Ducks, Cardinal, Utes add commitments

December, 30, 2011
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Oregon, Stanford and Utah got key recruiting commitments over the past couple of days.

Former Michigan commit Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) committed to Oregon. While most schools recruited him as a defensive end, the Ducks want him to play tight end.

Three-star offensive guard Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah) committed to Stanford on Thursday. His cousin, Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines), another lineman, tapped Utah.

All the recruiting news isn't good for Pac-12 programs. Running back KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner) picked Notre Dame over Washington, another blow to the Huskies' in-state recruiting, according to ESPN Recruiting's Greg Biggins.

The commitment is another big blow in what has been a terrible two weeks for the Huskies. Offensive lineman Joshua Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.) cut the Huskies from his list. Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin left for UCLA and took defensive backs Taylor LaGace (Arcadia, Calif.) and Bryan Harper (Ontario, Calif./Colony) with him. With Russell leaving, Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) becomes a huge priority to salvage this Husky class.

Meanwhile, tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif./Westview) committed to Oklahoma over Colorado Wednesday night.

You can keep up with the West Coast recruiting here.

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