Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Busy days on recruiting trail
By Kevin Gemmell
The past few days have seen a flurry of activity in Pac-12 recruiting with several players committing around the conference.
Here's a quick rundown on some of the new players coming in.
Oregon State finally got on the recruiting board with defensive specialist Terin Solomon (Murrieta, Calif). Per ESPN.com's Erik McKinney, he could go either direction at the next level. He's 5-foot-11, 183 pounds now, but could bulk up to linebacker or focus on being a safety.
There's going to be another Owusu on The Farm as Francis Owusu (Westlake Village, Calif.), brother of the recently graduated Chris Owusu, committed to the Cardinal. He's Stanford's fourth commit, and all four are ranked in the ESPN 300. Last season, Owusu caught 35 balls for 705 yards and eight scores.
Oregon landed tight end John Mundt (Modesto, Calif.), whose stock was trending up after earning a strong rating at last month's Northern California Nike weekend. He recorded the highest rating of any tight end nationally in Nike's SPARQ Combine Tour.
Colorado picked up commitments from wide receiver Elijah Dunston (West Hills, Calif.) and offensive lineman John Lisella (Littleton, Colo.).
Washington State picked up verbals from linebacker Peyton Pelluer (Sammamish, Wash.), wide receiver River Cracraft (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and defensive back Markell Sanders (Bellevue, Wash.). Pelluer had offers from Arizona State and Colorado.
Arizona got commitments from linebacker Philip Wright (Santa Rosa, Calif.), quarterback Thomas Woodson (Monroeville, Pa.) and Hutchinson (Kan) Community College athlete Prince Holloway. Wright told McKinney that Arizona was his first offer, and he jumped at the chance to give the Wildcats his commitment. He's the first linebacker commit to the 2013 class. Arizona was also the first to offer Woodson.
Finally, Cal picked up a verbal from kicker Matt Anderson (Danville, Calif.). Rivals.com reported that Anderson had drawn interest from Stanford, UCLA and USC. He's the sixth Cal commit, and was a teammate of current Cal quarterback Zach Kline.