Thursday, May 2, 2013
Pac-12 in the hunt for ESPN 150 talent
By Kevin Gemmell
Earlier this month, the ESPN recruiting folks released their first version of the ESPN 150 for the Class of 2014. As you’d expect -- it being so early in the recruiting process and signing day 10 months away -- there is a lot of room to speculate on where some of the top talent in the country is going to end up.
As of now, only one player from the 150 is committed to a Pac-12 school. That's athlete Cameron Denson of Tucson, Ariz. who has committed to the Wildcats.
If you buy into some of the RecruitingNation projections – which are based on their conversations with high school coaches and recruits (and we know 17-year-old boys are never wishy-washy) -- then that number could climb and will climb significantly in the coming months. But for now, we project.
Here’s a look at where some of the ESPN 150 players might end up.
Arrion Springs, CB, San Antonio, Texas
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 44
Bishard “Budda” Baker, S, Bellevue, Wash.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 139
Solomon Thomas, DE, Coppell, Texas
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 30
Casey Tucker, OT, Chandler, Ariz.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 40
Keller Chryst, QB (PP), Palo Alto, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 50
Nifae Lealao, DT, Sacramento
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 148
Dalton Schultz, TE, South Jordan, Utah
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 149
Tyler Whiley, CB, Scottsdale Ariz.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 71
Bryce Dixon, TE, Ventura, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 101
Marquis Ware, Ath, Los Angeles
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 115
Viane Talamaivao, OG, Corona, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 121
Joe Mixon, RB, Oakley, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 135
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Gardena, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 5
Tyler Luatua, TE, La Mirada, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 37
John “JuJu” Smith, Ath, Long Beach, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 62
Damien Mama, OG, Bellflower, Calif.
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 68
For a point of reference, the Pac-12 had 20 players from the ESPN 150 last year.