NCF On The Trail: Erik Brown

Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Dec. 19 

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The dead period runs through Jan. 15, and some recruits have said they will use that to take a break from recruiting, but that doesn't mean it will shut down for everyone. Coaches are still able to contact recruits during the dead period -- just no in-person contact -- and a number of recruits will be making commitments during this time. Over the next few weeks and through the holidays, Pac-12 recruiting fans will have a number of things to keep an eye on, including these five topics.

Who sets January visits?

With the dead period wiping out an entire weekend normally dedicated to official visits, recruits will have just three January weekends available to take visits -- the 17th, 24th and 31st -- if they'd like to commit and sign on signing day. Every Pac-12 program is looking to load up on official visits during those weekends. Stanford and USC look as though they will be very busy on Jan. 17, and Oregon is always able to grab a few late official visitors -- ESPN JC 50 WR Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College) is scheduled for Jan. 31. There are plenty of Pac-12 targets saying they will likely set up January officials to various schools.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

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The weekend didn't offer as much recruiting action in the Pac-12 as the hectic days of early last week, but there were still several commitments in the conference and a number of big performance's from Pac-12 programs and recruits. Despite Arizona State grabbing the most important win and sending a message to recruits across the region, UCLA was a big winner on the recruiting trail, getting a number of top prospects to the Rose Bowl and reeling in a commitment from a 2015 standout that ranks No. 1 at his position.


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Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Nov. 21 

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It has been a wild week of recruiting in the Pac-12, with ups and downs for over half the programs in the conference. There have been six commitments and four decommitments since Monday afternoon, with one prospect decommitting and committing to the same school. And with this kind of momentum generated early in the week, there's a good chance it could continue through Sunday, with several programs hosting big recruiting weekends.

Washington and Cal post up and down weeks

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Early Offer: Sharpe pushes decision back 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: No. 2 offensive tackle David Sharpe was scheduled to announce his decision Thursday, but there’s been a delay; and it’s been a wild, wild week for fans of Pac 12 schools with USC in the national recruiting spotlight and UCLA and California making recruiting waves.


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A wild recruiting week out West 

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It's only a Wednesday in late November, but this week has seen enough recruiting action out West to make you think signing day is just around the corner.

A flurry of commitments and decommitments began Monday night and affected six Pac-12 programs in less than three days. It began with USC's big victory on Monday, when it received a commitment from former Alabama commit Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), the nation's No. 5 offensive guard.


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Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Nov. 7 

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The game of the year in the Pac-12 is finally here, as recruits will tune in Thursday night to watch Stanford host Oregon (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET). The UCLA Bruins proved that the offensive line recruiting magic from last year's class is still alive and well. Official visitors will be on hand at Utah and Cal. And fans of Arizona State and Oregon could get a glimpse of the future during a high-stakes high school clash on Saturday.

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USC recruits to visit Notre Dame 

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A midseason visit to South Bend, Ind., last season convinced Max Redfield,, then a USC commit, that Notre Dame was the place for him. The same trip nearly swayed longtime Trojans fan Chris Hawkins, too, as the Fighting Irish laid out the golden carpet on their way to securing the No. 4-rated recruiting class.

This season, USC will have an opportunity to offset the infamous glow when some mutual targets take their official visits to Notre Dame. A Trojan victory would not only boost recruiting, but also deal a blow to the rival’s efforts.

Top offensive line priority Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), who grew up rooting for USC, will be in attendance after taking his first official visit last weekend to Wisconsin.


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Pac-12, check out our conference rankings:

1. Arizona, 24 commits: The Wildcats check in at No. 23 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN300 commitments, including No. 120 overall Marquis Ware and No. 185 Jamardre Cobb of Salesian High in Los Angeles. Arizona will take its shot with No. 17 overall Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), and teammate Dae'Juan Funderburk (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) in December.


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Pac-12 2014 recruiting scenarios 

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This week's list offers a look through the Pac-12 at the potential best-case and worst-case scenarios that the 2014 recruiting cycle could bring for various programs. While a few of the best-case scenarios might be close to within reach for some programs, many of the worst-case scenarios would take a special brand of bad luck.

Arizona
Best-case scenario: Arizona doesn't hold onto all of its 24 verbal commits, but keeps all of its priority recruits in the fold. In exchange for some of the decommitments, the Wildcats are rewarded with a big splash from either ESPN 300 prospect John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) or Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure). A strong finish to the season also helps Arizona clean up in its home state, landing commitments from offensive linemen Natrell Curtis (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino), Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) and junior college defensive lineman Claudeson Pelon (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa College).

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WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

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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.

@godsoldier2k3: Hey, guys. How are we looking at picking up defensive backs that cover. Seems that other than defensive tackles, we need some long, athletic corners.


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Official Visits: Sept. 27

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Arkansas
Georgia
  • Five-star Under Armour All-American ILB Raekwon McMillan (No. 14 in ESPN 300; Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
  • Four-star WR Josh Malone (No. 99 in ESPN 300; Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
Minnesota
Ohio State
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American ATH John Smith (No. 41 in ESPN 300; Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
  • Four-star WR Johnnie Dixon (No. 42 in ESPN 300; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American WR Travis Rudolph (No. 65 in ESPN 300; West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman)
  • Four-star OG Demetrius Knox (No. 166 in ESPN 300; Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) – Committed: Ohio State
  • Three-star TE DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan.)
  • Three-star TE-H Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional)
Oregon
  • Four-star ATH Michiah Quick (No. 43 in ESPN 300; Fresno, Calif./Central East)
  • Four-star RB Tony James (No. 164 in ESPN 300; Gainesville, Fla.)
  • Three-star TE-H Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
Oregon State
  • Four-star WR Erik Brown (No. 187 in ESPN 300; Fontana, Calif./Summit) – Committed: Washington
  • Four-star CB Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Committed: Cal. Originally committed to Arizona State
Pittsburgh
  • Four-star ATH Montae Nicholson (No. 252 in ESPN 300; Monroeville, Pa./Gateway)
Washington
  • Four-star RB Joe Mixon (No. 100 in ESPN 300; Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
While all recruits have the same opportunity to make an impact after signing day, that’s not always the case in the days and months leading up to it. Some verbal commitments are bigger than others, whether it’s from a top target on the board, a nationally prominent standout who can shine a spotlight on the program or a local legend that continues a pipeline.

This week, we take a look through the Pac-12 at the most important verbal commitments in each class.

Arizona
ATH Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic)
6-1, 175

ESPN 300 rank: 147

Denson hits every requirement for this list. He was the first commitment in Arizona’s 2014 class, the top-rated player in the class and a local standout that Rich Rodriguez had to have if he was going to build momentum for 2014.


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Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit), who is No. 178 in the ESPN 300 and the nation's No. 24 wide receiver, committed to Washington on Tuesday and our scouts break down what he brings to the Huskies:


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- After a slow start, the Washington Huskies are red-hot. The Huskies picked up three commitments in the past two weeks following their Rising Stars Camp and added an ESPN 300 prospect Tuesday at The Opening.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit four-star receiver Erik Brown joined the commitment parade when he pledged to Washington on ESPNU. The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Brown picked the Huskies over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Fresno State, Houston, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and others.

"This whole process, it's a blessing, but I've worked hard for it," Brown said.


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Tales From the Road: USC 

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Every Wednesday, the WeAreSC staff will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing USC recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: A bevy of recruits will be on the USC campus this weekend for the school’s linemen and skill position camps. And though the Rising Stars Camp is the headliner this month, this weekend’s events generally draw some good talent as well. Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia safety Jamal Scott, who has seen his stock skyrocket the last week, said he hoped to take an unofficial visit to USC soon, perhaps this week.


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