Utes Land No. 1
Utah hit the JC ranks pretty hard this cycle, with a lot of good young talent in Salt Lake City, but some key spots needing quick fixes for the Utes to continue their success of the last two years in the Pac-12 South.
The Utes won nine games in 2014 and won 10 in 2015, their footing finally found in the conference since moving from the Mountain West.
With Travis Wilson graduating after being a four-year starter, the Utes went the Juco route for Troy Williams, who spent two years at Washington before transferring to Santa Monica (Calif.) College.
In all, the Utes have six JC commitments.
But none was bigger than landing a verbal from Snow (Utah) College offensive tackle Garett Bolles.
Bolles is the No. 1 ranked JC prospect on Scout in 2016, a five-star and at the top of the Juco Top 100.
He'll provide instant help at left tackle for the Utes.
More importantly, it shows the jump Utah recruiting has made since they made the move to the Pac-12.
Utah beat out schools like Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma on a national school plus most of the Pac-12 and BYU.
Cougs Land a Quarterback
Washington State picked up a new quarterback commitment in the 2016 class and while he was only a starter for a year, he's a talented one.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Quentin Davis spent only one year as a starter because he backed up National Freshman of the Year Josh Rosen with the Braves and waited patiently for his turn.
Davis took over and the Braves offense didn't skip a beat, winning the Trinity League for the fourth straight year with a perfect record, the toughest league in the West and took them to the CIF-SS Pac-5 title game.
The Cougs had a commitment from Ian Book, but he flipped to Notre Dame and also had a verbal from Cody Brewer from Texas, but he decommitted not long after the Cougs offered Davis.
Davis committed to Washington State on New Years Day, giving WSU a three-star passer in the 2016 class.
They also already have Bellevue (Wash.) athlete Justus Rogers on campus already and Rogers, who started for the Wolverines for two years at quarterback, said the Cougs will give him his first shot at quarterback this spring.
Rose Bowl Champs Still on Top
Stanford won the Rose Bowl for the second time in four years and the Pac-12 for the third time in that same span and their year could keep getting better with the Cardinal still atop the conference recruiting rankings.
1. Stanford (12)
2. UCLA (16)
3. Oregon (17)
4. USC (19)
5. Arizona State (22)
6. Washington (37)
With the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, two West Coast prospects will be making their decisions during the game, both receivers from Southern California.
Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Dylan Crawford will choose from Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Washington and UCLA.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Javon McKinley will pick from Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington.
But the feeling is the Pac-12 will get shut out here, with Crawford predicted to pick Michigan and McKinley likely to pick Notre Dame.
Pac-12 Recruiting News and Notes
-Stanford added a new commitment to their conference-best class with a verbal from Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy offensive guard Thomas Schaffer.
-Utah also added a commitment from the prep ranks this week in Provo (Utah) Timpview receiver Samson Nacua.
National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook