NCF On The Trail: Sam Atoe

Midyear signings: California

December, 18, 2013
According to, the following players have signed with California:

Devante Downs ATH Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace
HT: 6-2 WT: 225
Positional Rank: No. 26 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 212)

Jonathon Johnson DE Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 8 DE Juco
Stars: 3

Sam Atoe S Santa Rosa, Calif./College of San Mateo
HT: 6-0 WT: 205
Positional Rank: No. 10 S Juco
Stars: 3

David Davis DT Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Long Beach City College
HT: 6-2 WT: 295
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trevor Kelly South San Francisco, Calif./College of San Mateo
HT: 6-3 WT: 305
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

December, 18, 2013

There's a new No. 1 team in the Pac-12, according to the updated team rankings released on Wednesday.

Arizona State made the biggest jump of any team in the rankings, leaping from No. 22 to No. 17 overall, and in the process, bypassing Arizona, which moved from No. 18 to No. 19.

Six Pac-12 teams are now in the rankings, with the addition of USC at No. 39. Stanford fell back one spot to No. 26, due to Penn State's rise, while Oregon remains at No. 29, and UCLA rounds out the rankings at No. 40.

Trending up: Red and gold in the Pac-12 South.

Sure, it's not really red for either program, but whether it's the maroon of Arizona State or the cardinal of USC, those two programs shined on the recruiting trail this past week. Few teams anywhere are as hot as Arizona State, which added six commitments --including two four-stars -- in past week. The haul featured three defensive linemen, two running backs and an offensive tackle. But if any Pac-12 program can challenge the Sun Devils over that same period, it's USC, which added three four-star commitments and a three-star cornerback since last Wednesday. The Trojans are the newest Pac-12 program to appear in the updated class rankings, as USC checks in at No. 39.

Even though those two programs have been hot over the past week, it seems slightly unfair to leave this category without mentioning the fact that a case could be made for virtually every Pac-12 program. Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Washington State all received verbal commitments from important recruits over the past week, in what was an incredibly successful seven days for Pac-12 coaches on the recruiting trail and hosting official visitors.