Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Pac-12 recruiting: The final week
By ESPN.com staff
This morning we previewed recruiting needs for the Pac-12 North and South Divisions.
This afternoon ESPN Recruiting's Greg Biggins previewed how each Pac-12 team is meeting those needs .
Tons of great info from Biggins.
Some highlights in alphabetical order.
Arizona: (Don't be surprised if...) "The Wildcats pull off an upset and land athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral). UA has put itself in a solid position to land the two-way standout when all year long, it appeared Neal was headed out of state and wasn't even looking at any of the in-state schools. That changed just a week ago following a home visit from Cats head coach Rich Rodriguez... The feeling is, Ohio State is Neal's favorite out-of-state school but if things go well on his visit, the athlete could be a Wildcat in the fall."
Arizona State: "Keeping four-star offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla.) would be another huge coup. The Sun Devils are trying but Arkansas is making a strong late push."
California: "A big storyline to watch is if the Bears retain a commitment from safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant). At this point, the odds are that Thompson heads elsewhere... Don't be surprised if: The Bears land the state's top prospect, Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove). At one point during the year, Armstead looked like a pretty solid bet to play his college ball in Berkeley."
Colorado: (Don't be surprised if...) The Buffs land former UCLA offensive line commit Isaiah Folasa (Corona, Calif./Santiago). He took his visit to UCLA two weeks ago and was told by the Bruins that he probably wouldn't qualify academically
Oregon: (Don't be surprised if...) The Ducks land one of the two huge recruiting targets on everyone's board, Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant). The Ducks probably don't lead for either player right now but are definitely in the mix.
Oregon State: "This class starts and ends with offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.). Simply put, Seumalo, who could be the best lineman the state has produced since Ndamukong Suh, was an absolute must-have recruit for the Beavers."
Stanford: "(Don't be surprised if...) The Cardinal pull in one of the top offensive line classes of the past decade. Stanford already has five players all in the fold and are anxiously awaiting news on their top three targets. Joshua Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.) will decide this Thursday and he's down to Stanford and Michigan. Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.) is down to the Cardinal and USC and could pop at any time. Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) has always had Stanford high on his list with Nebraska and USC closing in, as well."
UCLA: "The Bruins' class looked dead in the water following a disappointing season. The hiring of Jim Mora didn't create much of a buzz initially but after hiring a talented group of recruiters, their class has taken off. Defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.) is the easy headliner and one of the nation's top tackle prospects."
USC: "(Don't be surprised if...) The Trojans sign a big fish from out of the region. It happens every year, almost like clockwork. USC, which recruits nationally very well, will pull in a player from the Midwest or Southeast that no one expected. This year, the best guess is wideout Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep)."
Utah: "(Don't be surprised if...) The Utes can pull in one of the nation's top guard prospects, Hiva Lutui (Euless, Texas/Trinity). Lutui was an early commitment to UCLA but decommitted following his official visit to Westwood. The lineman took visits to Utah and USC and is down to those two schools but the Utes have an excellent shot."
Washington: "It's a deep year for talent in the state of Washington and the Dawgs were expected to load up. Unfortunately one of this year's big stories has been guys like Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.), Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) and Keivarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner) all leaving the state and it appears Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is headed out of state, as well."
Washington State: "(Don't be surprised if...) The Cougs aren't done recruiting the wide receiver position and are in the final two for both Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.) and Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey). Lawler is down to the Cougars and Oregon State and loved his recent visit to Pullman. Mickens is leaning to Oklahoma State right now but Washington State isn't giving up and has given the receiver a lot to think about. Defensive back Alphonso Marsh (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) just visited and the Cougs are trying to pull the safety away from current leader Utah."