West Recruit Roundtable: 2015 Spring Emerger

Travis Waller

Scout.com West analysts discuss their picks for the top emerger from the 2015 class this spring...

In our first installment of the West Recruiting Roundtable, we asked our analysts to name the 2015 prospect from their region who really emerged during the spring as a top tier prospect.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller saw his recruitment blow up with a big spring. He was always a top tier prospect but heading in to the spring, he wasn't often mentioned with the other top quarterbacks out West. Fast forward a few months and he's now a top priority for national programs like Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Waller is athletic but made major improvements as a pure thrower and the best part is he's still not close to reaching his full potential.

Brandon Huffman
National Recruiting Analyst, West

San Leandro (Calif.) cornerback Stephen Johnson is already one of the most versatile athletes in the region, but this spring really proved that out.  How so?  Johnson was offered for three different positions, and not the most common three-positions you'd expect.  Most schools have offered him as a cornerback and as a receiver but Fresno State offered him as a quarterback.  Regardless of what position he plays, the four-star looked very good at the Oakland NFTC, working at both receiver and corner, ran a 4.4 forty and then earned an invitation to The Opening.  That's why most of the Pac-12 is pursuing him, with California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington all prioritizing him and all for different positions.

Jason Jewell
Southwest Recruiting Analyst

Gilbert (Ariz.) offensive tackle Steve Miller hasn't played a ton of football, just one year. He was coached by current Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly last year before he was hired by the Cowboys. The more football Miller plays, the better he will be. He is all of 6-4, 295 pounds and looks lean. He has good feet, improving technique and confidence and exploded during Spring evaluation period when coaches saw him in person.

Doug Kimmel
Mountain Recruiting Analyst

James Empey has really come on strong this spring. He is up to five offers, including Boise State, BYU, Utah, Utah State, and Washington, but his performances at the Mountain West Elite Camp lead me to believe more offers are around the corner. Empey is a technician on the football field. His footwork, use of hands, and overall understanding of the game are elite. He has an Ivy-League brain mixed with a blue-collar nastiness, and should only continue to trend up. Empey was the clear-cut MVP at Mountain West Elite, never taking a play off, and winning every single rep during the eight session camp.

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