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Pac-12 recruting breakdown

By Greg Biggins
ESPN Recruiting

Here's a look at how programs in the Pac-12 are faring on the recruiting trail.

Arizona Wildcats

Number of commits: 14
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: The Cats' class is headlined by a trio of talented players from the Golden State and a pair of very solid in-state linemen. Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego/Westview) had offers from the entire Pac-12 plus childhood favorite Ohio State but liked how he fit in with the Cats' offense. Defensive end Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) had 20 sacks a year ago and is one of the state's top pass-rushers, and if sleeper quarterback Nate Sudfeld (Modesto, Calif./Modesto Christian) can develop as expected, the Cats will have their signal-caller of the future. Zach Hemmila (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) leads a solid group of offensive linemen, and defensive tackle Dwight Melvin (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax) was the DL MVP at the loaded Nike camp at Stanford.

Who they still want: You always want to build a fence around your home state and athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) is the top player on the board for the Cats. Neal has UA in his top 13 at the moment, but it will have to beat out some of the nation's true heavyweight programs in this one. Javon Williams (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) is another receiver UA would love to land, and the Cats are also very much in the running for California defensive backs Brandon Beaver and Alphonso Marsh (Compton, Calif./Dominguez), who are a package deal.

Arizona State Sun Devils

Number of commits: 22
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 1
Who they have: ASU has an incredible early haul as its entire class is nearly filled up before the season has even started. The big story is what the Sun Devils did in locking up five players from the talent-laden Long Beach Poly (Calif.) program. Wideouts Richard Smith and Josiah Blandin, linebackers Matt Rowe and Salamo Fiso and corner Randall Goforth are all high-level players who could play for just about anyone in the Pac-12. Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) is an ESPNU 150 member and the No. 6 rated signal-caller in the nation. Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) leads a four-man offensive line class and is one of the nation's top line prospects. The talented tackle turned down national programs such as Florida State, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska and Ohio State to play with his older brother in Tempe.

Who they still want: Athlete D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is the big fish for the Sun Devils and if signing day was today, they would have him. There is still a lot of time and USC and Auburn are right there as well, but ASU is definitely his leader. The Sun Devils are also on the short list for the top back in the West in Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian). Marshall's older brother Cameron is a current Sun Devil and ASU would love to keep things all in the family.

California Golden Bears

Number of commits: 4
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 1
Who they have: Cal has just four early commitments but is primed for a huge class. Elite 11 quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) is the No. 4 rated signal-caller in the nation and has all the physical tools to play early for the Bears. Wideout Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) absolutely blew up this past spring/summer and is now regarded as one of the nation's best at his position, and Michael Barton (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) is one of the nation's premier outside linebackers.

Who they still want: Just about every elite player in the West region has Cal on his short list. Safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) would headline any class and the Bears lead huge here. Their WR class could be gigantic if they land who they lead for. Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and Kenny Walker (Richmond, Calif./Kennedy) are both leaning to the Bears, and soft USC commit Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles/Dorsey) has heavy interest, as well. Cal leads for standout corner Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and is involved with a ton of linemen, on both sides of the ball, including Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi), Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) and Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony), just to name a few.

Colorado Buffaloes

Number of commits: 11
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: To compete at the Pac-12 level, the Buffs have to keep the top in-state players from leaving and landing Tyler Henington (Denver/Mullen) was big. The tackle is the top defensive lineman in the state and plays for the state's top program, which is always an added bonus. Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) is a versatile player who could end up at linebacker or defensive end. Mammoth defensive tackle recruit Justin Solis (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake) turned down half the Pac-12 including local favorite UCLA, and quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif./Christian) had a very solid showing at the Elite 11 QB camp and chose the Buffs over childhood favorite Ohio State. The running back of the future could be Davien Payne (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill). Payne is one of the most physical backs in the region and appeared to be leaning big early to Boise State before the Buffs pulled this one out.

Who they still want: The Buffs are in the top three and will get official visits from a host of players including offensive lineman Colby Cyburt (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), receiver Chris Harper (Encino, Calif./Crespi), cornerback Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), Ma'ne Manaea (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) and the Irwin twins, Sean and Jeromy (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair). Standout offensive lineman Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) should be considered a "must get" for the Buffs. He's an in-state player who has liked Colorado for a while now and you can't let the state's best players leave to other programs.

Oregon Ducks

Number of commits: 8
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: Elite 11 signal-caller Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) is the class headliner and he's a good one. Rodrigues is a great fit in the Ducks' spread offense as he has the arm to make every throw but can also hurt you with his legs. Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo./Grandview) is another great fit for the Ducks' offense. He's an athletic pass-catcher who can get down the field and is the kind of tight end the Ducks have always killed teams with. The Ducks also picked up the top defensive lineman in the state and maybe the northwest region in Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic). Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore./Newport) is another in-state talent who could play multiple positions for the Ducks. He's currently a safety but could grow into a linebacker.

Who they still want: The Ducks will always get playmakers but what they really need are linemen, on both sides of the ball. Big Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia) has the Ducks on his short list and they'll definitely get an official visit. Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) loved his unofficial visit to Eugene and the feeling is if his family signs off on it, he could be a Duck. Northwest standouts Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) and Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) along with San Clemente (Calif.) offensive lineman Kyle Murphy all have Oregon in their top five, and the Ducks will try and battle to the end with Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol), as well. As for in-state talent, the Ducks look to be the team to beat for talented linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore./Liberty). Bafaro grew up a Ducks fan and although Oregon State and Washington are heavily involved, he's definitely Oregon's to lose. Hard-hitting safety recruit Reggie Daniels (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) recently trimmed his list to a final four and the Ducks made the cut. Daniels wants to leave the state and the Ducks could be the team to beat right now.

Oregon State Beavers

Number of commits: 10
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 1
Who they have: The Beavs have one of the nation's finest linemen headlining their class in Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis). Seumalo could play on either side of the ball in college but will get his start at offensive guard. It was a huge coup as well for the Beavs to land receiver Malik Gilmore (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood), who turned down offers from Notre Dame and Michigan among others to stay out West. Tight end Caleb Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentridge) turned down the home-state Huskies and has some considerable upside to him, and defensive back Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove) is one of the elite cover corners in the West region. Offensive lineman Chase Eldredge (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) is a real sleeper and showed at the Washington Nike Camp that he's one of the most athletic linemen in the state. At the quarterback position, it seems like the Beavers always unearth a below-the-radar type who ends up having a successful college career. Brent Vanderveen (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande) camped with the Beavs and was on the verge of seeing his stock really soar before he committed following an unofficial visit.

Who they still want: Linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore./Liberty) will likely stay close to home to play his college ball and he would be a huge score for the Beavs. The Beavs already have a commitment from Arroyo Grande (Calif.) quarterback Brent Vanderveen and would love to land two of his teammates. Linebacker Seth Jacobs and offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich have both been offered and both will likely officially visit Corvallis. OSU also leads comfortably right now for safety Jonavaughn Williams (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Serra).

Stanford Cardinal

Number of commits: 11
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 2
Who they have: The Cardinal haven't skipped a beat with the departure of former coach Jim Harbaugh and continue to recruit at a very high level. A pair of out-of-state defensive standouts and a very solid receiver group headline this class. LB Noor Davis (Leesburg, Fla./Leesburg) is the No. 17 ranked player in the nation in the ESPNU 150 and had his choice of every major program in the country including Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC and Ohio State, just to name some. DB Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) is another member of the ESPNU 150, checking in at No. 113, and he'll play corner or safety for the Cardinal. Stanford has four WR commitments right now and may not be done just yet. Deante Gray (Houston/Westwide) is the headliner and the No. 39 rated receiver in the nation. Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles/Loyola) surprised a few in spurning his local favorite, UCLA, to play for his dad Bob's alma mater, and Conner Crane (Denton, Texas/Guyer) is one of the fastest players in the state and turned down offers from Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Tennessee and Arizona.

Who they still want: The Cardinal thought they had locked up one of the state's top defensive linemen when Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Cali./Buhach Colony) committed last spring. Shittu reopened his recruitment a few weeks later and is now saying he'll take all of his official visits. Look for the Cardinal to battle USC and Cal for the standout tackle. The Cardinal would love to land Shittu's OL teammate Matt Cochran, as well. Cochran has the Cardinal, Cal, Auburn, Utah and Washington on his short list. DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) camped at Stanford, and the Cardinal has a real shot for the talented pass-rusher. The Cardinal will battle it out with Cal for standout offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa (Richmond, Calif./Salesian) and are doing very well with another big-time OL, Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), as well.

UCLA Bruins

Number of commits: 11
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: After a slow start by their standards, the Bruins have picked up some steam in recent weeks. LB Aaron Porter (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) is the class headliner and the No. 5 inside linebacker in the nation. He had the whole Pac-12 after him and chose the Bruins over Boise State and Cal. UCLA would like to bring in as many as six OLs and the Bruins are halfway there right now. Hiva Lutui (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is a physical guard prospect and turned down offers from Texas A&M, Michigan, TCU, Washington and several others. Defensive back Raymond Ford (Gardena, Calif./Serra) is among the most explosive corners in the region and clocked a 4.41 40-yard dash at The Opening. Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) was the top tight end at the Stanford Nike Camp and turned down an offer from USC to play for the Bruins.

Who they still want: It's no secret the Bruins need linemen and playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. They're heavily recruiting guys like Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup), Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) and Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) but will need a big season on the field to have a chance with any of the talented OLs. At the receiver position, the Bruins are in the top five and have a solid shot with Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) and Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif./Upland) and will try and steal Gabriel Marks (Los Angeles/Venice) from SMU and Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles/Dorsey) from USC. On the defensive side of the ball, the big target is mammoth tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia), who grew up a Bruins fan but again, UCLA will need to win on the field to have a shot at the lineman.

USC Trojans

Number of commits: 10
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 4
Who they have: The Trojans are off to another fast start with almost half their class being ESPNU 150 members. Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) is the No. 2 rated offensive tackle in the nation and that's not even the position he'll start off with at USC. Armstead seems himself as a defensive end and it will be interesting to see if he stays there his whole career. One player who will definitely play on the offensive line is Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita). Tuerk is the No. 10 rated tackle in the nation and could actually be underrated. Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif./Downey) and Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) are two of the region's best linebackers and receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif./Carson) is an elite playmaker coveted by every program in the region.

Who they still want: It has been a down year for offensive linemen out West the past few years. That is definitely not the case this year and the Trojans would like to bring in as many as 4-5 road graders in their 15-17 man class. Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes), Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup), Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) and Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) are five of the nation's best linemen and all have the Trojans on their short list right now. Even just landing two or three of them would be an absolute home run for the Trojans. In terms of skill players, the Trojans are doing well with athlete Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood), cornerback Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) and D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).

Utah Utes

Number of commits: 9
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: The top two players on the Utes' commitment list are both quarterbacks, although there's a chance one could move to another position. Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) was the top signal-caller on the board for new offensive coordinator Norm Chow and they got their man. Wilson is a prototype pocket passer but is a better than average athlete as well and also plays on the school's volleyball team. The other signal-caller is Chase Hansen (American Fork, Utah/American Fork), who's a tremendous athlete and could play two or three different positions in college. He'll go on a Mormon mission for two years so there will be some separation between him and Wilson. Kihaakeanu Sai (Honolulu/Kamehameha) is a potentially dominant offensive line prospect who could play guard or tackle in college. Delshawn McClellon (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr) has blazing speed and had a monster junior season catching 74 balls for 1,163 yards and nine touchdowns. He'll still look around and take some visits but the Utes should be able to hold on here.

Who they still want: If they land who they currently lead for, the Utes could have one of the top OL classes in the region. The big in-state prospect they definitely want to keep home is Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove). Fanaika is one of the premier linemen in the region with offers from a host of schools including Stanford, UCLA, BYU, Arizona and Washington. The Utes have been considered, at worst, a co-leader, and losing him would be a big blow. Utah is also looking very good with tackle prospect Jeremiah Poutasi (Las Vegas/Desert Pines). Poutasi has the Utes and UCLA as his co-leaders and he's actually cousins with Fanaika. The two have talked about playing together in college. Another key line prospect is tackle Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah/Davis). Lindsay was an early BYU commit but camped with the Utes last summer and could be leaning in that direction now. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) is the top prospect in the state and one of the nation's top outside linebackers. Utah has been considered the front-runner for some time but watch out for Oregon in this one. Standout defensive lineman Kory Rasmussen (Honolulu/Kamehameha) is a teammate and good friend of Sai's, and the Utes are hoping the talented OL commit will convince his buddy to join him in Salt Lake.

Washington Huskies

Number of commits: 17
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: The Huskies have not one but two Elite 11 signal-callers headlining their class. Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) chose the Huskies over Stanford in a tight battle and was rated among the top five quarterbacks at the Elite 11 Camp. Cyler Miles (Denver/Mullen) is an incredible athlete, and the Huskies beat out several national programs including Tennessee, Florida and Notre Dame. Nathan Dean (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita) is part of a loaded in-state offensive line class, and the Huskies are hoping he's only the beginning of a few more local linemen staying home. Athlete Kendyl Taylor (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) could play several positions for the Huskies but will start out at receiver. He turned down offers from both in-state schools as well as Notre Dame to join the Husky bandwagon. The defense is led by two of the top pass-rushers in the region. Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Kalei Auelua (Honolulu/St. Louis) are both somewhat undersized but explosive players coming off the edge and were coveted by just about every top program out west. Who they still want: There are six truly elite players in the state of Washington this year, guys who could play for just about anyone. The Huskies already have two of them committed, but their class will be judged primarily on whether they can land the two best offensive linemen the state has produced in years. Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) and Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) both have family ties to the Husky program and both have been the top priority over all other players. Both players will cut their list down to five in the next few weeks, and the Huskies should make the cut for both. The two other players the Huskies would love to land are running back KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner) and athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes). Notre Dame and Cal will be the biggest competition for Russell, while the Huskies look like the definite team to beat for Dozier.

Washington State Cougars

Number of commits: 11
Number of ESPNU 150 commits: 0
Who they have: The Cougs are off to a surprisingly fast start with 11 early commits after winning just one Pac-10 game a year ago. Jordan Pulu (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) is a top 10 in-state player and one of the most physical linebackers in the region. Defensive lineman Maurice Bennett (Madison, Miss./Central) is an intriguing tackle prospect with good size and a motor. The Cougs have a pair of solid safety commitments headlined by David Bucannon (Vanden, Calif./Vanden). Bucannon's older brother Deonte was an HM freshman All-American for Wazzu last year, and David may have even more upside. Taylor Taliulu (Aiea, Hawaii/Aiea) was the top safety at the Washington Nike Camp and covers a lot of ground in the secondary. If you're looking for a potential sleeper in this group, watch out for athlete Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif./Woodland). Jones made a ton of plays on both sides of the ball and has a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism. He'll start out at receiver for the Cougars and has a chance to be a real player.

Who they still want: The Cougs recently offered former Fresno State OL commit David Keller and are now at the top of his board. Another OL the Cougs have offered and are looking solid with is Eduardo Middleton (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside). Middleton has double-digit offers and Utah and Oregon State are on his short list as well, but the Cougs have put themselves in position to win this one. A couple of in-state prospects the Cougars are looking at are receiver Trent Sewell (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) and offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue). The Cougs were first to offer Sewell and remain his lone BCS offer. Surprisingly, WSU has yet to offer Eldrenkamp, easily among the top OLs in the state. If they were to get involved with the physical tackle, the Cougs would have a solid shot to land him. Looking outside the region, WSU will likely get a visit from defensive back Izaiah Robinson (Frisco, Texas/Liberty). The Cougs were the first to offer the big safety and there's a lot of mutual interest.