The first weekend back from the recruiting dead period saw dozens of prospects taking official visits to Pac-12 campuses. While programs such as Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State all put together solid weekends, no program's recruits (and parents) were better about documenting the events than Stanford's, where Big Visit Weekend seemed to go over extremely well with everybody in attendance.
about 195 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
With the dead period over, this weekend marks the first of three official-visit weekends before signing day on Feb. 4. While several Pac-12 programs will host official visits, the top three teams in the conference were fairly easy to separate this week.
about 197 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
Heading into the season, the Pac-12 rivalry game likely to be separated by the most distance in the standings was the Big Game. With Stanford looking to challenge for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff and Cal looking to escape the conference cellar, the fact that these two teams are playing for bowl eligibility this weekend is somewhat surreal.
about 255 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
At the halfway point of college football's regular season, there is still plenty to be decided both on the field and on the recruiting trail. The Pac-12 placed six programs among the top 40 recruiting classes in Wednesday's updated class rankings and conference recruiting classes contain as many as 24 -- Arizona -- and as few as nine -- Stanford -- verbal commitments.
about 289 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
Through six weeks of the 2014 season, every program has flashed at least one weakness or one position where depth is needed in a hurry. While the incoming batch of 2015 recruits won't help the prospects of the 2014 team, some will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact the following year, as they'll provide depth -- or perhaps jump into starting roles -- at positions of need.
about 297 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
Stanford head coach David Shaw announced Mike Bloomgren as the Cardinal's offensive line coach and running game coordinator in late February 2011. Nearly one year later, two more significant announcements involving Bloomgren would rock the Cardinal coaching offices -- perhaps literally.
about 354 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
Guard Nick Wilson is the latest talented offensive lineman to join Stanford's quality group. Below, Craig Haubert shares how Wilson can be utilized in Palo Alto: What he brings: Wilson is not the biggest or most athletic offensive lineman, but he is a good, tough player.
about 392 days ago | Craig Haubert | NCF On The Trail