Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Pac-12 class rankings analysis
By Erik McKinney
The same four Pac-12 teams -- Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and USC -- are represented in this week’s recruiting class rankings, and two of those programs made the biggest jump, as it was more of the same from the two programs in the state of Arizona. Also, as the opening weekend of college football is finally here, keep an eye on several programs hosting home openers, as visitor lists begin taking shape.
Trending up: The Arizona schools
Arizona and Arizona State both made sizeable jumps in the updated recruiting class rankings. The Wildcats made the biggest jump of any school -- nine spots from No. 32 to No. 23 overall -- with the additions of ESPN 300 teammates Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb (Los Angeles/Salesian). The additions also give Arizona the top class in the conference. The Sun Devils were also only one of three teams to make a move up this week, as they added three-star running back Darrel Williams (Marrero, La./John Ehret) on Tuesday and jumped from No. 38 to No. 35 overall.
Trending down: The number of schools in the running for Joe Mixon
ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) holds more than 50 offers, but that pool has been drained dramatically over the past several weeks, as just five schools remain in the running for the 6-foot-1, 209-pound back. Mixon tweeted earlier this week that Cal, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin would get his five official visits. It would be a huge win for Cal and business as usual for Oregon, but both will be able to use the presence on Mixon’s final list alone to generate interest among other recruits.
One to watch: The season’s home openers
Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington all open their seasons at home this weekend and will have an opportunity to host visitors. From the early returns, it appears Cal and Washington will have the most attention, as the Golden Bears unveil a new coaching staff and offensive system, while Washington gets a chance to show off its renovated stadium and a top-25 opponent. Washington will get unofficial visits from uncommitted targets Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale), John Plattenburg (Lamar, Texas/Lamar) and 2015 standout Chico McClatcher (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way), while Cal will get an official visit from Brandon Lee (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) and a number of other unofficial visitors from the West region.
Bold prediction: Huskies start strong
Washington will use the momentum from a big weekend and a big win against Boise State to grab at least one verbal commitment. It’s been something of a slow summer for Washington, which has eight commitments, but has only added one since the beginning of July. That could change on Saturday, as unofficial visitors will get the full-court press from committed recruits and a look at the new Husky Stadium. It could turn into a big day for Washington recruiting.