Pac-10 Football Recruiting Breakdown

Mere hours away from national signing day, the Pac-10 is close to having a wrap on the class of 2008, though a few outstanding names are still available. Here is a breakdown of the Pacific 10 Conference in the final day before NLIs are faxed...



Headliners: Robert Golden (CB), J'Marcus Webb (OT), Solomon Koehler (DT)
This may not carry the same weight as some of the earlier classes Mike Stoops has brought in, but in landing the premier cornerback in the West in Golden, the Wildcats were able to get their first five-star high school recruit under Stoops.  The Wildcats also hit the JC ranks hard, especially on the offensive line, landing J'Marcus Webb, a one-time Texas signee and Army All-American, and Cerritos College linemen Phillip Garcia and Mike Diaz.  They also picked up one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the country in Matt Scott, who threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for over 1,000 for Corona Centennial.  Prep linemen Kyle Quinn, Vaughn Dotsy and Trace Biskin all will add depth in the trenches.  Solomon Koehler, a defensive tackle from Hawaii, is the top player from the Islands.
Arizona is still waiting on: Matthew Hunt (OL).
The big fish that got awayGerell Robinson (RB)


Arizona State

Headliners: Gerell Robinson (WR), Lawrence Guy (DT), Ryan Bass (RB)
In the first full recruiting class for Dennis Erickson, the Sun Devils filled needs at just about every position.  The biggest coup was landing one-time Arizona commit Robinson, who chose the hometown Sun Devils on national television over Notre Dame.  Getting Guy, the top defensive tackle in the West, was also a big get, beating out Oklahoma and Tennessee for him.  Bass was another commit to Arizona who switched over and joined teammates Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee, both linebackers, in committing to the Sun Devils.  Kemonte Bateman was a commit to UCLA before he switched, and his prep teammate, the versatile Clint Floyd, verballed to the Sun Devils the same weekend.  Other in-state lands for ASU included Zach Schlink and Pat Jamison.
Arizona State is still waiting on: Datone Jones (DE), Mark Ingram (RB)
The big fish that got away: Dion Jordan (TE)

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Headliners: Spencer Ladner (TE), Tyler Rigsbee (OL), Marvin Jones (WR)
Rigsbee committed to Cal early in his junior year and despite being one of the top tackles in the West, never wavered on his verbal.  Ladner left the Midwest to come to Cal and was an early verbal to the Bears.  Jones is the best pure receiver on the West Coast and the Bears landed him in an intense recruiting battle with much of the Pac-10.  Cal also got a boost from Arizona for the second straight year, picking up L.A. Combine MVP Covaughn Deboskie, who chose them on national television.  Trevor Guyton, a stellar defensive tackle from Washington, spurned the hometown Huskies to commit with Cal, and Marc Anthony did the same with Arizona State, choosing the Bears over the Sun Devils.
Cal is still waiting on: Antwon Moutra (WR).
The big fish that got away: Jermaine Kearse (WR)



Headliners: Justin Thompson (DT), Dion Jordan (TE), Dewitt Stuckey (LB)
Oregon is still in the mix for Terrelle Pryor, the nation's top prospect, and Pryor may wait past Signing Day to announce.  And Oregon is more than willing to wait, especially if it means Pryor will trip to Eugene and give them a closer look.  In the meantime, they'll celebrate the signings of one of the elite JC tackles in Thompson, tight ends in Jordan and linebackers in Stuckey.  Each are amongst the best at their positions nationally.  If Pryor stays in Big Ten country, the Ducks still have Darron Thomas, a Texas native, coming in the fall to play quarterback.  Kansas athlete Chris Harper was once a K-State commit but he spurned the Wildcats for the green of Autzen Stadium.  John Boyett was the Northern California Player of the Year and an early commit to the Ducks, never waffling in his decision. 
Oregon is still waiting on: Terrelle Pryor (QB), Aaron Boyd (WR), Tommie Streeter (WR), Datone Jones (DE), Hamani Stevens (OL)
The big fish that got away: Jurrell Casey (DT)


Oregon State

Headliners: Simi Kuli (DT), Jacquizz Rogers (RB), Ryan Katz (QB)
Few coaches get the most out of their talent like the Beaver staff, led by head man Mike Riley.  Oregon State had an excellent class last year and this year went for depth.  The star is Kuli, a five-star tackle from JC powerhouse El Camino.  He picked the Beavers in the final week before Signing Day, a huge boost to their class.  Rogers is a stellar four-star back from Texas who's heading to the Northwest and could be in the mix in the Beavers backfield.  One of the more underrated quarterbacks in the West is Katz, and he'll join former teammate Cameron Collins, a signee a year ago.  Katz will graduate early and be practicing in the spring.  Geno Munoz had the best performance of any receiver at the L.A. Combine and is a big get for the Beavers.
Oregon State is still waiting on: Kevan Walker (WR), Benji Kemoeatu (OL)
The big fish that got away: Dominic Galas (C)



Headliners: Andrew Luck (QB), Delano Howell (RB), Konrad Reuland (TE), David DeCastro (C)
Even before the memorable 2007 season saw the Cardinal knock off USC and Cal, Jim Harbaugh secured commitments from some of the top players they targeted, none bigger than quarterback Andrew Luck.  The Big Texan gave the Cardinal class instant credibility and a national name to boot.  Howell was initially recruited as a cornerback, but after having as good a season as any running back in the West, he'll likely start his career on The Farm in the offensive backfield.  Stanford also landed a pair of Reuland's in Warren from Mission Viejo and older brother Konrad, a transfer from Notre Dame.  Konrad was a five-star tight end, ranked #2 in the class of 2006.  David DeCastro is the top center in the West and ranked third nationally and he turned down the hometown Huskies to play for the Cardinal.
Stanford is still waiting on: John Cole (WR)
The big fish that got away: Austin Holt (TE)



Headliners: Rahim Moore (S), Aundre Dean (RB), Kevin Craft (QB)
Considering the peril the Bruins' recruiting class appeared to be in when Karl Dorrell was fired, it's safe to say that Rick Neuheisel has done very well in his first recruiting effort in Westwood.  Keeping DeWayne Walker as his defensive coordinator was the key to the vaunted DB class the Bruins are bringing in, led by Moore and E.J. Woods at safety and corners Aaron Hester and Anthony DyeDamien Holmes and Patrick Larimore are other key defensive verbals.  Offensively, keeping Dean in the mix may be the most important commitment that Neuheisel pulls in.  A top 100 national player from outside of California hasn't been common for the Bruins.  Craft is one of the top JC quarterbacks in the country and they also good a good one from the high school ranks in Nick Crissman
UCLA is still waiting on: Milton Knox (RB), Hamani Stevens (OL), Datone Jones (DE)
The big fish that got away: Uona Kaveinga (WLB)



Headliners: Tyron Smith (OT), Matt Kalil (OT), Blake Ayles (TE)
No one will sign a better offensive line class West of the Mississippi than the Trojans, who landed two of the top three tackles in the country in Smith and Kalil.  For good measure, they also secured verbals from four-star linemen Khaled Holmes and Matt Meyer as well as Texan Daniel Campbell.  Ayles is the best tight end to come out of the West in the past five years and will be heavily in the mix to replace Mackey Award Winner Fred Davis.  Brice Butler shocked Florida State, his father's alma mater, and committed to the Trojans.  In state, the Trojans excelled, especially on the defensive line, pulling in Armond Armstead and Jurrell Casey inside and Wes Horton and Malik Jackson on the outside.  Maurice Simmons will follow in his older brother, Champ's footsteps, playing linebacker for the Trojans.
USC is still waiting on: T.J. Bryant (WR), Nick Perry (DE), Uona Kaveinga (LB), Jerrell Harris (WLB)
The big fish that got away: Chris Polk (RB)

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Headliners: Kavario Middleton (TE), Alameda Ta'amu (OL), Chris Polk (RB), Everette Thompson (DE)
Washington did an excellent job in-state, landing five of the top seven prospects from the Evergreen State, headlined by Middleton, a versatile TE/DE who will most likely line up on offense as a big target for Jake Locker.  He'll be joined by teammate Jermaine Kearse, who will play receiver for the Huskies.  Other in-state commits include Thompson, who will play defensive end, Ta'amu, who will line up on offense and Senio Kelemete, who could play on either side of the ball.  Polk was a longtime commit to USC who stunned many folks by committing to the Huskies, then graduating early to enroll in January and avoid any last minute efforts by the Trojans.  Craig Noble is the top defensive tackle in California and is a huge get for Tyrone Willingham's best class.
Washington is still waiting on: Demetrius Guice (TE)
The Big Fish that got away: David DeCastro (C)


Washington State

Headliners: Bernard Wolfgramm (DE), Kevin Frank (CB)
With the question of Bill Doba's job security permeating in Pullman all season, the Cougars got into the recruiting game late, not landing their first commitment until early November, when Jared Karstetter picked the Cougs.  But from the time Paul Wulff took over at his alma mater, they hit the ground running, landing 20 commitments in less than two months.  The big land was getting Wolfgramm, a JC product from San Mateo and Frank, a commit to Boise State, to come on board.  Wulff also reeled in Cory Mackay, a commit to Washington at one point. Washington State hit the JC's hard, also getting commitments from Myron Beck from Arizona and Zack Williams, Josh Luapo, Chantz Staden and Jesse Sanchez from the California JC ranks.
Washington State is still waiting on: Thaddeus Brown (CB), Jonathan Solomon (OL)
The big fish that got away: Daron Mackey (LB)

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