Arizona's class of 2006 is highlighted by seven four-star recruits and two five-star junior college transfers. Defensive end Louis Holmes was originally an Ohio State commit out of high school but grades sent him to prep school. Now he's finished up at Scottsdale JC and Arizona was able to beat the likes of USC, Florida, FSU, LSU and Oklahoma for his services. Likewise, Gabe Long is a five-star defensive tackle who selected the Wildcats over the Trojans. Grades still remain an issue for this JC transfer, but it appears he'll qualify and, assuming that's the case, he should be an immediate star for the ‘Cats.
Arizona State: ASU fought Ty's UW squad for supremacy of JC recruiting within the PAC 10. With nine JC transfers committing to ASU, Ty (once again) finds himself on the losing end. Angelo Richardson is a speedy receiver with good size (6'2", 196 lbs.) who will enjoy playing in Coach Koetter's prolific offense. Cornerback Justin Tryon is another highly regarded JC transfer who is expected to battle for ample playing time this fall. His play in the spring game (one forced fumble, one pass defended in the end zone) indicates he is well on his way.
Oregon: What is there to say about the Ducks? Well, outside of the multiple uniforms and helmets (yes, I said helmets http://oregon.scout.com/2/541456.html), they have a nice crop of incoming recruits, headlined by a couple of JC transfers. Matthew Harper, a transfer from CC of San Francisco, is a playmaking safety that is already making an impact on the Oregon defense. In their spring game, he intercepted two passes, which capped a nice spring for the son of former San Francisco 49er Willie Harper. Fenuki Tupou is the other highly touted recruit nabbed by the Ducks. The massive (6'6", 325 lbs.) offensive lineman is projected to compete for playing time at guard and tackle.
Oregon State: Junior college transfer Dorian Smith is expected to compete immediately for playing time at defensive end. His superb quickness off the line is just what the Beavers need. Tight end/linebacker prospect Gabe Miller is the other big name recruit for Oregon State. The Beavers won the battle with the Ducks to keep the Oregon native in state. Unfortunately, Miller will be sidelined this fall as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.
Washington: In between rounds of golf, Ty Willingham was able to assemble a respectable class of recruits, including several highly touted prospects. Among them are a couple of JC transfers, Ashlee Palmer and Marcel Reece. Reece is a 6'3", 235 lb. wide receiver who has run a 4.4 40-yard dash. Big and fast, he's expected to make an immediate impact in the Husky offense. Palmer was sought after by the likes of Georgia, Nebraska and Oregon, but opted to join the Huskies. He, like Reece, is expected to make an immediate impact this fall. Palmer and Reece headline the list of eight JC recruits signed by UW.
In addition to the numerous JC transfers, UW also picked up highly regarded defensive tackle recruits De'Shon Matthews and Cameron Elisara along with QB Jake Locker. Both Matthews and Elisara are a bit undersized for their positions and they will likely redshirt their first year. Locker is the key to the class. The 6'2, 210 lb. signal caller was rated by Scout as the #7 quarterback from the class of 2006. UW was able to beat out the likes of USC and Michigan for Locker's services. How is anybody's guess…
Washington State: Charles Dillon, a transfer from Ventura JC, is a 6'1", 190 lb. WR who is also expected to play basketball for the Cougars. Andy Mattingly is already being compared to John Lynch. At 6'4" and 223 lbs., he is a big safety/linebacker who brings the wood.
Stanford: The Cardinal graduated three starting defensive linemen so filling those holes was a priority. They were able to address their needs by signing defensive end Levirt Griffin and defensive tackle Sione Fua. Both are four-star prospects that had attracted plenty of attention from the programs out west.
California: Cal has an excellent crop of incoming freshmen. While unable to nab any five-star recruits, the Bears were able to land seven four-star recruits. On the defensive side of the ball, CB Darian Hagan, DT Derrick Hill and DT Mike Costanzo lead the way. Costanzo is big (6'2", 296 lbs.), strong and intense. His athleticism (5.62 40 yard) needs improvement. Hill and Hagan are more polished athletes and may contribute early in their collegiate careers.
Offensively, the Bears signed running backs James Montgomery and Tracy Slocum, JC OL Mike Gibson and QB Kevin Riley. Slocum is a solid back who doesn't possess breakaway speed (4.65 in the 40), but he's quick through the hole and understands the game. Montgomery is quicker (4.40 in the 40) than Slocum, but doesn't possess the instincts of his counterpart. With Cal losing some of the offensive line, junior college transfer Mike Gibson is expected to compete immediately for playing time. At 6'5, 305 lbs. he certainly possesses the size to step in and contribute. Kevin Riley has a strong and accurate arm, but it's unlikely he'll see any playing time as a true freshman.
UCLA: The Bruins had a decent recruiting year, particularly on the offensive line. Three four-star OL will be joining the Bruins this fall. Micah Kia (6'5, 305 lbs.), Sean Sheller (6'5, 265 lbs.) and Jake Dean (6'4, 260 lbs.) should have quality careers as Bruins, but only Kia may be physically ready to compete as a true freshman. ND recruitniks will surely recognize the name Terrence Austin. Austin is a quick WR who may find the field early at UCLA. Chane Moline attended the same high school as ND recruit Konrad Reuland. Moline may be good enough to see immediate action as a fullback, which could make for an interesting subplot when ND faces UCLA this fall.
USC: Nothing to report here. The Trojans, as usual, have zero notable commitments from the class of 2006. They were the other of Sam Young's finalists, but Young ultimately chose Notre Dame leaving USC out of luck. If Petey ever gets off his butt and does some recruiting, this program could really do some damage…(wink, wink).