NCF On The Trail: Kevin Griffin

Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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There's a new No. 1 team in the Pac-12, according to the updated team rankings released on Wednesday.

Arizona State made the biggest jump of any team in the rankings, leaping from No. 22 to No. 17 overall, and in the process, bypassing Arizona, which moved from No. 18 to No. 19.

Six Pac-12 teams are now in the rankings, with the addition of USC at No. 39. Stanford fell back one spot to No. 26, due to Penn State's rise, while Oregon remains at No. 29, and UCLA rounds out the rankings at No. 40.

Trending up: Red and gold in the Pac-12 South.

Sure, it's not really red for either program, but whether it's the maroon of Arizona State or the cardinal of USC, those two programs shined on the recruiting trail this past week. Few teams anywhere are as hot as Arizona State, which added six commitments --including two four-stars -- in past week. The haul featured three defensive linemen, two running backs and an offensive tackle. But if any Pac-12 program can challenge the Sun Devils over that same period, it's USC, which added three four-star commitments and a three-star cornerback since last Wednesday. The Trojans are the newest Pac-12 program to appear in the updated class rankings, as USC checks in at No. 39.

Even though those two programs have been hot over the past week, it seems slightly unfair to leave this category without mentioning the fact that a case could be made for virtually every Pac-12 program. Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Washington State all received verbal commitments from important recruits over the past week, in what was an incredibly successful seven days for Pac-12 coaches on the recruiting trail and hosting official visitors.

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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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

October, 7, 2013
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Two unofficial visits highlight something of a quiet weekend in the Pac-12, where there were only four home games in the conference. While Washington and Arizona State came close to making national statements, nothing meant more than Stanford's home win in front of ESPN 300 prospects. At the high school level, Pac-12 quarterback targets shone brightly last week, while a new name could be close to joining several conference recruiting boards.

Biggest commitment: Colorado showed some fight against Oregon, but still obviously doesn't have enough to hang with the class of the Pac-12. But the Buffaloes rebounded nicely on the recruiting trail Sunday evening, scoring a verbal commitment from running back Jomon Dotson (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon). Dotson -- a highly-recruited and dynamic athlete -- holds offers from Arizona State, Iowa State, Nevada, Northwestern, San Jose State and Yale, among others. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound back is the kind of offensive weapon that Colorado could look to get on the field early in his career. Dotson will take his official visit to Colorado in December.

Biggest offer: Stanford made noise on Sunday night when the coaches extended an offer to defensive end Uriah Leiataua (Compton, Calif./Dominguez). It's a huge offer for Leiataua, who adds it to offers from Colorado, Washington State, Wisconsin, and others. Leiataua has already taken an official visit to Wisconsin and has been looking hard at Washington State, but this offer from Stanford could vault the Cardinal right into the mix. Leiataua is a 6-foot-3, 232-pound defensive end who would likely fit well into the Stanford front seven. It should also be noted that Stanford found some success with the last prospect they reeled in from Compton Centennial -- cornerback Richard Sherman. It wouldn't be surprising to see offers begin piling up for Leiataua now that Stanford has entered the picture.

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The Early Offer: Don't worry TCU fans 

September, 10, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Despite a cryptic tweet that worried TCU fans, four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain IV has good news for Horned Frog faithful; Pittsburgh scores a nice recruiting victory over Penn State; and Oregon State and Washington State commits and an ESPN Junior 300 prospect will be on display Friday on ESPNU.

Three-star CB Griffin makes the call

June, 26, 2013
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Washington State has landed a verbal from cornerback Kevin Griffin (Concord, Calif./De La Salle). The 6-foot, 169-pound three-star athlete selected the Cougars over a scholarship offer from Montana.

Griffin posted the news, which has been confirmed by multiple reports, on Twitter:

 

Washington State now has seven commitments for 2014, all rated as three-star propsects by ESPN RecruitingNation.


It has become commonplace for committed members of a recruiting class to form a close bond as they work together to fill out the remaining spots and prepare to begin their college years together.

But while recruits throughout the country reach out to each other via Twitter and text messages, there’s a group in Northern California that has a sizeable head start on all of them and would serve as an impressive recruiting haul for a number of programs on its own.


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