The Western United States provides more than its fair share of talent to FBS programs. Reaping most of the benefit of the talent pool from Seattle to San Deigo, and San Francisco to Denver is the undoubtedly the Pac-12. Of the top five recruits left uncommitted in the West, all are making a splash on the defensive side of the ball. Fans of Pac-12 programs beware, other major conferences are in the running for these dynamic play-makers.
5) Dashon Hunt – CB – Westlake, CA
A four star rated corner by Rivals and ESPN Hunt has offers from just about every Pac-12 program. Dashon Hunt was a verbal commit to UCLA before he de-committed about a month ago. Hunt’s speed jumps off the screen as both a corner and running back. He is listed as a corner and would likely fill the role admirably. Watching his film, he doesn’t seem to posses the hard-hitting gene but is all over his respective receivers like white on rice.
4) Tahaan Goodman – S – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Tahaan Goodman is a four star safety who also (unsurprisingly) hails from the Golden State. Rivals rates Goodman as the second best safety prospect in the country. When witnessing what Goodman has to offer it’s easy to see why just about every major program is drooling over his ability. An instinctual flair with almost perfect timing to the ball, Goodman brings the noise. Programs in the SEC and Big 12 after this defensive back. He could very well end up west of the Rocky Mountains.
3) Priest Willis – CB – Tempe, AZ
Willis is another prospect that has major programs from all the big conferences after his services. This four star has the rare combination of size, speed, and athleticism. Perhaps his best attribute is the ability to provide run-support. Willis is consistently attacking the ball-carrier on film and looks like he step on the field immediately.
2) Eddie Vanderdoes – DT – Auburn, CA
The lone defensive lineman on the list, Eddie Vanderdoes, is listed as 6’3″ 285lbs. Vanderdoes jumps off the screen. He can get to the backfield with lightning speed overpowering offensive lineman or using top level quickness. He has a high motor and can be seen hustling down the field even when the play has passed him by. Alabama highlights the many non Pac-12 programs after the fourth rated prospect out of California. The lineman still has some Pac-12 campus visits on the calendar.
1) Max Redfield – ATH – Mission Viejo, CA
Watching what Max Redfield is capable of on a football field is nothing short of impressive. Coming up with the words to describe how this kid dominates the competition is beyond my ability. Redfield looks like fastest player on the turf with every highlight. Incredibly the only offers Redfield has received from SEC schools are LSU and Vanderbilt, so clearly grades are not an issue. There is one play in Redfield’s highlight reel where he intercepts a pass deep in the backfield, then proceeds to outrun every human being to the end zone. The Bayou Bengals might be on the top of his list, so keeping Redfield in Pac-12 country could be a tall task.
USC is dominating the verbal commitments for the West regions top players of 2013. Of the top 25, Troy has verbals from eight. Plenty will change between now and February. Where these young men land is uncertain. What can be counted on is the immediate impact these top five undecideds will have on whichever team they choose.