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Half of the Pac-12 remains among the top 40 recruiting classes in the newly-released ESPN recruiting rankings. In order, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, USC, Stanford and UCLA represent the conference after a big week on the recruiting trail for virtually all of those programs.

Trending up: Just about the entire Pac-12 gets a mention here, as Arizona State, Oregon, USC and UCLA all moved up in the team rankings. While Arizona still sits at No. 15, the Wildcats added two very important pieces in No. 15 overall prospect Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) and ESPN offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day). Arizona State moved from No. 18 to No. 17, while Oregon jumped from No. 27 to No. 25 and USC moved from No. 31 to No. 27. Stanford held at No. 28, while UCLA used several commitments to climb one spot from No. 34 to No. 33 overall. Other Pac-12 programs, including Cal, Washington and Washington State, added recent commitments as well.

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The West region still has a chance to greatly impact the Pac-12, as five of the top six recruits in the region remain uncommitted. And while a few Pac-12 classes still have a ways to go and others are looking for the finishing touches, there is still a most important commit for each program still out there. Here, we take a look at the one "must-have" recruit for each conference program.


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Many felt it was only a matter of time for Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren).

No Mack Brown? Not the biggest blow, but a blow nonetheless. No position coach, however? Big problem -- the last straw, even.

With new head coach Charlie Strong set to bring in members of his own staff, defensive tackles coach Bo Davis opted to accept a position coaching defensive linemen at USC. No Davis at Texas next season was enough to force Lealaimatafao, a four-star defensive tackle and U.S. Army All-American, to officially decommit on Tuesday and explore his other options.


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Pac-12's lunch links

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Final conference bowl records

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Neither the SEC and nor the Pac-12, the two best conferences during the regular season, won a BCS bowl game. But they nonetheless led the AQ conferences in bowl record.

The SEC was tops, going 7-3, despite Auburn losing the national title game to Florida State and Alabama losing the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma.

The Pac-12 was second at 6-3, despite Stanford losing the Rose Bowl to Michigan State.

The ACC went 2-0 in BCS bowl games, but it only finished 5-6 overall. The Big 12 and Big Ten split BCS bowl games, with the Big 12 going 3-3 overall and the Big Ten ranking last among AQ conferences at 2-5.

Of course, a lot of this is matchups. As that the Pac-12 was favored in all nine of its games, that has to factor in how the bowl record is viewed. The Pac-12's only win over a ranked team was USC over No. 20 Fresno State.

Six Pac-12 teams in final AP poll

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For the first time since 2009, the Pac-12 didn't finish a football season with a top-five team. But, for the first time ever, it finished with six teams ranked in the final AP poll.

Oregon finished ranked ninth in both the AP and coaches polls to lead the conference. Stanford, which beat Oregon but lost the Rose Bowl, finished 11th in the AP poll and tied for 10th with Ohio State in the coaches' poll.

UCLA and USC finished 16th and 19th in both polls. Arizona State was 21st in the AP poll and 20th with the coaches. Washington finished 25th in the AP poll and was the top team receiving votes in the coaches' poll, the equivalent of 26th.

Arizona received votes in both polls.

So the preseason story of Pac-12 depth held true to the end, but the conference also didn't seem to have a truly elite team.

Michigan State, which beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl, finished third behind No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn.

As for projecting ahead, Mark Schlabach ranked six Pac-12 teams in his Way-Too-Early-Top-25 that was published Tuesday.

He has Oregon No. 3, Stanford No. 4, UCLA No. 7, USC No. 14, Washington No. 19 and Arizona State No. 22.

Mannion, Ekpre-Olomu coming back

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It was a good day for the Oregon schools, as Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion and Oregon's All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu announced Monday that they would return for their senior seasons and not enter the NFL draft.

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Scott Olmo/USA TODAY SportsIfo Ekpre-Olomu decided to stay at Oregon saying he wants to improve as a player and also wants to finish his degree. "Football is only one phase of who I am; my degree will be forever," he said.
Both decisions might rate as a slight surprise. Most NFL draft projections slotted Ekpre-Olomu in the first round this spring, and Mannion received a third-round grade from the NFL. He, in fact, might have gone higher due to two higher rated Pac-12 QBs also opting to return -- Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley -- thereby diminishing a mediocre quarterback class for the draft.

Mannion ranked second in the nation this past season with 358.6 yards passing per game. He threw 37 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.

Ekpre-Olomu, a two-time All-Pac-12 pick and a first-team All-American for ESPN.com, ranked second for the Ducks with 84 tackles and he added three interceptions.

In perhaps a surprising twist, Ekpre-Olomu, who has started 27 consecutive games, decided to stay while fellow cornerback Terrance Mitchell opted to enter the NFL draft a year early, joining Ducks running back/receiver De'Anthony Thomas in doing so. Ekpre-Olomu is the only member of the Ducks touted secondary returning in 2014.

“The two main factors related to my decision to return were my continued progression as a person and a player, and I felt Oregon was my best option to achieve those goals and improve my situation for next year,” Ekpre-Olomu told the school's official website.

“I should be able to finish my degree by next fall, possibly by the end of the summer. Football is only one phase of who I am; my degree will be forever. Secondly was my ability to make an impact and become a top [draft] pick, and I felt staying one more year would only help me.”

For Mannion, he will be without receiver Brandin Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver. Cooks and defensive end Scott Crichton are two Beavers who entered the draft a year early.

For Mannion, he wants to help his team and himself. He feels he could use 2014 to move up significantly among NFL evaluators.

"That was something I asked about -- how much good I could do if I have another good year?" he said.

Mannion had a late-season slide in which he threw 12 of his 15 interceptions in the final five games. In 2012, he also tended to throw interceptions in bunches -- he threw 11 of his 13 interceptions in three games.

At present, the Pac-12 has lost 17 players to early draft entry. It still awaits word from Stanford OG David Yankey, Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State LB Carl Bradford, with Yankey and Carey considered highly likely to leave.

The deadline to declare in Jan. 15.







Lache Seastrunk to enter draft

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Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk will enter the NFL draft, his mother, Evelyn, confirmed Monday.

Seastrunk topped 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season, running for 1,177 and 11 touchdowns this year.

He ran for 117 yards in Baylor's loss to UCF in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

Seastrunk, 22, is four years removed from high school but played only two years in college. 

He sat out his freshman season at Oregon and then had to sit out another season after transferring to Baylor.

Seastrunk was at the center of a recruiting controversy for which the NCAA eventually punished Oregon with three years of probation. He never played for the Ducks.

ESPN's Joe Schad contributed to this report.


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Pac-12 lunch links

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Pac-12 players in Senior Bowl

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The Reese's Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 25th in Mobile, Ala., is the most prestigious postseason college All-Star game, mostly because it picks the players NFL GMs and scouts want to see up close in advance of the NFL draft.

So far 11 Pac-12 players have been offered and accepted invitations.

Here's the list, which you can review here.

Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

Deandre Coleman, DT, California

Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA

Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon

Ryan Hewitt, FB, Stanford

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

Keith McGill, DB, Utah

Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
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Here’s are a few: WR Isaiah McKenzie is a bolt of lightning. He can really run, and while he may lack ideal measurables, he has some Tavon Austin qualities. RB Jeff Jones has flown way under the radar during the recruiting cycle and has been very impressive with his speed and explosiveness. We are still trying to figure out why no one is recruiting OC Jacob Bragg. We are hoping this week will open up some eyes. He has looked good. Considering four of our six original QBs have gone down to injuries and won’t be playing, we have been pleased with the likes of Rafe Peavey, Morgan Mahalak and Sean White as well. DT Garrald McDowell may be undersized, but he has been overlooked much in the same was as Isaac Gross was a couple years back down here for a lack of size.

Early entry talent drain for Pac-12

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While the return of UCLA QB Brett Hundley for his redshirt junior season was the weekend's big news, an early-entry to the NFL draft talent drain is hitting the Pac-12 hard.

While a number of big-name players have not yet formally announced their intensions -- such as Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford OG David Yankey, Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford and Oregon State QB Sean Mannion -- already 17 players have announced they will give up their remaining eligibility to turn professional.

The deadline to declare is Jan. 15.

There has been good news at quarterback. Hundley joins Oregon's Marcus Mariota as pretty significant surprises that they opted to return to school, and that means the 2014 class of Pac-12 quarterbacks will be without peer in the nation by a wide margin.

Here's the early-entry list so far:

Dion Bailey, LB, USC
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
George Uko, DT, USC
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon*
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Richard Rodgers, TE California
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah

*Lyerla was kicked off the team at Oregon in October.

Too-Early Top 25 recruiting update

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The 2013 season -- and the BCS era -- may have just come to a close, but it's never too early to take a look ahead to next season. And whichever teams find themselves battling for next season's national championship, odds are they will receive contributions from some true freshmen along the way.

So, with signing day less than a month away, here's how the teams in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 are looking on the recruiting trail:

1. Florida State Seminoles
Who they have: The Seminoles previously held the No. 1 spot in the class rankings before falling to No. 6, but a big week at the Under Armour All-America Game could propel FSU back into the top two by signing day. Dalvin Cook, a former Gators commit, and Lorenzo Featherston, both top-30 players in the ESPN 300, committed to the Noles before the game and No. 61 Travis Rudolph pledged during the contest. Now with 29 commitments, the Noles are close to done in what should be a special class. ESPN 300 linebackers Kain Daub, Jacob Pugh and Delvin Purifoy highlight the strongest LB class in the country. ESPN 300 QB J.J. Cosentino could eventually succeed Jameis Winston, although ESPN 300 athlete Treon Harris might get a shot at QB, too. Florida State needed offensive linemen more than anything to protect its quarterbacks after 2014 and found a few. Chad Mavety, No. 8 in the ESPN Junior College 50, committed in December and is ready to contribute right away. Six-foot-9 three-star OT Brock Ruble followed a few days later, as did ESPN JC 50 prospect Kareem Are.
Who they want: Florida State is still in search of a landmark commitment at offensive tackle -- at least among high school prospects. Damian Prince will commit after signing day, but four-star prospects Roderick Johnson (an ESPN 300 OT) and Frank Ragnow officially visited Dec. 13. Johnson has FSU as his leader and Ragnow has FSU as a finalist. The icing for this class would be a five-star signee, and the most likely prospect is cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who is down to FSU and Alabama.
Signing day surprise: The hope at Maryland was to land both Damian Prince and Jalen Tabor, both among the top 30 in the ESPN 300. Now that Tabor is off to Arizona, the odds have increased that Prince could sign elsewhere, too. Florida State is the main competition for Prince, and when he announces a little more than a week after signing day, Prince will utter the words "Florida State" instead of "Maryland" to complete FSU's offensive line haul. -- Jared Shanker


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It was a very busy weekend in the Pac-12, as several programs picked up recruits during the various All-American games across the country.

Biggest commitment: Five conference teams added commitments since last Thursday, and all will likely play a big role in shaping classes on signing day.

Arizona got an early start on the weekend, as the Wildcats grabbed two huge commitments this past Thursday with ESPN 300 cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) -- the No. 15 overall prospect in the nation -- and former USC commit and ESPN 300 offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day).

Arizona State landed a commitment from two-way lineman Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday. Delp will still visit other programs, but if he sticks with Arizona State, he'll provide a boost at defensive tackle.


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