Monday, January 30, 2012
Pac-12 recruiting roundup
By Kevin Gemmell
Some highlights and notes from the Pac-12 recruiting world over the weekend.
By now, you've all heard that Oregon landed ESPNU 150 prospect Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.). If you haven't, scroll down and read. Here's a good analysis by ESPN's Craig Haubert on why Armstead will fit in better with the Ducks on the offensive line rather than on defense.
Armstead, a top twenty five prospect overall as a OT, could develop into an outstanding O-lineman for the Ducks. He's a good fit for their offensive scheme with his combination of size and athletic skills. He can quickly come off the ball low and hard, knock defenders back and, at times, dominate them in the run game. Capable of being a tough finisher, he has the foot quickness and body control to locate defenders on the move and be very productive playing on his feet in space which could be huge in the Ducks wide-open up-tempo offensive ground attack. With his ability to bend and slide his feet and stay balanced he could also be asset in pass protection as well facing athletic edge rushers in the conference.
In other conference recruiting news:
• A nice pickup for UCLA coach Jim Mora grabbing athlete Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.). He ranks 39th on the ESPNU 150 list and is a versatile athlete who can play on either side of the ball. Though from what he said at his announcement, he's thinking offense.
"I felt like it was the best fit for me, with the offense they run, the coach, Coach Mora believed in me a lot," Fuller said. "I have family out there and the last thing was the beautiful weather.
"I just felt most comfortable there. I felt like I was already part of the family."
• According to ESPN's Max Olson, Jameis Winston, the nation's No. 1 quarterback, is still seriously considering signing with Stanford. Writes Olson:
On Saturday, Stanford coach David Shaw called Winston's father to confirm Winston has been admitted into the school should he choose to sign there.
Winston remains verbally committed to Florida State, but he said gaining admission into one of the country's most prestigious universities was an honor
• Arizona State has lured outside linebacker Chris Young (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western College) away from Oregon State.
• Colorado got a commitment from two-star athlete Jeffery Hall (La Place, La.).
• Athlete Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.), once thought a heavy lean toward Washington, says Cal is back in the mix after taking a last-minute visit over the weekend.
• Zach Hoffpauir (Peoria, Ariz.) has de-committed from Cal, but the Bears aren't completely out of the picture.
• Looks like Clive Georges (Key West, Fla.) liked his visit to Arizona over the weekend as multiple sources sayhe's going to sign with the Wildcats.
• The 'Cats also swiped two-star defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia) from Pitt.
• Jason Thompson (Burien, Wash.) has dropped Washington for Wyoming -- presumably for the opportunity to play quarterback.
• With an eye on the future, USC hosted 2013 linebacker Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif.) for an unofficial visit. Cravens could be the top player in California next year.
Be sure to check the Stanford blog in about an hour for a Stanford-specific recruiting roundup.