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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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There was some good news for the Pac-12 in the updated class rankings released on Wednesday as Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon all moved up. The Wildcats maintained their grip on the top class in the conference and now sit at No. 18 overall. The Sun Devils jumped two places -- from No. 24 to No. 22 -- largely on the strength of a commitment from four-star running back Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale), and in doing so, leapt Stanford for the No. 2 spot in the Pac-12. The Cardinal slid two spots, down to No. 25 overall, while Oregon remains the fourth conference team among the top 40, up to places to No. 30 overall. Here's a look at the conference's rankings. Insider

Trending up: In the 2013 class, Arizona State didn't sign and enroll a single four-star high school prospect. With Richard's commitment on Monday, the Sun Devils now have eight in their 2014 class. While Richard is the first commitment since mid-November, Arizona State's on-field performance has recruits buzzing about the future of the Sun Devils and with a win this weekend, coach Todd Graham will have an opportunity to close out this class in a big way.

Pac-12 recruiting mailbag

August, 23, 2013
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Friday means a trip to the mailbag to answer questions you sent in about Pac-12 recruiting. The mailbag will run every Friday, so be sure to send in your questions via Twitter (@EMcKinneyESPN) or email (erik.mckinney@gmail.com). And good luck to your teams as the high school and college seasons kick off.

@notbartholomew: Thoughts on Cade Aspay? Also, thoughts on MacIntyre's '14 class 2 date. not rated highly but seems to have some solid kids.

Erik McKinney: I really like Cade Apsay (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon) as a quarterback and as a person. He is definitely a Pac-12 quarterback and should put up some impressive statistics during his senior season. I don't think he will be seen as being as big of a get as Sefo Liufau from the 2013 class, but if the quarterback recruiting stays on this trajectory for head coach Mike MacIntyre, Colorado is going to be just fine at the position.

As for the rest of the class, I think Colorado is doing what it needs to do with what it has right now. I like that it's defense-heavy, as the top five commitments play on that side of the ball. Linebacker Rick Gamboa (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) is a very nice addition. The message MacIntyre and the staff are delivering is hitting recruits, but it will be about taking a step forward on the field this season.

It's a tough spot he was put in, trying to dig out of the bottom of a deep conference, but so far it seems he's doing a very good job of targeting and getting players who can add to the program now, as well as those who can develop for the future.

@SoCalSunDevil: Is Texas or California more important to recruit from, esp for my #ASU program?

EM: Is it cheating to say both?

I'd go with California, simply because any player Arizona State takes out of California likely means one less player the Sun devils will have to face in conference play. But if Arizona State is going to challenge for conference and national titles, it can't sit home and only recruit in state. And once the Sun Devils start crossing borders, California and Texas are the two no-brainer states to hit.

It's important for Arizona State to have a presence in both states, but I believe it will always find more success in California, due to proximity and the recruits' familiarity with the program/conference.

@UTSportsAction1: Have some of the western states recruits caught up to California recruits?

EM: The short answer is no, but the longer answer might depend more on what you're asking.

The other West states are not likely to catch up to California in terms of producing talent, simply because of population size and the overall number of recruits produced. Of the California recruits ranked No. 90 through 98, seven already are committed to Pac-12 programs. No other state in the region will come close to that kind of depth.

If you're asking whether, say, the top five players in each West state could compete with California's top five, then -- depending on the year -- the answer would be yes.

Bishard "Budda" Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) absolutely could play with the top players in California, and many of them have shown it this spring and summer.

Four linemen from Hawaii are in the 2015 ESPN 300, and Arizona will be talked about more and more as one of the blossoming talent-producing states in the country.

But even with talent spread throughout the region, there's a reason all the Pac-12 coaches fought to play at least one game in Southern California every year. The depth of talent in that state, and specifically that area, is unmatched by any other in the region.

RN Top 10: Best of The Opening 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect rankings.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening put 162 of the top prospects in the nation in one place to battle to see who really is the best. During individual drills, one-on-one matchups, 7-on-7 play and even tug-of-war, the elite recruits competed to beat the best.

Every player in attendance was a standout player, but there were some who stood out above the rest. RecruitingNation takes a look at the top players throughout The Opening.

10. Jacob Park
Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford | QB-DT | 6-4, 206
While other quarterbacks saw their play go up and down through the Elite 11 and The Opening 7-on-7, Park, a Georgia commitment, stayed consistent. He was singled out by Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer time after time after time.

“He’s immensely talented,” Dilfer said. “And he gets stuff.”

The only time that Park got dinged by Dilfer was when he tried to force the ball into tight spots, but honestly that happened very little throughout the week. UGA fans will be excited the 6-4, 206-pound four-star quarterback is heading to Athens, because he’s got a pretty complete package. -- Jeremy Crabtree


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The offensive line group of ESPN 300 members Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) might have been difficult to top in Day 2 of The Opening, but the receivers -- namely those targeted by USC -- certainly did their best to upstage the trenchmen.

Led by No. 1-rated athlete and SPARQ national champion Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr), the batch of receivers turned in impressive performances in the preliminary 7-on-7 competition.

Speedy Noil
Tom Hauck for Student Sports Speedy Noil turned in an impressive performance.in the preliminary 7-on-7 competition.

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LOS ANGELES -- USC coaches hit the recruiting trail for the first time this spring since the post-signing day staff shakeup, using the evaluation period to reset their boards and assess prospects from all corners of the country.

Here’s an overview of the evaluation period as it relates to offensive recruits:

Quarterback

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Some of the region's top teams showcased their skills in the IMG 7v7 West Regional at Fullerton College this past weekend, with the top four squads -- B2G 5-Star, Body By Tra, Those Guys #1 and TGS Warriors -- qualified for the national championship, which runs June 21-23 in Bradenton, Fla. Here is what we learned:

1. B2G gets payback


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WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

April, 26, 2013
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WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every week. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it via Twitter @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

Bahong Tee (@PeaceLoveTae): Texas has 15 commits and USC has three. Should I worry or chill out until February?


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Video: Pac-12 spring visits, big decommit

April, 26, 2013
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In this week's edition of the Pac-12 Official Visit segment, West regional recruiting coordinator Erik McKinney joins Phil Murphy to discuss the latest decommitment for USC and a host of spring game visitors for UCLA, Oregon, and Washington.

OL Tucker still committed but looking 

March, 28, 2013
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Aside from being one of the best offensive line prospects in the Class of 2014, Casey Tucker is as straightforward as any recruit in the country. There is no hesitation when he speaks, as unfiltered thoughts flow effortlessly off his lips.

When the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton offensive tackle says he assumed his recruitment would slow down considerably after he committed to the USC Trojans last summer, he means it. When Tucker says he’s kept his ears open as numerous coaches have made their pitches, he suggests his commitment to USC isn’t as solid as it once was, even though he never completely cut ties with other programs.


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WeAreSC Roundtable: L.A. NFTC edition 

March, 12, 2013
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Damien MamaErik McKinney/ESPNBellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama lived up to the hype, and then some, at Sunday's Los Angeles NFTC.
The WeAreSC staffers give their thoughts from the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp:

Best overall performance


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Lots of talent coming to L.A. NFTC 

March, 7, 2013
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Last year’s Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp was fruitful for USC, with cornerback Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) committing to the Trojans at the event. Hawkins went on to sign and enroll early, and his commitment proved to be a key point for USC in the recruiting cycle.

A recurrence Sunday at Redondo (Calif.) Union would come as a big surprise. Still, a bevy of top USC targets are scheduled to be on hand in search of invitations to The Opening this summer.


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How USC can use 20 scholarships in 2014 

February, 12, 2013
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USC will have an extra five scholarships to use on the next recruiting class after signing only 12 on Feb. 6. Here’s a look at how the Trojans could spend their 20 scholarships in 2014.


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An early look at the 2014 class 

July, 31, 2012
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Brandon DawkinsTim Haddock For ESPNLA.comWestlake Village, Calif., quarterback Brandon Dawkins is one of the top targets on the Trojans' wish list in the 2014 class.
USC sealed its current recruiting class before the calendar turned to August, gathering 18 verbal commitments and finishing with an exciting flurry in July. Barring any additional movement, the attention turns to next year’s group.

Here’s a look at how the Trojans could spend their 15 scholarships in 2014.

Quarterback: 1

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USC Rising Stars Camp overview 

June, 28, 2012
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Here’s a position-by-position look at the top performers from the 2012 USC Rising Stars Camp:

Quarterback: Johnny Stanton (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) led the way for the class of 2013 group as the leader of the state champion Eagles team took his shot at performing in front of the USC coaches. The Trojans already have one quarterback commit in this class but a guy like Stanton could either be a multi-position option or could also be a second QB for the class if the coaches decide to go that route after the recent departure of Jesse Scroggins.

The underclass group had several talented players. The best of the bunch was Kyle Allen from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, a 2014 prospect who already holds offers from schools such as Oklahoma State, UCLA and in-state programs Arizona and Arizona State. Another 2014 recruit in attendance was Keller Chryst from Palo Alto (Calif.) Palo Alto. The class of 2015 was represented well by Brady White from Newhall (Calif.) Hart.

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