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Movement in the West in newest ESPN 300

7/30/2012

There was some significant shuffling in the West region with the release of the latest ESPN 300, and it started right at the top.

There is a new No. 1 player in the West, as safety Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) moved to No. 12 overall. Former No. 1 recruit, quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) slipped slightly, but still checks in as one of the top-20 players in the country at No. 18 overall and the No. 2 quarterback.

One of the big risers in the West is defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), who moves to No. 35 overall one day after committing to the USC Trojans. He is now the No. 5 player in the country at his position.

Wide receiver Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) made a big leap, jumping 25 spots to No. 117 overall after a terrific performance at The Opening.

A few West Coast big men made big jumps in the ESPN 300. Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande), fresh off his commitment to Washington and a solid showing at The Opening, enters the list at No. 205 overall and transitions from an athlete to a defensive tackle.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), made their way up the ESPN 300. Hunt climbed 56 spots and now sits at No. 212 overall, while Falah jumped 74 spots, and is at No. 215.

Two West recruits made their debut in the ESPN 300, as safety Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central) appears at No. 292, while offensive guard John Lopez (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) is in at No. 299.

There are 40 West region recruits included in the ESPN 300 and 17 in the ESPN 150.