Rank: Based on rank in magazine. More obvious in recent years, rather than in the early 90s. When unsure, I checked Top Players from across the country and the West to see which teams signed any players from the lists. Also, there was a National recruiting overview every year and often times, the ranks differed from what was found in the Pac10 Rankings. They were usually written by different people. I always drew from the Pac-10 Rankings section of the magazine.
Key Player: Again, the magazine was more clear in more recent years. In early 90s, I noted the player most talked about in the article about the team's recruiting effort.
Most Interesting Comment: Pulled from the stories on the teams' recruiting classes. Comments are attributed to the likes of Allen Wallace, Tom Lemming and others.
1990 Team Rank Key player UCLA 1 Bruce Walker USC 2 Tony Boselli Stanford 3 Steve Stenstrom Washington 4 Andrew Peterson Oregon 5 Danny O'Neil Arizona 6 Charles Levy Cal 7 Jeremy Smith WSU 8 Drew Bledsoe ASU 9 Leonard Russell (jc) OSU 10 Rico PetriniMost Interesting Comment: Would its first bowl game in 25 years really lead to a recruiting breakthrough for Oregon? -- Allen Wallace
1991 Team Rank Key Player Washington 1 Napolean Kaufman UCLA 2 Jamir Miller USC 3 Rob Johnson ASU 4 Mario Bates Stanford 5 Justin Armour Oregon 6 Alex Molden Cal 7 Todd Preston Arizona 8 Ontiwaun Carter WSU 9 Singor Mobley OSU 10 Don ShanklinMost Interesting Comment: Yes, the Huskies signed the most talented and deepest class. And yes, the Trojans got the quarterbacks and the tailbacks they needed. -- Robert Kuwada
1992 Team Rank Key Player Stanford 1 Kwame Ellis USC 2 Jason Sehorn (jc) UCLA 3 Jonathon Ogden Washington 4 Lawyer Milloy Oregon 5 Tasi Malepeai Arizona 6 Tamasi Amituani ASU 7 Chris Hopkins Cal 8 Stafford Evans (jc) OSU 9 Bryan Ludwick (jc) WSU 10 Mark Fields (jc)Most Interesting Comment: For the first time in a long while, there was no clear-cut victor in the recruiting wars out West. -- Robert Kuwada
1993 Team Rank key Player Stanford 1 Scott Frost Cal 2 Pat Barnes UCLA 3 Travis Kirschke USC 4 Saladin McCullough ASU 5 Jake Plummer WSU 6 Leon Bender Washington 7 Jayson Bass Oregon 8 Woody Green III OSU 9 Josh Carley Arizona 10 Brady BattenMost Interesting Comment: Stanford had an incredible class, one filled with offensive weapons that will make Bill Walsh all the more dangerous, and have Pac-10 defensive coordinators approaching matchups with the Cardinal warily. -- Robert Kuwada
1994 Team Rank Key Player USC 1 Keyshawn Johnson (jc) Stanford 2 Kailee Wong UCLA 3 Akil Davis WSU 4 Rick Austin Cal 5 Tony Gonzalez Arizona 6 Damon Terrell ASU 7 Marion Farlow Washington 8 Tony Coats OSU 9 Tim Alexander Oregon 10 Chad NormoyleMost Interesting Comment: Yes, it's official, the Trojans are back. Coach John Robinson lassoed a recruiting group which may very well prove to be the finest in five years. -- Phil Grosz
1995 Team Rank Key Player USC 1 Quincy Woods UCLA 2 Cade McNown Washington 3 Brock Huard Stanford 4 Eli Burress Arizona 5 Frank Middleton Oregon 6 Jerry Brown OSU 7 Derrick Timmons ASU 8 JR Redmond WSU 9 Earl Riley Cal 10 Nate GeldermannMost Interesting Comment: California produced an average crop, but Texas A&M signed the best runner (Sirr Parker), Notre Dame lured away the premier linebacker (Kory Minor), Colorado (Clyde Sanders) and Texas (Clarence Martin) were more appealing to the finest d-liners and the Huskers nailed the state's finest offensive lineman, James Sherman. -- Allen Wallace
1996 Team Rank Key Player USC 1 Stan Guyness Washington 2 Corey Dillon UCLA 3 Durell Price Oregon 4 LaCorey Collins Stanford 5 Steve Coughlin ASU 6 Ryan Kealy Arizona 7 Ortege Jenkins Cal 8 Thabiti Lockhart OSU 9 Matt Bryant (k) WSU 10 Greg DupreeMost Interesting Comment: the 1996 recruiting season marked a mass exodus of prep talent from what would be considered the Pac 10 states. -- Gary Brooks
1997 Team Rank Key Player USC 1 Rod Perry, Jr Stanford 2 Randy Fasani Washington 3 Marques Tuiasosopo Cal 4 Andre Carter UCLA 5 Kenyon Coleman Oregon 6 Akili Smith (jc) ASU 7 Courtney Hysaw Arizona 8 Anthony Thomas OSU 9 Mark Walsh WSU 10 Earl Riley (jc)Most Interesting Comment: (on the Trojans class "headliner") With 14 players who were on one All-America list or another, it is hard to choose one elite athlete. -- Allen Wallace
1998 Team Rank Key Player UCLA 1 Deshaun Foster USC 2 Jason Thomas Arizona 3 Leo Mills Stanford 4 Matt Leonard ASU 5 Kyran Jones Cal 6 Mike Ainsworth Washington 7 Hakim Akbar Oregon 8 Mike Belisle WSU 9 Kevin Brown (jc) OSU 10 Tyler ThomasMost Interesting Comment: New coach Paul Hackett did an outstanding job in the limited time he and his staff had to put together a recruiting effort. With only four coaches on the road, he still managed to finish with a top 15 class and landed six potential in-state supers… -- Tom Lemming
1999 Team Rank Key Player UCLA 1 Jerry Owens USC 2 Kareem Kelly Arizona 3 Joseph Siofele ASU 4 Anthony Aguilar WSU 5 Matt Kegel Cal 6 Atari Callen Oregon 7 Kevin Mitchell Stanford 8 Chris Lewis Washington 9 Paul Arnold OSU 10 Patrick McCallMost Interesting Comment: (Oregon sleeper) Samie Parker is an undersized but extremely fast and athletic wide receiver from Long Beach Poly, had an even better year than teammate Kareem Kelly. Samie has been timed in the 100-meters in 10.5 seconds. -- Tom Lemming
2000 Team Rank Key Player ASU 1 Terrell Suggs USC 2 Alex Holmes Oregon 3 Willie Walden Washington 4 Dan Dicks UCLA 5 Paul Mociler Stanford 6 Kwame Harris Arizona 7 Chris Harris Cal 8 Reggie Robertson WSU 9 Lance Mitchell OSU 10 George GilleteMost Interesting Comment: The Bears do a great job of evaluating and developing relatively unknown talent. This class has a few of those type of players mixed in well with several highly-touted prospects. -- Tom Lemming
2001 Team Rank Key Player Washington 1 Reggie Williams UCLA 2 Matt Ware USC 3 Shaun Cody Stanford 4 Michael Craven Arizona 5 Mike Bell OSU 6 Derek Anderson ASU 7 Hakim Hill Cal 8 Lorenzo Alexander Oregon 9 Kellen Clemens WSU 10 Dwayne WrightMost Interesting Comment: (OSU Sleeper) RB Steven Jackson was a well-kept secret from '99 but exploded onto the scene last year rushing for 2764 yards and 34 tds. -- Tom Lemming
Last Five Years (1997-2001) Cumulative Totals Total Avg. Overall Team Rank Rank Rank USC 10 2.00 1 UCLA 14 2.80 2 Stanford 24 4.80 3 Washington 24 4.80 3 ASU 24 4.80 3 Arizona 26 5.20 6 Cal 32 6.40 7 Oregon 33 6.60 8 WSU 43 8.60 9 OSU 45 9.00 10 Last 12 Years Cumulative Totals Total Avg. Overall Team Rank Rank Rank USC 24 2.00 1 UCLA 31 2.58 2 Stanford 46 3.83 3 Washington 53 4.42 4 ASU 70 5.83 5 Arizona 75 6.25 6 Oregon 78 6.50 7 Cal 80 6.67 8 WSU 99 8.25 9 OSU 108 9.00 10On paper, Usc and UCLA are always the teams to beat in recruiting, so the results of this compilation should come as no surprise. Stanford's lofty ranking was a bit of a surprise but they are able to reruit a bit more on a national scale than the others because of their private school status and prestige of their academic reputation.