It's been a bit of a dry spell out West the last few years with regards to tight ends. Last year the top tight end in the region was pulled out of the Pac-12 and headed to Ohio State.
Luatua is the top tight end out West this year.
This year there are some elite athletic tight ends out West with some very early battles shaping up.
Here's a look at who and what to watch for.
Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif.) - Luatua already has his choice of the national landscape. Early in the game USC and Alabama have pushed themselves to the forefront. His brother signed with Alabama two years ago, but this Luatua is likely to stay out West. A recent visit to UCLA also has the Bruins making their move for the elite tight end.
Darrell Cloy (St. Paul, Calif.) - Cloy has yet to emerge as a national name but that will come. At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds Cloy has great hands and speed for a player his size. Don't be surprised to see his offer list blow up in the coming weeks with Spring evaluations heating up.
Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif.) - Dixon was white hot in October landing a slew of offers. He recently added a Florida offer to the fold as well. Don't be surprised if Ohio State ends up snaring another one of these quality tight ends and Cloy could be that player. At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds he's got all of the athleticism to get up and down the field.
Dalton Schultz (Bingham, Utah) - Schultz has grabbed his share of early offers despite the geographical disadvantage of living in Utah. In the early stages, Stanford has grabbed his attention and might be the team to beat. Schultz hasn't been very coy about his love for the Cardinal which has likely caused most teams to back off.
Henry Mondeaux (Jesuit, Ore.) - Mondeaux has a pair of offers from Oregon State and Washington already. Once he hits the camp circuit he's likely to add to that list and don't be surprised if the Ducks offer. It's not completely out of the question to think Mondeaux has the body type to grow into a more agile offensive lineman, which the Ducks often covet.
Trevor Wood (Chaparral, Ariz.) - Wood has quietly amassed a surprising list of offers including Arizona, Boise State and Washington among others. The Cats and Broncos are the early favorites at this point but with it being early in the process anything can happen. His 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame makes him an intriguing prospect to watch.
Chase Blakley (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - Blakley has a few offers to his credit including Washington. If he can get out to some camps and showcase his athleticism he could see a spike in his recruitment. Don't be surprised if he ends up with double-digit offers by the end of the Spring evaluation period.