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August 31, 2012
Around the West: Brown beats expectations
Each Friday throughout the fall, Rivals.com is breaking down the West Region recruiting scene with news, notes and analysis. Here is the latest from Rivals.com West analyst Rob Cassidy.
Here are some top underclassmen to keep an eye on from around the region:
ATH Jalen Brown, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe (2014)
Brown isn't some under-the-radar secret. He already carries 14 scholarship
offers and is considered one of the top players in Arizona. You'd think it would
be hard for him to surpass expectations. You'd be wrong.
QB Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure (2015)
Town completed the first 10 passes of his sophomore season and threw three
touchdowns in St. Bonaventure's 48-0 route of Garfield High last Friday. The
performance helped prove that the buzz building around the sophomore is
RB Nathan Starks, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (2014)
Starks has already made his case to be the top player in Nevada when the time
comes to rank his 2014 class. He plays at nationally ranked Bishop Gorman, so
his talent has long since been recognized.
News and Notes
Class of 2014 offensive line prospect Natrell Curtis has been considered an Arkansas lean for a while, but he said it in as many words for the first time last week. He'll take an unofficial visit to Fayetteville at some point this season, and his commitment seems to be the Hogs' to lose.
Utah offered Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino High School teammates Andrew Mike (OL) and Matt Bushman (TE) on Tuesday afternoon. The Utes are the first school to offer Bushman and the fifth to offer Mike. The possibility of a package deal is strong here, though, as Mike and Bushman, both members of the 2014 class, are close friends.
Any remaining mystery surrounding four-star offensive linemen Reeve Koehler's college decision was zapped this week when his Honolulu St. Louis High School teammate Kamalei Correa told the world that Koehler was "going to Tennessee." The 280-pound guard will make his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Unless something changes between now and then, he's expected to pick to make things official with the Vols at that time.
commit Darrell Daniels has been off the board since mid June. But now,
the 6-foot-4 wide receiver's eye might be starting to wander. No dates have been
set, but Daniels is planning to visit UCLA and possibly Miami.
It's a problem every team would like to have. USC, already at its scholarship limit, is stuck trying to make room for four-star safety Tahaan Goodman. Word is, the Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) senior heavily favors the Trojans, but LSU and others will still be considered if he isn't able to squeeze his way into Lane Kiffin's top-ranked class.
What I'm thinking …
commit Johnny Stanton looked better than his three-star ranking in
Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) High School's win over Brophy Prep, the
top-ranked team in Arizona. Playing on national television, Stanton accounted
for 307 total yards and four touchdowns (two running and two passing). His
mechanics and decision-making could still stand to improve and he lacks
elite-level speed, but his combination of arm strength, awareness and pocket
mobility are capable of compensating for that.
He won't say it out loud, but offensive tackle Kenny Lacy favors UCLA and could commit to the Bruins when when he visits Los Angeles on Sept. 8. That is, unless a Florida offer comes down. Lacy says the Gators are close to making things official on that front. If that happens, everything could change. The four-star tackle is beyond interested in Muschamp's program and will cancel one of his scheduled official visits to fit in Florida if push comes to shove.
It's academics, not talent, holding Shahid Hoover back as a college prospect. The Denver East tailback currently holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado State and Connecticut. Other schools are being held at bay because Hoover is a massive qualifying risk. He's scheduled take the ACT again in December, and the late-year scramble that will ensue should he receive a decent score will be interesting to watch.