Pac-12: Cameron Denson

Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

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Oregon State reeled in two verbal commitments despite a Friday night loss to USC. UCLA hosted the nation's No. 21 overall recruit. An Arizona commitment authored a huge game in a blowout win. And all eyes will be on one colossal matchup in the Pac-12 this week.

Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Oct. 31 

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Arizona State and Oregon added to top-40 classes earlier this week, as the Sun Devils grabbed another ESPN 300 prospect and the Ducks flexed their muscles in Texas. USC softened its policy against in-season visitors, while UCLA will look to take advantage of hosting a committed visitor of its own this weekend.

Arizona State adds another

It didn't come as much of a surprise when ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) verbally committed to Arizona State this past Sunday, but that didn't make the commitment any less important for the Sun Devils. Head coach Todd Graham's program is picking up steam on the recruiting trail as it puts together wins on the field. Calhoun joins teammate Jalen Harvey and four-star tackle Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge) as recent commitments for Arizona State, while quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) continues to do an excellent job in selling the program to recruits. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Sun Devils eventually reel in California prospects Michael Lazarus (Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley), Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) and Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdae), as the buzz -- especially in California -- continues to grow. Arizona State now has the nation's No. 25 recruiting class -- up three spots due to the updated ESPN 300 -- and sits just behind No. 24 Stanford and No. 20 Arizona as the third-best class in the Pac-12.

Hollins hollers for Oregon


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Pac-12 2014 recruiting scenarios 

October, 8, 2013
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This week's list offers a look through the Pac-12 at the potential best-case and worst-case scenarios that the 2014 recruiting cycle could bring for various programs. While a few of the best-case scenarios might be close to within reach for some programs, many of the worst-case scenarios would take a special brand of bad luck.

Arizona
Best-case scenario: Arizona doesn't hold onto all of its 24 verbal commits, but keeps all of its priority recruits in the fold. In exchange for some of the decommitments, the Wildcats are rewarded with a big splash from either ESPN 300 prospect John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) or Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure). A strong finish to the season also helps Arizona clean up in its home state, landing commitments from offensive linemen Natrell Curtis (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino), Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) and junior college defensive lineman Claudeson Pelon (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa College).

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Top Pac-12 recruiting rivalries 

October, 1, 2013
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The Pac-12 is the only conference in the country with so many natural rivalries, as Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington are split in half -- or quarters in California's case -- when home state teams take the field. It's only natural those rivalries would spill over onto the recruiting trail, although there are some interstate battles as well that make this list of top recruiting rivalries in the Pac-12.


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Best Pac-12 classes by position 

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Arizona’s haul of 24 verbal commitments is nine more than any other Pac-12 team, while only one BCS program has fewer than USC’s seven -- Minnesota, with six. Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington have all yet to reach double digits. But this week, we take a look at which program has put together the best class at each position at this point in the recruiting process.

Quarterback
Strongest class: Stanford

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While all recruits have the same opportunity to make an impact after signing day, that’s not always the case in the days and months leading up to it. Some verbal commitments are bigger than others, whether it’s from a top target on the board, a nationally prominent standout who can shine a spotlight on the program or a local legend that continues a pipeline.

This week, we take a look through the Pac-12 at the most important verbal commitments in each class.

Arizona
ATH Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic)
6-1, 175

ESPN 300 rank: 147

Denson hits every requirement for this list. He was the first commitment in Arizona’s 2014 class, the top-rated player in the class and a local standout that Rich Rodriguez had to have if he was going to build momentum for 2014.


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Pac-12 recruiting roundup

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The Pac-12 teams have been busy, with more than half of the squads adding at least one commit in the last two weeks. Here's where things stand.

Arizona

2014 verbal commitments: 4
Spotlight: Running back Jonathan Haden (Washington, D.C.) is the latest to commit after passing up offers from more than 10 schools, including Ohio State. Here's his highlight reel. (Some pretty good-looking runs).
ESPN 150 members: 1 (Athlete Cameron Denson, Tucson, Ariz.)

Arizona State

2014 verbal commitments: 3
Spotlight: Defensive end Korey Rush (Salt Lake City) gave his commitment earlier this month. He's an undersized defensive lineman with an explosive first step. That should sound familiar to Sun Devils fans.
ESPN 150 members: 0

California

2014 verbal commitments: 3
Spotlight: Running back Tre Watson (Corona, Calif.), who gave a verbal commitment last week, passed up offers from Washington State, Utah and BYU in favor of the Bears.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Colorado

2014 verbal commitments: 1
Spotlight: The Buffaloes got on the board last week with their first commit for the 2014 class -- offensive tackle Isaac Miller (Longmont, Colo.). Washington State also offered the 6-foot-7, 255-pounder, who has some room to grow.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Oregon

2014 verbal commitments: 3
Spotlight: No commits from the Ducks in the past couple of weeks, but dual-threat quarterback Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif.) is intriguing. He backed up Jared Goff while playing wide receiver.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Oregon State

2014 verbal commitments: 1
Spotlight: Quarterback Nick Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash.), is still the lone commit for the Beavers. Typical Mike Riley pro-style quarterback. Tall and accurate. Here's his scouting report.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Stanford

2014 verbal commitments: 3
Spotlight: No commits from Stanford since the last roundup, but safety Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas) returns punts and -- from his highlight reel -- has pretty good instincts reacting to the ball.
ESPN 150 members: 0

UCLA

2014 verbal commitments: 2
Spotlight: Wide receiver Dionte Sykes (Chandler Ariz.), who committed last week, is a good-sized target at 6-2 who could emerge as a solid possession and red zone target. Here's his highlight reel, with a pretty good catch at the 41-second mark.
ESPN 150 members: 0

USC

2014 verbal commitments: 5
Spotlight: Four-star defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif.), sought after by the likes of Alabama and Oklahoma, is a space-eater with room to grow in his 6-foot, 290-pound frame. He looks like he could be a 3-4 nose, but you can see from his highlight reel that he's also got a good first step and pursues well.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Utah

2014 verbal commitments: 5
Spotlight: Wide receiver Raelon Singleton (Crosby, Texas), who committed earlier this month, fits the mold of wide receiver Utah is going to want as it moves fully into the spread offense. Tall, can stretch the field and has tremendous upside.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Washington

2014 verbal commitments: 4
Spotlight: Cool fact about tight end Chase Blakley (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho) -- it's been more than 15 years since someone from his school has played at the Pac-12 level, per the Coeur D'Alene Press. You can see his highlight reel here.
ESPN 150 members: 0

Washington State

2014 verbal commitments: 5
Spotlight: The Cougars have picked up two commits in the past couple of weeks, including a verbal commitment Tuesday from wide receiver Zaire Andre (Inglewood, Calif.). He's a quick, elusive receiver who could fit in nicely as a slot receiver/kick returner. Had offers from Nebraska, Nevada and San Jose State.
ESPN 150 members: 0

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