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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Latest recruiting buzz out west

By Greg Biggins

With just a few weeks to go before signing day, there is a lot going on and a lot of news coming out on some of the top prospects out west.

Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) gave some thought to committing at the U.S Army All-American Bowl last weekend but decided to hold off. The buzz was if he did commit, Cal was the likely choice. A decision could still be around the corner and the family continues to mention Oregon and Notre Dame as having a real shot at this time as well.

Offensive lineman Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) will visit USC but is still trying to figure out the date. His original plan was to visit this coming weekend (Jan. 13) and then commit the following Monday. Now Banner is saying he’ll likely visit (Jan. 20) and decide the following week. Oklahoma, Washington and USC are in his final three.

Athlete Nate Iese (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) looked like a big UCLA lean and will be visiting the Bruins this weekend. Iese had narrowed his choices to UCLA and Nebraska but most close to him felt a commitment to the Bruins was likely this weekend. Not so fast. Cal, Iese’s childhood favorite, just offered on Tuesday as a tight end and the Bears are now the likely front-runner.

Wideout Deonte Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union), cousins with Notre Dame commit Tee Shepard, looks solid with the Irish although he will take one last official visit. Greenberry will check out UCLA (Jan. 20) but the Bruins have significant ground to make up right now.

D.J Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) looked like an Arizona State lock earlier in the year. Then after the coaching staff was dismissed, Foster visited Cal and was a heavy lean to the Bears and the Sun Devils looked close to out of it. It now appears there’s a good chance ASU could hire recently-fired Saguaro head coach John Sanders and if so, not only would the Sun Devils be back in it, but potentially the team to beat again. Foster will visit USC this weekend and will decide next week.

The next few days should be big for Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive lineman Colby Cyburt. The lineman should hear any day now whether or not he was accepted in to Stanford. Cyburt will visit the Cardinal this weekend and if he does clear their admissions, Stanford is definitely the team to beat. If he’s denied admission, UCLA could benefit and land the talented tackle.

Speaking of Stanford, two of their top remaining targets, both on the offensive line, will be coming in this weekend. Joshua Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.) and Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.) are headed to the Farm and the Cardinal have a solid shot at both. Garnett is also looking at Michigan and Notre Dame while Murphy will visit USC next weekend.

Wideout Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey) will be a signing day decision and said he’s down to three schools. Washington currently leads Washington State and Oregon and Mickens will visit both schools over the next two weeks.

Athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) will take his second official visit this coming weekend to Ohio State. Neal will also check out Arkansas (Jan. 20) and has already been to Notre Dame.