Thursday, April 18, 2013
West region prospects dot initial ESPN 150
By Erik McKinney
An all-purpose threat for Gardena Serra, Adoree' Jackson is rated as the country's No. 2 cornerback.
The initial ESPN 150 for the Class of 2014 was released Thursday, and 19 West region prospects are included. California is home to 11 recruits, while Arizona supplied four, Utah had two and Nevada and Washington produced one each.
The West is headlined by cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), the nation's No. 2 cornerback and one of just 11 players to receive a five-star ranking. Fellow top-50 players include athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) at No. 22, tight end Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) at No. 37, offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) at No. 40 and quarterback Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) at No. 50.
Tucker, a USC commitment, is joined as Arizona representatives by cornerback Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) at No. 71, quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) at No. 128, and athlete Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) -- who is committed to Arizona -- at No. 133.
California boasts players at a number of different positions, with two athletes -- No. 62 John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and No. 116 Marquis Ware (Los Angeles/Salesian) -- two offensive linemen -- No. 68 Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and No. 121 Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) -- tight end Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) at No. 101, running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) at No. 135 and defensive end Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian) at No. 148.
Utah is represented by two big recruits in defensive tackle and Michigan commit Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City/Highland) at No. 72 and tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), who checks in at No. 149 overall and as the No. 1 player at his position nationally.
Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) is Nevada's most fiercely recruited player. The physically gifted running back checks in at No. 142 overall and as a top-10 tailback in the country.
Washington is represented in the ESPN 150 by standout safety Bishard Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), who is at No. 139 and the No. 8 safety in the country.