NCF On The Trail: Kaleb McGary

Most important targets: Pac-12 

January, 28, 2014
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With only eight days before national signing day, it truly is crunch time for coaches and recruits alike for the 2014 class. In the Pac-12 especially, a number of spots remain available in a majority of classes. This week, we take a look at the most important uncommitted target for each conference program.

Arizona: DT Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)
6-2, 299 pounds
Three-star prospect

The Wildcats jumped into the process late for Griffin but made enough of an impression that the big lineman took an official visit to Tucson last weekend. Griffin will announce on signing day from a group that consists of Arizona, Cal, Mississippi State and Washington State. While the Wildcats have a full class at this point, it looks as though they'd like to add one more big body along the defensive line and Griffin is one of the top defensive tackles in the region, regardless of commitment status.

Key recruiting visits -- Pac-12 

January, 24, 2014
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Just two weekends of official visits remain before signing day, so it's no surprise that just about every Pac-12 program will have visitors on campus this weekend. It's a huge opportunity for USC, which will have arguably it's most important host weekend of the recruiting calendar. Other programs will have a few recruits on hand in hopes of making a big splash the following weekend. While every visit is big at this stage of the game, here are a look at 10 of the most important for the Jan. 24 weekend:

1. ATH John "JuJu" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
Visiting: USC


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Most important targets: Pac-12 

January, 8, 2014
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The West region still has a chance to greatly impact the Pac-12, as five of the top six recruits in the region remain uncommitted. And while a few Pac-12 classes still have a ways to go and others are looking for the finishing touches, there is still a most important commit for each program still out there. Here, we take a look at the one "must-have" recruit for each conference program.


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Breaking down USC's '14 class by position 

December, 19, 2013
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A recent string of commitments heading into the dead period has left USC with only five remaining slots in its 2014 recruiting class. The Trojans have 19 total spots to use, as long as four of them are mid-year enrollees.

Here's a position-by-position look at how USC could allocate those empty spots, with a projection of how many players at each position the Trojans will try to sign:

Offensive line: 6

The Trojans hold five commitments on the offensive line, two of those from mid-year enrollees who already have signed financial aid agreements. They might not be done, though, as a big fish is still out there and possibly leaning toward signing with his childhood favorite. If the coaching staff decides a scholarship would be more important at another position, the Trojans might have to part ways with a prospect from this bunch.


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Most important targets: Pac-12 

December, 10, 2013
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There are a number of impact players in the 2014 recruiting class still uncommitted and looking hard at Pac-12 programs. While one commit won't likely make a break a class, there are prospects out there that are extremely important for each class, for reasons on and off the field. This week, we take a look at arguably the top uncommitted target for each program, and why the recruit would make such an impact for that school.

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Petersen to UW intrigues recruits 

December, 6, 2013
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There has been a distinct difference in the reaction of two particular groups when it comes to USC's recent hiring of Steve Sarkisian and Washington's subsequent hiring of Chris Petersen as head coach. When it comes to media members and recruits, things couldn't be much different.

The Sarkisian hire at USC was met with very tempered expectations -- if that -- by national media, but recruits immediately reacted positively to the news, with many of them saying it was a slam-dunk hire and "Sark" would immediately reap the benefits on the recruiting trail. Petersen moving from Boise State to Washington, meanwhile, is being hailed by media members as perhaps the best hire of all the Pac-12 coaching moves in recent years -- and there have been many -- but, at least early on, many recruits seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the hire, although a number are definitely on board with the new coach.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

November, 25, 2013
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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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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

October, 14, 2013
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A Pac-12 North showdown went decidedly to the Ducks, while two Pac-12 South programs added impressive commitments this weekend. There also seems to be some positive energy coming from USC, while a number of future Pac-12 signal-callers put together impressive performances this past Friday.

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Video: Official Visit, Oct. 11 weekend

October, 11, 2013
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Erik McKinney, Jared Shanker, Derek Tyson, Tom VanHaaren and William Wilkerson join Phil Murphy on ESPNU to discuss the top recruiting storylines of the weekend.

Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Oct. 10 

October, 10, 2013
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A Pacific Northwest showdown, big home games for Washington State, Utah and UCLA, and an important commitment for USC round out the top Pac-12 recruiting storylines this week.


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Recruits keeping an eye on Oregon-Wash. 

October, 9, 2013
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"College GameDay" will be on hand when the No. 16 Washington Huskies host the No. 2 Oregon Ducks this weekend, but the eyes of college football fans won't be the only ones trained on Seattle. The tussle between the Ducks and Huskies is never limited to the football field, as Steve Sarkisian's and Mark Helfrich's programs often battle over the same recruits up and down the West Coast. While there will be dozens of recruits paying special attention to the game, there are 10 whom the respective coaches hope to influence with a big win.

ATH Bishard "Budda" Baker
5-foot-9, 174 pounds
Bellevue (Wash.)
ESPN 300 rank: 141


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Pac-12 2014 recruiting scenarios 

October, 8, 2013
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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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Critical positions in Pac-12 recruiting 

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Recruiting for the 2014 class bumped up another notch this past Sunday, when college coaches could begin making their one phone call per week to high school seniors. Today, we take a look at what position group those Pac-12 coaches might consider their most important position to add talent with this class.


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2014 OL recaps Washington's junior day 

February, 10, 2013
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At 6-foot-8, 273 pounds, Kaleb McGary (Fife, Wash./Fife) is easy to spot.

But, during Washington’s junior day on Saturday, the offensive lineman caught the attention of coaches and prospects because of what he was wearing, specifically the large cowboy hat that is one of his trademarks.

“Yeah, the coaches and quite a few of the guys there were admiring my hat,” McGary said. “It was an item of interest.”


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Washington: 2014 prospects to watch 

February, 7, 2013
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When it comes to putting together a complete recruiting class, Washington was a winner in 2013. The Huskies addressed needs. They added depth.

From the offensive line to kicker, the program loaded up on prospects. The program’s success in 2013 opens options for 2014.

Look for the Huskies to focus plenty of attention on running backs, since Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) was the only prospect at that position to sign Wednesday.

The offensive line will also continue to be a priority, but for the most part, Washington will have the flexibility to pursue its top targets, regardless of position.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comWashington offered RB Joe Mixon early in hopes of luring him out of California.
Here is an early look at five prospects the Huskies will focus on in their 2014 class:

WR Rahshead Johnson
Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan

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