).

Oregon has a pair of commits to other schools, Wilsonville (Ore.) linebacker Johnny Ragin III,  a commit to Cal and running back Kani Benoit from Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird, a commit to UNLV.

Other notable visitors from the West include Valencia (Calif.) safety Tedric Thompson, who will also announce his decision on Fox Sports West on Signing Day, tripping to Minnesota, where his brother plays, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety David Price visiting San Jose State and Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce linebacker Matthew Lyons visiting Southern Mississippi.

Scout 300 Prospects Left

Most of the West's top prospects for 2013 have made their decisions, but a few have to make commitments while a few more committed prospects have to either firm up their verbals or go a different direction.

Vanderdoes is the big fish out West, and he's likely the last player to make his choice.  The five-star will publicly commit at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at a ceremony at his school.  Vanderdoes is expected to choose from between Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Fitts' decision will come at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the four-star choosing from Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea will also announce on Wednesday morning, early in Hawaii, choosing from Texas A&M and UCLA.

Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Myles Jack said on Monday night that he's solid to UCLA after a weekend visit to Washington, and cancelled a scheduled trip to Florida State this weekend, but this one will be over when the fax is in on Wednesday.

The Robinson twins will have to make their final choice on Wednesday morning after the Oregon verbals visit Washington this weekend.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive tackle Nico Falah says he's torn between Washington and USC, where he's been committed since summer, and he'll make his final decision on Wednesday.  Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Kenny Lacy will make his final choice on Monday between Arkansas and UCLA, where he committed in September.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge will decide on the Fox Sports West Signing Day Show on Wednesday, choosing between Arizona State and UCLA, where he committed in summer.

Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore will choose on Signing Day too at his school in the morning from Arizona State, Cal, Oklahoma and Oregon State.

San Diego (Calif.) Horizon receiver Darren Carrington, a longtime Oregon commit, has visited Arizona and Arizona State as well, though he cancelled a trip to Ohio State, and he'll make his final decision this week.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt will also make his final decision on Wednesday, between Oregon and Cal, where he's been committed since July.


Dallis Todd- WR - La Mirada (Calif.) - 2014
Todd got eight offers in the course of a 10-day span.  Eastern Washington and New Mexico State had previously offered, then offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee came in.


  • Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt cornerback Elijah Mitchell committed to Nevada.
  • Gardena (Calif.) athlete Tyree Simmons reconfirmed his commitment to Colorado State.
  • Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker D.J. Moffitt committed to UNLV.
  • Laguna Beach (Calif.) safety Drake Martinez committed to Nebraska.
  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta cornerback Treshon Broughton committed to Fresno State.
  • Fresno (Calif.) City College offensive tackle Chongo Kondolo committed to Nebraska.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View offensive lineman Elijah George committed to Oregon.
  • La Mesa (Calif.) Helix running back Michael Adkins committed to Colorado.
  • Provo (Utah) Timpview defensive end Pita Taumoepenu committed to Hawaii.
  • Renton (Wash.) Hazen tight end Zach Cable committed to Idaho.
  • City College of San Francisco (Calif.) receiver Dezmon Epps committed to Idaho.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood cornerback Desmond Banks committed to Idaho.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) Pac-Five defensive end Titus Failauga committed to Oregon State.
  • Cerritos (Calif.) College offensive tackle Sean Rubalcava committed to Fresno State.
  • Wilsonville (Ore.) receiver Tanner Shipley committed to Boise State.
  • Fontana (Calif.) Summit cornerback Charles Okonkwo committed to San Diego State.

  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta 2014 outside linebacker Tyler Cook got his first offer from San Jose State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) 2014 tight end Tyler Luatua was offered by both Ole Miss and Tennessee.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2014 linebacker Marquis Ware was offered by Ohio State.
  • La Mirada (Calif.) 2015 quarterback Kevin Dillman was offered by Ole Miss and Tennessee.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 linebacker Dwight Williams was offered by Tennessee.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central 2014 running back Nick Wilson was offered by Arkansas.
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian 2014 linebacker Jamardre Cobb was offered by Ohio State.

    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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