Pac-12: Ryan Torain
- Former Arizona State running back Ryan Torain is excited to be heading to D.C.
- Former California receiver Nyan Boateng gets a tryout.
- Oregon coach Chip Kelly is going to support the troops. There may be upheaval in the Ducks' secondary, and that's a good thing.
- Mars Rover is ready to contribute at Oregon State -- no relation to Mars Blackmon. Buker and Kirkpatrick, who have no patience, decide to announce that Ryan Katz is the starting quarterback because Mike Riley insists on being coy.
- I'm this close to announcing that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is No. 1 among coaches on Twitter.
- UCLA won't be as powerful on the defensive front without Brian Price, but it might be more athletic.
- Hey, Lane Kiffin "What's your deal." Kiffin: "Whatever."
- Washington defensive end Andru Pulu has pled guilty to felony second-degree assault, but his status with the team remains unclear. A walkon offensive lineman is making a name for himself.
- The effort to get former Washington State QB Jack "The Throwin' Samoan" Thompson into the Hall of Fame hits a snag.
- This is neat: John Robinson returns to coaching.
- Ever notice how the rich schools seem to get lucky, too?
- How much offense does your team get back?
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.