Pac-12: Dwight Williams

Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

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It was a very busy weekend in the Pac-12, as several programs picked up recruits during the various All-American games across the country.

Biggest commitment: Five conference teams added commitments since last Thursday, and all will likely play a big role in shaping classes on signing day.

Arizona got an early start on the weekend, as the Wildcats grabbed two huge commitments this past Thursday with ESPN 300 cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) -- the No. 15 overall prospect in the nation -- and former USC commit and ESPN 300 offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day).

Arizona State landed a commitment from two-way lineman Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday. Delp will still visit other programs, but if he sticks with Arizona State, he'll provide a boost at defensive tackle.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

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There was plenty of news made in the desert this weekend, as Arizona landed two commitments and Arizona State had a number of visitors on hand. A number of standout performances by Pac-12 targets and positive statements made in losses are also highlighted in this week's recruiting wrap.

Biggest commitment: A nod goes to USC, which landed a commitment from three-star defensive end Olajuwon Tucker (Gardena, Calif./Serra) on Friday night, but focus quickly shifted to Arizona over the weekend, as the Wildcats landed two commitments. Wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) gives the Wildcats another dynamic offensive skill player and a local talent, as he joines teammate and ESPN 300 prospect Cameron Denson in Arizona's class. The Wildcats also grabbed a commitment from offensive tackle Levi Walton (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida Baker), who announced via Twitter that he gave a verbal to Arizona while on an official visit. Arizona now holds 26 verbal commitments in the 2014 class and will continue to recruits its top targets -- including offensive lineman Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial), who was on an official visit this past weekend -- as academics and late defections have a way of shaping recruiting classes as coaches close in on the right number of signatures.

Best performance by a commit/target: Normally, 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns won't get noticed, but in the case of ESPN 300 safety Bishard Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), those numbers came on just three carries and despite a few nagging injuries.


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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There was no movement again from Pac-12 programs in the updated team recruiting rankings, as Arizona held firm with the top spot in the conference and the No. 23 class in the country. Stanford checks in right behind the Wildcats, at No. 24 overall, while Arizona State checks in at No. 35.

Trending up: Oregon

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Recruits turned off by USC's poor showing 

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In a sport in which turnover is constant and there are very few sure things on the recruiting trail, college football has seen its share of rapid rises and falls -- programs or coaches going from the penthouse to the outhouse, or vice versa, in a short period of time.

Saturday night marked another low point in the precipitous fall of the USC football program. Trojans fans will likely debate whether the 10-7 loss to Washington State -- which featured 54 passing yards by two USC quarterbacks -- ranks above or below last season’s 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, when USC totaled 205 yards of offense.

What is no longer up for debate is where this program sits in comparison to 14 months ago.

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(AP Photo/Jae C. HongThe calls from USC fans to fire Lane Kiffin were discomforting to potential recruits.
As July 2012 came to a close, USC held the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class -- one of the more impressive collections of talent in recent memory, featuring 18 terrific high school athletes -- and was a few weeks away from being ranked No. 1 in the country in the preseason Associated Press poll. The disappointing 2012 football season took its toll on that recruiting class, as eight of the 18 verbal commitments wound up signing letters of intent with other programs.

While an offseason filled with coaching questions led to a slow start to the 2014 recruiting class, Saturday’s loss might have put the brakes on it completely. That is, if Saturday’s performance remains the status quo.

USC picked a bad night to have one of its worst offensive games in school history. Several 2014 and 2015 recruits in attendance for USC’s first home game of the season were witnesses to prolonged boos and a chant urging athletic director Pat Haden to fire head coach Lane Kiffin.


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Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Sept. 5 

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Two secondary additions were the primary reason UCLA was the talk of Pac-12 recruiting this week, though several programs will have opportunities to make a recruiting impact with important home games this weekend. Several more might have to wait a few weeks before they get the same chance.
Bruins pick up big commitments

ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) looked ticketed for USC when good friend and teammate D.J. Calhoun committed to the Trojans over the summer and head coach Lane Kiffin and staff seemed to make him a priority at cornerback. But Pickett made a surprise announcement on Tuesday, when he committed to UCLA. Pickett said a big reason was the fact that he felt at home with the Bruins -- additionally, USC wouldn’t let him take an in-season official visit, which was something Pickett felt he needed to do. Whatever the reasons, Pickett’s commitment to UCLA sends a message that the Bruins will again be a program of strength during this recruiting season. UCLA backed up Pickett’s commitment by landing fellow cornerback Denzel Fisher (Compton, Calif./Centennial) later that evening. Now, at a position where USC is in desperate need of bodies in this recruiting class, the Bruins have three solid options, including two from in-state standouts.

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RecruitingNation links: Pac-12 edition

March, 22, 2013
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From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: SoCal's Dwight Williams paces the list of linebackers the Ducks should prioritize for the 2014 recruiting class.

More from Oliver Insider: This week's recruiting mailbag touches on the recruitment of DT Ainuu Taua and more.

HuskyNation
From Mason Kelley Insider: Bishard "Budda" Baker leads the list of top in-state recruits for Washington.

WeAreSC
From Johnny Curren Insider: Nelson Agholor and Cody Kessler lead the list of potential breakout candidates for 2013.

From Blair Angulo Insider: This week's recruiting mailbag looks at the pursuit of Damien Mama, as well as USC's local recruiting approach.

RecruitingNation links: Pac-12 edition

March, 12, 2013
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From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: California DE Kennedy Emesibe has begun making a name for himself heading into his senior season.

HuskyNation
From Mason Kelley Insider: As the Huskies try to compete with the Pac-12's best, Steve Sarkisian and Co. are placing an emphasis on recruiting cornerbacks.

More from Kelley Insider: A 2014 RB with offers from schools such as Tennessee, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Boise State, in addition to Washington, Nick Wilson is intrigued by the Huskies.

WeAreSC
From Blair Angulo Insider: Elite 2014 recruit Adoree' Jackson missed the L.A. NFTC with an injury, but he still stopped by to update his recruitment, while Dwight Williams and Naijiel Hale stole the show.

From the WeAreSC staff Insider: This week's roundtable looks at the top performers and biggest surprises of the L.A. NFTC.

RecruitingNation links: Pac-12 edition

March, 11, 2013
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From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: Oregon targets such as Dwight Williams and Naijiel Hale lived up to the hype at Sunday's Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp.

HuskyNation
From Mason Kelley: Kasen Williams and a veteran group of Huskies are ready to win now.

WeAreSC
From Garry Paskwietz: There were lots of USC targets on hand at the L.A. NFTC, including three on the offensive line, who excelled over the weekend.

From Greg Katz: First-year coach Mike Summers has been tasked with revamping USC's offensive line, and it all starts with attitude.

RecruitingNation links: Pac-12 edition

March, 8, 2013
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From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: This week's mailbag includes questions about recruiting in Los Angeles, poaching an offensive lineman from USC and more.

WeAreSC
From Garry Paskwietz: Some explosive plays from the offense and impressive performance from early-enrollee freshmen highlighted USC's second spring practice.

From Johnny Curren: With Nickell Robey off to the NFL and Josh Shaw returning to safety, the competition for USC's starting cornerback spots will be intense.

From Blair Angulo Insider: Opening up the mailbag to answer questions about elite 2014 recruits Dwight Williams, Joe Mixon and more.

RecruitingNation links: Pac-12 edition

February, 27, 2013
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From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: ESPN Watch List member Bishard "Buddha" Baker leads the list of safety targets for the Ducks.

From Brandon P. Oliver Insider: Quick-hitting recruiting updates as Oregon dives into the Class of 2014.

HuskyNation
From Mason Kelley Insider: The California duo of Dwight Williams and D.J. Calhoun are atop Washington's linebacker wish list for 2014.

WeAreSC
From Garry Paskwietz: It was a mixed bag for the six Trojans at the NFL combine, with some players impressing and others needing strong performances on USC's March 27 pro day.

From Blair Angulo Insider: California native Kwesi Masheck could be a sleeper at defensive back in the 2014 class.

WeAreSC links: Getting a spring jump

April, 23, 2012
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Erik McKinney writes Insider: Auburn, Calif., defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes feels as if he's close to a USC offer while the USC coaches aggressively get going during the spring evaluation period.

Garry Paskwietz writes: Harbor City, Calif., QB Troy Williams nets an offer from Florida while 2014 linebacker Dwight Williams impresses at the Asante camp in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Greg Katz writes Insider: Nicknames have gone hand in hand with success over USC's illustrious football history. So what nickname will star QB Matt Barkley be called by the time he's done in Troy?

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