With just two months left until national signing day, it's time to take a look at the status of the recruiting classes in the Pac-10.
What's happened: Of Arizona's 16 commitments, the top three are linebackers -- four-star Rob Hankins (Dallas/Parish Episcopal) and three-star recruits Hank Hobson (Bakersfield, Calif./Stocksdale) and Jabral Johnson (Lawton, Okla./Lawton). Arizona has a pair of three-star safeties and defensive ends headed its way, too. Offensively, three-star running backs Ka'Deem Carey (Oro Valley, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) and Jared Baker (Los Angeles/Loyola) and wide receiver David Richards (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale) headline this group.
What's next: Mike Stoops and Arizona have missed out on some of the state's top recruits, especially on the offensive line, but they do have a shot at offensive tackle Ryan Nowicki (Glendale, Ariz./Cactus). Arizona wants to close well along with offensive and defensive lines. Offensive tackle Chris Bryant (Chicago/Simeon) will visit the Wildcats this weekend and Arizona is hopeful on Jacob Fahrenkrug (Wahpenton, N.D./North Dakota State College of Science). The Wildcats are battling Florida for wide receiver Junior Pomee (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) and USC and Nebraska on DeVante Wilson (Corona, Calif./Corona). Arizona looks to be in good shape with cornerback Byron Moore (Wilmington, Calif./Los Angeles Harbor C.C.), and he will visit next weekend.
The Sun Devils are off to a slow start with eight commits. Three-star wide receiver Gary Chambers (Glendale, Ariz./Ironwood) highlights the list.
Devin Lucien (Encino, Calif./Crespi) is one of the better receivers from the West Coast, and Arizona State has a great shot at landing him. It looks like ASU or Washington for quarterback Michael Eubanks (Corona, Calif./Centennial). Both prospects officially visited Arizona State on Halloween weekend. Mo Latu (Gilbert, Ariz./Perry), Todd Peat Jr. (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) and Cyrus Hobbi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Sagauro) are three in-state prospects the Sun Devils are still in on. Looks like safety Mercy Maston (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield) will decide between Arizona State and UCLA.
What's happened: ESPNU 150 wide receiver Maurice Harris (Greensboro, N.C./North Guilford) headlines Cal's class of 10 commits. Cal also went to Texas to land one of the top prospects from the Lone Star State in four-star running back Daniel Lasco (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands). Quarterback Kyle Boehm (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) is a strong-armed signal-caller who looks like a good fit in Jeff Tedford's offense.
What's next: Tedford and his Bears have a chance to close strong once again this year. They are working hard on the Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra big three -- wide receiver George Farmer, defensive end Jason Gibson and athlete Marqise Lee. USC could prove tough to beat for Farmer, but Cal and Oregon have made their moves. It seems as though Cal has the best shot at Lee. The Bears are also targeting a duo from Sacramento's (Calif.) Grant High School in defensive tackle Viliami Moala and defensive back James Sample. Cal, along with Oregon, is trying to turn Washington commitment, running back Brendon Bigelow (Fresno, Calif./Central East).
The Ducks are becoming more and more of a national recruiting program. Just look at their top four prospects and where they are from -- wide receiver Tacoi Sumler (Miami/Columbus), offensive tackle Andre Yruretagoyena (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), quarterback Jerrard Randall (Hollywood, Calif./Chaminade Madonna) and Anthony Wallace (Dallas/Skyline). All are ESPNU 150 members.
What's next: There's no question Oregon could well be hottest team out west, and it should close well. If one team could swipe wide Farmer from USC's grips, it's the Ducks. Oregon also is in with his two teammates -– Gibson and Lee. It is also in the thick of it for defensive end Todd Barr (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood), wide receiver B.J. Kelley (Fresno, Calif./Central East), Bigelow and Latu. Chip Kelly and Oregon are in great position on many kids and will likely have to turn away some great prospects when it's all said and done. They currently reside at No. 19 in the recruiting rankings and should steadily climb up the charts between now and early February.
Coach Mike Riley and the Beavers have 19 commitments, highlighted by three-star prospect Darryl Jackson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair), a mammoth 6-7, 300-pound offense tackle, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln). Oregon State took both players from UCLA. The Beavers have done well at defensive end, netting five commitments at that position, led by Dylan Wynn (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) and Jaswha James (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood). It's interesting that Oregon State has no in-state commitments, but it has done well in California with eight commitments.
What's next: Oregon State would like to close with a couple of defensive backs. It has a shot at Stefan McClure (Vista, Calif./Vista) and Marcus Peters (Oakland, Calif./McClymonds). McClure officially visited last month, while Moore will trip to Oregon State in January. The Beavers are in the hunt for Hobbi and linebacker K.T. Tuumalo (Honolulu/Punahou). Peat and Lamar De Rego (San Jose, Calif./ San Jose C.C.) are scheduled to visit this weekend.
What's happened: Jim Harbaugh and Stanford continue to impress off the field as much as they do on it. The Cardinal have 21 commitments and the nation's 15th-ranked recruiting class. They have gone national once again and picked up commitments from recruits from 13 different states. Linebacker James Vaughters (Tucker, Ga./Tucker), athlete Jordan Richards (Folson, Calif./Folson), running back Amir Carlisle (Sunnyvale, Calif./ Kings Academy) and wide receiver Ty Montgomery (Dallas/ St. Marks) are four-star prospects and lead the way for this class. Harbaugh is bringing in two quarterbacks in Evan Crower (San Diego/St. Augustine) and Kevin Hogan (Washington/Gonzaga).
What's next: Stanford is close to wrapping things up and hopes to close with just a few more recruits. Defensive backs are a priority and two names to watch are Ronnie Harris (Atlanta/Westlake) and Wayne Lyons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard). They have visited, as has athlete Miles Shuler (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch). A big battle with USC and others is shaping up for offensive lineman Troy Niklas (Anaheim, Calif./Servite), who will make his official visit next month to Palo Alto. The Cardinal would love another defensive tackle to add to this group, and look for Stanford to sign 24 or 25 recruits.
What's happened: Four-star quarterback Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) is the headliner for this class. He's a great athlete who possesses a good arm and size and has a ton of upside. Four of UCLA's nine commitments are offensive lineman, led by tackle Marc Mustoe (Arvada, Col./Arvada West). This class could have been a little better, but Oregon State came in and flipped Jackson and Cooks.
What's next: Look for Rick Neuheisel and UCLA to make a lot of noise over the next few months. They are on a ton of players, and you will hear a bunch of names over the next eight weeks. Linebackers Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez) and Colt Lyerla (Hillsboro, Ore./Hillsboro), defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds (Washington/St. Johns), defensive end Brennan Scarlett (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic), wide receiver Tobias Singleton (Madison, Miss./Central) and offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) are scheduled to visit this weekend. The Bruins are also targeting Hobbi, McClure, defensive tackle Christian Heyward (San Diego/Point Loma), fullback Harvey Langi (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), Lucien, Lyons, Maston and many others.
What's happened: For all the negative publicity that comes with NCAA sanctions, USC coach Lane Kiffin and his staff have the No. 13-rated class in the country. Leading the way are four ESPNU 150 members -- the electric DeAnthony Thomas (Los Angeles/Crenshaw), top five DT Antwaun Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft), QB Max Wittek (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Mater Dei) and WR Victor Blackwell (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei).
What's next: Kiffin and his coaching staff continue to work exceptionally hard in three areas -- the offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage and linebacker. Prospects such as offensive tackles Niklas and Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) and defensive linemen such as Greg Townsend (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills), Gibson and Moala are critical. Of course Southern Cal would love to land Farmer and his teammate Lee. They need to hang on to players like Thomas and Kent Turene (Sunrise, Fla./Boyd Anderson), as teams will use the sanctions to keep coming after USC's recruits.
What's happened: Washington sits at No. 22 in the class rankings, and ESPNU 150 receiver Kasen Williams (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) headlines Steve Sarkisian's class. The Huskies beat the Texas Longhorns on offensive tackle prospect Austin Seferain-Jenkins (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor), another ESPNU 150 member. Aubrey Coleman (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) is a big athlete and another four-star standout. Bigelow, who is one of the top running back prospects out west, is committed to the Huskies, but others are still coming hard after him.
What's next: With 20 commitments, there is not that much left for this class. The Huskies are battling Oregon for linemen Danny Shelton (Auburn, Wash./Auburn), and they recently offered Eubanks in what now appears to be a Washington/ASU battle. Washington is hot after Sample and battling Cal for him. It is trying to steal away Washington State commitment Bishop Sankey (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep), too.
What's happened: Three-star running back prospect Sankey and Tana Pritchard (Lakewood, Wash./Clover Park), one of the West Coast's top athletes, lead a recruiting class 19 deep for Washington State and coach Paul Wulff. The Cougars have done well at linebacker with Logan Mayes (Eugene, Ore./Marist), Darryl Monroe (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phllips) and Max Hersey (University Place, Wash./Curits). WSU has pulled four prospects from the Sunshine State.
What's next: Cornerback Peters, defensive end Donavan Lewis (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West) and offensive lineman Fou Fonoti (Norwalk, Calif./Cerritos C.C.) have all already officially visited Washington State. Offensive lineman Dallas Hendrikson (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) and running back C.J. Anderson (Oakland, Calif./Laney C.C.) are scheduled for visits to see the Cougars.
Defensive tackle Ronnell Wright (Oroville, Calif./Butte C.C.), wide receiver Nelson Spruce (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake) and quarterback Trent McKinney (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) are some other Cougars targets.
Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.