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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pac-12 recruiting: Depth but not elite

By Ted Miller

Pac-12 recruiting following the 2013 season was much like the season itself: Lots of quality depth, but no elite results.

Despite still being yoked by the final year of NCAA recruiting sanctions, USC was the unanimous choice for the Pac-12's top class, though the Trojans ranked no better than 10th with any of the major recruiting services. Still, with just 19 commitments, the Trojans surged with the smallest class in the top-15.

It was a matter of quality for USC, as well as notching four big commitments on national signing day.

Stanford finished second in the conference behind USC and 15th in the nation. The Cardinal again was very strong on the lines.

After those two, there was some fluidity.

Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona were the next four in the class rankings, though their positions varied, both nationally and in the Pac-12. All four, generally, were ranked within or near the top-25.

After those six, Washington was a consensus pick for the No. 7 class in the conference, with first-year coach Chris Petersen rallying for a few late commitments, and California was a consensus No. 8.

Washington State, Oregon State and Utah fell in thereafter, with Colorado ranking last among three of the four major recruiting services.

Here are how things stacked up. (Click the team to see the class)
14. USC
15. Stanford
21. Arizona State
23. Arizona
26. UCLA
27. Oregon
45. Washington
46. California
61. Washington State
64. Utah
67. Oregon State
71. Colorado
10. USC
16. Arizona State
18. Stanford
20. UCLA
22. Oregon
30. Arizona
36. Washington
43. California
48. Oregon State
59. Washington State
68. Utah
71. Colorado
10. USC
14. Stanford
18. UCLA
22. Arizona State
26. Oregon
28. Arizona
36. Washington
45. California
49. Oregon State
64. Colorado
68. Utah
71. Washington State
11. USC
13. Stanford
19. UCLA
21. Oregon
23. Arizona State
31. Arizona
37. Washington
48. California
61. Oregon State
63. Utah
65. Washington State
77. Colorado