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Cal drops, UCLA rises in recruiting rankings

1/19/2012

National signing day on Feb. 1 is just around the corner, and UCLA has made a move in the ESPN recruiting rankings.

The Bruins, after a slow start, broke into the top 25 at No. 24. California still leads the Pac-12, but it fell from No. 8 to No. 11.

USC is 18th, Stanford 19th and Oregon 21st.

Here's the skinny on UCLA's rise, which came at Cal's and Arizona State's expense:

UCLA: Despite getting a late start new head coach Jim L. Mora and his staff have been active on the recruiting trail and able to improve the Bruins' 2012 class. Recent key pick-ups in defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy and quarterback T.J. Millweard have helped push UCLA's class into the top 25. Former Cal commit McCarthy gives UCLA a big D-Tackle who can create pressure and help a defense that ranked 112th in sacks this season. Former Arizona State commit Millweard is a good athlete with a big arm. Other fairly recent pick-ups that has helped strengthen this class is four-star cornerback Ishmael Adams and high three-star corner Marcus Rios.

You can also check out the final version of the ESPNU 150 here.

And what about all the top uncommitted prospects? Check them out here. Pac-12 programs are in on a majority of these guys.