West Recruiting Notebook
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
Paulo Lepua
Paulo Lepua
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 24, 2012


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

Weekend Flurry

Though it was a holiday weekend, that didn't stop four West Coast prospects from making college decisions on Saturday and Sunday.

Just hours before Boise State would win the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral receiver Jake Roh committed to the Broncos.

Later that day, Fallbrook (Calif.) offensive tackle Sean Dowling committed to Vanderbilt.

Late Saturday night, Oregon landed Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end Danny Mattingly, a former commit to Notre Dame.

And on Sunday evening, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive end Paulo Lepua became the third player from his school to commit to a Pac-12 school, choosing Washington State.

While it doesn't appear that any prospects will give a verbal pledge to any school on Christmas Day, after defensive tackle George Uko did on Christmas Day in 2009, all bets are off.

Del Rio Makes Surprising Choice

One of the top quarterbacks in the West in the 2013 class has been Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian's Luke Del Rio.

Del Rio led Valor Christian to the state championship in his only year in Colorado.

An Elite 11 quarterback, Del Rio had been committed to Oklahoma State for some time, but when offensive coordinator Todd Monken left to take the head coaching job at Southern Miss, Del Rio decommitted.

It seemed like the next step would be flipping to Oregon State, where he officially visited in the fall.

But Del Rio decided to spurn the offer from the Beavers and will instead walk-on at Alabama.

 "I didn't want to base my decision solely on if I had a scholarship or not," Del Rio told Scout.com. "I loved my visit to Alabama this week and everything just felt right there. I'm not afraid to work for a scholarship once I get there and I just felt Bama was the best fit for me athletically, socially, academically and geographically. I really missed the South a lot."

Busy Wednesday

In a prep for National Signing Day in February, Wednesday was the day that Juco's signed throughout the country, as well as early enrollees signed their scholarship agreement.

USC had a whole host of early enrollees, three of them, the top players in the country at their position, quarterback Max Browne, running back Justin Davis and safety Su'a Cravens.

But the big news on Wednesday were all the Juco's that signed with FBS programs.

The biggest signings involved players from Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College, defensive lineman Marquel Combs and linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore signing with Kansas and tight end Beau Sandland signing with Miami.

Former five-star linebacker Chris Martin, now at City College of San Francisco, also signed with the Jayhawks, reuniting him with Charlie Weis, whom he committed to when Weis was at Notre Dame.  Martin decommitted from the Irish when Weis was fired.

Two Golden State quarterbacks signed with national programs, College of Sequioas (Calif.) passer Tyler Ferguson inking with Penn State and Southwestern College (Calif.) signal-caller Brett Nelson signing with Louisville.

College of Siskiyous (Calif.) linebacker Myke Tavarres turned down a last minute charge from Boise State and signed with Arkansas, where he'd been committed to since summer.

  • Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr linebacker Caleb Jackson decommitted from Idaho.


    Jermaine Kelly- CB - Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian - 2013 
    Kelly is already a member of the Scout 300, but since his decommitment from UCLA last week, he's added four offers and more schools could be getting involved with him.  The four-star has picked up offers from California, Arizona State, Colorado State and Utah and will visit Texas Tech next month.


  • Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley linebacker Leon Jacobs committed to Fresno State.
  • Gardena (Calif.) Serra offensive tackle Emerald Faletuipapai committed to Houston
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit athlete Thomas Sperbeck committed to Boise State.
  • Palm Springs (Calif.) linebacker Michael Greer committed to Oregon State.

  • Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr cornerback Patrick Enewally was offered by Cal.
  • Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge David Patterson was offered by Montana State.
  • Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit offensive lineman Garrett Strohmaier was offered by Navy and San Diego.
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) 2014 linebacker D.J. Calhoun was offered by Arizona State.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to the West Recruiting 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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