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Halfway to Signing Day: Pac-12 Edition

Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:33 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Pac-12 and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Pac-12 Commitment List

Best class: Washington

Hard to believe in such a good year for talent in the West but the Pac-12 is home to only two Top 100 commits at the halfway point and one of them belongs to the Huskies (the other is committed to USC). Steve Sarkisian has mined California well for some players and added a pair of Elite 11 quarterbacks for the future. This class could still add some talented in-state linemen so the program could get even better by Signing Day.

Work left to do: Cal

The Bears have one of the smallest classes in the country and though they have four very good players in it... there's just four players. They have a possible freshman starter in quarterback Zach Kline and perhaps this summer's best wide receiver Bryce Treggs but there's been little movement in adding to them. The Bears are in on a lot of prospects and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi is one of the better recruiters out there but things need to pick up in Berkeley.

Under the radar class: USC

It doesn't get the flash that it used to due to NCAA sanctions but the Trojans have a very good class that is getting close to being full. Arik Armstead can be an elite offensive tackle if he goes that route and Jabari Ruffin and Scott Starr are two very nice players who could log some major minutes down the road. Lane Kiffin has talked about not missing evaluations and so far, he's got a good class that may not be big on star power but does have a lot of talented athletes in it.

Top commit: Athlete Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), committed to USC.

Loading up: Arizona and Arizona State on offensive linemen (4), Arizona State on linebackers (4), Stanford on wide receivers (4).

Frequent Fliers: Stanford with commitments from seven states.

Fence builders: USC, all of the school's commitments are from California.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will anyone break into the top 10?

With USC on the sidelines due to a numbers crunch, the conference is looking for someone to step up and fill the void in a very good year for talent out on the West Coast. Arizona State is close to being full but they don't have any elite talent committed yet. Washington could certainly get there if they can pull one of the two Top 100 lineman from in-state. Oregon hasn't yet received any championship game bounce but they've been able to get some surprises late in the game recently. It's kind of hard to figure out if anyone will be able to crack the top 10 but there should be a few schools with a shot at it on Signing Day.

Top 25 Teams:
17. Arizona State
18. Washington

Comments

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Pac-12 Edition

To say that UW has the best class so far is to say that Dennys has the best food.

The author of this piece is clueless.  Rivals—a far more credible site than CBS--has UW rated 9<sup>th</sup> in the Pac-12, and if you look at average stars, then they are 10<sup>th</sup>.   A third of their class is two stars or less.

The dirty little secret is that UW remains closer to WSU than to the top of the PAC.

 





Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Pac-12 Edition

UW will be back to dominating in a short time.  The renovated DAWG HOUSE will be amazing. Steve Sarkisian is the man. GO DAWGS!!



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