Pac-12: Trent Irwin

While one recruit will never truly make or break a recruiting class, some come closer than others. Every Pac-12 program has a must-get recruit in mind, whether it's a national standout whose commitment would rock the recruiting landscape, a star at a position where that program simply cannot miss, or a local prospect who can't be allowed to leave the area.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Pac-12 programs hold commitments from 13 prospects who participated in Nike's The Opening this week, including four quarterbacks who finished in the final Elite 11 quarterback ranking and two offensive linemen who were named to the Final Five on that side of the ball. Though the conference will undoubtedly finish with commitments from many more of the recruits in attendance, we take a look at how the 13 commitments fared over the four days.

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While West region athletes such as Adoree' Jackson, John "Juju" Smith and Joe Mixon were lighting up offseason camps and 7-on-7 tournaments last spring, there was a fairly consistent buzz coming from media, coaches and parents in the know. That group was good, but the next might be even better.

Last Sunday's Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp raised the curtain on the 2015 class in the West, and it didn't take long to notice that what had been future promise is now very much a reality.

On the surface, the numbers back up the idea that the West region will take a step forward in 2015, as there are 52 ESPN Junior 300 prospects compared to the 43 that were in the 2014 ESPN 300. Though there is still plenty of time for the rankings to shuffle, there are only three positions -- athlete, running back and tight end -- where the 2014 group placed more West prospects on the list than this year. And the two spots toward which much of 2015's fanfare has been directed -- quarterback and wide receiver -- have nine prospects each in the ESPN Junior 300, compared to eight combined in the 2014 rankings.

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WeAreSC links: B2G and ND

July, 2, 2012
Blair Angulo writes Insider: Bellflower, Calif., offensive lineman Nico Falah outlines his decision timetable, while sophomores Iman Marshall and Trent Irwin impress at the B2G Elite Camp.

Greg Katz writes Insider: Greg Katz thought he was done with talking about the college football playoff. But Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick's comments got him going again.

Video: Nico Falah Video: WeAreSC caught up with Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) at the B2G Elite Camp in Thousand Oaks. Falah talks about his upcoming commitment and the recruiting battle between USC and UCLA, among other things.