Friday, July 12, 2013
Pac-12 recruiting storylines: July 12
By Erik McKinney
Recruiting never takes a summer vacation, and this week is more evidence of that. From the pursuit of several ESPN 300 talents to a monster event at Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison, here's what Pac-12 fans need to know from the week that was and the weekend to come:
Battle at the Beach Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison will host its annual passing tournament on Saturday and although it’s one of the last of the season, it promises to be worth the wait. Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco’s terrific talent will be on display, led by 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen, as well as Cal-bound athlete Jaleel Wadood and Arizona-bound cornerback Naijiel Hale. ESPN 300 prospects Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and John "JuJu" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) are scheduled to be there, and Washington commit Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) will look to help orchestrate another strong summer showing for the Monarchs.
Mixon closing in on final 10
ESPN 300 RB Joe Mixon could be close to trimming his list to 10 schools.
The original plan for this weekend had ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) on an unofficial visit to Wisconsin. But now he's not going. The big back said early Friday that an alternate flight schedule due to the crash in San Francisco last weekend was the reason. Mixon said he could reschedule the trip, which might mean postponing the announcement of his final group. Still, as one of the most highly recruited players in the region, all eyes are on every move Mixon makes. Pac-12 programs Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington all seem to have made a good impression on the tailback, although with so much attention from national powers outside of the conference, there could be some West Coast programs eliminated when that top 10 comes out.
Bruins host a big visitor UCLA finds itself in a two-way battle with Notre Dame for ESPN 300 wide receiver Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), who visited the Bruins this past week. Now that Holmes has returned, a decision is expected to come from the nation’s No. 77 player within the next few days. It could get interesting if he selects UCLA, as it would give the Bruins four wide receiver commitments at this early stage.
TE down to three It’s an all Pac-12 showdown for tight end Trevor Wood (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), as the 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete announced Thursday that he is down to Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. Wood said he likes the spread offenses at those three programs, although this recruiting battle won’t last long. Wood said he will commit before the first week or his senior season and will take just one official visit.
Losing another talent? Several Pac-12 schools went hard after ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) before the nation’s No. 3 pocket passer committed to Texas A&M. Now, conference coaches could be looking at a case of déjà vu, as Allen's teammate and good friend Mark Andrews visits the Aggies this weekend. Andrews, the nation’s No. 295 recruit, holds offers from nearly every Pac-12 program, but national powers Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Tennessee are also pursuing him.