Thursday, February 6, 2014
Top 2015 targets: Pac-12
By Erik McKinney
After several of the top 10 West region recruits from the Class of 2014 got away from Pac-12 teams, the conference will look to clean that up with the 2015 group. It's off to a strong start, as the only two committed prospects among the top 10 are headed to UCLA and USC. The 2015 class in the West region is loaded and there will be huge commitments from any of the 52 ESPN Junior 300 prospects in the West, but there's no surprise that the top five Pac-12 targets are the top five uncommitted prospects in the region.
QB Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) Rosen is the nation's No. 1 quarterback and has been the No. 1 target for several Pac-12 programs. While Rosen would like to take a look at several out-of-state schools, including Michigan and Texas, it will likely come down to three California schools for the 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback. At various points, Cal, Stanford and UCLA have all led for his services, though the Cardinal have yet to offer. If an offer from David Shaw and staff is extended, Stanford could jump back in front. But for now, the Bruins appear to be the team to beat.
Marvell Tell, No. 33 in the ESPN Junior 300, can expect Pac-12 coaches to work overtime to keep him from leaving the West region.
Safety Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi) The nation's No. 33 prospect already holds offers from more than half of the Pac-12. There are a number of big-time cornerback prospects in the West region, but Tell is the only safety in the ESPN 300 from the region. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 6-1, 175-pound safety dive into the recruiting process this spring with Pac-12 programs chasing hard after him.
DT Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra) The graduation of 2014 ESPN 300 prospects Adoree' Jackson and Dwight Williams won't leave the cupboards bare at Serra, as the Cavaliers already have three ESPN Junior 300 prospects. Elite defensive tackle prospects are at a premium on the West Coast, so it's no surprise that Green already holds offers from several Pac-12 programs, as well as national powers such as Alabama, Florida, LSU and Notre Dame.
WR Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) The state of Arizona has produced some serious talent over the past few years, so it should be no surprise to see Kirk on this list. The in-state schools -- Arizona and Arizona State -- will make the nation's No. 3 wide receiver an absolute priority, while Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington have already offered as well. Kirk is a dynamic threat on both sides of the ball, but the 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster has a chance to be special on offense, capable of moving all over the formation and fitting into a number of offensive schemes.
CB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) It's tough enough to find elite cornerback prospects at the high school level, so when an elite talent with 6-foot-1, 195-pound size pops up at a high school power, college coaches will take notice. Marshall already holds a number of Pac-12 offers, including ones from Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State. While the nation's No. 41 prospect will also have his choice of national programs to consider, Pac-12 coaches will do everything in their power to keep him in the region.