The West has contributed greatly to some of the elite talent in the class of 2013. Led by five-star USC commit Max Browne, the top ten recruits from the West region have grabbed recruiting attention from across the nation.
USC will be tough to beat for five-star Su'a Cravens.
Here's a very, very early look at those top ten players and an early prediction where they might sign in February.
Max Browne- QB- Skyline HS (Sammamish, Wash.)
Nation's No. 7 overall player
Browne committed to the Trojans on Apr. 4 over Oklahoma. The five-star quarterback had his choice of nearly any college, but the battle was always between the Trojans and Sooners. Obviously this is an easy prediction, and just to wrap up, barring something drastic, Browne will sign with the Trojans.
Su'a Cravens- S- Vista Murietta (Murietta, Calif.)
Nation's No. 8 overall player
Cravens continues to take the 'open' approach to his recruitment. However most closest to him feel very strongly the USC Trojans will be incredibly difficult to beat. Certainly anything can happen with so much time before February. But bet heavily on USC earning another five-star pickup in Cravens. Arizona State, Nebraska, UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Ohio State seem to be the other list of potential candidates.
Cravens just announced via twitter he will announce on June 6, his mother's birthday.
Thomas Tyner- RB- Aloha HS (Portland, Ore.)
Nation's No. 16 overall player
Tyner committed to Oregon back in November. Despite some thoughts about taking other potential visits, he decided there was no need to. Once again, unless something incredible changes at Oregon between now and February, Tyner should be a Duck.
Oregon and USC will likely battle it out for Max Redfield.
Max Redfield- S- Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Nation's No. 34 overall player
Along with Cravens, Redfield is one of the top uncommitted players out West. Additionally, USC is in fact the slight leader at this time. Oregon seems to pose the biggest threat currently along with Notre Dame, Washington and LSU lurking. Right now the edge goes to the Trojans, but the Ducks could be a real threat. Another scenario to keep in mind is USC's limited scholarship numbers and the extremely deep pool of talented defensive backs out West.
Tahaan Goodman- S- Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Nation's No. 39 overall player
Did I mention the defensive back pool was deep out West? And keeping with that theme, once again USC will be tough to beat for Goodman. His close friend and teammate Chris Hawkins is already a Trojan commit and is no doubt working on Goodman. LSU, Arizona State and UCLA are lurking in the shadows. Unless Goodman waits to long and misses an open spot, he appears a hard lean to the Trojans.
Eddie Vanderdoes- DT- Placer HS (Auburn, Calif.)
Nation's No. 48 overall player
Vanderdoes finally breaks the trend of skill players out West. Which is a reversal of the 2012 class which featured a plethora of talented lineman. Right now the easy money is on Oregon for Vanderdoes. He's got a close connection with five-star signee Arik Armstead from 2012. He can be tough to gauge and speaks highly of most schools, but at the end of the day Cal, USC and Washington will be the biggest threats to the Ducks for Vanderdoes.
Priest Willis- CB- Marcos De Niza HS (Tempe, Ariz.)
Nation's No. 52 overall player
Willis is another top recruit trying to keep a tight lid on his recruitment. He has yet to name a leader or top schools or give much hint where he's leaning. One key factor is the frequent which he has visited USC, and his close relationship with Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman. Once again limited numbers come into play, but Willis may be one of those 'can't pass' players like Su'a Cravens. Meaning, USC will take them at any cost. LSU, FSU, Oregon and Virginia could also get in the game and should not be overlooked.
Priest Willis has tried to keep a tight lid on his recruitment.
Chris Fox- OT- Ponderosa HS(Parker, Colo.)
Nation's No. 53 overall player
Fox was a monster pickup for Michigan. He is one of the highest rated lineman in the nation and very skilled. Like the other commitments on this list, Fox shows no signs of wavering and with a firm 'no-visit' policy in effect, Fox will likely sign with the Wolverines in February.
Cooper Bateman- QB- Cottonwood HS (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Nation's No. 56 overall player
Now here's a real mystery in this top ten. Bateman is a stud and has given almost no indication where he's strongly looking. Utah, Washington, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU are a few to watch. Despite no verbal confirmation from Bateman, those programs seem to be among the most frequently mentioned. With most of the top quarterback options coming off the board, Bateman's stock is now at a premium for any schools still looking for their guy. Make no mistake, Bateman can sling it too.
Isaac Savaiinaea- LB- Punahou HS (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Nation's No. 57 overall player
Despite committing to Stanford early in the process, Savaiinaea could consider other visits. With the academic requirements being so strict at Stanford, recruits will continue to keep other options afloat in case something falls through. It doesn't appear he will flip from his commitment, but Oregon, USC, Cal and Washington are some others to keep tabs on, just in case.
247Sports will continue to preview and predict more of the nation's elite players in the coming days