In other words, I affixed more value for a QB than a RB or a WR. Right or wrong, we couldn't have ties, could we?
There's no real point in ranking the actual classes of the Pac10 in these years based on the fact that one school or another had more players from these lists. But, I figured I had to list them in some order.
The writer credited with the work from the magazine is Doug Huff from the Wheeling Intelligencer. The magazine also included a High School All-America section, detailing some of the exploits of the best players entering their senior years. Then, they would list what seems like every high school player in the country in their "Other Seniors to Watch" lists. I make mention of one humorous notation from this list below.
1985 Rank Team Players Noted 1 USC Travis Knox (wr), Marlon Washingon (wr), Aaron Emanuel (rb/db) Chuck Ebertin (Int L), Brent Parkinson (Int L), Delmar Chesley (lb/de) 2 UCLA Frank Cornish (Int L), Rick Meyer (Int L) 3 ASU Mike Johnson (qb) 4 Cal Marc Hicks (rb/db) 5 Wash Tim Esary (lb/de) 6 Stanford Ray Huckestein (Int L) 7 Arizona None listed 7 Oregon None listed 7 OSU None listed 7 WSU None listed Other Players of note from the list of 108 incoming Freshmen: QB: No players of note from the list of 17. WR: Hart Lee Dykes (Ok St) RB/DB: Eric Metcalf (Tex), Andre Rison (MSU) Int L: Andy Heck (ND), Mark Stepnoski (Pitt) LB/DE: Ned Bolcar (ND)My Comments: The USC teams at the end of the 80s were very successful, but not because of Emanuel or any of these other guys. I vaguely recall Parkinson being a contributor.
1986 Rank Team Players Noted 1 UCLA Charles Arbuckle (wr), Anthony Burnett (rb/db), Eric Turner (rb/db), Randy Austin (lb/de), Brian Jones (lb/de), Rocen Keeton (lb/de) 2 USC Mark Carrier (rb/db), Cleveland Colter (rb/db), Tim Ryan (Int L) 3 Wash Eric Canton (rb/db), Dennis Brown (Int L), Adam Cooney (Int L) 4 Stanford Ed McCaffrey (wr), Mike Kohlmoos (Int L) 5 Arizona Art Greathouse (rb/db) 6 ASU Michael Simmons (Int L) 7 Cal None listed 7 Oregon None listed 7 OSU None listed 7 WSU None listed Other Players of note from the list of 103 incoming Freshmen: QB: Jeff George (Pur), Dan McGwire (Iowa), Tony Rice (ND) RB/DB: James Joseph (Aub), Leroy Butler (FSU) LB/DE: Mike Stonebreaker (ND)My Comments: A lot of future stars on the list above from the Pac10. I recall the Mark Carrier and Eric Turner recruiting battles the most because the UW came in second on both those guys. I don't recall George's exact path to the NFL, but it started at Purdue and McGwire's ended up at San Diego State.
1987 Rank Team Players Noted 1 UCLA Jim Bonds (qb), Brian Kelly (Int L), Scott Spalding (Int L) Matt Darby (lb/de), Andre Farr (lb/de), Sean Howard (lb/de) 2 Stanford Jason Palumbis (qb), Corey Booker (wr), Ryan Shae (Int L) 3 USC Scott Lockwood (rb/db), Marvin Pollard (rb/db), Junior Seau (lb/de) 4 Wash Eugene Burkholder (rb/db), Terrence Powe (Int L) Corey Brown (lb/de) 5 ASU Leonard Russell (rb/db), James Watkins (rb/db) 6 Arizona None listed 6 Cal None listed 6 Oregon None listed 6 OSU None listed 6 WSU None listed Other Players of note from the list of 115 incoming Freshmen: QB: Ty Detmer (BYU), Craig Erickson (Mia), Kent Graham (Ohio St), Brad Johnson (FSU), Deems May (NC), Matt Rodgers (Iowa) K: John Kasay (UGA, first kicker from the lists that has made money). RB/DB: Eric Bienemy (Col), Vaughn Dunbar (UI), Leodis Flowers (Neb), George Hemingway (Col), Emmitt Smith (Fla), Ricky Watters (ND) Int L: David Rocker (Aub), Greg Skrepenak (Mich), Marc Spindler (Pitt) LB/DE: Keith McCants (Ala), John Derby (Iowa), Keith Traylor (JC)My Comments: UCLA with another great haul. Of course Jim Bonds didn't exactly light up the Pac10. Then again, neither did Jason Palumbis. Note Iowa's two guys on the list that helped lead them to the 91 Rose Bowl. And Keith Tractor Traylor who was heading to JC is on this list. Colorado is heavy on the lists also, with Bienemy and Hemingway. Washington's Terrence Powe wound up really backfiring on them. He was highly regarded but his off-the-field activities are what he's most remembered for.
1988 Rank Team Players Noted 1 UCLA Bret Johnson (qb), Kevin Williams (rb/db), Brian Jacobs (Int L) 2 ASU Kevin Galbreath (rb/db), Arnold Laws (rb/db) 3 USC Todd Marinovich (qb), Ron Dale (k) 4 Wash Mike Lustyk (Int L) 5 Arizona None listed 5 Cal None listed 5 Oregon None listed 5 OSU None listed 5 Stanford None listed 5 WSU None listed Other Players of note from the list of 78 incoming Freshmen: QB: Darian Hagan (Col), Kirk Herbstreit (Ohio St, then ESPN) RB/DB: Courtney Hawkins (MSU), Glyn Milburn (Okla) WR: Derek Brown (ND), Carl Pickens (Ten), Leslie Shepherd (Mia) Int L: Chester McGlockton (Clem) LB/DE: Arnold Ale (ND) K: Chris Gardocki (Clem)My Comments: This is the year that most interests Husky fans. With Robo-QB and Bust Johnson, where is Mark Brunnell? Looks like Dick Baird knew a thing or two about quarterbacks, huh? Mike Lustyk is noted, but where is Steve Emtman? Another recruiting gem by Baird. The name that got my blood boiling was Kevin Williams. Didn't he kill Huskies in 90? Another piece of the Colorado puzzle is added with Hagan and another piece of the ESPN puzzle is added with Herbstreit. Milburn ended up transferring to Stanford and I believe Ale wound up at UCLA.
1989 Rank Team Players Noted 1 USC Curtis Conway (qb), Brad Banta (wr), Mike Hinz (Int L) 2 Wash Bill Hobert (qb), Tommie Smith (rb/db) 3 UCLA Patrick Bates (rb/db), Carlton Gray (rb/db) 4 ASU Mickey Reeves (rb/db), Vance Ross (wr) 5 Stanford Bob Whitfield (Int L), Paul Stonehouse (k) 6 Cal Russell White (rb/db) 7 Arizona Michael Bates (rb/db) 8 Oregon None listed 8 OSU None listed 8 WSU None listed Other Players of note from the list of 75 incoming Freshmen: QB: Bryan Fortay (Mia), Rick Mirer (ND) RB/DB: Derek Brown (Neb), Terry Kirby (UVA), Burnie Legette (Mich) Dorsey Levens (ND) WR: Horace Copeland (Ten), Kevin Williams (Mia) Int L: Junior Bryant (ND), Sean Gilbert (Pit), Alonzo Spellman (Ohio St) LB/DE: Shane Dronett (Tex), Antonio London (Ala) K: Craig Hentrich (ND)My Comments: I just love reading "Bill Hobert". Did anyone recall him being called anything other than "Billie Joe?" I rank Cal ahead of Arizona because at the time, Russell White had broken every record in California High School. Yet, Tommie Smith was the California Player of the Year. Dorsey Levens started at ND and ended up transferring. But the funniest thing from this era was the listing of a QB who was entering his senior year in high school. His name: Chris Weinke.
Update of previous story on 90-2001: From PacWestFootball.com
2002 Team Rank Key Player UCLA 1 Marcedes Lewis USC 2 Darnell Bing Wash 3 Isaiah Stanback ASU 4 Terry Richardson Stanford 5 Trent Edwards Arizona 6 Ryan O'Hara Oregon 7 Haloti Ngata WSU 8 Sammy Moore OSU 9 James Finley Cal 10 Kevin JohnsonMost Interesting Comment: (TE Marcedes Lewis) has all the tools to play on Sundays and is also a tremendous pass rusher. – PacWestFootball.
LINK TO RECRUITING THROUGH THE YEARS: 1990-2001.