11 West Coast 2014 Recruits Drawing Big Interest from SEC Teams
For as talented as the West Coast is for college football recruiting, many SEC teams do not really spend a lot of time recruiting the region. For starters, those SEC teams don't really have to because the South is just as talented as the West Coast, so the SEC programs can just stay regional.
However, through the years, there have been some recruits from out West who have been so good that they've attracted an SEC team or two to cross the Mississippi River. As a person who lives on the West Coast these days, I can say that it's a pretty big deal when a prospect boasts SEC offers.
This year, it seems many SEC programs are reaching out West more frequently and more intently. The following 11 recruits are from the West and are drawing serious recruiting interest from the SEC.
11. Qualen Cunningham, DE
Cunningham is a 6'4", 220-pound DE prospect who likes to get upfield in a hurry and uses his quickness and agility to make plays.
From Arizona, Cunningham is a talented edge defender who also may be able to rush the passer from a two-point stance. 247Sports reports Texas A&M is his leader, so expect Cunningham to follow his father's footsteps to College Station and play in the SEC.
10. Dwight Williams, LB
Williams is out of California and plays as an athletic 6'1", 210-pound OLB. He shows solid athleticism and can productive as both a run defender and as a blitzer.
Williams has good range, can track runners to the edges with range and can show a good surge of quickness when he attacks passers.
He's a prospect to watch and Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi State have all offered, says 247Sports.
9. Ainuu Taua, DL
Taua has similar size to Elijah Qualls at 6'1" and about 270 pounds. He's extremely quick in the defensive trenches, can play with good leverage and strength at the point of attack.
Taua has a good work ethic and flashes solid pass-rushing moves when matched one on one with OLs. He recently stated that Ole Miss is in heavy pursuit to Scout.com.
8. Nife Lealao, DT
I think at some point Stanford will land Lealao, but Cal and UCLA are also high on his list, according to Scout.com.
The 6'5", 282-pound swing DL prospect is also wanted in the SEC with Ole Miss having extended an offer to him. With his size, strength and short area quickness, Lealao should be a solid player wherever he lands.
Ole Miss is hoping it's in Oxford.
7. Joe Mixon, RB
Mixon is a 6'0", 195-pound RB with a good blend of wiggle and power. He's got a large buzz around the state of California and seems pretty confident in his abilities.
According to Scout.com, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M all have offered Mixon. It's safe to say he's wanted around the SEC.
6. Jalen Brown, WR
Arizona is home to a 6'2', 170-pound WR by the name of Jalen Brown this year. Brown has solid release quickness, can get separation at junction points in his routes and shows great ball skills.
In fact, do no be shocked if Brown turns into a safety in college. Scout.com lists his SEC offers as Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Brown's quickly adding bulk to his frame and could be 190 pounds by the time he starts college ball.
5. Damien Mama, OG
This guy can be pretty nasty and he can finish. Period.
Mama is a 6'5", 250-pound OG prospect from Southern California and he has the size and strength to hold up well for the type of football the SEC plays. He can roll out of his stance and play like a rhino at the point of attack and put his man on his back.
Alabama has offered him, as well as Ole Miss, says Scout.com.
4. Nathan Starks, RB
From Las Vegas, Starks is a talented power back who stands 5'11" and weighs 200 pounds. He's got a no-nonsense style of running, attacks front sevens with power and can break tackles.
I think Oklahoma and Texas are schools to watch along with USC for him. Yet, he recently told Scout.com Alabama could offer him in the coming weeks.
3. Kyle Allen, QB
At 6'2" and 200 pounds, Allen has above-average arm strength, good accuracy and makes great decisions with the ball.
I also notice, when I study him on tape, that Allen seems to have a good understanding of how to read coverages. Allen from Arizona and could be on the same level as Connor Brewer was coming out.
Ole Miss and Texas A&M have offered out of the SEC, per Scout.com.
2. Tyler Luatua, TE
It's shaping up to be a USC vs. Alabama standoff for Luatua, a 6'4", 230-pound TE from Southern California. The Crimson Tide program isn't the only SEC squad who wants Luatua, however.
According to Scout.com, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Florida also have told Luatua he's welcome on their roster. So if he wants to play in the SEC, the West Coast prospect has his options laid out for him.
1. Adoree' Jackson, CB
One of the top CB prospects in the nation, Jackson is an elite player who plays in the Los Angeles-area for Gardena Serra High School.
He's 5'10" and weighs in the 170-pound range but still possesses great short area quickness, is light on his feet and flashes excellent recovery speed. Jackson also has a good work ethic and is a high character kid.
SEC standouts like LSU, Florida and Texas A&M have offered him, reports Scout.com.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.
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