- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's been just over a week since national signing day, so just about all those post-signing day complications -- did that letter of intent arrive? did anyone get added after the fact? -- have mostly been resolved.
Athlon Sports therefore did everyone a good turn by putting together consensus recruiting rankings this week, which combines the rankings of ESPN.com, Scout, Rivals and 247 Sports, the top recruiting services.
So how did things turn out in the Pac-12? Mostly as expected.
Consensus recruiting rankings (national ranking)
1. USC (11)
2. Stanford (14)
3. Arizona State (20)
4. UCLA (21)
5. Oregon (23)
6. Arizona (28)
7. Washington (38)
8. California (44)
9. Oregon State (57)
10. Washington State (63)
11. Utah (67)
12. Colorado (72)
That's about how the Pac-12 finished the 2013 season -- five or six ranked teams, but no team in the top five.
While it's foolish to put too much stock in recruiting rankings -- Oregon State certainly has a strong Top 25 track record without ever placing there in the recruiting rankings -- Athlon does point out that "four teams outside the top 55" isn't a good thing.
While the top of the league did very well on national signing day and throughout the entire recruiting process, the bottom third of the conference left much to be desired. Four teams finished outside of the top 55 and Colorado trailed only Purdue among Big 5 teams nationally. Mike Riley and Mike Leach are accustomed to developing lower-tiered classes, but it seems like the separation between the haves and have-nots in the Pac-12 is beginning to grow ever so slightly on the trail.
Still, it means nothing until we see what these guys do on the field during the next four or five years.