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Battleground Recruits: West

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Today, we will elect a new president and there are several battleground states that will play a huge role in selecting our country's next commander-in-chief. With that in mind, there is not a better time to take a look at five “battleground” recruits in the West region for the 2013 cycle.

5. Devon Allen, WR, Phoenix (Az.) Brophy Prep


Allen is one of several standout prospects in the state of Arizona in the class of 2013. The vertical threat with elite straight-line speed has long been thought to be a tough pull for the in-state programs, and that continues to be the case with a Pac-12 storied program likely to end any hopes of Arizona State or Arizona to keep the two-sport star home.

West coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Allen’s recruitment: “Allen's campaign initially had huge traction out of the East with Ohio State leading the surge. But a late push from the West has placed the UCLA campaign front and center. Stanford and Oregon also remain at large, but oddly enough the Ducks haven't offered a football scholarship and is being recruited for track. An upcoming visit to UCLA on Nov. 16 could be enough to seal the deal for the Bruins and bring an end to this campaign. Allen is exactly the type of big-play game-breaking receiver the Bruins have sorely missed."

4. Danny Mattingly, LB, Spokane (Wa.) Mead


Mattingly has been committed to Notre Dame since the end of June, but he continues to be one of the most heavily south prospects on the upper West Coast. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder is the level of prospect that in-state Washington does not want to let get away, and it now appears that the Huskies and other Pac-12 programs are having an impact.

West Coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Mattingly’s recruitment: "Mattingly is not exactly 'closed for voting' despite being committed to Notre Dame. Recently the four-star jumbo athlete visited Washington and could also be at Oregon in a few weeks. UCLA, Stanford and Oklahoma are also being considered for future visits. Notre Dame has not decided to 'pull' his scholarship offer, but is continuing to evaluate other options which could fill his spot. The latest news suggests Mattingly is more likely to end up in another region before the final votes are tallied."

3. Priest Willis, CB/S, Tempe (Az.) Marcos De Niza

The recruitment of five-star defensive back Priest Willis has been all over the place. While the programs that are under serious consideration have changed and continue to be fluid, one part of the 6-foot-2, 200-pounders recruitment remains the same – Arizona State is fighting to keep one 2013’s best in his home state.

West Coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Willis’ recruitment: "Perhaps this could be the most interesting race of the region. The highly touted four-star has kept a pretty tight lid on his recruitment, however most conclude USC, UCLA have the upper hand to sign the No. 26 player. He also re-scheduled his trip to LSU this weekend for a later date with close friend Tahaan Goodman and could visit Virginia. The two are close and talk frequently about playing together in college. Willis visited Nebraska last weekend and made an impression. ASU also continues to lurk in the shadows as this campaign hits it's stride. Like Goodman, this election will likely end in a heated cross-town rivalry with the Bruins and Trojans."

2. Max Redfield, S, Mission Viejo (Calif.)


Redfield created the headlines in recruiting over the weekend by re-opening his recruitment. With the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder now a former USC commitment, the Trojans are in battle to keep one of the nations best from leaving the home state in favor of Oregon or Notre Dame.

West Coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Redfield’s recruitment: "Not many felt this would be much of a race once USC offered last December. Oregon was seen as the biggest competition to the Trojans, but once he committed in July, most considered voting was closed. Recently Redfield took an official visit to Notre Dame and left many thinking the Irish actually lead for the four-star safety. Fast forward to Sunday night and Redfield elected to open up his candidacy officially. The nation's No. 44 overall player is in the process of setting up an official visit to Oregon, which he claims will likely happen within the next month. He is slated to visit Washington this weekend but voting will likely end with Oregon, USC or Notre Dame parties having a tea party."

1. Tahaan Goodman, S, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)


Simply put, four-star safety Tahaan Goodman is the level of prospect the in-state programs must keep home. While Washington is in the mix in attempt to pull one of the nations best out of California, it appears to be national power LSU that could be the stiffest competition for USC and UCLA.

West Coast analyst Justin Hopkins on Goodman’s recruitment: "This election will come down to the wire for one of the premier safeties in the nation. Goodman was scheduled to visit LSU this weekend but a change of plans will have him in Baton Rouge later this fall. UCLA and USC will also get a visit at some point while others are being considered for his final two trips. However this race seems to be heavily focused on those three schools, and moreover likely a fierce cross-town rivalry. USC has figured to be slightly ahead in the polls for some time, but the Trojans are nearly full for 2013. It's also difficult to count out UCLA when tenacious recruiter Demetrice Martin is on the campaign."

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