NCF On The Trail: 070213 Opening commitments

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- There's a reason QB Deshaun Watson has been walking around this week at the Elite 11 and The Opening with a smile on his face. It's because the Clemson commit knew he was gaining a new weapon for the Tigers' offense.

Artavis Scott, a four-star receiver from Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake High School, has committed to Clemson, picking the Tigers over Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and others.

Scott ranks as the No. 89 player in the ESPN 300 and the No. 10 receiver in the nation, helping bolster an impressive offensive class for Clemson that already includes Watson, who is the nation’s No. 1 quarterback.

Early in the process, it seemed that Michigan would be the destination for Scott, but a recent unofficial visit to Clemson -- and a continued recruiting push from Watson -- helped lure him to the Tigers’ side.

"I liked it a lot when I visited,” Scott said earlier this week before making his decision. “I have fun every time I go there. I just like the atmosphere that they bring. Just knowing all the guys that have been there and what they've done and their history, just makes it even better. It's a great opportunity based on what they have produced over the years."

Watson admitted that he’s been talking to Scott a lot about playing together at Clemson.

“I take pride in trying to get the best players to be part of our class,” Watson said. “I’ve been talking a lot to Artavis, and I think we have a special opportunity to do some big things at Clemson.”

Scott, who is 5-foot-11 and 177 pounds, should help bolster Clemson’s class, which was ranked No. 11 in the RecruitingNation class rankings before his pledge. He is Clemson’s 13th known commitment for the class of 2014.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Defensive back Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), son of late rapper Nate Dogg, verbally committed to Arizona on Tuesday at The Opening.

The three-star prospect chose the Wildcats over Arizona State and Cal.

The 5-foot-11, 171-pound cornerback, who also holds offers from Boise State, Nebraska, Utah and Washington State, said Arizona has been persistent with its recruitment.

"Arizona has been recruiting me the toughest," Hale said. "They said I was one of the top cornerbacks on their recruiting board."

As a junior, Hale accounted for 53 tackles and four interceptions.

Arizona now has 11 2014 commits, including two in the ESPN 300. Hale is the third cornerback commitment for the Wildcats, joining Devon Brewer (Fresno, Calif./Central) and junior college DB Patrick Glover (Gilbert, Ariz./Scottsdale Community).

Wadood decides to head for Cal

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Four-star athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) is bound for Berkeley.

Previously committed to Arizona State, the four-star defensive back gave his verbal pledge to Cal on Tuesday at The Opening, choosing the Golden Bears over 13 other scholarship offers. Wadood, who decommitted from Arizona State on June 25 following a five-month pledge to the Sun Devils, became the ninth member and sixth in-state prospect in Cal’s 2014 class.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete picked up offers from hometown schools USC and UCLA following strong performances at the schools’ camps last month, but he intends to experience college life away from Southern California, according to a source close to his recruitment. Wadood has shown versatility throughout his high school career, playing mostly safety but also starring at cornerback, running back and receiver.

Wadood’s commitment is yet another important pickup for Cal coach Sonny Dykes and his staff. The Golden Bears also have ESPN 300 receiver Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) in tow and, despite a poor 2012 season, are in the running for a number of the state’s other highly coveted prospects.

Cal has two players on its roster, defensive lineman Todd Barr and receiver Darius Powe, who are from Lakewood (Calif.), where Wadood played his first two years before transferring.

The local schools, meanwhile, figure to keep recruiting Wadood until the very end, especially given their needs in the defensive backfield. UCLA may have been Wadood’s most recent offer, but assistant coach Demetrice Martin has proven to be relentless in the past and will continue to pursue him. The same goes for USC, which is in desperate need of cornerbacks in this recruiting cycle after signing only Chris Hawkins in the 2013 class.

Texas misses out on ESPN 300 DB Springs 

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Give Arrion Springs some credit: At least he’s been honest throughout.

The ESPN 300 defensive back’s decision Tuesday night wasn’t a surprise if you’ve been following this recruitment. The San Antonio Roosevelt standout, ranked No. 6 among prospects in the state of Texas, went with the green and yellow Ducks hat and committed to Oregon.

He'd been calling Oregon his top school for months. The Ducks had been a heavy favorite since Springs visited the school in June, and he'd never hid that. Even before the Ducks officially had offered a scholarship, they'd been atop his list.

His announcement at The Opening came after several days of intense deliberation. Make no mistake, Texas made this a tough call by hosting him and his mother on an impressive unofficial visit on Friday.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- After a slow start, the Washington Huskies are red-hot. The Huskies picked up three commitments in the past two weeks following their Rising Stars Camp and added an ESPN 300 prospect Tuesday at The Opening.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit four-star receiver Erik Brown joined the commitment parade when he pledged to Washington on ESPNU. The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Brown picked the Huskies over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Fresno State, Houston, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and others.

"This whole process, it's a blessing, but I've worked hard for it," Brown said.


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