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 ESPN.com 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.