Who Could Shine in the Pac-12 Right Away?

Jan. 27 -- With Signing Day just a little over a week away, we take a look at the five players out West who should have the biggest immediate impact in the Pac 12 conference next year...

Recruiting rankings are based on long term success not just the short term. Saying that, here's our look at five players we expect to come in next fall and be able to make an immediate impact for their college program.

1. Josh Rosen, QB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- UCLA

There's no bigger impact position on the football field than quarterback and Rosen has a great chance to come in and start immediately for the Bruins next fall. Now part of that is due to a depleted depth chart but also because Rosen is a very good football player. The key for any freshman quarterback to being able to step in and play immediately is not just having the physical tools but the high football IQ needed to pick up a complex college offense and get the game to slow down. That's one of Rosen's strengths and being able to participate in spring ball is another big plus for him.

2. Osa Masina, LB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton- USC

Masina should have an immediate impact for the Trojans next year. USC doesn't have a ton of depth at linebacker and Masina has the size, toughness and versatility to help out at multiple positions. If you need to a player to come off the edge and help with the pass rush, he can do that. If you need a player who's strong enough to handle the run game and also cover some tight ends out of the backfield, he can do that as well. In the right scheme, we even think Masina could play a bit of inside 'backer as he's a very instinctual player, quick to react and a devastating hitter.

3. WR Trent Irwin, WR, Newhall (Calif.) Hart- Stanford

Irwin may not have the most long term potential of all the receivers nationally, but few are more ready to play right now. In terms of route running, understanding the different route combinations and how to find the holes in a defense, Irwin is already college ready. He's a very tough kid who is fearless going over the middle and can take a big shot and not even flinch. He has exceptional hands and at 6-2, 200 pounds with above average athleticism, he has much better physical tools than given credit for as well.

4. Canton Kaumatule, DL, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou- Oregon

Kaumatule will be given every shot to come in and compete for the starting defensive end spot vacated by Arik Armstead next fall. He has a college body right now and is a tough, physical player. He's a plus athlete who can beat a lineman off the snap as well as run down plays from behind. He needs to work on things like technique and having a more consistent motor but the great thing is Kaumatule is already on campus and will be able to work out for spring ball. He's also finally healthy at just the right time so his arrow is definitely pointing up.

5. Ykili Ross, ATH, Riverside Poly (Calif.)- USC

It will be very interesting to see how USC uses Ross next year as he could conceivably see the field at three different positions depending on the need. He wants to play on the defense side of the ball and it sounds like he'll get a crack at corner or safety. He has that long, lean frame that a lot of colleges are looking for in a cover corner and plenty of athleticism as well. He's a tough kid and very rangy so he could slide over to safety without too much trouble as well and he has been dominant at receiver at multiple post-season All-American games. One thing is for certain, we don't see a player as talented as Ross redshirting next year and he could be the steal of the Trojans class.


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