Signing Day in the Pac-12: News, Analysis (1:30 update)
A look at the latest recruiting signing day highlights in the Pac-12.
|Will five-star DT Eddie Vanderdoes pick UCLA Wednesday night? (247 Sports)|
Four Pac-12 schools are jockeying for position in the top 20 of the 247sports team recruiting rankings. Here's a look at some of what's gone down as of 1:30 p.m. PT:
USC bleeds big early, stops the bleeding late -- It was a whirlwind 24 hours for the Trojans as Lane Kiffin saw his previously-No. 1-ranked class go up in smoke once signing day dawned. Elite cornerback Jalen Ramsey and four-star defensive ends Kylie Fitts, Torrodney Prevot and Jason Hatcher all signed elsewhere after previously committing to USC. The fact that Fitts and Prevot went to Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Oregon, respectively, made it tough to swallow. However, not all was lost for the Trojans, as they picked up quick-but-undersized four-star linebacker Quinton Powell from Florida and retained the pledge of local four-star offensive lineman Nico Falah, who flirted briefly with Washington. The big issue, however, is that USC signed just 12 players when it had 17 scholarships to give. Not a good move for a roster already plagued by lack of depth due to NCAA sanctions.
UCLA class leads the Pac-12 -- Jim Mora, Jr., has this recruiting thing down cold. The Bruins signed the conference's top recruiting class, with a large group that is firmly ensconced in the top 10 of the team rankings. The highlights of the day included bringing in Winter Park, Fla., dual-threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard, who could be the heir apparent to Brett Hundley, and the aforementioned Kylie Fitts, who was previously committed to USC. The downside? The Bruins' top running back recruit, Craig Lee, may not have the grades to sign anytime soon.
Washington comes on strong despite losing top recruit -- Steve Sarkisian put together the best class of his tenure (ranked 16th nationally) but lost out on long-time defensive end commit Daeshon Hall to Texas A&M at the 11th hour. UW also couldn't convince offensive lineman Nico Falah to flip from USC. Still, holding on to elite cornerback Jermaine Kelly was huge since the Trojans went after him desperately hard at the end.
Mark Helfrich has strong recruiting debut -- If there was any worry from Ducks fans about major recruiting fallout from losing Chip Kelly to the NFL, worry no more. Helfrich's first class is ranked 19th by 247sports and, as usual, features a ton of speed. Stealing Torrodney Prevot away from USC was huge, but so was inking the services of track star Devon Allen and offensive lineman Cameron Hunt.
Who's left? -- Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes will pick between UCLA and Notre Dame on Wednesday night, with the Irish believed to be the favorites.
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