Been an active early recruiting calendar out West this year already. A few schools such as USC, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona have jumped in and picked up early commitments.
Barry Ware said he is firmly committed to UCLA.
With the trend of recruiting continuing to advance, it would appear there is no real "off-season" any longer for college coaches or fans.
Here's a quick whip around the West landscape at the latest news and what to keep tabs on.
UCLA gets "A Ware"
The Bruins were one of the hottest finishers in the 2013 cycle and look for them to ride that momentum into '14. Recently that started off with the offer, and commitment of Centennial (Calif.) wide receiver Barry Ware. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound speedster is the nation's No. 87 overall player in the country and is a big-time play maker in the 2014 class. Following his commitment, Washington State offered but Ware said he is planning on sticking solid with UCLA.
Trojans ready to get busy?
USC has been relatively strict on who they offer early in their local market. For starters there was scholarship restrictions but it remains a fine line for Lane Kiffin and staff. A Trojan offer to many So Cal recruits is the offer they covet and immediately act on. The Trojans remain diligent with their search however and many top recruits have seen their interest with USC increase recently. So if the Trojans decide to cut loose of a few offers that could make things open up soon for an already active USC class in 2014.
Chip Kelly gone, Oregon gets active early
I don't suppose there was any way Oregon could have gotten less active early in the recruiting cycle as it was under Chip Kelly. However Mark Helfrich has brought his own touch into recruiting and while not making whole-scale changes, the Ducks are certainly far more active. One recent offer, yielded the Ducks their first 2014 commitment already from outside linebacker Jordan Hoeim. While Oregon will become more active, they will still be selective offers to priority targets.
The Ducks have yet to host a formal junior day.
Zona and Cal host junior days
Both Arizona and Cal had junior days in front of recruits yesterday. The Golden Bears even had their Spring game in front of more than 5,000 fans and included a touchdown run from former Cal back, Marshawn Lynch. Not always will a junior day result in commits but it can at least generate positive buzz and traction among recruits. Keep an eye on some of the top attendees to find out how the atmosphere at each Pac-12 program fared on Saturday.
Big movers in the new top 247
A couple of notable jumps in the latest top 247 see Serra (Calif.) corner Adoree' Jackson get that fifth star bump. It wasn't a huge increase, but it was enough to go from No. 33 up to No. 21 for Jackson and earn that fifth star. Jackson already has just about every offer he needs, but USC, UCLA and LSU look to be the early contenders.
Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) jumbo athlete Devante Downs made his presence felt with a huge push up the ladder to No. 59 overall. Downs was previously unranked, but was rated as a four-star however. He's adding new offers weekly as he gains some new national attention. It's tough to project how this recruitment will play out given his skill set and offers at running back and linebacker. An Oregon offer will have an impact and Washington is certainly on the short list, but others could easily come and go as things heat up for Downs.