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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Pac-12 class rankings analysis

By Erik McKinney

There wasn’t much Pac-12 movement in the newest edition of the team recruiting rankings released Wednesday, but a new school did make an appearance in the top 40, bumping out a conference rival. Four schools make the cut, with Stanford still leading the way for the conference at No. 27 overall. But one school is in position to see its stock increase with a potential commitment later this week.

Arizona remained at No. 32 overall, Arizona State checks in at No. 38 and USC holds on at No. 40.

Trending up: Arizona State

The Sun Devils cracked the top 40 and landed at No. 38 this week, as Arizona State added two big pieces to its recruiting class last weekend. ESPN 300 defensive end Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) and safety Armand Perry (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) joined the class, giving Arizona State 13 commitments in the 2014 class. After a slow start, the Sun Devils continue to come on strong and now hold commitments from three ESPN 300 members. Arizona State also made the final group for local standouts and ESPN 300 members Casey Tucker and Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).

Trending down: The chances Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) goes anywhere but Miami.

It’s noticeable that while a number of Pac-12 programs have found their 2014 quarterbacks, both Los Angeles teams remain blank at the position. USC made a run at Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) before he committed to Stanford, and UCLA took a shot at Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) before his commitment to Texas A&M. It seemed to many that both would focus their efforts on flipping Kaaya from his commitment, but the ESPN 300 QB has taken every opportunity to state his solidarity with the Hurricanes. The latest rumors stemmed from a visit to a USC practice this past weekend, but Kaaya quickly said he was only giving his friend and teammate a ride. If the Bruins or Trojans are going to get a commitment from a 2014 quarterback, it’s going to come from somebody else.

One to watch: ESPN 300 DE Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)

Dorton will announce his commitment on Friday afternoon during a ceremony at his school. Dorton’s recruitment was an interesting one that centered on the two local schools. When he held an early offer from UCLA, he mentioned several times that he might make a quick commitment, which very much favored the Bruins. Dorton held off and was eventually offered by USC, which now appears to be the team to beat heading into Friday’s announcement. Arizona State is another program making a push to land the ESPN 300 defensive end.

Bold prediction: Outside of Dorton’s commitment, this is likely to be a slow weekend for Pac-12 recruiting as focus shifts for recruits and college coaches to game week. But if things do go quiet, they’ll pick up in a hurry, as nearly every Pac-12 program opens its season the following weekend. California, which hosts Northwestern, and Washington, which hosts Boise State, will look to make big impressions on the opening weekend as visitor lists are forming.