Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes is the biggest name still on the board, the No. 3 player in the West and his announcement is set for 5:00 (PST). Vanderdoes was an early commitment to USC, but opened things up and took visits to UCLA (Nov), Washington (Dec), USC (Jan), Notre Dame (Jan) and checked out Alabama this past weekend.
There has been a ton of speculation about Vanderdoes with whispers that he's a silent commit to one school or the family has eliminated a few of the schools on his list. In the last week, there has been growing speculation that if there is a team to beat right now it could be UCLA but again, that hasn't come from the Vanderdoes family as they have shut down talking to the media.
Vanderdoes raved about his visit to Alabama on twitter and we do know that the Notre Dame trip ‘wowed' the family as well. Will he go that far from home? I don't think distance will be a factor in his decision but do feel the biggest factors will be the defensive system, what staff he feels most comfortable with and who offers the best opportunity to succeed at life away from football. At this time, it's a complete tossup and could go a number of different directions.
Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea is the No. 7 player in the West and he's down to Texas A&M and UCLA. Savaiinaea will announce his decision at 9:00 A.M (PST) at a local ceremony put on by the PIAA (Pacific Island Athletic Alliance). The event will be live streamed at www.scoringlive.com.
Savaiinaea looked genuinely split down the middle between the Aggies and Bruins a month ago but several factors seem to pointing towards the Bruins in this one. His lead recruiter at A&M, Brian Polian, left A&M to be the head coach at Nevada. The Aggies also have commitments from four inside linebackers and Savaiinaea has a very good relationship with Bruin LB coach Jeff Ulbrich and said he felt very comfortable on the Westwood campus saying it felt like home.
Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley defensive lineman Kylie Fitts, the No. 25 player in the region, is set to announce at 7:00 P.M. (PST) Tuesday night and will likely have hats on the table from Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Utah. Fitts was an early commitment to USC and was planning to enroll early but was told he didn't have a spot and would need to wait until the fall.
Fitts decided to de-commit a day later and took official visits to the above mentioned schools. This past weekend, Fitts visited Utah and then took an unofficial visit to USC to talk with the Trojan coaches. UCLA appeared to be the leader prior to the weekend visits and following the two trips, it still sounds like Fitts will sign with the Bruins on Wednesday.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah, the No. 39 player in the region, will announce his final decision on the Fox Sports High School Spotlight Signing Day Special Wednesday. The show will run from 3:00-4:30 (PST) and Falah will choose between USC and Washington.
Falah has been a long time commitment to USC but the Huskies have been recruiting him harder than anyone. Falah took an unofficial visit to USC a couple of weeks ago and was expected to trip to Washington this past weekend but never made it to the Husky campus. With the trip to Seattle canceled, most felt that all but sealed the deal for the Trojans but we continue to hear Washington has a real shot at flipping the talented tackle prospect.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge, the No. 47 player in the West will also announce on the Fox Sports High School Spotlight Signing Day Special on Wednesday and will decide between Arizona State and UCLA.
Judge committed last summer to UCLA but it appeared the Bruins backed off a bit during the course of the season. In the meantime, ASU was going all in for Judge and making him a high priority. He loved his recent visit to Tempe and appeared the Sun Devils were in a good spot. The question became, did the Bruins still have room for Judge and was he even a priority for them?
In the last week, UCLA has gotten back in it with Judge and although the ‘backer didn't make it to campus over the weekend, the race is back and it looks like too close to call at this point.
Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive back L.J. Moore, the No. 48 player in the region, will announce at his school at 3:00 (PST). The corner has been as tough to follow as any player out West and this one looks wide open. He took official visits to Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Texas Tech and a recent unofficial visit to California.
At one point, Moore seemed like a heavy lean to Oregon State but the longer he waited before pulling the trigger, you had to think it might not happen. ASU came on late and Moore took an unofficial visit prior to his official visit and said he really connected well with the Sun Devil coaching staff.
Moore said just a week ago that Cal and ASU were probably his top two but we've also heard that Oregon State may have made up some ground after a home visit this past Saturday. Don't rule out Oklahoma either as his teammate and good friend Hatari Byrd has been recruiting him daily since the end of the summer. All this to say Moore is a very tough to read and although you can safely rule out the Irish and Red Raiders, everyone else looks in play.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt, the No. 54 player in the West, will announce his final choice at 8:00 A.M. (PST). Hunt has been a longtime commitment to Cal but opened up his recruitment following the Bears coaching change.
He took official visits to Cal, Oregon, Michigan and Ohio State and raved about each of them but seemed most excited following the visit to Eugene. It wouldn't be a surprise at all if Hunt decided to stick with Cal but our guess is the Ducks are the likely destination for the talented guard prospect.
Few recruitment's have been more intriguing than Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr defensive back Patrick Enewally's. At different times, Enewally, the No. 66 player in the region, has been a lean to UCLA and Washington and appeared on the verge of committing to each school at different times this year.
Enewally in fact sounded like he was ready to go public with his commitment to the Huskies over the weekend but said he just didn't feel ready and was still strongly considering Cal, where he had just visited two weeks ago. The versatile defensive back now looks like a Signing Day decision and it's anyone's guess who lands him at this point.
Another player who will announce on the Fox Sports High School Spotlight Signing Day Special is Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker and the No. 82 player in the West, Keishawn Bierria. Oregon State looked to be in a very good spot for Bierria all season long and no one recruited the ‘backer longer or harder.
He took an official visit to Arizona State last week but still listed the Beavers as his leader. Bierria then took an official visit to Washington this past weekend, the Huskies offered a scholarship and now all bets are off. The athlete was hosted by his former teammate and good friend Troy Williams and the Huskies have been a long time favorite for Bierria, even without an offer until this past weekend.
Will the Beavers be able to hold off the Huskies? At this point, barring a last minute change, it sounds like Bierria will Bark for Sark on Wednesday.
The last player that will announce on the Fox Sports High School Spotlight Signing Day Special is Valencia (Calif.) athlete and the No. 145 player in the region, Tedric Thompson. This will be a three-team race between Colorado, Fresno State and Minnesota and has gone back and forth in recent weeks.
Minnesota has been a long time leader and Thompson's older brother Cedric plays for the Golden Gophers. The safety loved his visit to Fresno State and there was even some talk that Thompson may have committed to the Bulldogs in the last week.
That proved to be a false rumor and Thompson took his official visit to Minnesota this past weekend. The official visit was the third visit to Minnesota for Thompson and it will me a mild surprise if he ends up anywhere other than with the Big 10 program.