The game is littered with West Coast prospects on both sides of the ball. We'll take a look at the West Coast kids in the game starting first with the dozen athletes taking part that have yet to make a commitment anywhere.
Here's an alphabetical look at the 12 players out West who are still undecided including where they're looking and how their game stacks up.
Devon Allen, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep- Wide Receiver
Allen is one of the nation's elite two-way players who is just as talented in track as he is on the football field. In fact, Allen has taken two of his official visits to schools who haven't even offered him in football, Florida State and Oregon. Allen has also visited UCLA and will likely take his final visit to Stanford. Arizona State is the local school and is heavily involved as well.
Allen has consistently listed UCLA as his leader since visiting the school unofficially way back in September. It always seemed like a matter of when not if, the athlete would commit to the Bruins but the longer his recruitment drags out, you wonder if there's more to the story. Some have speculated that the Cardinal could be the preferred choice by some close to Allen and once he visits and has his application approved, Stanford could win out in the end.
Andrew Antognoli, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memoria- Punter
Antogonoli is able to punt and kick and comes highly recommended by kicking guru Chris Sailer. Following several standout performances in the spring/summer, Sailer called Antogonoli one of the top five combo (kick/punt) prospects in the nation and a definite Div I prospect.
Keishawn Bierria, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Linebacker
Bierria had a huge senior year and is easily among the top linebackers in the West region. He has a nice frame, can run, hit and cover and plays with a non-stop motor. Few players increased their stock more this past season than the talented athlete from Narbonne.
On the recruiting front, Bierria played things very close to the vest all year, choosing to wait until after his season was over before focusing on recruiting. Arizona State and Washington State are recruiting him the hardest and look for both schools along with Oregon State to get official visits in January.
Tere Calloway, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep- Defensive back
Calloway is a versatile defensive back who could end up at safety or corner at the next level. He's a talented running back at the HS level as well but probably projects best as a safety where his ability to run and hit should flourish.
Calloway has consistently named a top three of Nevada, Southern Mississippi and SMU with Memphis and Idaho in the mix as well. Calloway has taken official visits to Southern Miss and SMU and checked out Nevada in the summer. He plans to announce his college choice a week after the Semper Fi game at a ceremony in Seattle.
Aaron Cochran, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony- Offensive Lineman
Ciochran is a massive tackle prospect and will likely be the biggest player on the field. He has worked hard on his conditioning and his overall athleticism over the past year and has made some nice strides in improving his toughness and ability to play in space.
California, where his older brother Matt signed last year, was always believed to be the leader but the lineman has steadfastly denied that. He took visits to Arizona, Nebraska and Oklahoma and may take another visit (unofficial) to see the Sooners in January. Washington is involved here and don't rule out an official to Cal as well.
Thomas Duarte, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Tight End
Duarte dominated on both sides of the ball this past season and was selected to just about every post-season team he was eligible for. As a big receiver, he's a brutal matchup for defenses and might have the best hands of anyone in the state. He's a big bodied kid who could bulk up in to a tight end but has the skills to stay at receiver as well.
Duarte recently narrowed his list to Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington but has yet to schedule any of his visits. The athlete has been pretty tight lipped about his recruitment but some close to him feel the Ducks and Bruins could be the two to beat.
Austin Hooper, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Defensive End
Hooper helped the Spartans to another State Championship this past season and is one of the top rush ends in the region. Hooper has an ideal frame for a strong side end at the next level, big and strong with a motor and plays with advanced technique already.
Hooper has a top five list of Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington. He has officially visited the Huskies and is planning January visits to the two Oregon schools. He has taken multiple unofficial visits to Cal and Stanford and this one looks about as wide open as you can possibly get.
Johnny Johnson, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Defensive Back
Johnson missed half of his junior season and the entire spring/summer rehabbing from a torn labrum in his shoulder. It didn't take long for Johnson to show why he's considered one of the nation's elite cover corners picking off seven balls and returning three for touchdowns.
Johnson has taken one official visit so far and that was to Washington. Stanford and UCLA have been his co-leaders but there's some question as to how hard the Cardinal are recruiting him right now as Johnson has yet to turn in his application. The Bruins appear to be the heavy leaders for Johnson right now and it's actually a little surprising he hasn't committed already.
Lowell Lotulelei, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham- Defensive Tackle
Lotulelei is a mammoth tackle prospect who has made a nice name for himself after being best known previously as the younger brother of Utah tackle Star Lotulelei. The younger Lotulelei has great size and strength, moves well and looks like an ideal nose guard or three tech at the next level.
On the recruiting front, Lotulelei has been a tough read although many expect him to follow Star to Utah. BYU is also heavily involved and Lotulelei has already taken an official visit to Washington. Boise State, Cal and Oregon State are others in the mix but again, at this point, it's anyone's guess where the big tackle ends up.
L.J. Moore, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Defensive Back
Moore had a very nice season on both sides of the ball and the Tigers season really turned around when he was moved to quarterback. Moore has excellent size and speed for a corner and all the tools to be a major impact player at the next level.
Like with his teammate, Johnson, Moore has had one school leading for so long, it's surprising why he hasn't committed yet. Oregon State is recruiting Moore the hardest, he loved his visit and at one point, it looked like the DB could decide before Christmas. Now he'll take a January visit to Oklahoma and possibly Arizona State and watch out for Cal in this one as well.
Thomas Oser, Harvard Westlake (Calif.)- Offensive Lineman
Oser is one of the top true center prospects in the region with a very nice upside to him. He had a very good senior year showing improved strength and physicality. He can dominate at the point of attack but moves well enough to get to the second level as well.
Oser took an official visit to Oregon back in September and also has Mississippi, Oregon State, Stanford and Vanderbilt on his short list. Stanford will for sure get an official visit and Vandy could as well but the Cardinal could be the team to beat at this point.
John Ross, Long Beach Jordan (Calif.)- Wide Receiver
Ross doesn't get talked about nearly enough but he has as much upside as almost any receiver out west. He's a very explosive athlete who catches the ball well and is great after the catch. Ross is also a big time threat retuning punts and kicks and could see the field early in college.
On the recruiting side, Ross has listed Oregon, UCLA and Washington as his top three with the Bruins and Huskies showing the most interest. Ross has visited all three and also checked out Oregon State as well. He wants to take another visit in January but hasn't decided on the school yet. Washington has always looked like the team to beat here as Ross has three former teammates on campus but UCLA has made a strong, late run to make things interesting.