Breaking Down Pac-12 Recruiting on Scout Recruiting Show

Dec. 24 -- Scout takes a weekly closer look at the major recruiting news and notes in the Pac-12 Conference...

Bears Get Speedy

California landed the lone Scout 300 commitment from the 2016 class this week when Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete four-star athlete Melquise Stovall committed to the Bears on Monday.

A one-time USC commit, Stovall opened things up before the season and focused on UtahBoise StateArizonaNotre Dame and Cal.

His final visit took him to Cal and the Bears moved into the driver's seat after that trip.

The Army All-American plays running back for Paraclete, but will be used in a variety of ways for the Bears.

Cardinal Go Big and Athletic

Few teams have recruited the tight end position over the last decade as well as Stanford has.

And the Cardinal should be in good shape for the future too, thanks to the commitment of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Colby Parkinson.

Parkinson is the No. 1 tight end in the West in the 2017 class and the No. 5 tight end nationally and is a big, physical receiver who catches the ball well and is a very good blocker.

He was offered by Stanford last Friday and the next day, Parkinson committed to the Cardinal.

The Cardinal will use him as a pass-catching threat, though, and he'll continue their trend of big and athletic tight ends like Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener and Austin Hooper.

Stanford at the Top

Stanford sits on the top of the 2016 rankings for the Pac-12 during the dead period and the lead up to the All-American games.

1. Stanford (11)

2. Oregon (13)

3. UCLA (15)

4. Arizona State (22)

5. USC (26)

6. Washington (37)

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Commitment Watch

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills safety Troy Warner will make his final decision on Thursday on Christmas Eve.

The four-star committed to Oregon in the spring, then flipped to BYU, where his older brother, Fred, plays for the Cougars.

But coaching changes at BYU and at USC have complicated things for Warner.

When Bronco Mendenhall left BYU for Virginia and Clay Helton replaced Steve Sarkisian permanently, it allowed the Trojans to make a late offer to Warner and give BYU reason for concern.

Warner will announce on Thursday if he'll join his brother in Provo or stay in-state and play with the Trojans.

Jack Jack Names Top Five

The No. 1 athlete in the West, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Jack Jones announced his top five over the weekend.

The five-star named Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC were the five he's focusing on.

Of those five, only Texas A&M has received an official visit, but Alabama and Oklahoma are likely to get officials in January as well as the hometown schools.

Pac-12 Well Represented in All-American Games

Next week begins the practices for the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Southern California.

The following week, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices begin in San Antonio.

Pac-12 commits headlining the Under Armour game include Stanford tight end verbal Kaden Smith, UCLA linebacker verbal Lokeni Toailoa and Arizona State receiver verbal N'Keal Harry.  The top uncommitted Pac-12 target in Orlando is Oluwole Betiku, who's focusing on USC.  (Complete UnderArmour Game Roster)

At the Semper Fi Bowl, the top Pac-12 commits include UCLA receiver commit Theo Howard, USC safety commit C.J. Pollard and Oregon cornerback commit Jared Mayden(Complete Semper Fi Bowl Roster)

In San Antonio at the Army Bowl, the top Pac-12 verbals are USC receiver commits Michael Pittman and Tyler Vaughns, Stanford commits Curtis Robinson and K.J. Costello and Washington linebacker commit Camilo Eifler with Jack Jones and Mique Juarez the two uncommited five-stars that are major Pac-12 targets. (Complete Army Bowl Roster)

Pac-12 Recruiting News and Notes

-Washington State picked up another receiver out of the Golden State when San Diego (Calif.) Patrick Henry receiver Dezmon Patmon committed to the Cougars over the weekend.

-Stanford did lose a commitment, which dropped them out of the top ten nationally, when Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback David Long decommitted.  Michigan and Washington lead for the West's No. 1 corner.

-USC offered Herriman (Utah) defensive end Leki Fotu, a commit to Utah and he could visit in January.

-Arizona had Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star athlete and quarterback Khalil Tate to firm up his commitment 100% after a late push by USC.

-Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Dylan Crawford named his final six, with four Pac-12 schools, Stanford, Oregon, Washington and UCLA joined by Miami and Michigan.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook


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