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Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:05 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Pac-12 Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


CBS Sports Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100
9. USC 15 5
10. Stanford 21 6
15. California 15 2
18. UCLA 26 2
19. Oregon 21 3
24. Washington 25 1

Pac-12 school-by-school
North Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 QB Zach Kline B- Though they don't land a lot of the highly regarded guys they could have with Tosh Lupoi still around, the Bears bring in some great pieces that can leave a lasting impact on the program.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DL Arik Armstead A- Chip Kelly's near departure to the NFL didn't end up costing the Ducks a bit class and even landed a big fish from the state of California for the second year in a row.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 OL Isaac Seumalo B+ This might not be a highly regarded class by some but it has some tremendous pick ups and might be one of the best groups of talent headed to Corvallis in a while.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Andrus Peat A+ When was the last time you talked about Stanford on Signing Day? Now the Cardinal are landing top 10 classes and bringing in what appears to be the best OL class in recent memory.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DB Shaq Thompson B+ It got a little dicey with Cyler Miles but adding him and Jeff Lindquist is a great one-two punch at QB and there's plenty of other top talent headed to Seattle as well, including elite guys like Thompson.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 WR Gabriel Marks B- All things considered, this was a solid first effort for Mike Leach and company, picking up several solid offensive weapons and some key Juco guys.
South Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 LB C.J. Dozier B- It looked a little shaky but closed strong and there are some solid guys that fit the systems RichRod is looking to run.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 RB D.J. Foster B- It's not blow you away good but there's some guys that will come in and get some minutes right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
29 DB Yuri Wright B+ There's some recruits in the Buff's 2012 class that will no doubt be expected to contribute early. There's not only some surprising talent coming in but some depth too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DT Ellis McCarthy A- Big time defensive tackles seem to be a dime a dozen and landing McCarthy is a huge get for new coach Jim Mora. There's plenty of talent coming in several different positions too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 ATH Nelson Agholor A Though the Trojans missed on a few offensive line targets late that would have made this a top five class despite the numbers, it's still a great effort with impact players and some who add depth.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 QB Travis Wilson B This is really the first class that the move to the Pac-12 is a big draw and it's paid off with some pretty good recruits from the tradition talent bases for the school.


Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Pac-12 Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. There was some head coaching turnover in the Pac-12 and a few interesting moves in terms of assistants which makes 2012 a very interesting year in the conference. Combined with the fact that this is the best year in a while for talent on the West Coast and there some buzz about what is going on in the Pac-12.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100 Moving
10. California 18 3
17. USC 12 3
21. Oregon 18 2
25. Stanford 17 2

Top storylines

1. What's the fall out from Tosh Lupoi leaving for Washington?

The departure of Lupoi, Cal's best recruiter, might end up a seismic shift in the Pac-12 recruiting landscape. He was responsible for getting the Golden Bears into the top 10 in the team rankings and was on the verge of landing another five-star defender to give him an impressive three on defense. Instead plenty of Cal recruits and commitments have decided to take late official visits and only a handful can be considered solid verbal pledges. Lupoi might not be able to have a huge impact on the Huskies class but they're in the running for a few top players late in the process. Needless to say, this is a big move and one that might have a huge impact in 2012 and beyond.

2. How high does Oregon go?

The near departure of head coach Chip Kelly threw many recruits for a loop but it looks like, despite some negative recruiting by other schools, the current class will remain intact with the Ducks also in the running for some elite five-star guys on the West Coast come Signing Day. Oregon currently sits just outside the top 20 but if they land one or two of the guys that are left on their board, it's very possible to find them in the top 15 with one of the most talented classes headed to Eugene in a long time.

3. Roster management in Los Angeles

It's a good thing both head coaches in Los Angeles have NFL experience because they're going to have to do some good ol' fashioned roster management - something that does happen outside of the SEC - albeit for different reasons. Lane Kiffin and USC are finally starting to feel the effects of sanctions and have to be careful to not only sign 15 or fewer recruits on Signing Day but come in under the NCAA-imposed  limit of 75 scholarship players by the fall. The Trojans are in the running for some top talent and, with early enrollees, will actually bring in more than 15 players so it will be interesting to see what the team looks like going forward. Across town, this was expected to be a small UCLA class of 17 or so recruits but the Bruins currently have 25 commits. There are some creative things Jim Mora can do so it will be interesting to see who winds up on the roster come the fall.

4. Which new coach winds up with the best class?

The massive coaching turnover in the Pac-12 has made things interesting among the conference's middle class. Rich Rodriguez had an early head start but it took awhile to get his full staff on board and that might have cost him some. Todd Graham has to deal with a lot of negative recruiting thanks to the way he left Pitt but has managed to do better than tread water and could land one of the state's top players. Meanwhile, Mike Leach has done a remarkable job of remaking the Wazzu class to fit his offense and aggressively get players who might have been overlooked by others but are simply players when it counts on the field. Finally, Jim Mora has done a great job getting some elite talent to get excited about UCLA. Should be an interesting finish.

Most impressive class: California

Most underrated class: Oregon State

Work left to do: Arizona

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
5. Shaq Thompson DB California
6. Ellis McCarthy DT UCLA
8. Andrus Peat OL Uncommitted
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
16. Arik Armstead OL/DT Uncommitted
21. Zach Banner OL Uncommitted
26. Josh Garnett OL Uncommitted
30. D.J. Foster ATH Uncommitted
37. Jordan Simmons OL USC
41. Aziz Shittu DT Uncommitted
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Robert Anae, Tony Gibson and Calvin Magee, Arizona
Mike Norvell, Arizona State
Marcus Arroyo, Ron Gould and Todd Howard, California
Eric Bieniemy, Darian Hagan and Bobby Kennedy, Colorado
Jerry Azzinaro, Gary Campbell, Mark Helfrich and John Neal, Oregon
Mark Banker, Brent Brennan, Mike Cavanaugh and Danny Langsdorf, Oregon State
Lance Anderson, Pep Hamilton and Mike Sanford Jr., Stanford
Adrian Klemm, Demetrice Martin, Noel Mazzone and Angus McClure, UCLA
James Cregg, Clay Helton, Kennedy Pola and Ed Orgeron, USC
Brian Johnson, Morgan Scalley and Kalani Sitake, Utah
Eric Kiesau, Tosh Lupoi, Johnny Nansen and Peter Sirmon, Washington
Mike Breske, Jeff Choate and Jim Mastro, Washington State

Head coach under pressure: Jeff Tedford, California

Top Pac-12 class prediction: California

Top Pac-12 signee: Shaq Thompson

Pac-12 school-by-school
North Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 QB Zach Kline
OL Freddie Tagaloa
DB Shaq Thompson
WR Bryce Treggs
This is a top 10 class for now. The emphasis is added because the departure of Lupoi to Washington has really thrown this group for a loop and caused several, such as Thompson, to look around before signing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 DE DeForest Buckner
RB Byron Marshall
QB Jake Rodrigues
WR Dwayne Stanford
Chip Kelly's flirtation with the NFL has thrown some for a loop but it looks like the Pac-12 champs will only add to a very good 2012 class. Marshall and Rodrigues are perfect fits on offense
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 WR Malik Gilmore
DB Tyler Hasty
OL Isaac Seumalo
This might be one of Mike Riley most talented classes during his time in Corvallis. Seumalo is one of the top offensive linemen on the West Coast and Gilmore is very underrated at the wide out spot. There are plenty of players who could play as freshmen or sophomores from this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Nick Davidson
LB Noor Davis
RB Barry Sanders
DT Jordan Watkins
It's not often you find the Cardinal in the top 25 in recruiting but things are rolling on the Farm. This is linemen heavy and has several recruits who should see early playing time. Stanford is also in the mix for elite offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Andrus Peat.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Jeff Lindquist
QB Cyler Miles
DE Damion Turpin
You wonder if this class could have been even better had Lupoi been hired earlier but as is, it's a very good effort out of Steve Sarkisian and staff. They failed to land the top OL's in the state but picked up two very good QB's to build around in Lindquist and Miles.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Robert Lewis
WR Gabriel Marks
OL Alex Mitchell
Mike Leach's hire has certainly turned heads on the Palouse and the recruiting trail. He's hit California for some players who were overlooked by other programs but are great fits for his system and done a good job in a short time span.
South Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Javelle Allen
LB C.J. Dozier
WR Trey Griffey
Even though he was hired early in the process,  Rodriguez hasn't made a huge splash in recruiting. But with new facilities and his staff finally in place, that will come. Allen is a very good fit for RichRod's offense.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 ATH Randall Goforth
OL Evan Goodman
OL Stephon McCray
Former head coach Dennis Erickson had assembled one of the better classes in the conference and while it has taken some hits, Todd Graham has mostly kept it together.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DB Kenneth Crawley
QB Shane Dillon
DB Yuri Wright
Landing Wright is a risk but there's no doubt he's a talented player who can contribute early on. This class should add depth across the board despite not having a big time impact player.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DB Ishmael Adams
DT Ellis McCarthy
QB T.J. Millweard
DB Marcus Rios
Jim Mora answered all the questions people had about an NFL guy recruiting in college with this effort. Landing McCarthy is a program-changer because big West Coast DT's don't exactly grow on trees.
- Team page
- Commitment list
12 WR Darreus Rogers
LB Jabari Ruffin
OL Jordan Simmons
OL Max Tuerk
This is the first class truly limited by NCAA sanctions but that doesn't mean Lane Kiffin hasn't been able to pull in some great players. The Trojans are also in the running for elite, top 20 players on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 ATH Chase Hansen
OL Cedrick Poutasi
QB Travis Wilson
Kyle Whittingham has talked about what a plus the move to the Pac-12 has been for recruiting and this class is one example of getting better players by being in a BCS conference.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:06 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:41 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Pac-12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Pac-12.

  Arizona (17)

Quarterback Javelle Allen (Prosper, Texas)
Wide receiver Jarrell Bennett (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive tackle Gerron Borne (Reserve, La.)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)
Wide receiver Julian Brooks (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Defensive lineman Cayman Bundage (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Athlete Dakota Conwell (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
Linebacker C.J. Dozier (Temecula, Calif.)
Wide receiver Trey Griffey (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman T.D. Gross (Santee, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Zach Hemmila (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif.)
Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Running back Anthony Lopez (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Defensive end Dwight Melvin (Laveen, Ariz.)
Defensive back Yamen Sanders (Culver City, Calif.)
Defensive back Leo Thomas (San Antonio, Texas)

Arizona State (19)

Wide receiver Alonzo Agwuenu (Chino Hills, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Jamar Allah (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Running back Terrell Davis (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Nate Ingram (Ashley, Mich./Pierce Juco)
Defensive back Oliver Johnson (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce Juco)
Defensive tackle Milo Jordan (Corona, Calif.)
Tight end Kody Kohl (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Stephon McCray (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Carlos Mendoza (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena City Juco)
Athlete Darwin Rogers (Chicago, Ill./Arizona Western Juco)
Linebacker Matthew Rowe (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Jake Sheffield (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Easton Wahlstrom (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

  California (18)

Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Matt Cochran (Atwater, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Running back Damariay Drew (Livermore, Calif.)
Running back Maximo Espita (Salem, Ore.)
Wide receiver Chris Harper (Encino, Calif.)
Defensive back Zach Hoffpauir (Peoria, Ariz.)
Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Cole Leininger (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Steven Moore (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson (Oakland, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa (Richmond, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif.)

  Colorado (25)

Running back Donta Abron Jr. (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Kenneth Crawley (Washington, D.C.)
Running back Terrence Crowder (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Tight end Sean Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive end Kisima Jagne (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Samson Kafovalu (Riverside, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Gerrad Kough (Pomona, Calif.)
Defensive end Derek McCartney (Arvada, Colo.)
Athlete Marques Mosley (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)
Running back Davien Payne (Perris, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Kory Rasmussen (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tight end Austin Ray (Columbia, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Justin Solis (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Defensive end John Stuart (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gerald Thomas (The Colony, Texas)
Wide receiver Jeffrey Thomas (Duncanville, Texas)
Defensive tackle Josh Tupou (Buena Park, Calif.)
Defensive back John Walker (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Peyton Williams (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete De'Jon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
Defensive back Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.)

  Oregon (18)

Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Defensive tackle Stetzon Bair (St. Anthony, Idaho/Iowa Western Juco)
Defensive end Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive end DeForest Buckner (Honolulu, Hawaii), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cody Carriger (Butte, Mont.)
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Terrence Daniel (Oakland, Calif.)
Defensive back Reggie Daniels (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jeff Lockie (Danville, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Long (Charlottesville, Va./Saddleback Juco)
Running back Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Oregon State
(24)

Offensive lineman Gavin Andrews (Granite Bay, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Grant Bays (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Running back Chris Brown (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Cade Cowdin (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Chase Eldredge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Wide receiver Malik Gilmore (Lakewood, Calif.)
Defensive back Tyler Hasty (Bellevue, Wash.)
Defensive back Kendall Hill (LaMarque, Texas)
Defensive back Chris Miller (Pomona, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Josh Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash.)
Defensive back Cyril Norland (Ruston, La.)
Wide receiver Zach Robinson (Tahlequah, Okla.)
Linebacker Caleb Saulo (Kent, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.)
Defensive back Devian Shelton (Inglewood, Calif.)
Linebacker Joel Skotte (Bend, Ore.)
Tight end Caleb Smith (Renton, Wash.)
Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Calvin Tonga (Yuma, Ariz.)
Quarterback Brent Vanderveen (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Defensive back Chris Young (Auburn, Wash./Arizona Western Juco)

  Stanford (17)

Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive line Johnny Caspers (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Wide receiver Connor Crane (Denton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Nick Davidson (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Wide receiver Deante Gray (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)
Defensive end Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive end Nathaniel Lohn (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Drew Madhu (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Blake Martinez (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Defensive Tackle Ikenna Nwafor (Irving, Texas)
Running back Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Graham Shuler (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins (College Park, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)

  UCLA (25)

Defensive back Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Eli Ankou (Bear, Del.)
Defensive end Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica Juco)
Defensive back Justin Combs (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Colby Cyburt (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Defensive back Shannon Edwards (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Carl Hulick (Anaheim, Calif.)
Tight end Nate Iese (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Wide receiver Taylor Lagace (Arcadia, Calif.)
Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Running back Fabian Moreau (Davie, Fla.)
Linebacker Kenny Orjioke (Marietta, Ga.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)
Athlete Paul Perkins (Chandler, Ariz.)
Linebacker Aaron Porter (La Habra, Calif.)
Athlete Christian Powell (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Jerico Richardson (Mission Hills, Calif.)
Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Tight end Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif.)
Athlete Trayvon Watson (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif.)


  USC (12)

Defensive back Gerald Bowman (Philadelphia, Pa./Pierce Juco)
Defensive end Morgan Breslin (Walnut Creek, Calif./Diablo Valley Juco)
Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif.)
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.)
Defensive end Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif.)

  Utah (22)

Wide receiver Brian Allen (La Marque, Texas)
Offensive lineman J.J. Dielman (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Defensive end Hunter Dimick (Syracuse, Utah)
Defensive end Moses Folauhola (West Valley City, Utah)
Athlete Chase Hansen (Highland, Utah)
Linebacker Resahwn Hooker (Fontana, Calif.)
Linebacker Jake Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lio Lafaele (Corona, Calif.)
Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Defensive end Koliniasi Leota (Walnut, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Wide receiver Delshawn McClellon (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Reginald Porter (Amite, La.)
Offensive lineman Nua Poteki (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Offensive lineman Marc Pouvave (San Diego, Calif./Southwestern Juco)
Offensive lineman Junior Salt (Salt Lake City, Utah./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Tight end Jeremiah Valoaga (Oxnard, Calif.)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Geismar, La./Fullerton JUCO)

  Washington (20)

Defensive end Kalei Auelua (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Josh Banks (Clovis, Calif./San Joaquin Delta Juco)
Offensive lineman Nathan Dean (Kirkland, Wash.)
Kicker Korey Durkee (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Jake Eldenkamp (Bellevue, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Cory English (Auburn, Wash.)
Defensive end Malcolm Jackson (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cory Littleton (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Running back Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif.)
Quarterback Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Michael Rector (Tacoma, Wash.)
Linebacker Blake Rodgers (Las Flores, Calif.)
Athlete Kendyl Taylor (Chandler, Ariz.)
Quarterback Jason Thompson (Renton, Wash.)
Defensive end Damion Turpin (Compton, Calif.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Washington (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Erich Wilson (San Mateo, Calif.)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)

  Washington State
(23)

Quarterback Austin Apodaca (Longmont, Colo.)
Wide receiver Brett Bartolone (La Habra, Calif.)
Defensive back David Bucannon (Fairfield, Calif.)
Running back Teondray Caldwell (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive back Freddie Davey (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Denzell Dotson (Glendale, Ariz.)
Linebacker Kieth Ewing (Bellaire, Texas)
Offensive lineman Sam Flor (Bothell, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Ioane Gauta (Placentia, Calif./Fullerton Juco)
Wide receiver Alex Jackson (Culver City, Calif.)
Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gabriel Marks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Eduardo Middleton (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive end Kache Palacio (Gardnea, Calif.)
Linebacker Khalil Pettway (Culver City, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Niu Sale (Los Alamitos, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Offensive lineman B.J. Salmonson (Everson, Wash.)
Defensive back Taylor Taliulu (Alea, Hawaii)
Defensive end Jacob Tuivaiave (Tacoma, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Pierson Villarrubia (Mandeville, La.)
Running back Theron West (Wilmington, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:02 pm
 

California duo Palouse-bound

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mike Leach has brought a bit of attention and recruiting acumen to Washington State and it's paying off in the form of commitments. The latest two to sign up for the Palouse pirate ship are Gardena (Calif.) linebacker Kache Palacio and Los Angeles (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks, right, who committed over the weekend following visits.

"It's very inviting because the numbers they've put up and the players (Leach) put out is really impressive with (Wes) Welker, (Michael) Crabtree and a bunch of good players," Marks told Rivals. "It could be a really good thing to catch a lot of balls and make a lot of plays.

Marks and Palacio are both former SMU commits but seemed to open things up as soon as their primary recruiter, Adrian Klemm, left for UCLA. Both enjoyed their visits and appear to be set on signing with the Cougars.

"They didn't say anything except I would have a chance to come in and compete for playing time and get on the field," Marks added. "They said if I was the best they would play me so I have to come in and make plays."

The California duo are the 21st and 22nd commitments for Washington State's class of 2012, half of which are from Leach's new talent base of California. Palacio racked up 92 tackles and 13.5 sacks during his senior season while Marks has had over 2,000 all-purpose yards over the past two seasons.

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jim Mora knows that he has some limitations coming from a long career in the NFL and, recently, from television. Taking over at UCLA, he identified recruiting as one area he would need help in and he significantly boosted the Bruins ability to do that Tuesday night, hiring SMU offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm and Arizona State receivers coach Steve Broussard.

The two will take on slightly different responsibilities in Westwood, with Klemm also coordinating the run game and Broussard moving over to running backs.

Klemm's hiring is a coup for Mora given his signficant ability to land West Coast talent and, in particular, Los Angeles-area recruits. A former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Klemm went to school at nearby St. Monica High before playing at Hawaii. While at SMU, he had a knack at bringing Southern California recruits to Dallas.

Venice (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks and South Gate (Calif.) running back Robert Lewis are just two top recruits Klemm landed in the class of 2012 for the Mustangs. There's a good chance both stay closer to home and flip their pledges to UCLA with the hiring.

Broussard has numerous ties to the region thanks to time at Arizona State and Washington State, where he was a stand out running back. He managed to break into area powerhouse Long Beach Poly and snag five commitments for the Sun Devils this year.

UCLA has 18 commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:37 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 11:40 pm
 

SMU reels in another Californian in WR Marks

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SMU head coach June Jones has a backyard full of talent but that hasn't stopped him from reaching into the state of California for a few commitments. He added another Thursday afternoon when Venice (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks decided to verbally commit after unofficially visiting the school earlier in July.

"I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Marks told PonyPride.com. "This whole time, I have been wondering where to go but all along I felt like SMU was right. I just felt like this is what I wanted to do the whole time so I did it."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Marks is the third Californian to join the Mustangs' upcoming recruiting class. One of the key reasons why the talented receiver was comfortable leaving the area for school was SMU recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm.

"If he can get some more of the kids that we have out here, and I know he can because he is a great recruiter, we will have something special at SMU," Marks said. "I think that we will be good."

Marks is the eighth overall commitment in 2012 for the Mustangs, five of whom are from outside the state of Texas.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:52 am
 

Video: Badger Sports 7-on-7 Nationals

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Lots of FBS-caliber talent at the Badger Sports/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 National Championship this weekend. Here's plenty of highlights from some of the top matchups of the tournament.

Round robin play 

1925 vs. B2G 

1925: Troy Williams, Tyler Stewart, Jorday Payton, Bryce Treggs, Mike Davison, Chris Harper, Jaydon Mickens, Deontay Greenberry, Ishmael Adams, Randall Goforth, Richard Smith, Tee Shepard, Johnny Johnson, Shaq Thompson, Jeremiah Allison, Marc Phillipi.

B2G: Marc Evans, Matt Morin, Derrick Turner, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Trenton Irwin, Robert Lewis, Gabriel Marks, Michael Robert, Kenny Lawler, Kahlil Pettway, Shannon Edwards, Jeff Coprich, Devian Shelton, Jermaine Ervin, Seth Jacobs. 



1925 vs. Goon Squad

Goon Squad: Zeke Pike, Eddie Printz, Charless Davis, Gehrig Dieter, Elliot Fareber, Goose Cohorn, Jason Croom, Roger Lewis, Jeremy Graves, David Williams, Jesse James, Darrion Hutcherson, Ike Spearman, Deaysean Rippy, Steven Longa, Justin Combs, Jalen Mills, Brandon Simmons, Graham Gillispie, Edward Parris. 



Championship Game

1925 vs. Team Houston

Team Houston: Jordoan Scott, Kaylon Melancon, Shane McCarley, Javonte Collins, Ashton Bennett, Tavares Garner, Xazier Murry, Josh Martinez, Seth Lensford, Chris Dismutte, Richard Rose, Jared Ambres, Allan Scott, Selwyn Green.



Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:07 am
Edited on: April 4, 2011 2:19 am
 

Los Angeles Nike Camp Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LOS ANGELES -- Some of the best players on the West Coast descended upon the campus of USC for the annual Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp Sunday afternoon. Although there were several hundred skill position players that came out to leave their mark, it was Defensive Line MVP Aziz Shittu that literally and figuratively stood out from the crowd.

"I did pretty well, I just came out here to get better," Shittu said with a smile. "I keep trying to work on my speed and quickness on my get off."

The Atwater (Calif.) defensive tackle has seen his stock soar as of late. He recently picked up a scholarship offer from Utah to give him one from a majority of the Pac-12 schools and should be in line for a few more nationally based on his performance during the camp.

The barrel-chested Shittu was one of the most physically imposing defenders to participate in drills and displayed good speed and quickness off the line. Though many considered Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy to be the favorite for the MVP award, there was little doubt that Shittu proved himself against the best of the best.

"It means a lot, there's great competition out here in Southern California so to come out and do well, it means a lot," Shittu said. "It shows I can play."

Encino (Calif.) tackle Jordan Simmons was named Offensive lineman MVP and was one of the biggest players at the camp. Though it took him awhile to get warmed up, the 6-foot-5, 320 pounder easily stood out as the best at the camp.

"I started off a little sluggish but I picked it up at the end," Simmons said. "I just came out here to compete against everybody else. It's great competition out here and I just wanted to go against it."

The highlight of the camp featured the two MVP's facing off against each other in one of the last reps of the day. Though the play lasted just three seconds, it was well worth the wait after Shittu used a very quick swim move to get around Simmons and sack the tackling dummy.

"I just read what he was doing," Shittu said. "I got a few hints from my teammates about what he was doing since they were on the O-line. So I tried to get a feel for what was going on."

The very humble Simmons, who played at both tackle and guard during the camp, had no problem giving credit where credit was due either.

"Yeah, he actually got me," Simmons admitted. "He gave me a swim move that was pretty good."

The Nike Camp offered a chance for many of the West's elite to compete against each other and test players who are almost always the best on the field wherever they go. The focus on competition at the camp also allowed players to improve their skils just as much as their stock among those that follow recruiting closely.

"It was fun and really intense, I liked a lot of the work we did today," McCarthy said. "Today I really wanted to learn some new stuff to take back to my school so I can work on it and get better. Today I wanted to get lower and really get off the ball."

Several other defensive linemen looked good on Sunday, including Riverside (Calif.) tackle A.J. Fanene and Fresno (Calif.) sophomore end Jaylen Ruiz. The offensive line also had plenty of standouts, including Anaheim (Calif.) guard Travis Averill, Las Vegas (Nev.) tackle Ronnie Stanley, Orange (Calif.) tackle John Lopez and Compton (Calif.) guard Dejon Allen.

Marks pulls in everything but MVP Award

Just a few weeks are impressing observers at the Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, Los Angeles(Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks once again put on a show in the afternoon sun. Usually lining up against the top defensive backs, Marks pulled in impressive catch after impressive catch all day and was not afraid to be vocal about it either.

"Whenever you come to the the LA Nike Camp, you're going to get the best of the best," Marks said. "When you come out here, everybody is going to be here. All of the cameras will be out and if you mess up, everyone will see."

In a slight upset, Marks did not pull in the position MVP, which went to Long Beach (Calif.) wide out Randall Goforth. Marks won the award last year and though he didn't end up making it two MVPs in a row, he did end up making himself better.

"I just came out to hit it hard and learn stuff from some really great coaches," Marks said. "I felt I did alright. I had some things that I felt I could have done a little better on my releases but I caught a couple of deep balls."

"I really wanted to work on my speed. You can always work on your routes because you will never be perfect at running your routes. I want to get better so it's always something I'm working on."

Marks holds offers from SMU and Idaho and recently picked up one from Utah. In addition to Goforth and Marks, Bellflower (Calif.) wide out Bryce Treggs, Los Angeles (Calif.) receiver Kodi Whitfield, Lakewood (Calif.) receivers Darius Powe and Malik Gilmore and Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Derrick Woods all stood out at the position. San Diego (Calif.) tight end Taylor McNamara was tops at his position and solidified his status as the best at the position on the West Coast.

Morin grabs top quarterback honor

The Los Angeles Nike Camp in particular has always been known for it's quarterback play and was the launching pad for several highly recruited players such as USC's Matt Barkley and Boston College's Chase Rettig. Though the group this year was not as strong as in the past, it still had several good players able throw the ball with precision and Temecula (Calif.) quarterback Matt Morin ended up as position MVP after displaying a strong arm.

"I think it's such an honor," Morin said. "I didn't think I was going to get it but I guess I proved myself to the coaches with what I was able to do today. I'm really proud of myself and hopefully recruiting starts picking up in the next couple of months. I'm just honored to have this award right now."

Morin does not hold any offers yet but after impressing at the Nike Camp for the second straight year, the 6-foot-2 signal caller is starting to see the interest level from schools pick up.

"Right now, USC and Washington and Notre Dame are showing interest," he said. "Those are the top three right now and that's pretty solid. I took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in November and fell in love with the school. My family is a bunch of Notre Dame fans so I know it's an awesome school. I don't know where else I'm going to visit but I'll figure it out in the next few months."

Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback and Texas commit Connor Brewer, Shane Dillon of El Cajon (Calif.) and San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Travis Wilson also stood out as the top players at the most important position on the field. For Morin however, it was an adjustment to his mental game that allowed him to preform just a tad bit better than the others on the day.

"I was a little bit shy going into camps last year," he said. "I wanted to come out here and show everybody who I really am. You have to have confidence. That's what I'm working on and I think I honestly proved that today. My footwork can always get better and everything else too but being a quarterback, it's the mental part of the game you have to have work at."

Underclassman Hayden Rettig out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral High also impressed and looked a lot like his older brother, Chase, throwing the ball around.

 
 
 
 
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