Recruiting: A look at the entire Pac-12

With less than three months until the end of the recruiting cycle, looks at where each school in the Pac-12 has focused their efforts so far.


Number of verbal commits to date: 16

Biggest commit: QB Keller Chryst

Outlook: Stanford has managed to put together an impressive class after taking only 12 commits last season, headlined by local four-star quarterback Keller Chryst, who is listed as the second best QB prospect in the country by Scout. Chryst will be joined in the backfield by a pair of speedy running backs in Christian McCaffrey, son of former Stanford great Ed, and Isaiah Brandt-Sims. The Cardinal have done a majority of their damage on the defensive side of the ball, nabbing a trio each of defensive ends, linebackers and safeties, led by Sacramento (Calif.) DE Nifae Lealao, Arlington (Tex.) safety Brandon Simmons and Portland (Ore.) LB Joey Alfieri. From top to bottom, this is definitely one of the more complete classes amongst the Pac-12 schools.


Number of verbal commits: 11

Biggest commit: Royce Freeman

Outlook: Despite facing a scholarship reduction for each of the next three years, the Ducks have showed no signs of slowing down when it comes to recruiting talent to fit their system. The question is, after last Thursday's loss to Stanford, will Oregon's mantra of "Fast, Hard, Finish" translate to a championship amongst other power teams? Oregon will look to add a little power in Henderson (Nev.) OT Tyrell Crosby (6-4, 300) and JUCO defensive tackle Tui Talia (6-5, 265), but will continue to rely on the speed that has propelled them to their best run in program history. Running backs Royce Freeman and Tony James will give Oregon a nice blend of power and speed in the backfield, while quarterback Morgan Mahalak will come in after putting up over 2,000 yards passing and 28 TD's during his senior season at Marin Cathoilc in California. The Ducks are also adding to their secondary, headlined by Texas four-star CB Arrion Springs.

Arizona State:

Number of verbal commits: 17

Biggest commit: OLB D.J. Calhoun

Outlook: Arizona State has revamped its program under head coach Todd Graham and recruits are taking notice. California LB D.J. Calhoun is the top recruit thus far, but the Sun Devils should feel good about finding talented four-star prospects at running back, quarterback and wide receiver in Darrell Williams, Manny Wilkins and Tyler Whiley. Six three-star defensive backs will also join the class, led by Anaheim (Calif.) safety Jamal Scott, giving the Sun Devils a fair amount of talent on both sides of the ball.


Number of verbal commits: 13

Biggest commit: CB Adarius Pickett

Outlook: If UCLA is looking to become the Kings of Southern California, they'll have to outmaneuver rival USC in recruiting. So far with 13 recruits (two of those being soft verbals) the Bruins are outperforming the Trojans in this department as well. Led by four-star El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett, the Bruins have six players verbally committed to their secondary. On the other side of the ball, the Bruins have five wide receivers, led by four-star's Austin Roberts and Alex Van Dyke. Roberts could end up on the other side of the ball as well, which would add another talented athlete to that large secondary. Keeping wide receiver Jordan Lasley and cornerback Denzel Fisher would help stabilize this class going forward.

Oregon State:

Number of verbal commits: 20

Biggest commit: FB Ryan Nall

Outlook: Oregon State is dabbling in a little bit of everything when it comes to this recruiting class. Outside of a true cornerback and tight end, the Beavers coaching staff have grabbed at least one player at every other position on both sides of the ball. Portland (Ore.) fullback prospect Ryan Nall is the highest ranked nationally at his position among all of the Beavers verbal commits, but there are a couple of intriguing Washington prospects in quarterback Nick Mitchell and offensive guard Drew Clarkson that add some more depth to this class. Both were named to Top 10 lists at their respective positions out west by in the preseason and only Mitchell's Mount Si squad has lost a game this season (to a stacked Bellevue team) as both look to make deep playoff runs. While not the most talent-laden class, it likely won't matter much in the long run for head coach Mike Riley, who has a knack for getting the most out of his players when they arrive on campus.


Number of verbal commits: 9

Biggest commit: OG Toa Lobendahn, DE Malik Dorton (soft verbal)

Outlook: USC has to be the most interesting team to watch down the stretch as we head toward signing day. Still recovering from the Reggie Bush scandal that cost the them 30 football scholarships and a rare mid-season firing of their head coach, the Trojans find themselves with nine verbal commits to date and not all of them are solid. Arguably their best commit, four-star defensive end Malik Dorton, is listed as a soft verbal and their only other four-star verbal is offensive guard Toa Lobendahn, listed in the top ten nationally at his position. While the rest of the Trojans class is very un-Trojan-like compared to what most fans have been accustomed to over the past decade or so, things could change for the better when a permanent head coach is hired after the season. A win over No. 4 ranked Stanford to elongate their recent winning streak wouldn't hurt either.


Number of verbal commits: 9

Biggest Commit: CB Jonathan Lockett

Outlook: Another disappointing season for Washington has lead to questions in recruiting and how far the program can go under current head coach Steve Sarkisian. Right now, the Huskies have two soft verbals in four-star wide receiver Erik Brown and three-star safety Drew Lewis, but have a solid verbal commitment from Jonathan Lockett, a top five cornerback prospect in the West region. Offensive guard Nattrell Curtis and wide receiver Rahshead Johnson round out the four-star prospects from this class for Washington. If the Huskies can close their season strong, it could help them land in-state prospects Kaleb McGary and Budda Baker, but another 7-5 season could result in a mediocre recruiting class.


Number of verbal commits: 27

Biggest commit: LB Jamardre Cobb

Outlook: Obviously, Arizona isn't expecting a few of these kids to make it into school, but by shear numbers and talent Arizona is definitely looking like a team that can make an impact over the next few seasons, especially if head coach Rich Rodriguez stays put. The Wildcats biggest grab to date comes from two Los Angeles (Calif.) linebackers and teammates Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware, but their focus seems to be at cornerback and at wide receiver where they have five verbal commits apiece. Local wide receiver Cameron Denson heads the list. The four-star prospect could play on either side of the ball according to analyst Jason Jewell, but in Rodriguez's system he could see his talents put to better use on the offensive side.

Washington State:

Number of verbal commits: 13

Biggest commit: MLB Chandler Leniu

Outlook: Things have been improving for Mike Leach in Pullman this season, both on the field and in the recruiting game. A bevy of three-star talent led by a trio of linebackers in Chandler Leniu, Frank Luvu and Greg Hoyd give the Cougs some added depth on the defensive side of the ball. On the other side of the ball they've picked up a couple of solid additions at wide receiver in Calvin Green and Zaire Andre. They've also put some focus on the offensive line, but a soft verbal from 6-foot-7, 305-pound tackle Braden Eggert could end up damaging the class if he chooses to go elsewhere. So far, Leach and Co. should be happy as they've established a foundation in his second season.


Number of verbal commits: 13

Biggest commit: OT Jackson Barton

Outlook: The pest of the Pac-12 this season (ask Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford) has 13 verbal commits under its belt, led by four-star offensive tackle Jackson Barton. Barton was listed as the third best tackle in the West region during the preseason and will be joined by three-star Kenyon Frison on the line. Elsewhere, the Utes have put their focus at wide receiver and on the defensive line. The entire defensive line are comprised of in-state prospects, led by 6-foot-4, 270-pound Allan Havili. The wide receivers are led by three-star Texas athlete Raelon Singleton, who stands 6-foot-4 and should be a welcome big target.


Number of verbal commits: 14

Biggest commit: MLB Zach Brown

Outlook: Things have not gone smoothly for Colorado since joining the Pac-12. If they want to change that they'll have to get it done with recruiting and this year they've dedicated a lot of attention to defense. MLB prospect Zach Brown heads the current crop of verbal commits, which includes fellow three-star linebackers Rick Gamboa and Grant Wantanabe. On the line, the Buffaloes bring in three defensive ends, led by three-star California prospect Jase Franke. Only five verbal commits are listed on the offensive side of the ball, led by three-star running back Jomon Dotson.


Number of verbal commits: 11

Biggest commit: CB Jaleel Wadood (soft commit)

Outlook: It's been a rough year for Cal. There lone win under new head coach Sonny Dykes came against Portland State, and they've looked absolutely dreadful against the Pac-12 conference. The fact that their biggest verbal commit, CB Jaleel Wadood, isn't solid with the Golden Bears is a further indicator of how this season has gone. But, it's not all bad for Cal. Three-star safety Danny Tartabull is another solid player in the secondary and on the other side of the ball, the Bears have put an effort in building up their running game by grabbing Tre Watson (soft verbal) and Vic Enwere to complement Northwest fullback prospect Devante Downs. Throw in three-star QB Luke Rubenzer, who was an Elite 11 invitee this past summer, and the Bears have something to build on going forward.

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