How SC's Rivals are recruiting

It's time to take a quick look at what is going on elsewhere, an opportunity to compare how USC's recruiting successes compare with those of rivals in and out of the Pacific-10 Conference.

First, a look at the Pac-10:

USC -- 14 commitments, including three players Scout.com ranks as the nation's best at their positions: wide receiver Robert Woods of Serra, tight end Xavier Grimble of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and kicker Matt Darr of Bakersfield.

UCLA -- Ten commitments, among them top athlete Malcom Jones of Oaks Christian and a four-star quarterback, Brett Nottingham of Danville, Calif. The Bruins are listed among the hopefuls for several major recruits around the nation. One problem -- Rick Neuheisel's No. 1 defensive back commitment, Tony Jefferson of Chula Vista, is considering other possibilities.

Arizona State -- Nine commitments. No eye-poppers among the group.

California -- Ten commitments, including a talented quarterback, Austin Hinder of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Surprisingly, four of Jeff Tedford's 10 recruits are from outside California.

Stanford -- Outstanding recruiting crop for Jim Harbaugh. Already has 23 commitments and 13 states are represented. Among the standouts is running back Anthony Wiilkerson of Tustin. Best recruiting year for the Cardinal in a long time.

Oregon -- Nine commitments, a rather low number considering the Ducks' success on the football field. Five of the nine recruits are from out of state.

Oregon State -- Eight commitments, six from California and only one from Oregon. But Mike Riley will fill out the missing parts with JC transfers.

Washington -- Twenty commitments and enough talent to assure first-year coach Steve Sarkisian a Top 25 finish in national team recruiting rankings. Excellent start for Sarkisian. Among his recruits is quarterback Nick Montana of Oaks Christian High, a son of former Notre Dame and San Francisco 49ers star Joe Montana. Resembles his father in some ways. Not a great arm, but seems to have the old man's savvy.

Washington State -- Fifteen commits. The Cougars have a long way to go, and, while their numbers are good for this early in the recruiting season, the quality is not there.

Arizona -- 10 commitments. Not a good start for a program that has picked up steam as the 2009 season has progressed.

A quick peek at that is transpiring outside the Pac-10:

Notre Dame -- Sixteen commitments, but not the quality of recent recruiting classes. And, Charlie Weis' No. 1 commitment, defensive end Chris Martin of Aurora, Colo., is considered shaky. Martin announced he is looking elsewhere, and, among his ports of call might be USC.

Florida -- Seventeen commitments. Potentially outstanding class for the defending national champion, especially if the Gators grab defensive end Ronald Powell away from USC.

Oklahoma -- Twenty four commitments, but not a barn burner among 'em.

Alabama -- Twenty one commitments, among them Demarcus Milliner of Millbtrook, Ala., one of the nation's elite defensive backs.

Ohio State -- Thirteen commitments and not one player who would turn your head. But, the Buckeyes will do well in the final rankings.

Boise State -- Five commitments. That's right -- five. And not one who would be considered outstanding by the recruiting services.

We'll file further reports as the recruiting season progresses.


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