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West well represented on 2014 Watch List

9/27/2012

The West is again loaded with prospects for the 2014 class, and while California will always be the major supplier of recruits in the area, Arizona will receive its share of college coaches making visits next year.

The state has produced its share of big time offensive linemen over the past few seasons, and there is another in the 2014 class in USC commit Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).

He is joined along the line by Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino), but arguably the most talented position in Arizona is wide receiver, as four national recruits reside in the ESPN Watch List.

Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) and Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) have a chance to be the four most highly recruited receivers in the region, as several of their offer sheets have already stretched well into double digits.

Washington possesses one of the top safeties in the region in Bishard Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue).

Utah has its regular group of talented big men, including 6-foot-6 tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham). And Nevada’s Las Vegas Bishop Gorman will send at least two more players into the FBS ranks, with defensive end Isaiah Nacua and Nathan Starks, who is one of the top running backs in the region.

But again, much of the attention will be focused on California, where the talent is seemingly spread out across all positions.

It’s no surprise the state boasts six quarterbacks on the Watch List, split nicely with a trio from Northern California -- Vanderbilt commit Kyle Carta-Samuels (San Jose/Bellarmine), JaJuan Lawso (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) and Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) -- as well as Southern California’s Josh Davis (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret’s), Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and Ian Fieber (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo).

The outside linebacker position could make a push for the most talented spot overall as well, with four selections on the list, including Jamardre Cobb (Los Angeles/Salesian) and Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra).

The state is light on skill positions, as wide receiver and Washington commit Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) and tight ends Marquis Ware (Los Angeles/Salesian) and Darrell Cloy Jr. (Santa Fe Springs, Calif./St. Paul) are the only three offensive weapons.

But the in-state battle of the big men will be one to watch, as the defensive trio of Nifae Lealao (Sacramento/Capital Christian), Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and Ainuu Taua (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) will likely find themselves at off-season camps matched up against the offensive guard tandem of Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day).

Lobendahn and Poland have already given verbal commitments to USC.