Monday, August 19, 2013
Weekend wrap: Pac-12
By Erik McKinney
Arizona State stole the Pac-12 headlines with a big commitment over the weekend, but several schools made recruiting noise, highlighted by a number of unofficial visitors to campuses. Also, Stanford added another building block for its future with 2015 safety Arrington Farrar (College Park, Ga./Woodward Academy) and the Pac-12 could add ESPN 300 prospect by the end of the week.
Biggest commitment: Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) was tough to read through his recruitment and surprised many when he committed to Arizona State on Saturday. The ESPN 300 defensive end immediately becomes a huge part of the Sun Devils’ recruiting class. Arizona State beat out Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin for the big defender.
Biggest offer: With the regular season close at hand, a number of programs are waiting until film of the first few games comes in before making new offers. But one went out on Sunday evening, as 2015 ESPN 300 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) added an offer from Cal. Lucier-South continues to collect offers and this likely won’t be his last from a Pac-12 program before the end of the year.
Best performance by a commit/target: Though we can’t quite be sure what the results are yet, USC fans are hoping this goes to offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra). The nation’s No. 9 offensive guard and USC commitment was at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday night, taking in the Trojans’ practice. Lobendahn, who has never wavered with his commitment, was joined at the practice by ESPN 300 teammates Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Malik Dorton. Both are very high on the Trojans’ wish list and Dorton will announce his decision on Friday. Though Lobendahn isn’t overly aggressive in his recruiting tactics, he undoubtedly had a few things to say to the talented linemen. We’ll find out later this week if it was enough to help his future program land the dynamic defensive end.
Most important visit: ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) said recently that Cal would make his final list of five schools. This weekend, Mixon seemed to back that up by attending the Golden Bears’ Saturday scrimmage. No matter how many schools Mixon is still considering, getting him on campus makes this weekend a success for Cal. After the recent commitment of ESPN 300 athlete Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace), the Golden Bears can focus their tailback recruiting on Mixon, as they look to put together an impressive one-two punch at the top of the class.
Biggest question: The Pac-12 will most likely benefit from Dorton’s commitment on Friday, but which program will land the 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end? USC appears to be the favorite heading into this week, as the Trojans shot to the top of Dorton’s list after an offer this summer. UCLA was the favorite before USC’s offer and Arizona State continues to push hard for Dorton’s commitment. When he does commit, Dorton will be the fifth recruit from St. John Bosco to make a verbal commitment this summer.