Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Five Pac-12 teams in recruiting top 25
By Ted Miller
On the field, the Pac-12 of late has produced elite teams but not a lot of depth in the top 25. The current ESPN Recruiting rankings are exactly the opposite.
No conference team ranks among the first 15, but five rank between 18 and 25.
USC is 18th, California is 19th, Stanford is 20th, Arizona State is 24th and Oregon is 25th.
Of course, recruiting rankings before the first of the year are not unlike the AP rankings in October: It's nice to be noticed but where you finish is what matters.
Some comments on the ranked classes:
USC: "The Trojans have a small class right now but are still in the mix for plenty of the nation's top prospects."
California: "The Cal Golden Bears have been picking up steam. ... Among the recent additions who have helped propel Cal into the top 25 are a pair of four-star offensive linemen, Christian Okafor (Houston/Westbury) and Freddie Tagaloa (Richmond, Calif./Salesian)."
Stanford: "New coach David Shaw has a small class, but it is off to a good start with two ESPNU 150 prospects in the fold — OLB Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla./The Villages Charter) and ATH Alex Carter (Ashburn, Wash./Briar Woods). Davis is the No. 1 OLB in the country and has the physicality and athleticism to make an early impact in Palo Alto, while Carter will be a difference-maker at defensive back or receiver in time."
Arizona State: "The Sun Devils have loaded up their passing game with the recent addition of ESPNU 150 QB T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) to go along with a trio of four-star receivers. Millweard possesses great measurables for the position as well as a big arm. He's also a very good athlete."
Oregon: "Things came together a little slow for Oregon, but the Ducks have been picking up steam. The Rose Bowl-bound Ducks recently added their first ESPNU 150 prospect with a verbal from Byron Marshall."