Setting the table for the Pac-12 on National Signing Day

Feb. 2 -- Scout sets the table for the Pac-12 on National Signing Day...

Arizona Wildcats

Big gets: 

ATH Khalil Tate ...dynamic athlete, could play most positions, quarterback for Arizona

OL Michael Eletise ...loyal commit, versatile, fundamentally sound

Big misses:

DE Jake Burton ...decommitted and flipped to UCLA

ATH Connor Murphy ...In-state athlete went elsewhere

Sleeper:

S Tristan Cooper...Athletic, hits hard

Had to/have to get: 

Michael Eletise ...Numerous schools stayed on him. Arizona put in most effort

Biggest fill: 

Arizona needed secondary help and landing numerous safeties

Biggest gap: 

DL ...Wildcats would have been helped by a few more defensive linemen 

Signing day targets: 

S Chacho Ulloa 

Overall: 

What a wild ride for Arizona. The Wildcats lost the majority of their class at one point, but were still able to close nicely and upgrade the secondary. Marcel Yates and Donte Williams came in and recruited well, giving Arizona a chance with a few prospects it wouldn’t have not been in on before.


Arizona State Sun Devils

Big gets: 

DE (Devil backer) Dougladson Subtyl ...elite JUCO edge pass rusher

WR N'Keal Harry ... One of nation's top big-framed receivers and a local get

QB Dillon Sterling-Cole ... Full service four-star signal caller with upside

ATH Chase Lucas ... Versatile in-state prospect with high athletic ceiling 

Big misses:

CB Byron Murphy ... Local prospect at position of need also key to ASU style

OT Garret Bolles ... Elite JUCO tackle with ASU losing four OL starters

Sleeper(s):  

Maurice Chandler ... 3-star JUCO DB with great size/athletic combo

Kyle Williams ... Quick and elusive receiving prospect not undersized

Had to/have to get: 

N'Keal Harry ... Could have gone pretty much anywhere after Under Armour Game

Biggest fill: 

Secondary recruiting: Four additions including two JUCO mid-years were big need

Biggest gap: 

No defensive tackles: Position needs constant replenishing even with ASU deep

Signing day targets: 

Lamar Jackson (Decision actually day before NLI)

Calvin Bundage

Tre Williams (Missouri commit visited ASU last weekend)

Beau Bisharat 

Chacho Ulloa

Overall: 

ASU got out to a fast start in 2016 recruiting, with more early commitments than perhaps ever before, but fizzled to a large degree down the stretch in its effort to match last year's best-reviewed class in history. Following a disappointing 6-7 season the Sun Devils signed the best junior college class in the country, with seven Top-100 prospects, four of whom are mid-year additions. The class has a chance to have a lot of immediate impact players but isn't deep on developmental talent. 


California Bears

Big gets: 

ATH Melquise Stovall ... A dynamic, explosive home run threat from the slot and the backfield, and a U.S. Army All-American

WR Logan Gamble ... A third-generation Golden Bear, Gamble eschewed an offer from UCLA after he committed to the Bears, and was named first-team All-Dream Team by the Long Beach Press Telegram, first-team all-Santa Fe League, Santa Fe League MVP, first-team All-CIF and first-team All-State

OT Daniel Juarez ... Second-team All-State by USA TODAY, Juarez is a big, strong, athletic tackle who plays with a high motor and a mean streak.

QB Max Gilliam ... A true dual-threat quarterback who can make all the throws, and will be in the mix this spring along with three other quarterbacks to replace Jared Goff.

CB Nygel Edmonds ... A national-level recruit who committed to Stanford early, Cal flipped the former Cardinal commit in mid-January.

Big misses:

OL Nate Herbig ... Cal had him in for an official visit with high school teammate Drew Kobayashi, but couldn’t keep him away from the Cardinal after he was admitted.

CB Terrell Burgess ... A dynamic and explosive kick returner and physical corner, Burgess committed to Utah on Jan. 28 after an official visit to Cal that he called “overwhelming.”

Sleepers:

DE Evan Weaver ... State player of the year in Washington, he’s been called the J.J. Watt of Washington high school football, with a white-hot motor and plus-plus athleticism and physicality.

DE Tevin Paul ... Paul was one of the big risers at the end of the season out of the state of Texas, he’s a blue-collar warrior who plays through the whistle, and was the heart and soul of a team that made it to the state title game.

DB Marloshawn Franklin ... With starting corner Darius White and starting safety Stefan McClure graduating, Franklin has the chance to play right away. He’s great in man coverage, and very physical. He was a second-team All-ACCAC as a freshman at Mesa CC, and first-team All-WSFL this year.

Had to/have to get: 

Melquise Stovall ... Losing Treggs in the slot was a big blow, but Stovall has home-run ability and can score from anywhere on the field. He can make any defender miss and has to be accounted for at all times. Cal hasn’t really had a weapon like this in the Sonny Dykes era. A former USC commit who had Utah as one of his finalists, and took official visits with the Utes, Arizona State, Boise State and Notre Dame.

Biggest fill: 

Losing their six most productive wide receivers, the Bears needed to strike big again. Last cycle, Cal got five receivers, including greyshirt Greyson Bankhead, and with Bankhead now readying for spring ball, the Bears have added to that stack of wide outs, filling Bryce Treggs’s role with Stovall, and adding big outside targets Jordan Veasy, Logan Gamble, Jordan Duncan, Matt Laris and Drew Kobayashi.

Biggest gap: 

Linebackers. With Jalen Jefferson and Nate Broussard graduating, Michael Barton choosing the grad transfer route and no linebackers in last year’s class, getting just one (as of now) in Cameron Goode is tough to swallow.

Signing day targets:

WR A.J. Brown, an Ole Miss commit also considering Mississippi State

QB Victor Viramontes, who’s also considering Arizona and Utah

WR Demetris Robertson, an Ole Miss commit who officially visited Cal in October, and got two in-home visits from the Bears down the stretch

DT Boss Tagaloa ... He looks like a USC-UCLA battle, but he gave nearby Cal a midweek official visit, and expressed his fondness for defensive line coach Fred Tate.

OL Francisco Perez ... A longtime Cal commit, UCLA came in with a big push late, and Perez likes the fact that he could stay closer to home if he played in Westwood. He’s still committed, but he’ll make his final decision on Signing Day.

Overall: 

Cal got an early start to this class, and had all but four spots filled by the time the dead period lifted in January. The Bears also brought in nine early enrollees, which means that spring football will be a bit closer to a final product on the field than it would have been without such key additions as Gilliam, Stovall, Veasy and Edmonds. Flipping the likes of Stovall and Edmonds in the late goings gave Cal a nice late surge, and they were able to get bigger along both fronts; the Bears’ five offensive line commits are all at least 290 pounds, and stand 6-foot-5, 6-foot-3, 6-foot-7, 6-foot-4.5 and 6-foot-3.5, while the four defensive line commits all stand at least 6-foot-3.5 and all weigh over 245 pounds.


Colorado Buffaloes

Big gets: 

QB Sam Noyer ...the Buffs need a quarterback to fill the depth chart with Sefo Liufau graduating after this season

OT Terriek Roberts ...long and lean in-state tackle

Big misses:

DE Carlo Kemp ...Buffs had done well in-state under Mike MacIntyre but losing Kemp from their backyard hurts.

ATH Jojo Domann ...Another in-state prospect, old nemesis took another Colorado prospect from the Buffs

Sleeper:

WR Caron Baham ...Long athlete with decent speed but good hands.

Had to/have to get: 

Sam Noyer ...It’s not a great depth chart at quarterback for the Buffs and Sefo Liufau has just one more year, so getting a quarterback was a must

Biggest fill: 

The Buffs lose record-setting receiver Nelson Spruce but have four receivers coming in

Biggest gap: 

In-state prospects ...The Buffs only have two in-state commits

Signing day targets:

ATH Beau Bisharat, was a longtime Stanford commit before opening up his recruitment but a late visit has the Buffs in the game.

Overall:

The Buffs are this close to finally turning that corner and getting bowl eligible and this class, while lean on in-state prospects, is a solid class across the board.


Oregon Ducks

Biggest gets:

WR Dillon Mitchell -- solid receiver who is already in school and will be available for spring workouts.

QB Dakota Prukop -- Montana State transfer, considered by many as the top FBS player last season and could be the top quarterback in the nation next year at the FCS level.

ATH Tristen Wallace -- versatile athlete that can play several positions. Has already signed a Financial Aid Agreement (FAA) with Oregon and will be available for spring workouts.

QB Terry Wilson -- he can run, he can throw. Could be another Dennis Dixon. Showed well at the Semper Fi game.

Biggest misses:

CB Jared Mayden -- was an Oregon commit until December but suddenly reopened his recruitment when Oregon coaches apparently lost contact with him

WR Theo Howard -- was also an Oregon commit early on but reopened his commitment and later committed to UCLA.

Sleeper:

DL Hunter Kampmoyer -- needs to put on weight but has already enrolled and will be available for spring workouts. Is a tough, hardnosed player.

Had to/have to get: 

QB Terry Wilson. The Alamo Bowl collapse demonstrated how badly the Ducks need quality quarterback depth.

Biggest fill: 

Quarerback, with a senior transfer and two prep quarterbacks. Depth now should not be an issue at quarterback for the Ducks.

Biggest gap: 

No being able to hold onto four prep players that de-committed.

Biggest signing day targets:

LB Caleb Kelly down to Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon.

DE Connor Murphy has listed Oregon along with four other programs. He will announce on signing day.

Overall:

Ten of this year's recruits have already signed FAAs and will be available for spring workouts. That's the good news. The bad news is that this is not a spectacular recruiting class for a program just one year removed from a National Championship appearance. This recruiting class so far has not cooled down the hot seat Mark Helfrich currently sits on. If the Ducks can somehow land Caleb Kelly and Connor Murphy then the class looks pretty good. Many questions are swirling around this program and many wonder that once Marcus Mariota left that Mark Helfrich was not the guy to bring a national championship to Eugene. Vernon Adams could have been in the Heisman Trophy discussions, but an injured finger eliminated that. Oregon's defense was atrocious and it finally took a complete breakdown in the second half of the Alamo Bowl to finally nudge Helfrich into making a decision. He did by replacing Don Pellum with Brady Hoke. The change might see some results next year but likely not much this year, which begs the question of what happened to Oregon recruiting? Did the coaches take the year off or do they know something about the recruits the brought in that no one else does.


Oregon State Beavers

Big gets: 

S Shurod Thompson ...physical and rangy safety is a big hitter

S Christian Wallace ...could play in the box as a linebacker or stay at safety where he’s most experienced

Big misses:

OLB Lamar Winston ...The Beavers were his first offer and were in good shape early on but lost him to in-state Oregon.

TE John Bates ...in-state kid was a longtime commit but flipped late to Boise State.

Sleeper(s):  

S Emony Robinson ...In-state prospect is overshadowed a bit by Thompson and Wallace, but has a lot of upside

Had to/have to get: 

Mason Moran ...The quarterback depth chart is a mess with Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell, who both started in the fall, transferring

Biggest fill: 

The Beavers have two four-star safeties and another in-state sleeper

Biggest gap: 

One QB ...The Beavers lost two freshman quarterback to transfers, who both started this season, and only have one incoming quarterback.

Signing day targets: 

OG Frederick Mauigoa...the top prospect in Samoa this year, Mauigoa, who was selected to The Opening, is down to Beavs and Washington State.

Overall: 

The Beavs had a rough year on the field in Gary Andersen’s first season, going winless in the Pac-12 and then took a hit when two of their best recruiters left for BYU, including defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake taking the head coaching job.  Andersen still needs some time to get his players in for his system.


Stanford Cardinal

Big gets: 

TE Kaden Smith ...prototypical Stanford tight end prospect

QB K.J. Costello ...strong armed, big quarterback was tops in SoCal

Big misses:

CB David Long ...recommitted and picked Michigan

ATH Beau Bisharat ...physical two-way prospect 

Sleeper:  

DT Bo Peek ...Strong and quick interior lineman

Had to/have to get: 

K.J. Costello ...Only two scholarship quarterbacks with Kevin Hogan’s departure, needed someone for the future

Biggest fill: 

Cardinal need another quarterback after only having Keller Chryst and Ryan Burns on scholarship, so Costello fills the depth

Biggest gap: 

One WR ...Simi Fehoko is lone receiver commit and he’ll serve his LDS mission right away

Signing day targets: 

LB Jeffrey McCulloch. Can the Cardinal keep their Texas momentum going?

Overall: 

The Rose Bowl champs may end up with the best class in the Pac-12, and that’s after taking hits with decommits who weren’t admitted to school.  But the Cardinal, who’ve won the Pac-12 three of the last four years, keep their momentum going.


UCLA Bruins

Big gets: 

WR Theo Howard...fast, explosive playmaker who fills a big hole for UCLA

DE Breland Brandt...long, athletic pass rusher who could improve base D pass rush

Biggest misses:

ATH Michael Pittman...decommitted after committing to UCLA in fall of his junior year only to go to USC

DE Oluwole Betiku...decommitted from UCLA after committing this spring, only to go to USC

Sleeper(s): DE Jake Burton...big, strong, versatile defensive end who could fill multiple positions for UCLA

Had to/have to get: 

Quarterbacks. Landing Devon Modster and Matt Lynch was huge, because the depth chart behind Josh Rosen was non-existent

Biggest fill: 

Quarterback Depth. The Bruins needed at least two quarterbacks and they got just that.

Biggest gap:

UCLA could have used another high-level offensive tackle in this class, but with the limitations on OL Coach Adrian Klemm this cycle due to suspension, it wasn't to be.

Signing day targets: 

OLB Mique Juarez

TE Devin Asiasi

DT Boss Tagaloa

Overall: 

UCLA is going into Signing Day with a lot of irons in the fire, but regardless of how those recruitments turn out, this is a solid class that addressed some needs, particularly at wide receiver and at quarterback. The big key heading into 2017 is going to be the offensive line, as this class was not as big or as high-quality on the offensive front as UCLA would ideally like.


USC Trojans

Big gets: 

DL Oluwole Betiku ...a monster off the edge that gets to the quarterback

WR Tyler Vaughns ...No. 1 WR in the nation knows how to go get the ball in the air

ATH Michael Pittman ...great size at WR, produced video game numbers

Big misses:

LB Mique Juarez ...nation's top OLB decommitted

QB Shea Patterson ...lack of direction cost USC shot at top QB

Sleeper(s):  

TE Cary Angeline ...immediate red zone target due to elite size

WR Josh Imatorbhebhe ...physical freak that has been overlooked because of pedestrian senior stats. Mid-year graduate, so he will be on campus for spring ball.

Had to/have to get: 

Jack Jones ...USC loses Kevon Seymour and only has four cornerbacks on the roster, including Adoree Jackson. 

Biggest fill: 

Adding five WRs was needed as position will lose several players after 2016 season and Juju Smith-Schuster will be draft eligible. 

Biggest gap: 

USC lost 5 senior DL and don't have a current DT commit. Clay Helton's staff offered scholarships to seven different defensive linemen prospects in the last two months of the process.

Signing day targets: 

DT Rashan Gary ...nation's top recruit would be game changer for class

DE Jonathan Kongbo ...five-star JUCO player could step in right away

ATH Jack Jones ...local product could join pair of former five-star teammates as signing day commits

ATH Keyshawn Young ...Recruited by USC to play cornerback

TE Devin Asiasi ...childhood USC fan would help depth concerns at TE

DE Jachai Polite ...USC has signed two past players from Mainland High School in Leonard Williams and Quinton Powell. 

OL E.J. Price ...could Trojans pull high-profile Georgia OL for second year in a row?

DB Jamel Cook ...Tall safety prospect, who USC could actually play at cornerback. Currently committed to FSU, but he likes USC's depth chart. 

DL Max Tupai ...A long time USC lean that may have gotten lost in the coaching shuffle for USC. 

DB Kyzir White ... Another big safety prospect, who USC did not offer a scholarship to until late December. The brother of Chicago Bears WR Kevin White. Kyzir is currently committed to WVU, but it appears SC got his final official visit.

Overall: 

It took USC more than four months to transition from Steve Sarkisian's coaching staff to Clay Helton's. In the process, the Trojans lost a few potential commits, like four-star safety Lamar Jackson. However, Helton also redirected his focus toward rebuilding the Trojans' defensive front. USC will continue to run a 3-4 hybrid defense under new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, and players like Oluwole Betiku will provide the Trojans another dynamic athlete off the edge to go along with 2015 signee, Porter Gustin. On offense, the Trojans stocked up on wide receivers with a collection of five prospects slated to play the position. Led by mid-year graduates Michael Pittman and Josh Imatorbehbhe, USC's in-coming class of wide outs should pay dividends by spring.  Also add that if USC closes strong, it's because of Tee Martin and administrative assistant Keynodo Hudson. Hudson recruited Florida for USC when they had only one defensive coach on full time staff. He was also lead recruiter on Kyzir White. 


Utah Utes

Big gets: 

JC OT Garett Bolles.....size, athleticism, nastiness

LB Davir Hamilton.....Size, versatility, can play multiple positions, leader

Big misses:

WR Melquise Stovall (Committed to Cal)

JC WR Jonah Trinnaman (Committed to BYU)

Sleeper:

DE Leki Fotu......great size and athleticism. Raw, but tons of upside

Had to/have to get: 

JC LB Kurtis Taufa......instant impact player at linebacker, which is biggest need

Biggest fill: 

Quarterback. With two graduating, one transferring, and another switching positions mid-season in 2015, Utah needed to restock, and they've done so with an instant impact JC player in Troy Williams as well as a high upside project in Tyler Huntley.

Biggest gap: 

Dynamic wide receivers. Utah missed on pretty much all of the top end wide receivers and didn't land anyone that jumps out at you.

Signing Day Targets:

JC LB David Luafatasage (committed to Ole Miss)

DE Maxs Tupai (considering Utah, Oklahoma, USC)

DE/OL Keaton Bills (considering Utah, BYU, Stanford, Washington)

DT Wayne Kirby (considering Utah, BYU, Washington State, Oregon)

LB Kaelin Himphill (considering Utah, Arizona)

Ath Victor Viramontes (considering Utah, Cal, Arizona

LB Fua Pututau (considering Utah, BYU, Colorado, Oregon State)

LB Donavan Thompson (considering Utah, FIU, UCF)

Overall:

While Utah's class doesn't have a ton of big names at the top outside of the #1 JC prospect in the country, OL Garrett Bolles, the Utes have done a great job of filling needs in the 2016 cycle. Quarterback and running back have been addressed heavily while the linebacker spot has done well, but could use one to two more commits. The misses at wide receiver hurt, especially Stovall, but both lines have added talented players. A deep class with plenty of talent that should develop well in the Utes' system.


Washington Huskies

Big gets: 

LB Camilo Eifler - Not only is he a heck of a linebacker prospect, he was one of their top recruiters.

RB Sean McGrew - Gamebreaker who can be used in multiple ways.

CB Byron Murphy - One of the top cover corners in the West

DE Levi Onwuzurike - Highest rated player Washington has ever gotten out of the Lonestar state.

Big misses:

QB Jacob Eason - Can't miss out on the top QB in the nation that is in your backyard.

CB David Long - Washington was considered a favorite late, but they couldn't overcome the "Harbaugh Crazy Tour".

WR Javon McKinley - Huskies needed a big-time playmaker at wideout and weren't able to reel one in.

Sleeper(s): 

S Taylor Rapp - Could wind up being a real enforcer in the secondary with his physical style of play.

P Van Soderberg - Talented punter who has an opportunity to play right away.

Had to/have to get: 

CB Kentrell Love - More like "had to keep" as UCLA made a strong push on Love down the stretch.

Biggest fill: 

Huskies needed corners and hauled in, arguably, the best corner class in the Pac 12 if not the country.

Biggest Gap: 

UW offered a ton of wide receivers and needed to find some gamebreakers, they settled on a smallish possession wideout and a project.

Signing Day Targets:

WR N'Keal Harry - Currently committed to Arizona State, but rumors are circulating that he could flip to UW.

DL Boss Tagaloa - UCLA is the leader, but UW has made up some ground. 

TE Devin Asiasi - USC appears to be the favorite, but no one really knows at this point.

Overall:

Chris Petersen's third class was on the small side, but he and his staff addressed quite a few needs and finished with its highest stars per player average ever. The biggest misses have to be Eason and no gamebreaking wideouts, but the top-rated defense in the Pac 12 only got stronger by adding a lot of talent and they also got two very good offensive linemen who fill needs as well. 


Washington State Cougars

Big gets: 

WR Grant Porter...one one of the fastest players in the region.

DB Isaiah Love...Lock down cover corner who can play for anyone.

RB Romello Harris...Smooth running style with a burst and can hit the home run.

Big misses:

QB Ian Book ...de-committed to Notre Dame mid-season.

DE Evan Weaver ...Spokane kid and top player in Eastern WA.

Sleeper: 

TE Mason Vinyard ...Big athletic receiver with a tight end frame, will make an impact.

Had to/have to get: 

Dezmon Patmon...Boise State made a late push as did Cal but the Cougs hung on.

Biggest fill: 

Cougs love to throw the ball and signed six WRs who can all play, very talented group.

Biggest gap: 

Lost their QB late, their 3rd QB de-commitment this year.

Signing day targets: 

DE Curtis Weaver

ATH Zion Echols

OL Frederick Mauigoa

Overall: 

Seeing QB Quentin Davis decommit just two weeks before Signing Day was a blow as the Cougs were unable to bring in a QB in this year's class. They did feel a lot of key needs and restocked the WR position. The offensive line was another big area of need and they filled that with six total OLs, three tackles and three guards. Overall, this is a solid group of athletes with size up front and toughness throughout the class.


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