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Thursday, February 7, 2013
UCLA tops Pac-12 recruiting rankings

By Ted Miller

UCLA is the consensus winner of the Pac-12 recruiting race, while Colorado finished last with every major recruiting service.

In between those two, opinions vary.

The consensus top four were the Bruins, USC, Washington and Oregon, though Scout had Washington second and USC fourth. Scout also was the only service that gave the Pac-12 a top-10 team nationally, as it ranked UCLA fifth.

Stanford was the biggest surprise. While ESPN's RecruitingNation ranked the Rose Bowl champs seventh in the Pac-12, every other major ranking had the Cardinal 11th. Most of that is class size, as Stanford only signed 12. But USC only signed 13.

You can see RecruitingNation's Pac-12 grades here. UCLA and USC got an A-. Washington received a B+. Oregon and California both got B's. Arizona and Stanford got a B-. Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah got a C+. Washington State received a C. Colorado got a C-.

So no one failed! Everyone is eligible.

As for the national consensus, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Notre Dame were atop just about every service.

Here's how the Pac-12 stacked up (national ranking).

ESPN
1. UCLA (12)
2. USC (14)
3. Washington (18)
4. Oregon (26)
5. California (30)
6. Arizona (39)
7. Stanford (40)
8. Arizona State (42)
9. Oregon State (46)
10. Utah (48)
11. Washington State (58)
12. Colorado (67)

Rivals
1. UCLA (11)
2. USC (13)
3. Washington (18)
4. Oregon (21)
5. California (29)
6. Arizona State (32)
7. Arizona (36)
8. Oregon State (37)
9. Utah (41)
10. Washington State (52)
11. Stanford (61)
12. Colorado (67)

Scout
1. UCLA (5)
2. Washington (14)
3. Oregon (17)
4. USC (18)
5. Arizona (27)
6. California (29)
7. Arizona State (31)
8. Oregon State (38)
9. Washington State (39)
10. Utah (47)
11. Stanford (59)
12. Colorado (66)

24/7sports
1. UCLA (9)
2. USC (14)
3. Washington (18)
4. Oregon (19)
5. California (40)
6. Arizona State (41)
7. Oregon State (44)
8. Arizona (45)
9. Utah (52)
10. Washington State (56)
11. Stanford (63)
12. Colorado (67)