Power Ranking Top 25 2015 College Football Recruits from the West Coast
This could be the deepest class of recruits that the West Coast has produced in 10 years.
The main state on the recruiting trail out West is certainly California, but states such as Arizona, Washington and Nevada put out more talent than many people realize.
While two 5-star quarterbacks receive most of the attention, the region also features four 5-star defensive prospects. The state of Hawaii has two studs on this list, plus Utah is represented since it has a school that competes in the Pac-12.
25. Isaiah Langley, CB
At 5'11" and 170 pounds, Isaiah Langley is a talented 4-star cornerback who can play on the boundary or field side. He has solid instincts and awareness in coverage, as evidenced by his ability to anticipate routes on the perimeter.
He has the toughness and competitiveness to fight hard in press-man coverage, plus he has a solid short-area burst to recover and close on balls. Schools such as Oregon, USC and Notre Dame are in the mix, per 247Sports.
24. Keenan Walker, OL
Keenan Walker is a 4-star offensive lineman with a nice set of tools to work with. He's rarely slow out of his stance at the snap, and he has the ability to perform an array of blocks.
Walker, who is 6'6" and 280 pounds, has the length to keep defenders away from his body at the point of attack. The Arizona native slides well when he's engaged, plus he can hit moving targets in space.
He is committed to Arizona.
23. Frank Buncom IV, CB
Hailing from San Diego, Frank Buncom IV is a big corner who fits the mold of what many coaches are looking for at the position.
The 4-star prospect is already 6'1" and 190 pounds, and he has long arms to use as weapons. He can align tight to the line to jam and reroute receivers at the snap, and he also has good awareness in zone coverage.
As he continues to develop, it wouldn't be surprising to see Buncom become an elite free safety in college. Stanford, UCLA and Notre Dame are his top suitors, per 247Sports.
22. Jake Browning, QB
At 6'2" and 185 pounds, he is a natural passer who sees the field well. He has smooth mechanics and seems to see the game in slow motion. He has adequate arm strength to pitch to all levels, plus the 4-star passer beats defenses by making correct decisions and delivering accurate passes.
He is committed to Washington.
21. DeChaun Holiday, DB
At 6'2" and 195 pounds, 4-star recruit DeChaun Holiday has the ability to play cornerback, but he has a brighter future as a safety.
He plays with excellent vision and ball skills, and he has great range. The tall defensive back has smooth movement skills in space and plays the ball like a receiver when it's in the air. Holiday can play cornerback on the boundary, and he isn't allergic to supporting the run.
USC, UCLA, Oklahoma and Oregon are his favorites, according to 247Sports.
20. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR
A 4-star prospect, Equanimeous St. Brown may not outrun many defensive backs; however, he has the size and ball skills to be a monster in the passing game.
Brown is 6'5" and 205 pounds. He has enough strength to work through jams at the line, and he does a great job of shielding defensive backs when hauling in passes. The California receiver high-points the ball well in traffic, which comes in handy on fades.
Stanford, UCLA, USC and Notre Dame are his main schools, per 247Sports.
19. Stanley Norman, ATH
Although he's listed as an athlete on this slide, Stanley Norman will play either cornerback or receiver in college. The 6'0", 180-pounder has great quickness to slash around the field at both positions.
He will take a chance or two when on an island at cornerback, but he has the explosiveness to recover. His athleticism and run-after-catch ability make him a dangerous threat as a receiver. It will be interesting to see where the 4-star prospect lines up in college.
Oklahoma and UCLA are among his main suitors, per 247Sports.
18. Trent Irwin, WR
Trent Irwin may not be the fastest or flashiest receiver in the country, but the 4-star prospect is always open.
Irwin, who is 6'2" and 190 pounds, has just enough enough speed and quickness to separate from cornerbacks. He runs crisp routes and does a solid job of sinking his hips and firing out of junctions when cutting.
He has exceptional hands. He tracks throws to his mitts with his eyes and always looks the ball all the way in. Stanford leads Arizona State for his signature, per 247Sports.
17. Marvell Tell, S
The Golden State is home to Marvell Tell, who is among the top safeties in the country. He's comfortable aligning as a single-high safety on top of the defense because the 4-star defensive back knows he has great speed and range.
Tell, who is 6'2" and 175 pounds, can smoothly shoot out of transition when he breaks on balls. He does a solid job of recognizing routes, plus he doesn't let his lack of bulk stop him from supporting the run from the third level.
UCLA, USC, Washington State and Oregon have the best shot to sign him, according to 247Sports.
16. Brady White, QB
With his consistency and poise, 4-star quarterback Brady White will be a top-flight starting quarterback soon at Arizona State.
The 6'2", 190-pounder doesn't have outstanding size, but his arm strength surprises defenses. White understands how to properly make pre-snap reads, and he doesn't panic when his first option isn't open. He can stand tall in the pocket and rifle throws with accuracy to targets, plus he isn't exactly a bad athlete.
15. Cordell Broadus, WR
Although he will play his senior season in Nevada, 4-star receiver Cordell Broadus is originally from California. He is the son of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg.
Broadus is a 6'2" pass-catcher with length who doesn't look like he weighs as much as the 195 pounds he's listed at. However, he is a talented athlete with above-average speed to climb on top of cornerbacks.
He can pluck passes out of the air with his hands, and he has smooth movement skills when adjusting to throws. Schools such as USC, UCLA, Florida State and Notre Dame are in the mix, according to 247Sports.
14. Osa Masina, LB/ATH
Utah isn't the first state that comes to mind when thinking about the West Coast, but the Utah Utes do compete in the Pac-12.
The top player in Utah this year is 4-star recruit Osa Masina. At 6'4" and 218 pounds, he is one of the most versatile players in the country. He can play linebacker, running back, tight end, defensive end, fullback and even some receiver.
Masina, who has solid straight-line speed, has Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin as his favorites, according to 247Sports.
13. Blake Barnett, QB
At 6'3.5" and 195 pounds, Blake Barnett is a 4-star quarterback with a high ceiling. The California native has great arm strength from the pocket as well as the mobility to make plays with his legs.
He doesn't panic when traffic gets heavy in the pocket. He keeps his eyes downfield to survey his options, and he has the ability to roll out of the pocket to make accurate throws on the run. Barnett will prove to be a steal for Notre Dame.
12. Breiden Fehoko, DT
Hawaii is a state that cannot be overlooked on the recruiting trail. It produces solid talent, with 4-star defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko being one of its top prospects in the 2015 class.
Fehoko, who is 6'3" and 290 pounds, is a pass-rushing defensive tackle who causes a lot of problems in the trenches. He has an explosive first step to jump on top of guards at the snap, plus he's slippery when shooting through gaps.
He had 24.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 103 tackles as a junior, per 247Sports. He is committed to Texas Tech.
11. Aliz'e Jones, TE
A Las Vegas native, Aliz'e Jones will be a terror for secondaries this fall in Sin City. The 4-star tight end is not much of a blocker at this stage, but he is dynamic in the passing game.
Jones, who is 6'4" and 222 pounds, can explode out of his stance when releasing into his routes. He has the quickness to separate from linebackers underneath and enough speed to run by safeties down the field.
He displays good ball skills by tracking throws to his mitts and adjusting, plus he has good run-after-catch skills. He is committed to UCLA.
10. Jacob Daniel, DT
Jacob Daniel is a big defensive tackle who can take up a lot of space inside. The 6'4", 310-pounder has excellent strength at the point of attack, which he uses to beat up offensive linemen.
He has adequate quickness at the snap, but he is at his best when he punches blockers with his heavy hands. The 4-star prospect has no problems anchoring when he reads a running play, and he also isn't terrible in pursuit. Daniel should excel in college as a run-stuffing defensive tackle.
Oregon and USC are at the top for him, per 247Sports.
9. Kahlil McKenzie, DT
Originally from Wisconsin, 4-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie currently plays in California. He is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager and former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie.
At 6'4" and 316 pounds, he has the size and strength to be a bully in the trenches. He punches blockers with power, and he also has great short-area quickness to reach ball-carriers in pursuit. He can play both defensive tackle positions in a 4-3 defense while also having the skills to work as a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment.
Tennessee leads other schools such as USC and Oklahoma, according to 247Sports.
8. Canton Kaumatule, DL
Canton Kaumatule is one of the most intriguing prospects on the West Coast. The 4-star Hawaii native dominates his competition with strength, athleticism and an exceptional motor.
Kaumatule, who is 6'6.5" and 275 pounds, can slip gaps with quickness. However, he also has the ability to occupy blockers at the point of attack to keep them off linebackers. He plays like his hair is on fire every snap, and he is relentless in pursuit of ball-carriers.
Stanford is in great position to sign him, but schools such as Hawaii, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon are in the hunt, per 247Sports.
7. Keisean Lucier-South, DE
Colleges are always looking for pass-rushers, and Keisean Lucier-South is one of the best in the country at getting to the quarterback. He uses his explosive quickness to win early off the edge.
He is a 6'5", 225-pounder with long arms to keep stronger offensive linemen from getting under his pads when rushing. He bends and rips with ease due to being a solid athlete, plus the 5-star recruit's straight-line surge to close on the ball is outstanding. The 5-star recruit can play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but he could be even better as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Schools such Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Michigan and UCLA are thick in the mix, according to 247Sports.
6. Rasheem Green, DT
Although he's raw at this stage of his career, Rasheem Green can do everything in the defensive trenches. The 6'5", 275-pounder has rare athleticism for a defensive lineman, and he routinely puts it on display.
Green has terrific first-step quickness to fire out of his stance at the snap. He has solid strength at the point of attack, plus his natural movement skills help him wiggle and maneuver around blockers to get free. He needs to improve his technique, but the sky is the limit for him.
Keep an eye on Stanford, while 247Sports lists USC, UCLA and Washington as the 5-star prospect's top schools.
5. Ricky Town, QB
Quarterback is the most important position on a football team, and Ricky Town one day will be the most important player for USC.
The 5-star quarterback is a smart and cerebral passer who is 6'4" and 205 pounds. Town has a quick release to get the ball out of his hands in a hurry versus the rush. He displays above-average arm strength, and his ball-placement skills are outstanding.
He does a good job of reading coverages, plus he's a deceptive athlete who can steal a first down or two each game.
4. John Houston, LB
At 6'3" and 211 pounds, John Houston doesn't have ideal bulk for a linebacker. However, he has phenomenal speed, range and quickness.
He reads his keys quickly at the snap and then uses his short-area explosiveness to attack the ball. The California native is a great athlete for his position, as evidenced by his ability to flip his hips and come out of transition cleanly when buzzing back into coverage. Houston will be a three-down 'backer in college.
USC leads UCLA and Alabama, according to 247Sports.
3. Iman Marshall, CB
Hailing from national powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School, Iman Marshall is one of the country's top defensive players.
The 6'1", 190-pound 5-star cornerback uses his excellent size and cover skills to shadow receivers on the perimeter. Marshall possesses good strength to pin receivers to the sideline in press coverage, and he has the speed to run with them downfield.
He also does a terrific job of anticipating and recognizing routes, which helps him get a jump on attacking passes in off-man coverage. USC is the favorite, per 247Sports, but keep an eye on Stanford and UCLA.
2. Christian Kirk, WR
Christian Kirk is a 4-star receiver from Arizona who deserves to be considered a 5-star recruit. He is a fantastic player who is a terror for defenses.
Kirk, who is 5'11" and 197 pounds, has the body of a running back. However, he has exceptional explosiveness and quickness. He explodes into his routes, and he uses his quickness to skate away from defenders when getting out of his breaks.
After the catch, he is capable of running with surprising power. He just doesn't need to all the time because he possesses outstanding speed and natural elusiveness with the ball in his hands.
Texas A&M and Ohio State are the favorites for him, according to 247Sports.
1. Josh Rosen, QB
The top player right now on the West Coast is 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen. At 6'4" and 205 pounds, he plays with confidence and poise.
He does a good job of making pre-snap checks and reads, and he surveys the field well after the snap. He stands tall in the pocket and delivers passes with terrific arm strength and good accuracy. He isn't a dual-threat quarterback, but Rosen is a solid athlete who has deceptive mobility and running ability.
He is committed to UCLA.
Rosen told the following to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com (subscription required) on March 20: "Ultimately, I felt UCLA was the right decision for me...I'm definitely going to UCLA."
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 and Cleveland Browns.
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