Pac-12: Cody Kempt
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The 2006 recruiting class members are either seniors or redshirt juniors this fall, so they should be the backbones of most Pac-10 team's starting lineups.
Therefore, it seems like a reasonable moment to look back and review some recruiting hits and misses.
In the big picture, USC ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to ESPN.com's Scouts Inc., behind No. 1 Florida (sorta makes sense, eh?). UCLA, at No. 19, was the only other Pac-10 team in the Scouts Inc., top-25.
Scout.com ranked USC No. 1 in the nation, Arizona 19th, UCLA 20th and California 23rd. The rest of the Pac-10 went, in order, Arizona State (32nd in nation), Washington (35th), Stanford (38), Oregon State (41), Washington State (45) and Oregon (52).
Oregon last? Hmm.
Anyway... here's an overview
How many are expected to start in 2009: Nine (CB Devin Ross, DT Earl Mitchell, FS Cam Nelson, WR Terrell Turner, DE Brooks Reed, DE Ricky Elmore, WR Delashaun Dean, OG Conan Amituanai, C Colin Baxter)
Misses: QB Tyler Lyon, RB Derke Robinson
Verdict: This is an underrated class -- even guys who aren't listed as starters are projected to contribute in 2009. It's also notable that the few who didn't pan out -- or were problems, such as DE Louis Holmes -- were the big names.
Misses: DE Jermaine Williams, RB Rodney Glass
Verdict: A solid class when you consider that nine of the 24 signees were JC players who have already moved on -- a group that included RB Ryan Torain and S Troy Nolan, who were the class's most elite performers.
How many are expected to start in 2009: Six (CB Darian Hagan, DT Derrick Hill, QB Kevin Riley, C Chris Guarnero, DE Tyson Alualu, LB Mike Mohamed)
Verdict: Ratings, smatings. Montgomery, Slocum and Prueitt were highly rated, Alualu and Mohamed barely registered. Overall, a solid class.
How many are expected to start in 2009: Five (C Jordan Holmes, LT Bo Thran, RT C.E. Kaiser, DT Brandon Bair, LB Spenser Paysinger)
Verdict: Decidedly mixed. One thing is for sure: This class bolstered the Ducks offensive line. Also interesting, Bair and Paysinger transitioned to their current positions from tight end and receiver, respectively.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Wanted to go back and look at the 2006 recruiting classes and see which players were overrated and which were underrated.
Two reasons: 1. It allows enough time for the player to break through while still being on the roster heading into 2009; 2. It's as far back as the ESPNU Scouts Inc., ratings go back.
Also, sometimes "overrated" doesn't translate to "actually pretty mediocre to bad." It can mean that the touted player didn't qualify academically or transferred.
This is about recruiting, so the "overrated" is about how a player bolstered recruiting rankings but then didn't contribute to the team.
And, of course, overrated today doesn't mean overrated tomorrow.
This is in the order of finish in the 2006 conference recruiting rankings (note how things have changed for Stanford this season).
The number in parentheses is the player's rating on a scale of 100 to 40.
S Antwine Perez (91): He was rated the nation's No. 3 safety right behind Taylor Mays. Transfered to Maryland, where he started two games and had 24 tackles after sitting out a year.
FB Stanley Havili (71): One of Pete Carroll's favorite players, he's been a key contributor on offense.
C Andy Keane (79): Rated the nation's No. 1 center, he's bounced between offensive and defensive lines and hasn't contributed.
OG Darius Savage (69): Sure, he's still figuring some things out, but he started seven games last year and he's got good upside.
DL Tyson Alualu & LB Mike Mohamed (both 40): Neither was a hot recruit but both started last year and received All-Pac-10 recognition -- Alualu as second-team.
RB Derke Robinson (78): Had academic issues, left the program.
C Colin Baxter (40): He's made 23 starts at guard and center.
S/RB Leilyon Myers (77): Failed to qualify academically, headed to junior college.
WR D'Andre Goodwin (40): Huskies leading receiver in 2008, catching 60 passes for 692 yards.
6. Arizona State
DE Jermaine Williams (80): Nation's No. 14 DE failed to qualify academically.
WR Kyle Williams: (70): Tied for team lead with four touchdown receptions. His 17 yards per punt return led the conference.
7. Oregon State
TE Joe Halahuni (77): No. 3 on depth chart in 2008 and caught only one pass -- though it went for a touchdown.
TE Howard Croom (40): Starting tight end, he caught six passes for 37 yards.
QB Cody Kempt (77): Completed 6 of 26 passes with two interceptions before transferring to Montana State.
OL C.E. Kaiser (40): Started 10 games last year and will be one of the leaders on the line in 2009.
9. Washington State
WR Anthony Houston (78): Didn't catch a pass last year after being suspended from the team.
LB Andy Mattingly (40): Didn't have a great 2008 season for a variety of reasons but he was the Cougars second-leading tackler in 2007, leading the team in tackles for a loss and sacks.
QB Alex Loukas (74): Saw only spot playing time last year -- used mostly as a runner -- and he appears to be the odd man out in the quarterback competition between returning starter Tavita Pritchard and touted redshirt freshman Andrew Luck.
S Austin Yancy (40): A hamstring injury killed his 2008 season, but he started 12 games in 2007.
The fourth of 10 quick updates of offseason Pac-10 goings on.
In a sentence:
- While most schools would fret losing a star quarterback and tailback to the NFL draft, the Ducks appear quietly confident that there will be little drop-off on offense with duel-threat QB Nate Costa and a defense that features one of the nation's best secondaries.
- Will inexperience at the skill positions and a questionable defensive interior keep the Ducks from remaining among the elite in the top-third of the conference?
- Word is three Ducks starters recovering from knee surgery should be good to go by the start of preseason practices -- quarterback Nate Costa, tailback Jeremiah Johnson and linebacker John Bacon. Linebacker Jerome Boyd (foot surgery) told the Register-Guard that he's "90 percent."
- Three transfers are already on campus: Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and receiver Ellis Krout, both JC transfers, and tight end Na'Derris Ward, who's redirected from Georgia.
- Oregon took an embarrassing national hit when it yanked a scholarship offer from defensive back Xavier Ramos of St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, Calif. -- after Ramos had accepted the offer. The St. Bonaventure coach subsequently told reporters that Oregon was no longer welcome on campus.
- The Ducks also lost three players over the summer for various reasons: Receiver Derrick Jones (off-field issues) and quarterbacks Cody Kempt and Cade Cooper (who transferred to Montana State and Southern Utah, respectively). The QB depth chart now includes Costa, Justin Roper, Chris Harper, Darron Thomas and Masoli.
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