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A senior this season for the Huskies, Westerman committed early to Texas, currently ranked No. 5 in the AP’s preseason poll.
He is among six offensive linemen included on The Associated Press’ list of the 25 best players in the West who will be part of the 2011 recruiting class. The AP’s West Region list includes six athletes who play at wide receiver, but some are being looked at as defensive backs in college.
Among the best receivers is George Farmer from powerhouse Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. He follows in the footsteps of talented Serra receiver Robert Woods, who has been named a starter as a freshman this season at USC.
At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Farmer is also a track star at Serra and clocked the 100 meters in a fast 10.40 seconds at the state championship meet earlier this year.
Farmer has yet to decide where he’ll end up, but he’s considering the Trojans despite recent NCAA sanctions against the program stemming from illegal benefits given to Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush. Southern California, ranked No. 14 in the AP’s preseason poll, is banned from the postseason for the next two seasons and loses scholarships.
Blackwell, at 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, is considered one of the best receivers in California. He had 52 catches for 1,033 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Monarchs of Santa Ana.
There are seven defensive lineman among the West Region list, including Todd Barr, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound strongside defensive end out of California’s Lakewood High school. He had 80 tackles and 9.5 sacks to go with three forced fumbles and three deflected passes.
“I’ve been around long enough that you know when some guys have something,” Lancers coach Thadd MacNeal said.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Kessler, who plays for Centennial High School in Bakersfield, has already committed to the Trojans and hopes to enroll early to play spring ball at USC.
The complete list of the 25 best players in the West who will be part of the 2011 recruiting class:
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