BREAKING DOWN THE PAC-12
A look at the Pac-12 football recruiting classes, in order of Scout.com’s national rankings:
1. USC: Scout.com ranks the Trojans’ class No. 1 in the nation, and it’s full of star power — four five-star prospects and 14 four-star prospects, to be exact. Former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian did OK for himself here.
2. UCLA: Signing day couldn’t have gone a whole lot better for the Bruins, who landed what some consider a top-five class nationally and picked up signatures from five-star prospects Sotonye Jamabo (running back), Josh Rosen (quarterback), Chris Clark (tight end) and Keisean Lucier-South (linebacker), as well as four-star receiver Cordell Broadus — Snoop Dogg’s son.
3. ARIZONA STATE: Two four-star commitments on signing day — defensive tackle Joseph Wicker and running back Jaason Lewis — gave the Sun Devils a nice finishing kick.
4. OREGON: Keep an eye on Steilacoom’s Fotu Leiato, the hard-hitting linebacker who signed with the Ducks after his highlight video earned him several Pac-12 offers.
5. WASHINGTON: Eight four-star recruits for Chris Petersen after he landed just four in last season’s transition class. Lots of in-state talent, too.
6. STANFORD: Six-foot-2 receiver Trent Irwin, a four-star prospect, is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 89 prospect nationally. The Cardinal signed three other top-300 players.
7. CALIFORNIA: Won battle for four-star receiver Jaylinn Hawkins, who also was pursued by Washington.
8. ARIZONA: JUCO transfer Anthony Fotu, a 285-pound defensive tackle, should help immediately.
9. WASHINGTON STATE: A decent haul for Mike Leach heading into Year 4, but Cougars lost several committed prospects — good ones — late in the process to other teams.
10. UTAH: Solid but not great class for the Utes, though JUCO receiver Cory Butler is a nice pickup.
11. OREGON STATE: Bold prediction: Gary Andersen’s first class at OSU won’t be his best.
12. COLORADO: Buffaloes signed only 19 players. Four-star offensive lineman Tim Lynott is the highest-rated of the bunch.