Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver drags Bellarmine Prep defenders into the end zone. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver drags Bellarmine Prep defenders into the end zone. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com

High School Sports

The News Tribune’s 2016 Western 100

January 30, 2016 09:00 AM

UPDATED February 03, 2016 05:22 PM

 

Top high school recruits from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Western Canada, as selected by The News Tribune after polling coaches and various media outlets.

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QUARTERBACK (10)

 
Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason stands tall to complete a touchdown pass to his receiver. (Lui Kit Wong, staff file.)

Ian Book, 6-1/195, El Dorado, Calif. (Oak Ridge)

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Committed to Notre Dame

Daniel Bridge-Gadd, 6-2/200, Phoenix (Paradise Valley)

Committed to Washington

KJ Costello, 6-5/210, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)

Committed to Stanford

Jacob Eason, 6-6/215, Lake Stevens

Signed letter of intent with Georgia

Matt Fink, 6-3/180, Glendora, Calif.

Signed letter of intent with USC

Malik Henry, 6-3/175, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)

Signed letter of intent with Florida State

Karé Lyles, 6-2/210, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro)

Committed to Wisconsin

Devon Modster, 6-2/215, Rancho Santa , Calif. (Tesoro)

Committed to UCLA

Mason Moran, 6-3/185, Chandler, Ariz.

Committed to Oregon State

Patrick O’Brien, 6-4/225, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills)

Signed letter of intent with Nebraska

Scouting report: Not a great year for signal callers in the West — or across the country for that matter. Eason, in a battle with IMG Academy (Fla.) standout Shea Patterson as the top quarterback prospect in the country, is arguably the best quarterback recruit to ever come out of the state of Washington. A pure dropback passer, Eason had reopened his recruiting after coach Mark Richt was fired at Georgia in late November, but re-upped with the Bulldogs two weeks later over Florida. The program’s best quarterback prospect since Aaron Murray in 2009, Eason enrolled this winter semester, and likely will challenge for the starting spot immediately. … Henry was also an early enrollee at Florida State. He threw two touchdowns in the Under Armour All-America game. … A childhood USC fan, Costello instead opted for Stanford. He threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 54 touchdowns in high school, and wrote a U.S. Army All-American game diary for USA Today.

RUNNING BACK (6)

 
Jesuit running back and Stanford commit Beau Bisharat, left, runs down the field against the Yuba City Honkers. (Andrew Seng, Sacramento Bee file.)

Beau Bisharat, 6-2/215, Carmichael, Calif. (Jesuit)

Considering Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, UCLA

Demetric Felton, 5-9/180, Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak)

Signed letter of intent with UCLA

Vavae Malepeai, 6-0/200, Mililani, Hawaii

Committed to Oregon

Alexander Mattison, 6-0/200, San Bernardino, Calif.

Committed to Boise State

Sean McGrew, 5-7/175, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco)

Committed to Washington

J.J. Taylor, 5-6/160, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

Committed to Arizona

Scouting report: In 2017, Alabama commit Najee Harris will arguably be the top running back to sign in the country out of Antioch High in California. Until then … recruiters will have to suffer through a down year. When it’s all said and done, McGrew’s national-caliber sprinter speed might highlight him as the best member of this class. He should fit into the Huskies’ offensive backfield nicely with Myles Gaskin and Chico McClatcher. … For the sixth consecutive season, the Ducks secured a pledge from a U.S. Army All-American tailback. This time, it was Malapeai — Hawaii’s all-time leading rusher with 4,549 yards and 71 touchdowns — who gained a game-high 74 yards at the all-star game in San Antonio. He displayed good vision, patience and toughness — and an array of nifty spin moves. Malapeai was also selected the winner of the inaugural Marcus Mariota Award as this season’s state player of the year.

WIDE RECEIVER (12)

 
West wide receiver Javon McKinley, left, gives his armbands to a fan after the Army All American Bowl against the East. (AP file.)

Damian Alloway, 5-10/170, Fontana, Calif. (Summit)

Considering Notre Dame, UCLA

Chase Claypool, 6-5/215, Abbotsford, B.C. (Abbotsford Senior Secondary)

Committed to Notre Dame

Dylan Crawford, 6-1/170, Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)

Committed to Michigan

Simi Fehoko, 6-4/180, Salt Lake City (Brighton)

Committed to Stanford

N’Keal Harry, 6-3/220, Chandler, Ariz.

Committed to Arizona State

Theo Howard, 6-0/180, Westlake Village, Calif. (Westlake)

Signed letter of intent with UCLA

Collin Johnson, 6-5/200, San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)

Signed letter of intent with Texas

Matt Laris, 6-4/215, Sammamish (Eastside Catholic)

Committed to Cal

Dymond Lee, 6-2/170, West Hills, Calif. (Chaminade)

Committed to UCLA

Javon McKinley, 6-2/205, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

Committed to Notre Dame

Chris Taylor-Yamanoha, 6-3/185, Rohnert Park, Calif. (Rancho Cotate)

Committed to Louisville

Tyler Vaughns, 6-2/170, La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat)

Committed to USC

Scouting report: A run of Arizona playmakers signing with out-of-state powerhouses appears to stop this season with Harry, a long, rangy, deep threat who chose Arizona State over Washington and Texas A&M. He is a true show-stopper — even making national news in December by shattering a backboard during basketball season. … After hauling in 97 passes for 2,062 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season, McKinley surged to the top of many recruiting boards. And he is the centerpiece of Notre Dame’s pass-catching haul, being able to play inside or outside. … The Irish also secured a commitment from Claypool, the first Canadian to make The News Tribune’s “Northwest Nuggets.” A long-term project, he oozes with upside. … If UCLA beats Notre Dame on Alloway, the Bruins would have a pair of top-100 recruits. Howard is the other one. … Fast and versatile, Vaughns could be the best of the bunch as a top-30 recruit overall. His USC commitment appears shaky, at best.

TIGHT END (3)

 
De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi throws against Centennial during the first half of the CIF Open Division high school championship game. (AP file.)

Devin Asiasi, 6-5/275, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)

Considering Michigan, UCLA, USC, Washington, Alabama

Jacob Kizer, 6-5/245, Salem, Ore. (West Salem)

Committed to Washington

Cam McCormick, 6-5/225, Bend, Ore. (Summit)

Committed to Oregon

Scouting report: One of the remaining hotly contested recruiting battles is for the West’s only true blue-chip tight end prospect — Asiasi. A top-50 recruit overall, Asiasi was recruited as both a tight end and defensive lineman, but he has made it clear he wants to play offense. UCLA and USC are considered the favorites, but watch out for a late push by Michigan for the teenager, who displayed surprisingly good receiving skills at U.S. Army All-American practices.

OFFENSIVE LINE (15)

 
Lineman Jonah Williams of the Folsom Bulldogs practices run blocking. (Sacramento Bee file.)

Alex Akingbulu, 6-6/265, Harbor City, Calif. (Nathaniel Narbonne)

Committed to UCLA

Michael Alves, 6-5/320, San Diego (Saint Augustine)

Committed to UCLA

Sean Auwae, 6-4/305, Kapolei, Hawaii

Committed to Vanderbilt

Kole Bailey, 6-5/285, Twin Falls, Idaho

Committed to Boise State

Logan Bathke, 6-5/270, Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)

Committed to Oregon

Cohl Cabral, 6-5/250, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)

Committed to Arizona State

Jacob Capra, 6-5/275, Auburn, Calif. (Placer)

Signed letter of intent with Oregon

Michael Eletise, 6-4/300, Honolulu (Kaiser)

Committed to Arizona

Henry Hattis, 6-7/275, Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland)

Committed to Stanford

Daniel Juarez, 6-5/290, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

Committed to Cal

Keenan King, 6-4/300, Las Vegas (Arbor View)

Committed to Washington State

Frank Martin II, 6-6/300, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei)

Committed to USC

Nathan Smith, 6-7/275, Murrieta, Calif. (Mesa)

Signed letter of intent with USC

Luke Wattenberg, 6-5/275, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (JSerra Catholic)

Committed to Washington

Jonah Williams, 6-5/295, Folsom, Calif.

Signed letter of intent with Alabama

Scouting report: Alabama won this season’s inaugural Joe Moore Award for top offensive line in college football. And the Crimson Tide came into Pac-12 territory — specifically close to chief supreme-blocking rival Stanford — to grab Williams, a top-25 recruit nationally and arguably the second-best tackle prospect behind Texas standout Gregory Little (Ole Miss commit). To be fair, Williams has ties to the South — his father went to Georgia, and his mother attended Auburn. As impressive as his frame is his speed to get out and block on perimeter passes. … Coaches joke that Eletise, the West’s top interior lineman, plays like a “robot” because he repeats the same mechanics over and over again. He is the gem of the Wildcats’ large incoming offensive-line class, and could play immediately. … Typically, Stanford fares well out of state. This year is no exception with 11 out-of-California recruits.

LINEBACKER (11)

 
Clovis West’s Caleb Kelly, left, finds room up the sideline before being tackled at McLane High stadium. (Fresno Bee file.)

Krys Barnes, 6-2/225, Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty)

Committed to UCLA

Eric Briscoe Jr., 6-3/215, Yakima (Davis)

Committed to Oregon

JoJo Domann, 6-1/210, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)

Committed to Nebraska

Camilo Eifler, 6-2/210, Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)

Committed to Washington

Darrian Franklin, 6-2/205, Downey, Calif.

Committed to Oregon

Mique Juarez, 6-3/210, Torrance, Calif. (North)

Considering Ole Miss, UCLA, Alabama

Caleb Kelly, 6-3/220, Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)

Considering Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon

Keenan Pili, 6-3/205, Provo, Utah (Timpview)

Committed to BYU

Curtis Robinson, 6-3/210, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei)

Committed to Stanford

Lokeni Toailoa, 6-2/210, Rialto, Calif. (Carter)

Signed letter of intent with UCLA

Bryce Youngquist, 6-2/215, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)

Committed to Oklahoma

Scouting report: Get used to hearing these two names — Juarez and Kelly — over the few remaining days of recruiting. Both are top-20 prospects nationally. Both were USA Today first-team defense members who played in the U.S. Army All-American game. And both are still uncommitted. Juarez, a former USC commit, is the bigger prize — arguably the most decorated recruit to ever come out of North Torrance. Most want him at linebacker, outside or in the middle. UCLA has talked to him about playing both ways — Juarez scored 60 touchdowns as a quarterback last fall. … Kelly is the reigning Butkus Award winner for the nation’s top high school linebacker. Seen as an outside linebacker, Kelly is equally dominant as a pass rusher and against the run. And listen up, Seattle — his dream is to play for the Seahawks.

DEFENSIVE LINE (12)

 
Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver drags Bellarmine Prep defenders into the end zone. (Drew Perine, staff file.)

Oluwole Betiku, 6-4/245, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Signed letter of intent with USC

Breland Brandt, 6-4/220, Los Angeles (Windward)

Signed letter of intent with UCLA

Isaac Garcia, 6-4/225, Bellevue

Committed to Oregon State

Justin Holt, 6-3/300, Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic)

Committed to Arizona

Carlo Kemp, 6-3/255, Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)

Committed to Michigan

Osawaru Odighizuwa, 6-3/260, Portland (David Douglas)

Committed to UCLA

Garrett Rand, 6-3/280, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)

Committed to Wisconsin

Boss Tagaloa, 6-3/295, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)

Considering Cal, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

Maxs Tupai, 6-2/245, Murray, Utah

Considering BYU, Oklahoma, Oregon State, USC, Utah

Evan Weaver, 6-3/245, Spokane (Gonzaga Prep)

Committed to Cal

Amandre Williams, 6-3/210, Maple Valley (Tahoma)

Committed to Washington

Bryson Young, 6-6/230, Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)

Committed to Oregon

Scouting report: This is easily the deepest and most talented position group nationally in recruiting for 2016. At least six of the top 10 recruits in the country play on the defensive line. The West’s top pass rusher is Betiku, a native of Nigeria who was adopted by former NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington. When Arrington moved out to California for a job with the NFL Network, Betiku came with him — and played at Serra. His combination of natural strength and burst has made him a top-50 recruit nationally. He initially gave an oral commitment to UCLA, but switched and enrolled this winter semester with the Trojans. … UCLA is set to do just fine anyway. The Bruins reeled in Brandt, the No. 2 defensive end in the region and who played in the U.S. Army All-American game, and Odighizuwa, who is the nation’s top-ranked prep heavyweight wrestler. They are also one of the favorites to land Tagaloa, the West’s top interior lineman who has the frame and maturity to step in and play immediately.

ATHLETE (10)

 
Eastside Catholic kick returner Brandon Wellington takes the opening kickoff back for a touchdown during the state 3A semifinals at the Tacoma Dome. (Tony Overman, staff file.)

Brandon Burton, 6-0/185, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Considering Florida State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC

Lamar Jackson, 6-3/190, Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)

Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon

Chase Lucas, 6-1/181, Chandler, Ariz.

Committed to Arizona State

Darian Owens, 6-2/195, Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)

Committed to UCLA

Michael Pittman, 6-4/205, Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)

Signed letter of intent with USC

Trevon Sidney, 5-11/160, La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat)

Committed to USC

Melquise Stovall, 5-8/180, Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete)

Signed letter of intent with Cal

Khalil Tate, 6-2/193, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Committed to Arizona

Brandon Wellington, 6-0/215, Sammamish (Eastside Catholic)

Committed to Washington

La’Mar Winston, 6-3/210, Portland (Central Catholic)

Committed to Oregon

Scouting report: What a deep group of versatile, do-everything contributors in the West. Jackson, a top-75 recruit nationally, is equally impressive in all three phases. Most schools see him as a cornerback or free safety, as well as a game-breaking special teams returner. … Like Jackson, Pittman is a big athlete (6-4, 210) who can play on offense at wide receiver or safety on defense. He was one of the Trojans’ first recruits in this class, and enrolled early. … Even for all that Wellington did at Eastside Catholic as a running back, safety and returner, he still might be a tad underrated. UW sees him long term at linebacker.

DEFENSIVE BACK (15)

 
Bellevue’s Isaiah Gilchrist, left, flies to a first down during 3A championship game in 2015. (Lui Kit Wong, staff file.)

Brady Breeze, 6-1/200, Portland (Central Catholic)

Committed to Oregon

Treyjohn Butler, 5-11/185, Etiwanda, Calif.

Committed to Stanford

Marquel Dismuke, 6-2/185, Carson, Calif. (Calabasas)

Committed to Nebraska

Isaiah Gilchrist, 6-0/180, Bellevue

Committed to Washington

Jack Jones, 5-11/160, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)

Considering Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC

David Long, 5-10/175, Los Angeles (Loyola)

Committed to Michigan

Kentrell Love, 6-2/175, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

Committed to Washington

D.J. Morgan, 6-3/210, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco)

Committed to Notre Dame

Byron Murphy, 6-0/170, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro)

Committed to Washington

Jordan Parker, 5-11/185, Pittsburg, Calif.

Committed to Oklahoma

C.J. Pollard, 6-1/180, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Signed letter of intent with USC

Taylor Rapp, 6-0/195, Bellingham (Sehome)

Signed letter of intent with Washington

Gavin Robertson, 6-2/200, Auburn (Auburn Mountainview)

Committed to Arizona

Shurod Thompson, 6-2/195, Brentwood, Calif. (Liberty)

Committed to Oregon State

Troy Warner, 6-2/185, San Marcos, Calif. (Mission Hills)

Committed to BYU

Scouting report: Last year, it was Poly’s Iman Marshall who was the West’s top cornerback recruit. Jones is just as highly-regarded at the same position. Initially thought to be a receiver prospect in the mold of Percy Harvin, but last summer he declared his preference for defense. In fact, he had an interception in the U.S. Army All-American game for the West squad. … It cannot be said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh won’t do anything to lock up a recruit. During an in-home visit with Long, another elite cornerback, Harbaugh was seen climbing a tree to retrieve a football thrown by one of Long’s brothers. … With the chance of cornerback Sidney Jones and safety Budda Baker leaving after next season, UW stockpiled blue-chip defensive backs with Gilchrist, Love, Rapp and Murphy — arguably Arizona’s top prospect as a cornerback.

SPECIALIST (6)

 
Capital senior kicker Van Soderberg has committed to the University of Washington. (Tony Overman, staff file.)

Long snapper Turner Bernard, 6-1/205, Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)

Committed to San Diego State

Kicker Caleb Lightbourn, 6-3/210, Camas

Committed to Nebraska

Kicker Connor Culp, 5-11/195, Phoenix (Desert Vista)

Committed to LSU

Punter Van Soderberg, 6-0/200, Olympia (Capital)

Committed to Washington

Kicker Skyler Southam, 6-0/185, Heber City, Utah (Wasatch)

Committed to BYU

Kicker Jet Toner, 6-3/185, Honolulu (Punahou)

Committed to Stanford

Scouting report: Southam, the West’s No. 1 placekicking prospect, put his powerful leg on display at last summer’s FBU Top Gun Showcase in Ohio, where he kicked a 57-yard field goal in the finals of competition to nab a berth to the U.S. Army All-American game. The Utah record holder for made field goals was also a finalist for the Chris Sailer Award as the nation’s top senior kicker. … Culp also had a banner summer, making a 57-yard field goal in front of LSU coaches to earn a full-ride scholarship — which he accepted. ... Soderberg is the West’s top-rated punter (39.0 yards per punt as senior, 11 inside 20-yard line) and will enroll at UW this spring. With Korey Durkee graduating, Soderberg will compete with Tristan Vizcaino for the starting spot.