Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Pac-10 recruiting: Checking in with Tom Luginbill
By Ted Miller
It's signing day eve!
That means a lot of you will be spending more time here than doing your work tomorrow.
Over at ESPN.com, we like to encourage such behavior. It's healthy!
While most conference classes are close to complete, there seems to be plenty of last-minute intrigue with elite recruits, and you'll notice California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington are all still in on a number of guys.
ESPN recruiting guru Tom Luginbill might be the busiest man on the planet right now, but he still stopped by for a quick Q&A on Pac-10 recruiting.
How is the Pac-10 doing overall? It seems as though there are more teams in the top 25 than usual.
Tom Luginbill: Overall the conference is very strong on the recruiting front because of the resurgence of Stanford, UCLA and Washington. As per usual, Oregon State gets a certain type of player that fits their mold and it works tremendously despite a lack of star power -- and I love their QB Sean Mannion. Cal and Oregon have a chance to finish really strong, especially Oregon.
Do you expect USC recruiting to be as strong under Lane Kiffin as it was with Pete Carroll?
TL: Yes, as long as they don’t lose their stranglehold on the state of California. Also, when they go national, they need to hit on those guys with the same level of success they have had in the past with the Dwayne Jarretts, Joe McKnights and Taylor Mays of the world.
Which Pac-10 team is having a better than usual or expected recruiting season?
TL: I would not call it unexpected, but what Stanford has been able to do on a national level has been extraordinary, and they have really upgraded in terms of speed and athleticism. To steal away QB Brett Nottingham from UCLA this late and DE Blake Leuders from Notre Dame was key. Going back to the spring, they were a team that seemed to be everywhere in terms of where good players were.
Give me a couple of names of guys who you think will make an immediate impact next year.
TL: WR Robert Woods, USC; TE Asante Cleveland, Washington State; RB Deonte Cooper, Washington.