Top Uncommitted Defensive Prospects on the West Coast and Where They Will Land
On this list we will see a lot of secondary players, because that's what the West Coast is producing by the bounty of defense this year.
While nearly all of this piece is based on facts that have been found, all predictions are just that: predictions. Wherever these kids land, that program is going to be lucky.
8. Seth Jacobs, Safety
Jacobs has the size and speed to play at either safety or linebacker at the next level. He currently plays safety for his high school Arroyo Grande in Arroyo Grande, CA.
He plans on taking all five of his official visits but the only one he has planned is to Arkansas for their homecoming game against South Carolina, the weekend of November 5.
The schools that are in the mix for Jacobs include UCLA, Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona State, and Oregon State. While it seems that Arkansas has the edge for the time being his teammate Brent Vanderveen is an Oregon State commit and will surely be pressing for him to join him in Corvallis.
7. Cedric Dozier, CB
Listed as an athlete, Dozier was selected to the US Army Bowl to play corner, so that’s where I’m going to project him at as well. He is very quick, has great field vision, and has great hands. Dozier plays for Lakes High School in Lakewood, WA where another big name recruit, offensive tackle Zach Banner, also plays.
Dozier has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, and Washington and it seems as though his recruitment is coming to an end. The question is, where will he land?
Last recruiting class, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian claimed that he wanted to “put a fence around the state of Washington” by which he meant that he wanted to keep all the top recruits in their backyard, stay home. While the staff at Washington had great success last year, keeping national talent like Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins home, they have not been doing well this year. Already, they have lost tight end Caleb Smith (Kent, WA) to Oregon State and offensive tackle Walker Williams (Tacoma, WA) to Wisconsin. Unfortunately for UW fans, Dozier will most likely join that list. He has been very high on Cal and it does not appear anyone is going to be able to change his mind.
6. Brandon Beaver, CB
Beaver is the ideal type of corner for nearly everybody. Standing at 6’1” and weighing around 190lbs he loves to play physical, bump and run coverage. I’m not about to throw out the comparison to Darrelle Revis, but they do play very similarly in the fact that they love the physical man to man coverage.
Following Beaver’s recruitment process has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. Beaver has nearly committed on three separate occasions to three different schools and now fans from all three of those schools are saying that he is a silent verbal. The first incident was with Arizona, the second with UCLA, and the third was with Washington.
Beaver recently did name a top four that includes Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Washington. All four schools will be getting an official from him, but Nebraska will get the first as they are set to host the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. He is set to announce his decision during the US Army Bowl game.
Where will he land? He has been toying around with hopeful fans on twitter for sometime now, but recently there have been some strong evidence where he will end up. He has been talking about needing to get used to the rain and that he is looking forward to seeing the 12th man in person. Know which city that is? Seattle. Plus he posted a picture of him and his teammate Alphonso Marsh wearing UW hats.
5. Kevon Seymour, CB
Yet another great corner from California in this class, Seymour as a freakish athlete that has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and corner. The amazing amount of ball skills he has on defense however is why he will be playing corner at the next level.
Seymour has offers from almost every Pac-12 school along with other top programs such as Boise State, Florida, and Nebraska. His four favorite schools consist of UCLA, Cal, USC, and Washington.
While many people think that it is going to be a crosstown battle for Seymour (UCLA and USC), I think that the school that has been recruiting him the hardest will win out in the end and that school is UW. He has been watching all of their games this season and has mentioned many times the great connection he has with the defensive back coach Demetrice Martin.
4. Ishmael Adams, CB
Playing for one of the best football programs in the country is a great way to earn exposure, but Adams is the real deal. He is amazingly quick, winning his league 100 meter event and helping his school win state in the 4x100, has great hands, and always seems to know where the ball is.
There are 6 school Adams is only allowing to talk to him at this point; Arizona State, Colorado, Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, and UCLA. But in reality it is Oregon, Cal, and everybody else. He seems to be in love with the Oregon coaches as of late, so I assume he will head there.
3. Aziz Shittu, DT
Shittu is an animal! 75 tackles as a defensive tackle is mighty impressive to say the least.
Much like Beaver, Shittu’s recruitment has been a little crazy. He was committed to Stanford for a while, but broke it off and has been looking around every since. He really seems to find a new favorite school each week, but the schools on his list include Cal, USC, Texas A&M, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, and very surprisingly is Nevada.
Shittu has taken an official to Texas A&M already, with the only one he is thinking about next is Washington where him and his teammate Matt Cochran will visit together. Shittu still hasn’t officially named a top five, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that his list consist of Texas A&M, Cal, Washington, and Stanford for sure. His teammate Cochran did say that they “both would like to go to Washington”, but that “we need to make their own decisions.”
If you can predict where Shittu goes then you should start your own “call-a-psychic” line, so don’t skin me alive on my prediction.
2. Ellis McCarthy, DT
When I said that Shittu is an animal, he looks like a tame house cat compared to McCarthy. People thought that “Tiny” Moala from last year was the best defensive tackle prospect from the west since Haloti Ngata came out of Utah, but McCarthy is one of the biggest beasts on the line in the history of California. As a junior he posted 69 tackles and 12 sacks.
McCarthy’s list consists of Oregon, Florida, Cal, Washington, and USC. He will be taking officials to Oregon, Florida, and Washington for sure, but is undecided if he will visit the in state schools since he has visited them so many times before.
The schools that are in the chase group are UW and Cal. UW is probably third on his list and will have to really impress him on his official visit to pull him out of the Golden State. Cal is second and probably won’t get an official, but Tosh Luopi may be the best recruiter in the entire conference.
1. Shaq Thompson, Safety
The defensive crown jewel of the 2012 class for the west, Shaq Thompson is one of the biggest talents in the state. Able to play corner, linebacker, or safety Thompson is physically gifted and knows how to use his gifts.
He has offers from everywhere in the country, but has his top two. It is going to be a battle between Cal and UW. While UW did beat Cal this year, Thompson is a Cal legacy and it will be tough to pry him away. He will be announcing during the US Army game.